Helping dance artists to fulfil their potential.

Dance Consortia North West is launching a mentoring scheme for dance artists to help support the development of their practice, career and learning.

The scheme is open to North West-based dance artists whether freelance, employed or part of an organisation and is free of charge.

DCNW will pair up to 10 dance artists with an appropriate mentor who is engaged in the North West dance sector to work together over the next 8-9 months. Applications are particularly welcomed from those with backgrounds and characteristics under-represented within the profession especially from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic artists or artists with a disability.

Mentors will be drawn from across the region and across the sector. So far the pool of mentors includes Artistic Directors of dance companies, a dance agency Artistic Director and a CEO, dance artists with 20+ years experience, university dance lecturers and a venue dance programmer. They will all receive training and support to ensure they are appropriately supporting your professional development needs

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th April at 5pm. Successful applicants will be required to attend a training day on Thursday 2nd May from 2-4.30pm.

For more information about how this mentoring scheme will work and will benefit both mentees (those being mentored) and mentors, please download this document.



Interested in working with a mentor?

This programme is designed to support your development by providing the benefits of a supportive and challenging relationship with a more experienced mentor who can also bring a fresh perspective to your situation.

A mentor will share his or her experience to assist their mentee to find solutions to problems, to develop confidence, consider their career development, acquire further skills and perhaps try out new techniques.

To apply for this opportunity, you will need to complete a self-evaluation form and an application form.

If you require a large-print version, or the '.docx' file format doesn't work for you please get in touch.

If you would prefer to provide this information by video:

  • * Please film yourself answering the questions 1-3 of the Self Assessment document and questions 9-14 of the application form. Please join clips to make one video no longer than 10 minutes.

  • * Upload the video to Vimeo and make ‘private’

  • * Use the application form to answer questions 1 to 8, 15 to 17 along with your signature / date etc

    * Send the application form, vimeo link and password to Ivan Wadeson at the email address below by 17th April

As well as individual need, applications will also be assessed to ensure a balance of ages, career stages and dance styles in the first cohort of mentees.


Interested in being a mentor?

Mentors can benefit by sharpening their development skills, improving their interpersonal communications and self-awareness and discovering new ways of problem solving.  Mentors can then apply these skills with more confidence in their own work.  They will also gain a fuller understanding of the region’s dance ecology.

You will need to commit to a training session w/c 29th April and then to meet with a mentee 8 or 9 times monthly after this.

If you are interested in being considered please download and complete this form and return it before 17th April.


Any queries?

Contact Ivan Wadeson, Partnerships Director or 01606 861770.

Thanks to Viv Tyler of Business In The Arts for her support in designing the mentoring scheme.



The Consortia is a partnership of dance development organisations, venues, companies, independent artists and HE institutions that have co-authored its purpose, ambition and values and secured Arts Council England investment. Established 2 years ago, it operates through a range of working groups intent on championing dance and inspiring audiences, artists and professionals of today and tomorrow. Cheshire Dance is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is acting as the accountable body for funding relationships for DCNW and employer of this post. For further information, please contact Adam Holloway, Director of Cheshire Dance, on 01606 861770.

Dance Consortia North West Partners
October 2018

Executive Group
Cheshire Dance
Co. Chameleon
Dance Manchester
HEI Reps
Ludus Dance
Merseyside Dance Initiative
The Lowry
Wired Aerial
Independent Chair, Sue Harrison
Arts Council England observer(s)

Connected Groups
Dance HE NW Consortium
Edge Hill University
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Hope University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Salford University
University of Bolton
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Cumbria

Artist Led For Artists (ALFA)
ALFA is a 100+ strong, open membership group of NW dance artists.  It has come together to advocate for dance artists, their connections to the wider dance sector, champion diversity and visibility of artists as well as share resources and knowledge to further the development of the art of dance.

Venues Group
Albert Halls, Bolton
Blackpool Grand
Bluecoat, Liverpool
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Contact, Manchester
Dance House, Manchester
Lyceum, Crewe
Storyhouse, Chester
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
The Lowry, Salford
New Adelphi, Salford University
Unity Theatre, Liverpool