Exciting Autumn Opportunities at Take Art Dance

30 September 2022

After a quieter couple of months through the summer, Take Art Dance is back and busier than ever with lots of exciting updates and opportunities coming up over October and November. Read on to see what we've been up to. 

Spring Forward

Following the return of Spring Forward back in March, we can finally announce that our 2022 Spring Forward photo library is now live! A selection of professional images taken at Tacchi Morris Arts Centre and Octagon Theatre by Len Copland can now be viewed on our website and showcases the variety of groups and dancers who performed across the two platforms. 

Photo Library 1 - Tacchi Morris Arts Centre

Photo Library 2 - Octagon Theatre

We are also delighted that Spring Forward will be back for 2023 as our annual dance festival enters its 18th year! Dates are being finalised and further information will be released soon, including how to be part of our festival. 

Spring Forward aims to provide dancers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage with dance as an audience member, a dancer, participant and student in one of the wonderful venues we work with. To find out more including how to apply please visit this page.

Applications to be part of Little Big Dance Cycle Two are now open!

Little Big Dance cycle one was a great success. It supported four artists to progress in their careers, and commissioned two stunning pieces of work by artists George Fellows and Takeshi Matsumoto. To date these shows have reached more than 3000 people and continue to tour nationally and internationally.

Applications are open to UK-based dance artists with at least five years’ experience of creating and touring work to take part in Cycle Two, in one of two ways:

Artist Lab – apply by 31 October 2022

Eight artists will be selected from an open call to take part in a week’s residency lab focusing on making work for and with under five year olds at The Dance Space during 15-20 Jan, 2023. Find out more click here.

Little Big Dance Commissioned Artist – apply by 14 November 2022

One UK-based dance artist or choreographer with at least five years’ experience of making and touring dance shows will be selected to develop and create a full dance show to tour to early years settings, festivals and venues. Find out more here.

To learn more about the Little Big Dance artist commissions you can also join us at one of our information cafes being held on Monday, 3 October. Join us virtually from 1pm – 2pm or in person at Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton from 4pm – 5pm. Booking at either event is essential, please email nadine@takeart.org to confirm your place. 

Rural Touring Dance Initiative Coordinator (Take Art)

Take Art is looking for a proactive part time Regional Coordinator for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative project. This role will work with the touring schemes across the South West to make great dance performance events happen in rural spaces. For more information and how to apply click here

Dance Opportunities across Somerset and the South West

The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil welcomes Russell Maliphant Dance Company, who'll perform Vortex, the third in a series of productions on Wednesday, 5 October. For more information visit this link. 

The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater presents Dream, a vibrant, fresh, and innovative new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by Ballet Cymru on Thursday 20 October. For more information, click here.


PDSW are launching their Young Chorographers programme for 2022/2023. If you are aged 18-25, love choreographing, are interested in developing your artistic voice, meeting other emerging dance talent & would like to be mentored by one of the UK’s brightest choreographic talents, then PDSW would love you to apply. For more information, please visit this link.

Funding Opportunities

Ongoing funding opportunities are currently available with Arts Council England and Dance Professional Fund. ACE are currently offering National Lottery Project Grants for individuals and organisations, whose project fulfils the Let’s Create strategy. For more information, please visit this link.

Dance Professional Fund have numerous grants available to help cover essential living expenses, crisis management and retraining. To find out more, click here.