Calling all dance makers!

19 June 2023

We’re excited to announce UPLIFT, part of our new Artist Development programme for Dance Artists in the North West!

This Autumn we are opening the doors of our home studio to support new or unfinished works made by Dance Artists based in the North West. At Company Chameleon, we’re committed to raising the bar for dance in the region, which means supporting a community of dance artists with different voices, histories, and stories with opportunities to develop their creative practice.

Got a burning idea you want to explore?
Started work on a show but need more time to develop?

Here’s how we can help:

The selected artists will receive:

  • £2000 cash towards project costs
  • 3-week residency made up of free studio space.
  • Support from Company Chameleon’s creative team, including choreographic mentoring with Co-Artistic Director Anthony Missen.
  • Opportunity to present up to 20 mins of the work at our Nov Scratch night.

The details:

  • The opportunity is open to dance artists or companies working across all styles and at any stage of their career.
  • Artists/companies must be based in the North West and we particularly encourage applications from those residing in Greater Manchester*.
  • Residency weeks run three-week blocks. Applicants must indicate in their application which of the residency weeks are most suitable:

Option A = 11 Sept – 30 Sept 2023
Option B = 2 Oct – 21 Oct 2023

  • All applicants must be available for the Scratch Night on 19th Nov.
  • The Scratch Night will be an opportunity to present up to 20 minutes of the work made during UPLIFT. This will be a chance share your work and receive feedback in a supportive environment.
  • We are particularly interested in applications from marginalised communities.

*Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan.

How to apply:
You can apply in written or video format. All video submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes and written, no more than 2 sides of A4. If you apply with a video, please include a link with any relevant passwords in your email.

All applications should answer the following questions:

1 | What is your/company name?
2 | What are your preferred pronouns?
3 | Where in Greater Manchester are you based?
4 | Tell us about your creative practice and who/what inspires you.
(Include details of previous projects & collaborations, previous funding/opportunities received. Inspirations can take any form.)

5 | Give a us brief outline of your idea, including:

  • What you hope it might look / feel like.
  • What stage your idea is at (i.e. ideas stage or if any development taken place already)
  • Any previous funding / opportunities received.
  • Who might be working with you in the studio.

6 | How will this opportunity support your/company development?

7 | Please provide up to 3 links to images or videos of previous works.
This could be social media posts, rehearsal videos, improvisations, or short clips from full scale shows.

8 | Which residency would you prefer?
If you have no preference, please indicate both 1 & 2 in your application.

Option A = 11 Sept – 30 Sept 2023
Option B = 2 Oct – 21 Oct 2023


Download the Accessible Information Guide. 


*All applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of an independent artist, a young person, a representative from a partner organisation as well as Company Chameleon’s creative team.

Deadline for submissions is midnight Sun 9 Jul 2023.

Please send all submissions to with the subject line UPLIFT.

All Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submissions week commencing Mon 17 Jul.

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