SHIFT

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SHIFT is an exciting career exploration opportunity for Hip Hop Artists funded by ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Dancers’ Career Development.

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IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH ZOONATION :

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company (ZooNation) and Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) have come together to provide a paid opportunity for freelance Hip Hop dancers who wish to explore different career options beyond performing. Successful applicants will gain financial assistance, mentoring and coaching towards exploring options to support their career within or outside the arts sector.

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CONGRATULATIONS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR THREE SUCCESSFUL 2023 APPLICANTS:

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Joel Glaefke (Jo-L) 

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Ola Papiór

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Joel Glaefke (Jo-L) 

'I applied to SHIFT as I wish to explore a career transition into performance psychology consultancy. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology, I have had the chance to gain extensive knowledge in the field. Having always been passionate about dance and performance, I attempted to apply my psychological knowledge to enhance my own professional artistic work.

Throughout my journey, I have had the opportunity to mentor and teach dancers, sharing my knowledge and helping them improve their abilities. These experiences have sparked a desire within me to branch out further and start working with performers and athletes in a broader capacity.

By transitioning into performance psychology consultancy and coaching, I aim to utilise my academic background, practical experience, and passion for both the arts and athletics to help individuals and teams maximise their potential. I envision myself working closely with athletes and performers of all kinds, understanding their unique challenges, and providing tailored strategies to enhance their overall performance.
By bridging this gap, I hope to contribute to the success and well-being of individuals pursuing excellence in performance, regardless of their chosen discipline.'

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Ola Papiór

‘I've applied for SHIFT to explore new skills to expand my performance in different industries. The solid dependence on financial stability within the dance industry, within current inflation, was becoming impossible and pushed me towards expanding my horizons. I'm also very interested in learning and acquiring new skills that I will be able to merge with what I do already.

Dance is such a beautiful form of art that has no limits. Adding martial arts and singing skills to it will expand my creative horizons in many ways. The SHIFT programme will help me give my portfolio more attributes, but it will also help me build more confidence as a performer. I'm sure this experience will help my self-development and open new doors to opportunities. In the future, I can see myself performing on new stages, exploring the world of movies and musicals and utilising my new skills in various creative projects.’

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Instagram: @olapapior
Portrait Photographer: Agata Piatkowska

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Rosie Wilson - Sidlauskas (Rosie Rose)

'I applied to the SHIFT Programme to gain support whilst being encouraged to explore another career option. As a bodyworker my aims will be maintaining and restoring health to find harmony. Currently I'm a dance artist and lecturer where I work with my body and other bodies; transitioning into this field of work will be a natural progression. My interest in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage blossomed in 2016, I'm attracted to this style of massage because it feels like a sacred dance between two people, since then my curiosity has led to a steady progression of attaining my skills and vision.

The partnership between Dancers' Career Development and Moving Ahead will provide a fantastic advantage to be matched with a mentor, engaging on a one-to-one basis with reciprocity, via 'Beyond Dance'. This scheme allows me to invest in my interest enabling growth, it will be very beneficial to have fresh ideas because of this growth mindset; but instead of managing it all by myself I will be able to communicate and exchange experiences, stories, ideas and insights with my cohort peers and mentor.

Ultimately next year I hope to have completed my anatomy and physiology studies with a client base rising. Dance has been a massive part of my lifestyle and will continue to be, the generous grant will allow me to explore the body at a theoretical level, I can contribute the physical knowledge that I already deeply possess. When both are combined, I'll flourish!’

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Instagram: @rosie_wilsid
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APPLICATION DEADLINE :

CURRENTLY Closed

Find out about some of our previous successful applicants' experiences below

 

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Ffion Campbell-Davies

‘I have experienced a reorientation of priorities regarding my health. I was once able to output a large amount of emotional, psychological and physical resource and labour consistently into the dance industry and it was once a sustainable option for me. Due to the precariousness of managing PTSD and recognising that I need more systems and supportive infrastructure in place as a neurodivergent person, it has become relatively inaccessible for me to sustain my career as a dancer, so retraining in something else is necessary. This is not to say I will no longer dance, but it’s not my dependence for economic stability.

Qigong has had a huge impact on me, supporting me in some of the most stress induced and difficult adjustments in my life. Not only has it shown me that this is an old century evolutionary & timeless science bridging mind, body and spirit, but it’s something that connects people of all walks of life, from all different abilities. It is sustainable, preventative and filled with wisdom and diverse solutions. It’s something that I need for my health and is also something I’m passionate about sharing with others. So training as a qigong practitioner was something I was adamant about doing.’

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Saskia Horton

‘As an artist who became disabled at 22 with ME/CFS my life changed due to lack of access to spaces, which were not only my social & creative networks but also my career. I want to transition into event management and curation of accessible events in order to host & make space for disabled, chronically ill & neurodivergent artists.’

