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Talent Hub

What is the Talent Hub?

The Talent Hub is an innovative professional development programme for talented dancers with a learning disability, autism or both.

The Talent Hub will offer a step change in the cultural sector, enabling dancers with a learning disability, autism or both to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance artists.

Tess Chaytor (Artistic Director, TIN Arts) will lead the dance training and performance elements of the Talent Hub. The Talent Hub will also draw upon expertise from internationally leading artists creating new work for touring nationally, profiling and distributing distinctive, significant, high-quality new work.

Karen Parry is the Chief Executive of Inclusion North in Leeds and, alongside a team of self-advocates, will ensure that all Talent Hub dancers and their families are fully supported during their time on the programme.


The Talent Hub is looking for people who:

  • Have a learning disability, autism or both – with or without other disabilities.

  • Are aged 18 or over on 1 July 2018.

  • Live in the North East of England or Yorkshire, although those living outside this area may be

    considered as part of the recruitment process under special circumstances.

  • Are passionate about dance and interested in working in the dance sector and/or becoming a

    professional dancer. They may have done some dance training but need access to further training and focused support to enable progression.


 Application / Recruitment Process
The Talent Hub will be open for applications from 1 March 2018 to 27 April 2018 with subsequent call-back audition workshops taking place late May / early June. Recruitment for the Talent Hub will involve submitting work digitally followed by a series of practical workshop days.By mid-June 2018 we hope to have selected the final ten dancers who will form the inaugural cohort of the Talent Hub programme.


Who is leading the Talent Hub?

TIN Arts, a leading inclusive dance organisation based in Durham City, in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, will launch the Talent Hub across the North East of England and Yorkshire in March 2018. Both TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance have a proven track record of supporting dancers to develop their practice, nurturing

talent and ability, and placing the lead partners’ work at the forefront of inclusive dance practice.


Who is the Talent Hub for?

The Talent Hub will recruit and support the development of ten talented emerging dancers with a learning disability, autism or both from 2017 – 2020.


What’s Involved

All ten dancers will take part in two key elements of the Hub:

  • A series of regular intensive residencies bringing all ten together

  • Individual personalised ‘wrap around’ support and development programmes

    Over the course of 6 residencies running from 2018 – 2019 and lasting between 5 – 10 days, the Talent Hub dancers will take part in dance technique training, creative workshops, choreographic sessions, as well as rehearsals for a new piece to tour in 2019-2020.


The personalised ‘wrap around’ support will take place wherever each Talent Hub member lives and will be focused on the needs of the individual. This may range from access to local technique-based classes, attending regular gym / fitness sessions through to development of new work including sourcing funding, development support, etc.



There is no cost to join the Talent Hub. When the company comes together for residencies, all accommodation and food will be provided free of charge, and dancers will be given support to undertake journeys to and from each location.

Within the ‘wrap-around’ programme TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance will work with the ten Talent Hub dancers, their families and other people who support them to ensure appropriate resources and funding is in place to support chosen activities.


Beyond the Talent Hub

The ten Talent Hub dancers will graduate from the programme in the Summer of 2020 with ongoing support. Beyond the three-year lifetime of the Talent Hub the longer-term ambition is that the programme will inspire the dance sector to be more inclusive of dancers with learning disabilities or autism and more likely to recruit, train, support and programme them and their work.


The Talent Hub Partners

Other partners include the Leeds Dance Partnership, the National Youth Dance Company, Dance City and Kala Sangam as well as other regional organisations from across the North East and Yorkshire.

The Talent Hub is funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund and by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Want to know more?

For further information about the Talent Hub visit the official Talent Hub website page here, contact Jo Turner, Project Coordinator by emailing talenthub@tinarts.co.uk or calling 0191 384 0728.