UPLIFT is back!

25 March 2024

Calling all Dance Makers, UPLIFT is back!  

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

Then our UPLIFT artist in residency programme might be for you!  We’re looking to commission three Dance Artists to join Company Chameleon at our home studio for a three-week residency in Autumn 2024.

As part of the residency, you’ll have the opportunity to develop new or unfinished work, with the support of:

  • £2000 towards project costs.
  • Three week residency of free studio space.
  • Support from Company Chameleon’s creative team, including mentoring sessions with the Artistic Directors.
  • Opportunity to present / perform 20 minutes of your work at our November Scratch Night – a chance to share your work and receive feedback in a supportive environment.

At Chameleon, we’re committed to raising the bar for dance in the region.  For us, this means supporting dance artists with different voices, histories and stories.

For UPLIFT, we welcome Dance Artists or companies working across all dance and movement styles and at any stage of their career.

We’re particularly interested in applications from people from marginalised communities.


Before applying, we ask you to check that you meet the following criteria.

  • Artists/companies must be based in the North West of England.*
  • All applicants must be available on Friday 15 November 2024.
  • Residency weeks run from September – October 2024, Applicants must indicate in their application which of the residency weeks are most suitable (options listed in the How to Apply section).

*The North West of England includes Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan.

If you’re unsure, please email emmy@companychameleon.com


You can apply in written or video format. All video submissions should be no longer than five mins and written, no more than two sides of A4. If you apply with a video, please send a link and any relevant passwords in your email.

All applications should answer the following eight questions:

Q1) What is your/company name?

Q2) What are your preferred pronouns?

Q3) What are your preferred residency dates out of the options below?

Option A = 9 September – 27 September
Option B = 30 September – 18 October
Option C = 21 October – 8 November.

Q4) Where are you based?

Q5) Tell us about your creative practice and who/what inspires you. (Include details of any previous projects & collaborations, previous funding/opportunities received. Inspirations can take any form.)

Q6) Give a us brief outline of your idea, including:

-What you hope your developed work might look/feel like.
-What stage your idea is at (i.e. is your idea at the ideas stage or has development already taken place?)
-Previous funding/ opportunities received.
-Who might work with you in the studio.

Q7) How will this opportunity support your/company development?

Q8) Please provide up to three links to images or videos of previous works. This could be social media posts, rehearsal videos, improvisations or short clips from full scale shows.

Deadline for submissions is midnight Sunday 28 April.  

Please send all submissions and your contact information to emmy@companychameleon.com with the subject line (UPLIFT)

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

All applicants will hear back W/C 29 April 2024.


Read the easy read info about: UPLIFT

Listen to the audio version below.

Thinking of applying for UPLIFT?
Join us online for a relaxed session where we’ll walk you through the application process. Get tips, ask questions, and get ready to apply for UPLIFT.

Monday 8 April,  6-6:30pm
Book a place

Images: UPLIFT artists 2023 –  Jordan Sheard, Shesoma (Maea Morgan and Lucy Halfpenny) and Mad Dogs Theatre (Douglas Thorpe). Photography by Joel Chester Fildes.

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