Beyond the Studio

9 January 2024

Beyond the Studio is back for Winter and kicks off this month!

Being a dance maker is not just about perfecting your craft. It involves a whole set of other skills too, such as producing, networking, funding and finance.

Beyond the Studio is our event series to help you develop these types of skills, so you can carve out your career with confidence and make a bigger impact in the industry. Here’s what’s coming up this Winter…

Thu 25 Jan, 6:30-10pm
At Company Chameleon
Join the conversation and stay to jam!

Dance makers let’s gather at the LONG TABLE, where conversation is the only course! Hosted by Liz Mytton from Theatre in Flow, this is an opportunity to look at the year ahead and to:

  • Talk about where you’d like to focus your time and energy.
  • Figure out your priorities as a dance artist.
  • Set your intentions for 2024.

After we’ve connected through conversation, we’ll be hosting OPEN FLOOR. In collaboration with the University of Salford, this is an opportunity to jam with improvised live music and dance.


Thu 1 Feb, 6:30-8:30pm
So, you have an idea, now what?

For many artists the idea of trying to make, manage and tour work can feel daunting. Join us for a relaxed online session designed to support those next steps.

Led by our Access & Development Producer, Emmy, you’ll learn tips and tricks to support yourself as a self-producing artist; gain tools to help build funding applications; and learn more about the commissioning and programming process.


Thu 8 Feb, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for a relaxed session discussing the business and money side of your practice.

The brilliant Maz Hedgehog will take you from registering as self-employed to filing your first tax return. They’ll demystify HMRC so you can breeze your way through tax season. Whoop!


Thu 15 Feb, 6:30-8:30pm
At Company Chameleon

In this practical workshop, you’ll have access to Company Chameleon’s lighting equipment under the expert guidance of award-winning Lighting Designer, Josh Tomlin.

Learn how to generate visual ideas and incorporate them into your own work and explore how direction and colour can create atmosphere and emotion.

Josh asks you to prepare a short piece of movement to work with in the session. Numbers are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Beyond the Studio is part of our Artist Development programme for dance makers in the North West. The event series celebrates our commitment to raising the bar for dance in the region. To us, this means nurturing and supporting a diverse community of dance makers with different voices, histories and stories. We hope you’ll be part of it and join us this Winter!

We offer reduced studio hire rates for Greater Manchester dance artists. We also offer last minute studio hire, subject to availability, for just £20 a day!

A converted schoolhouse with original features and a welcoming atmosphere, we have four dance studios available to hire. Close to Manchester city centre, we are a few minute’s walk from Gorton train station, and we offer free and secure car and cycle parking.

Find out more in our online brochure here. To book a studio, contact or 0161 223 6280

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