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Young Choreographers South West


Please note: the 2017-18 programme has now finished. Keep checking in for application dates for the 2018-19 residencies


Over the past three years Pavilion Dance South West and Dance in Devon have been welcoming young choreographers from across the region to learn and train with some of the UK’s best choreographers in a number of residencies. In a fun, supportive environment you will explore new choreographic devices, be inspired by fresh approaches and meet like minded artists.

Previous participants have said about their experience:

To me, Young Choreographers South West means…

  • Sharing, mindfulness, support, guidance, wisdom, growth,
  • Somewhere to expand my horizon with creativity – past the norm of education and be in the same boat as others

By participating in Young Choreographers South West I have gained:

  • A real focus on trusting yourself to not feel the need to add any other mannerisms apart from what is natural. This made for a nourishing and heart-warming experience which I can’t wait to explore further with my own choreography.
  • New ways to approach work. Inspiration from her joy of moving and sheer tenacity.
  • It’s good to push yourself to your limits. Don’t always to your normal movements, step out of your comfort zone.


  • You will meet a different leading choreographer each day
  • You may want to do one or both of the residencies we just ask that you are available and committed to attend both days of each
  • Each day includes: practical choreographic workshops and discussion with leading choreographers
  • 3 of the Young Choreographers will go on to receive mentoring and a small commission to contribute towards the development of a new work which will be programmed by PDSW Young Choreographer Platform.
  • There will be a high chance that you will be selected for further mentoring and choreographic opportunities later in the year
  • After the residencies we would like you to join our growing ‘family’ of Young Choreographers, staying up to date on social media and receiving tailored email updates
  • All PDSW projects are delivered to the highest standards of best and safe practice in dance with young adults at all times. Our Policy is available on our website should you wish to know more.

NB. Photographs/film will be taken throughout the weekend for use on websites, reports etc.


Alexander Whitley

Alexander is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, an Associate of Rambert, a former Associate Artist at DanceEast and was as an Affiliate Choreographer of the Royal Ballet Studio Programme (2012-14). His commissioned works for other companies include: Spring (Gandini Juggling – premiering 2018), Beheld (Candoco), Frames (Rambert), The Murmuring (BalletBoyz) and Kin (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and his collaboration with artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen (75 Watt) is now in the permanent collection of New York’s MOMA.

Kerry Nicholls
Photo by Pari Naderi

Kerry Nicholls has taught, choreographed, mentored and performed extensively for numerous dance companies and institutions throughout Europe and worldwide, and her experience spans a diverse dance practice spectrum.

Regularly teaching for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, DV8 and Michael Clark companies to name a few, she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary technique teachers; she receives many invitations to teach internationally at Ballet National de Marseille (France), Escuela de Danza (Cuba) and Beijing Dance Academy (China), and is annual guest lecturer at the Juilliard School (USA).

Regularly teaching for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, DV8 and Michael Clark companies to name a few, she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary technique teachers; she receives many invitations to teach internationally at Ballet National de Marseille (France), Escuela de Danza (Cuba) and Beijing Dance Academy (China), and is annual guest lecturer at the Juilliard School (USA).

k|n|d|c (kerry nicholls dance company) was founded in 1999 as a vehicle to promote her own choreographic research. Since its inception, Kerry has created numerous works for the company as well as receiving independent commissions from organisations and companies within Europe, China and the USA, and has directed various projects at venues such as the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall.

She was appointed Co-Director of Creative Learning for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in 2007, in addition to becoming the artistic advisor for the English National Ballet School in 2008.

Currently, Kerry is an external assessor for both the English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School and is a regular choreographic mentor for the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, One Dance UK, Rambert and Youth Dance England. She is also artistic advisor at the BRIT school, artistic director for National Youth Dance Wales 2015-2017, and Patron of Constella OperaBallet.

Kerry is director and owner of Kerry Nicholls Dance and embodies the values and spirit of the brand which launched in autumn 2012.


We select participating young choreographers based on the quality of their application. If you’re successful we will get in touch and check that you are still available and keen to take part. Once we

have your confirmation we will then send you an invoice. The cost to participate in each weekend is £100, £200 if you wish to take part in both. This contributes towards the workshop content and one nights’ accommodation. Some food may also be included and this will be specified in the itinerary which is sent to you once you’re booked on. Please note that once an invoice has been sent to you a cancellation fee is applicable and no refunds are available.


Payment – We can offer each residential for just £100 (£200 for both) because we have worked hard to raise the funds to cover the bulk of the costs.

Please note you must have paid the full fee at least 2 weeks before the residential is due to take place or you will not be able to take part.

Please contact us if there are exceptional circumstances preventing you from paying or if you would like to pay in two instalments.

Travel – You are responsible for your own travel to and from the residential and for ensuring you arrive in good time.

Bursaries – We have 2 bursaries available for each residential which will cover the £100 cost. Please contact us if you require a bursary.


AGE: We welcome applications from young people aged 18 – 25 years.

GEOGRAPHIC ELIGIBILITY: You must live in, or come from, one of these local authority areas:

Bath & North East Somerset

Bournemouth & Poole







Isle of Wight

North Somerset




South Gloucestershire





  • You may now be working as a dancer or choreographer.
  • You may be studying dance or you may have graduated in dance
  • You need to have a high level of fitness, a genuine passion for dance and a good level of dance experience.

This programme is led by Pavilion Dance South West with support from Dance in Devon.

Follow these links for more information about PDSW and Dance in Devon:



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