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Recent Dance Graduate Programme

📣 Application for the Recent Dance Graduate Programme 2020/2021 are now closed. 📣

Barrowland Ballet and The Work Room are active in nurturing a thriving and diverse ecology of dance in Scotland. Together, we have launched the Recent Dance Graduate programme, with the aim of supporting emerging dance artists make the transition from training and navigate the early stages of their careers in Scotland. Each year we will support 3-4 recent dance graduates by providing a package of support.

With COVID-19, we are shifting and adapting many aspects of our programme for 2020/21. There are many uncertainties around what we will deliver face-to-face and what will be online the year ahead. However, we can commit to the selected graduates receiving:

  • – One year of free membership to The Work Room & access to their membership programme;
  • – Individual mentoring session with Natasha Gilmore (Artistic Director & choreographer of Barrowland Ballet) and/ or Anita Clark (Director of The Work Room);
  • – Matching with a professional ‘buddy’ from the independent dance scene in Scotland;
  • – Shadowing opportunities with Barrowland Ballet (in the current year, this has included during the creation of new production, creative programmes with schools and with Wolf Pack, our intergenerational classes)

We also envisage participation in our regular professional contemporary dance classes, which run weekly in Glasgow, as a key part of the Dance Graduate programme.

For more information on the Recent Dance Graduate Programme email




“I would definitely recommend this programme. I have felt so fortunate to be a part of it and be immersed into the dance community. Reflecting on my year, there is so much which I owe to the experience of being in this programme.”

“It’s a great opportunity to keep up your training as a young and growing artist whilst also integrating yourself in the local dance community. The BB team are very open and willing to share their knowledge and experience which is priceless. It also makes the potentially daunting transition between education and the professional field that bit easier with experienced artists there to support you.”

“This programme will challenge you but you will come out of it with a better understanding of your own movement and dance practice as you will be introduced to lots of new ways of learning. TWR and BB will want to help you, so during your time on the programme utilise this and ask lots of questions – in what ways can they help you get to where you want to go?”

“I have become more knowledgeable about the Scottish dance scene and have been able to engage with artists with varying career paths within the performance scene. This has allowed me to question my own intentions and also perhaps consider different options, within the dance scene, that I hadn’t previously. Having the opportunity to shadow and assist professionals in the community dance scene really pushed me to see how dance can be used in a variety of settings and give non-dancers a free space to express and explore their own artistry.”

“The welcome and contact helped to make it feel as though we had became part of the local dance community. The opportunity to take professional class regularly was especially beneficial in continuing to develop my own practice.”