Black British Dance Platform

Image: Black British Dance Platform 2021 artists Fubunation in 'Ruins'. Photographer Ton Van Til.


The Black British Dance Platform is collaboration between Serendipity and Dance4, with the ambition to support and nurture dance artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, who are based in England, with a desire to present work internationally.

Through the Black British Dance Platform 2022, Serendipity and Dance4 will showcase two independent artists/companies as part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 supported through Dance4’s Dance from England programme. This platform and partnership will lead to increased international connectivity and visibility of Black British Dance, through a dedicated platform where work will be shared with international promoters and venues.

The Black British Dance Platform is part of Serendipity and Dance4’s joint commitment to affect long-term change in dance through the leadership of both organisations. This collaboration supports their aims to cultivate a sector that is representative of contemporary Britain, broadens the presence of independent artists internationally and enriches international perspectives into England’s dance ecology.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A performance fee of up to £1,300.
  • Travel, accommodation and rehearsal space, to be negotiated.
  • A one-week residency in preparation at Dance4, to be negotiated.
  • The opportunity to showcase your work on Wednesday 4 May 2022 as part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers at Curve Theatre in Leicester.
  • The opportunity to attend CPD workshops and conferences.
  • Dance from England development opportunities:
    • 1-2-1 support to help guide your international objectives
    • Access to a bursary for onward touring outside of the UK
    • A paid invitation to join the selection process for the 2023 edition of the BBDP platform.
  • Advocacy and mentorship from Serendipity and Dance4.
  • Advice and guidance on pitching and marketing your work from Serendipity and Dance4.
  • Opportunities to build an industry network during the wider festival programme.



  • Wednesday 5 January 2022, 5pm: Deadline for applications
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022: Expected decision made on applications
  • Friday 28 January 2022: Announcement of Selected artists
  • February – May 2022: Mentorship sessions with Serendipity and Dance4
  • March – April 2022: 1-week residency at Dance4
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022: Performance as part of the Black British Dance Platform
  • Thursday 5 May 2022: In Conversation with Serendipity and Dance4 (for venues and promoters)
  • Tuesday 3 May – Saturday 7 May 2022: LDIF22 Conference and Workshop Programme
  • June 2022: Next Steps meeting with Serendipity and Dance4
  • November/December 2022: Selection for Black British Dance Platform 2023

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an independent artist (non-NPO).
  • Be England-based.
  • Have at least 3-5 years professional experience.
  • Be from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora
  • For companies, the company lead and approximately 60% of company members should be from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora.
  • Be committed to working responsibly within Serendipity and partners’ COVID-secure Please note that elements of the programme might be subject to change given current government guidance.
  • Complete the Black British Dance Platform application form and monitoring from.
  • Submit documentation of the proposed and previous works with your application.
  • Lead artist to be available from 3 May – 6 May 2022 to attend Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 conference, workshops and performance programme.
  • To be available for performance on 4 May 2022, and In Conversation on 5 May 2022.
  • Propose a complete dance work that is between 25-45 minutes long.
  • Propose work that can practically be realised in Curve Theatre’s Studio. In terms technical requirements, sight lines and number of company members (approximately 1-5 company members is ideal for small-mid touring).
  • Have a desire and commitment to want to tour internationally.

Selection Criteria

The selection is made by a panel including artistic leadership from Serendipity and Dance4, independent artists and international partners.

Criteria for selection is based on:

  • Quality – Work with a clear sense of purpose and integrity that has the highest artistic performance standards.
  • Engagement – Work that has the ability to interact and engage audiences through a clear and successful conceptual framework.
  • Technique – Strong demonstration of dance style or genre and chosen techniques. If applicable, with accomplished self-development of approaches.
  • Innovation – Work that pushes the boundaries of dance and choreographic practice, platforming pioneering artists and ideas.
  • Suitability – Work that is practically suited to the venue and opportunity.

If you would like to have a conversation with someone prior to completing and submitting an application, then please email

If you have access needs that makes completing the application form not possible, please get in touch so we can discuss alternative options.  For more information, for a copy of the application for in word document please email or call 0116 482 1395.

Please submit your proposals by completing the application form.

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