Start date
April 2024
Closing date
Wed 29th Nov 2023 12:00pm

Job Description

MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism student in workshop led by Lucinda Jarette Credit: Rocio Chacon 2023

London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, is happy to announce that for the second year we are offering 8 commissions for artists working in London with a community or participatory practice.

We will bring small groups of our 2nd year undergraduate students into co-creative processes with different communities in London under the leadership of experienced community or participatory dance artists.

What are we looking for?

London-based artists with a community or participatory practice who want to lead a 25-hour project in which approximately 8 students co-create with community members under your leadership.

You must have an established community group which works in London, so the commute is possible for our students. Your group must be established enough that working with the students can be enriching for the group as well as the students.

We will not consider applications from artists without an established group with whom they already work.

What do we offer?

The fee for the lead artist on the project is £2300.

In addition, each commission has a small production budget of £200.

We will address any rehearsal space needs of each group individually once the artists and groups are appointed. Space is available at The Place. We are, however, keen for our students to experience working in situ where your community usually meets.

Please see the further information section for a more detailed breakdown of the fee.

When will it happen?

We are aware that each community group will have different needs concerning schedule and it is difficult to change meeting days/times for some community groups.

Your project can take place over a period of 5 weeks and should aim to have around 5 hours of delivery per week if possible so the time is spread out over the 5 weeks. This is not a hard and fast rule and we understand that some projects might need to work more or less intensively in some weeks. We have listed the days on which our students can work with you below.

We ask you to deliver your 25-hour project with the students and your community group between 9:00am-06:00pm on any of the dates below.

We cannot consider projects which propose to work on other dates and we cannot accept applications which propose to work in the evenings and weekends.

We ask you to apply with a confirmed schedule for your 25-hour project. You should have discussed this with any project partners in advance of applying.

You are asked to contribute to the Community Commissions festival in the week of June 3, 2024 when all groups will share their work in a form of their choosing (performance, workshop, film, presentation, talk etc). We ask you to keep 3-4 of your project hours for the Community Commissions festival if you think your group might want to perform live. There is no requirement to perform live.

The dates when you can schedule your 25 hours are:

Mon April 22nd
Tues April 23rd
Wed April 24th
Thurs April 25th
Fri April 26th

Mon April 29th
Tues April 30th
Wed May 1st

Tues May 7th
Wed May 8th
Thurs May 9th
Fri May 10th

Mon May 13th
Tues May 14th
Wed May 15th
Thurs May 16th
Fri May 17th

Mon May 20th
Tues May 21st
Wed May 22nd
Thurs May 23rd
Fri May 24th

Week of June 3rd - Community Commissions festival (keep 3-4 hours for this if you want to perform live). Exact date to be confirmed.

You will also have 5 paid planning and reflection sessions with the students as well as paid hours for meetings with project partners, the other commissioned artists and The Place staff. These will be in addition to the 25 hours of the project.

How do I apply?

Please click on the Apply Now button at the end of this page after you have read/listened to all the information. You are asked to introduce yourself, your work and the community group with whom you want to co-create. You must also submit a 3–5 minute video introducing yourself and your practice. You must submit a project schedule of the 25 hours which has been confirmed with project partners.

Community group

We recognise that having our students join your group will affect your process. We want to generate co-creative processes which are mutually beneficial to everyone involved in them. Please consult with the participants in your group to test their interest in co-creating with our students before you apply.


It is possible to submit the application form in different formats (e.g., sound file).

A large print PDF of all text and the application form are available. Other formats can be made available on request.

We can offer financial support should you need support from an access worker to support your application.

Any questions?

Unit leader Jo Parkes will host an online meeting on Wed 15 Nov 7:30-8:30pm. Jo will briefly present the commissions and then answer any questions you have.

You can attend this event by logging onto this zoom link on Wed 15 Nov at 7:30 pm (GMT).

We will make a recording of the session available for those who are unable to attend.

You can contact Jo Parkes at

When will the recipients be announced?

Decisions will be announced by email in December 2023. We regret that we cannot give feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Further Information

The fee includes:
25 hours project with @ 8 students and your community group
5 hours planning/reflection with students
6 hours taster workshops for the BA 2 year group
8 hours paid planning time with project partners
4 hours compulsory exchange meetings with all 8 artists and LCDS staff

Taster workshop:
A taster workshop of 2 hours for the students at LCDS. The same workshop will be offered 3 times to 3 different groups of students: 6 hours of work in all. After this workshop the students will choose which Community Commission they join.

Each Community Commission has 30 contact hours with the students. This includes:

25 hours of workshops with the students and the community dancers under your facilitation/leadership
5 hours of planning and reflection time with the student group without the community dancers

DBS Checks
All artists working with young people or adults at risk will be expected to hold an enhanced DBS disclosure. The Place can assist with obtaining these checks if they are not already in place.  We will endeavour to ensure that all LCDS students working with community groups will hold an enhanced DBS disclosure. Where this is not possible, we will work with commissioned artists to find appropriate roles for students without DBS checks.

Health and Safety

Risk assessments will form part of the planning process for project and artists will be expected to work in line with The Place's Health and Safety Policy.

Complete the form to apply.