Live & Direct | Hip Hop Dance Development Week | Call Out

Live & Direct | Hip Hop Dance Development Week | Call Out

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Deadline: Thursday 7 December, 11:00am


Are you a dance artist working in hip hop, breakin’ or funk styles? Do you have a performance idea that you would like to develop and bring to the stage? Then Live & Direct, Dance Base’s new Hip Hop Dance Development Week, is for you!

Running from Monday 26 February – Friday 1 March, Live & Direct, Dance Base’s Hip Hop Dance Development Week, aims to support hip hop dance artists to explore, develop and present a new dance theatre work, with hands on support and mentorship from experienced hip hop dance artist and current Artistic Director of Dance Base, Tony Mills.

The five day residency week will take place at Dance Base in Edinburgh and will provide a supportive space for artists to take creative risks, test ideas and expand their artistic practice. At the end of the week on Sunday 3 March the artists will take part in a live performance in the Dance Base theatre, hosted by Tony Mills, to showcase the work they have been developing and discuss it with a live audience.

This week is about nurturing and showcasing the incredible talent of Scotland’s hip hop dance community, and creating a space for this performance work to be explored, shared, discussed, and celebrated.

Taking part in Live & Direct is a unique opportunity to:

  • Challenge yourself as a performer and expand your creative pallet
  • Test and develop a new performance idea for the stage in a supportive environment alongside your peers
  • Share your work to a live audience and gain valuable feedback
  • Access first class mentoring, advice and guidance from established hip hop dance artist Tony Mills
  • Connect with other hip hop dancers and the wider hip hop community

This opportunity is possible thanks to funding from Creative Scotland‘s Core Targeted Fund.


The opportunity will provide each artist with:

  • A total artist fee of £825 (based on £650 for the residency week and £175 for the performance day)
  • A week-long residency at Dance Base, Edinburgh from Monday 26 February – Friday 1 March 2024, with shared studio access from 10:00 – 17:00 each day. This week will include daily class with Tony Mills, creation sessions and peer-to-peer feedback
  • Participation in a live performance held on the evening of Sunday 3 March at Dance Base to present the work that has been developed
  • Mentoring and support from Tony Mills to develop your work for the stage
  • Technical support from two theatre technicians during a 90-minute technical rehearsal on Sunday 3 March to incorporate sound and lighting into your live performance
  • Participation in a facilitated feedback session after the performance with a live audience of peers, industry members and the public
  • Full documentation of the performance (photos/film)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses if based outside of Edinburgh
  • An additional budget to cover any access requirements as required to support your engagement in the week, including childcare costs.


The Hip Hop Dance Theatre Development Week is for artists who:

  • Are interested in exploring their hip hop dance practice, specifically in a theatre setting, and who are willing to engage with choreographic & theatrical tools and processes that may, at times, be challenging
  • Can participate in the full week including morning class
  • See their work as based in hip hop dance styles including, but not limited to, Breakin’, Street, Locking, Popping, Krump, Free Style, Whacking and House
  • See themselves as working at a professional level and are at any stage of their career
  • Are prepared to present a live public performance of 10 – 20 min in length at the end of the residency and receive feedback following the performance
  • Are predominantly based in Scotland



  • Deadline: Thursday 7 December, 11:00am
  • Panel meet: Wednesday 13 December
  • Artists Informed: Friday 15 December
  • Residency: Monday 26 February – Friday 1 March
  • Performance: Sunday 3 March


If you feel this opportunity is right for you, please download our application pack below and complete the Online Application Form.


If you are reading this and wondering if it is for you then please do read on – and if you have any questions, need some assistance with your application, or have any access requirements that we need to meet, then our team are here to help! Please just contact Kirsty Somerville on to arrange a time to speak.