Develop as a Dance Artist this Autumn

12 September 2023

We’re excited to announce our Autumn Artist Development programme for Dance Artists in the North West!

Chameleon is committed to raising the bar for dance in the region, which means nurturing and supporting a diverse community of Dance Artists with different voices, histories and stories. The programme celebrates this commitment.

In this Autumn’s line up, we’re offering a number of exciting opportunities to develop your creative practice.

Join us for a night of live improvised music and dance in collaboration with University of Salford and Low Four Studios.

What to expect:
Taking place in spaces across the city, Open floor is a space to play, share and connect. Dancers are invited to respond to live improvised music and musicians, responding to each other and the dancers in the space. Open Floor is a space to meet, jam and collaborate across artform.

Booking & info
Thu 21 Sept, 7-10pm, Low Four
Thu 19 Oct, 8-10pm, Company Chameleon
No need to book, just turn up.

Push forward your practice in our professional level class.

What to expect:
If you’re a professional dancer this is a fantastic free opportunity to push forward your practice in high quality classes, which engage a mix of movement styles, focuses and techniques.

The well-rounded training programme is led by an outstanding teaching team, including our Co-Directors, Company Dancers, Associate Artists and local artists from our home of Greater Manchester.

Booking & info
Weekdays until Mon 9 Oct, 10-11:30am
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Develop your skills beyond the studio as a Dance Artist who means business!

What to expect:
We understand that being a dance maker is not just about perfecting your craft; it’s about learning how to present it, fund it and take it out in the world!

Our carefully curated autumn programme features four events designed to empower you with a comprehensive set of skills and tailored support for every stage of your creative journey.

Guided by industry professionals, workshops focus on lighting for dance, building a brand, finding and funding work as well as how to approach venues to perform!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to make a bigger impact as a dance maker.

Booking & info
Thu 5 Oct, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, online
Your brand, your reputation with Nicola
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Thu 12 Oct, 6:30 – 8:30pm (in person)
Intro to lighting with Josh
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Thu 19 Oct, 6:30pm – 7:30 pm  (0nline)
Finding and funding work with Emmy
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Thu 26 Oct , 6:30pm – 8:30pm  (online)
DIY producing and programming with Emmy & Amanda
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Join us for a performance triple bill featuring new commissions from some of the North West’s most exciting Dance Makers!

What to expect:
This November, we’re proud to share three new works in progress made by this year’s UPLIFT Artists, who have been in residence at our home studio this Autumn. Join us to see new work, support local artists and feedback on their work so far!

This year’s supported artists are:
SheSomaDance – Maea Morgan and Lucy Halfpenny
Jordan Sheard
Douglas Thorpe – Mad Dogs Dance Theatre.

Booking & info
Fri 17 Nov, 7pm – 10pm
Company Chameleon, Barrass St, Openshaw

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of both our GM Artist Studio Hire Rates and Standby Studio Space programme.

What to expect:
A converted schoolhouse with original features and a welcoming atmosphere, Company Chameleon has four dance studios available to hire. Based in Openshaw, Company Chameleon is close to Manchester city centre and is within walking distance to Gorton train station. We offer free and secure car and cycle parking. We offer specially curated rates that support both independent dance artists/companies as well as local community groups.

Booking & info

GM Artist Studio Hire:
Find out more about the studios available to hire and rates here. 

Standby Studio Hire:
Looking for last minute space? Our new standby scheme allows Dance Artists to access empty studios for just £20 for the day!*

  • To reserve a standby studio call by 5pm the day before.
  • Only £20 for the Entire Day (10am – 6pm)
  • Studios can accommodate 1- 5 people
  • Standby Studios are only available 24hrs ahead.

*Standby studio hires are subject to availability.

Book a space: | 0161 223 6280

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