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Surf the Wave

Surf the Wave is an ambitious programme to create a step change in how the UK showcases dance and extends and strengthens tours for artists and companies. It has emerged from the National Dance Network and is supported by the Showcasing Strategy Working Group.


PDSW is hosting Surf the Wave between 2017 and 2020. It starts with an eighteen-month programme (October 2017 to May 2019) of talent development and artist support involving artists, producers and promoters (including those new to dance) around the country.


Then there is the UK Dance Showcase itself, which will run from 16-19 May 2019. After the Showcase, there will be a year’s programme of touring and development support to help realize tour bookings and strengthen artist/promoter relationships stemming from the Showcase.


For further information on Surf the Wave contact Eloise Tong, Surf The Wave Coordinator at


Surf The Wave Call for Presenters and Promoters

Pavilion Dance South West and partners are bringing together forward-thinking programmers, producers, promoters and managers who are interested in presenting dance performances in theatres, festivals, museums, galleries, and many other unusual places and spaces.


At events held around the country, we are offering a supported opportunity to meet artists and creatively develop new ideas and opportunities for presenting dance.


We are inviting expressions of interest to participate in the Surf The Wave Artist as Entrepreneur programme. We would like to hear from presenters who can commit to both dates in their region and work in any of these contexts:

  • New to dance programming and want to know more
  • Programme 1 or 2 dance pieces a year, but would like to do more
  • Programme in any context including small and mid- scale venues, rural touring, museums, galleries, festivals & outdoors
  • Regularly programme dance but want to develop stronger artist and audience relationships


If you'd like to get involved, please email an Expression of Interest with brief information about your venue and current dance programme to 


Download the full Call for Participation here or scroll to the bottom of this page.


Eighty-five percent of Surf the Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Further support comes from the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place and Yorkshire Dance.


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