Funded place for Young Rural Retreats 2019

DanceEast and Dance Ireland are delighted to work together to provide one funded place for a young Irish dance artist to attend Young Rural Retreats in 2019.

Young Rural Retreat 2019:
An opportunity to explore what skills will be required to lead dance into the future in an uncertain economic climate.

Date: Thursday 29th August – Sunday 01st September 2019

Location: Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW


DanceEast has been providing Rural Retreats for existing and aspiring dance leaders since 2003.  They have brought together Artistic Directors of the world’s leading dance companies, leaders of professional training schools, and those looking to take their first step into leadership.

We are committed to nurturing young dancers to enable a diverse range of voices that are creative, bold and ready to find solutions to lead dance through times of stability and during times of uncertainty. Young people entering leadership roles will now be responsible for engineering growth for a future that we can’t predict.

Young Rural Retreat 2019 is looking for people:

  • aged between 18 and 23 and passionate about dance.
  • who want to meet leading industry professionals.
  • who want to discover leadership and management skills fit for a dance career.
  • who you dream of making an impact on the future of dance.

About Young Rural Retreat

Young Rural Retreat 2019, is an intensive experience aimed at young leaders who want to make a difference and who want to learn more about themselves, leadership and, where and how they may contribute.

The Retreat will be led by two facilitators: Christopher Hampson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet and Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet.  Christopher has participated in previous Rural Retreats for both aspiring and existing dance leaders and as a speaker, and Catherine, as well as being a leading dance educator is a specialist in career development. 

Each day will start with a short class or warm-up. You will hear from leaders in and beyond dance, explore what leaders do, the skills they need, the challenges they face and ways of dealing with difficult situations. There will be time to listen and reflect, to discuss and discover different ideas, to work with people who share your passion, and to formulate an international network of ambitious young leaders.

Dance Ireland is accepting applications from young people, with ambition and potential to be the dance leaders of the future, for the Young Rural Retreat programme.

Your accommodation and catering will be covered by DanceEast.
Dance Ireland will undertake to cover travel costs to and from Ipswich from Ireland and the contribution of £50 (in sterling and inclusive of VAT).
You must be a Dance Ireland student or performer/choreographer member to apply

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 April 2019, 12:00 noon
Successful applicants will be informed by the end of April 2019.

Participants will be selected based on the attached application form, with the intention of bringing together people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and perspectives.


DanceEast is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations. It is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, the home of dance in the East of England.
DanceEast’s programme embraces the artistic, educational, social and recreational roles that dance plays in the local and national arts ecology. It places artists at the heart of the organisation, presenting high-quality, high-profile dance work in the Jerwood DanceHouse and offering artists support, development and stimulation via programmes such as the Associate Artist Scheme, Rural Retreats, Professional Development workshops, advanced level classes and the Choreographic Development Fund. DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years, working closely with partners on local, national and international projects. For more information visit

Dance Ireland

Dance Ireland supports the development of all forms of dance in Ireland through training, professional opportunities and advocacy. We are Ireland’s national dance development organisation and, true to our origins, we are proud to continue to be the representative body for the professional dance community in Ireland. Our bold ambition is for dance to be valued and vibrantly, actively and confidently part of people’s lives. Achieving this, we believe, would ensure a sustainable future for dance in Ireland and a credible career for those committed to dance as a profession.
We exist to make this happen.