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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

Call for Expressions of Interest from Artists/Companies

Pavilion Dance South West are seeking expressions of interest from independent artists and companies who would like to present or pitch their work in the UK Dance Showcase from 16th – 19th May 2019. The showcase will focus on small and mid-scale dance productions, with a focus on the UK dance touring market, and extending the reach of dance performances to more diverse places and spaces.

You can submit an expression of interest via the online form for any or all of the below opportunities:

  • To present a completed piece of work that will be available for touring in the UK beyond May 2019
  • To pitch a completed piece of work, work in progress or project idea. This can include opportunities to share a brief performance extract, or studio sharing
  • To participate in further networking or sharing opportunities at the UK Dance Showcase

For more information on the full Call Out, click here.

For this information in Welsh, please click here.

To request the Call Out form in a Word format, please email

Surf the Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with further support from Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place, Yorkshire Dance and Arts Council Wales.


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