Little Big Dance - Artist Call Out!

24 July 2019

New Opportunity for SW Dance Companies in a Major New National Dance Programme

Little Big Dance is looking for artists interested in making dance work for and with an early years audience. This opportunity is aimed at artists at any stage of their career but not those already extensively making and touring work for early years. 

Launched by South East Dance in partnership with Take Art, Dance East and Yorkshire Dance, Little Big Dance is a national project that supports choreographers and dancers to make captivating and diverse work for and with under-fives and their families, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds with little or no access to the arts. 

Throughout the two 18 month cycles, Take Art and the three partner organisations, will help to develop eight commissioned works; four of which will be produced to tour nationally.

Little Big Dance addresses a significant gap in early years dance performance as well as seeking to build audiences. We want to revolutionise the way early years dance is recognised and to support more high quality dance work for the under-fives. Just like our previous touring project Hopper, Little Big Dance will place the voice of the child at the heart of the creative process, making sure the children are actively involved in the development of the work.


Are you interested in making dance work for and with an early years audience?

Are you keen to work directly with children to formulate and test your ideas?

If so, Little Big Dance partners want to hear from you....

The initial phase of Little Big Dance is the Artist call out which is happening now.

For more information and details of how to apply for the first 18 month cycle, click here

Little Big Dance is also supported by Dance Umbrella, Birmingham Hippodrome, Strike a Light Gloucester and English National Ballet School.


  • ProjectLittle Big Dance

    Little Big Dance is a major three-year national initiative created by South East Dance in partnership with Take Art, DanceEast and Yorkshire Dance, with more than £371,000 investment from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.

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  • ProjectHopper

    Taking place over two-years, Hopper brings specially created theatre shows into, pre-schools, nurseries, theatres, libraries and children’s centres, focusing on children from less advantaged areas.

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  • ProjectLittle Big Bang

    Little Big Bang was a grand scale Early Years Creativity project that ran for two years between 2009-2011, bringing creative professionals into key Somerset Children's Centres to work as part of their professional teams.

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