Project information

Signature Move: Supporting emerging dancers

Engagement and participation in arts activities can have a trans-formative impact on the lives of young people; improving physical health, mental wellbeing and building communities. Signatures will nurture talented young dancers and choreographers to create new work.

December 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Serendipity Artists Movement Limited

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  • Need


    Leicester has a strong diverse cultural landscape and a tradition for dance. However, opportunities for young dancers are few and far between (especially in light of recent funding cuts), particularly those to participate in diverse dance forms such as African and African Caribbean dance. With over 50% of Leicester population coming from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, we believe it is important to be able to celebrate dance from around the world.


    Serendipity, through the Signatures platform at Let’s Dance International Frontiers, will provide mentorship, creative direction and financial support to a number of young dancers and emerging choreographers and allow them to develop new work. This will lead to a performance that will be premiered at Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2019 (LDIF19). It is our aim to support emerging performers from diverse backgrounds – promoting the city as a champion for diversity in the UK and beyond.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Supporting young dancers from all backgrounds.


    » To host workshops with internationally acclaimed dance practitioners to introduce young dancers to different dance techniques and build confidence.
    » Provide bursaries to support young dancers with the creation of new work.
    » Work with local schools/colleges and universities to spot dance talent.
    » Provide mentorship and support for six emerging dancers and choreographers to create new work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the showcasing of innovative and work by young dancers and choreographers at Let's Dance International Frontiers 2019.

    Aim 2

    Showcase diversity.


    » Allow BAME dancers and choreographers the opportunity to showcase their work.
    » Provide a platform (Let's Dance International Frontiers) for styles of dance that are not given a bigger audience.
    » The programme of works commissioned will be a reflection of Leicester’s cultural demographic.
    » To showcase dance performances from around the world.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by showcasing and supporting the artistic talent and creativity of young dancers from all backgrounds.

    Aim 3

    To build a network and community of dancers.


    » To make emerging performers and choreographers aware of Serendipity pledge to support diverse arts.
    » Liaise with universities, colleges and schools.
    » To create a forum for young dancers to talk with experienced practitioners and share experiences.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the creation of a platform for both young and experienced dancers and choreographers to share ideas and discuss their experiences in the arts.

    Aim 4

    To bring more economic input into Leicester.


    » Continue to work with as local businesses in Leicester and create partnerships and sponsors to invest in the city.
    » Let’s Dance International Frontiers works closely with a number of arts, hospitality and restaurant businesses, aiding their growth through tourism.
    » Visitors to LDIF will be given opportunities to enjoy Leicester's local shops and restaurants and will be provided detailed tourist information.
    » Reaching out to an international network to visit Leicester, generating tourism and bringing economic input through spending in shops, restaurants.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by forming closer ties with local businesses. LDIF will also promote local arts organisation, shops and restaurants within brochures, social media, web

    Aim 5

    Legacy of Signature Move: Supporting emerging dancers


    » A select number of dancers/choreographers will be asked to perform at the next LDIF in ‘Autograph’- creating a legacy of continued artist support.
    » Opening the showcase to audiences of young dancers and choreographers and fuel their creativity.
    » Capturing the performances and development programme on film, which will be available on YouTube and social media.
    » Gathering vox pops and interviews with participants.

    What success will look like

    The success will be the training and support of chosen dancers/choreographers - Helping a new generation of performers in making their work possible and accessible to more people.

  • Impact


    The project will create a legacy for young performers and choreographers in Leicester, giving them a springboard to create new work. The chosen performers will be given continued support and the opportunity to perform again at Let's Dance International Frontiers 2020, showing a progression in their creative development. This also allows us to represent different cultures in a positive manner and create a legacy that will change the landscape of dance and diversity for the better.


    There is a risk that the chosen dancers could pull out of the festival performance. We have dealt with this risk by extending contacts and close links to different dance art organisations in Leicester to guarantee that we can replace any drop outs. We will build networks with schools, universities who are engaged with arts and promote the project online via social media.


    Donors to this project will be given a monthly report, detailing activities and progress made by the chosen dancers, clips of the work in progress will be also be presented in the reports. An evaluation of the festivals impact will be reported to donors with video and photograph evidence included.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,800 Bursaries Bursaries for young dancers
      £1,900 Tutor fee Fee for workshop tutors and trainers
      £200 Studio Hire Studio space for rehearsals
      £100 Travel Travel funds for young dancers
      £100 Print and Social media Funds that can promote the performances of young dancers
      £400 Video and Photography Video & Photography funds to capture and promote the performances
  • Background


    Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and we want to share that diversity with a wider audience of people. Currently there is a lack of opportunities for young and emerging dancers and choreographers particularly from diverse backgrounds. We feel that not all voices are being heard in the arts sector, we want to champion and promote the diversity of the UK.


    Young emerging dancers and choreographers from all diverse backgrounds and cultures will benefit from the opportunity to present their work at an international dance festival.
    Local arts organisations and businesses will benefit from the extra commerce Let's Dance International Frontiers will bring to the city.
    The festival is attended by dance fans from all over the world including the USA, Sweden, Jamaica and South Korea - this puts Leicester on the map as a key area for arts in the U.K.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Serendipity is a diversity-led organisation with the specific aim of working in partnership with mainstream organisations to put on quality culturally diverse work across the region. Serendipity’s strength lies in its track record of working in the performing arts with venues, producers, promoters, performing arts and media companies and directors who reflect the demographic profile of the UK. Celebrating each year on 29 April, LDIF has a focus on showcasing new work from emerging talent.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pawlet Brookes

    Pawlet Brookes has been championing diversity in the arts in Leicester for 25 years. Founder and organiser of Let's Dance International Frontiers.