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Francesca Miles

‘I applied to the SHIFT programme to help me dedicate more time to improving my DJ skills and expanding my music industry network. I began DJing in 2020 and learned the basics quickly during lockdown; what began as a passion project then quickly evolved into a new career opportunity to supplement my dancing. Through SHIFT I will further develop skills including scratching, equalizing, transitions and effects, and will learn how to mix multiple music genres, so that I can be a more rounded DJ for parties and dance battles. I will also travel to Paris to learn from some reputed international DJs and deepen my industry knowledge. I am excited to see how my craft and career path develops this year. There are not so many well-known female DJs in the street dance scene, so I aim to become one.’

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Isaac Ouro-Gnao

The SHIFT programme was a great support at a key time in my career. I was able to upskill in my marketing through the Digital Marketing at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School thanks to the grant made available. I’m now able to apply these skills in a new job I managed to pick up as a result. The mentoring programme offered through Moving Ahead was also key in building up confidence in building plans for the immediate and long-term future. Clare Smart, my mentor, was friendly and supportive in her approach, helping me solidify personal and professional goals and targets. Her sensitive, careful, and considered approach was at the core of my positive experience. I can’t recommend SHIFT enough!

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‘I have experienced a reorientation of priorities regarding my health. I was once able to output a large amount of emotional, psychological and physical resource and labour consistently into the dance industry and it was once a sustainable option for me. Due to the precariousness of managing PTSD and recognising that I need more systems and supportive infrastructure in place as a neurodivergent person, it has become relatively inaccessible for me to sustain my career as a dancer, so retraining in something else is necessary. This is not to say I will no longer dance, but it’s not my dependence for economic stability.

Qigong has had a huge impact on me, supporting me in some of the most stress induced and difficult adjustments in my life. Not only has it shown me that this is an old century evolutionary & timeless science bridging mind, body and spirit, but it’s something that connects people of all walks of life, from all different abilities. It is sustainable, preventative and filled with wisdom and diverse solutions. It’s something that I need for my health and is also something I’m passionate about sharing with others. So training as a qigong practitioner was something I was adamant about doing.’

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‘As an artist who became disabled at 22 with ME/CFS my life changed due to lack of access to spaces, which were not only my social & creative networks but also my career. I want to transition into event management and curation of accessible events in order to host & make space for disabled, chronically ill & neurodivergent artists.’

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‘I applied to the SHIFT programme to help me dedicate more time to improving my DJ skills and expanding my music industry network. I began DJing in 2020 and learned the basics quickly during lockdown; what began as a passion project then quickly evolved into a new career opportunity to supplement my dancing. Through SHIFT I will further develop skills including scratching, equalizing, transitions and effects, and will learn how to mix multiple music genres, so that I can be a more rounded DJ for parties and dance battles. I will also travel to Paris to learn from some reputed international DJs and deepen my industry knowledge. I am excited to see how my craft and career path develops this year. There are not so many well-known female DJs in the street dance scene, so I aim to become one.’

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The SHIFT programme was a great support at a key time in my career. I was able to upskill in my marketing through the Digital Marketing at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School thanks to the grant made available. I’m now able to apply these skills in a new job I managed to pick up as a result. The mentoring programme offered through Moving Ahead was also key in building up confidence in building plans for the immediate and long-term future. Clare Smart, my mentor, was friendly and supportive in her approach, helping me solidify personal and professional goals and targets. Her sensitive, careful, and considered approach was at the core of my positive experience. I can’t recommend SHIFT enough!

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Scheme details

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a grant of up to £2000 to be used towards retraining or exploring a different career
  • be part of a DCD’s Beyond Dance Mentoring Programme, powered by Moving Ahead, designed to give dance artists the opportunity to create
    connections and networks outside of the dance sector
  • one to one Personal and Career Development Coaching sessions
  • access to ZooNation and DCD’s expertise and people
  • peer-to-peer support.
  • please consider your availability before submitting an application to SHIFT. The range of opportunities beyond the funding itself are wide-reaching and we are looking for applicants who have the capacity to make the most of their place on the programme.

Application deadline: currently closed.

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Criteria for applicants

All applicants must have at least 6 years’ experience of performing Hip Hop work in a professional and paid capacity within the UK. Applicants must demonstrate that they have been professionally contracted as a Hip Hop dancer consistently for at least a period of 6 years. Teaching experience will be recognised but the onus for applicant is to demonstrate (through their CV) that they have been primarily employed as a dancer (across a variety of context including, but not limited to, stage, tv, film, festivals, exhibition battles and wins etc…) in a performance capacity.

We are not inviting applications from Hip Hop dance artists wishing to develop their artistic work/choreographic skills. This is not an artist development scheme.

This programme is for Hip Hop artists wishing to invest time on personal development, work with a mentor and explore a different career.

Priorities

We welcome applications that reflect the diversity of society especially individuals currently underrepresented in the arts.

For this opportunity ZooNation and Dancers’ Career Development will be prioritising applications from:

  • Dancers identifying as female
  • Dancers who have experienced racism as a barrier to their professional development

Any questions?

We know there will be questions which we hope will be answered in these Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions relating to SHIFT please contact dancers@thedcd.org.uk.

Image Credits
Banner image by Paul Hampartsoumian
Isaac Ouro-Gnao image by Luke Lentes
ZooNation studio image by Johan Persson

Application deadline: currently closed.

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