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Are you a dance artist or choreographer?
Do you have an idea development that you want to share with an audience and receive feedback?
Would you like to connect with other artists in the sector?

In partnership with The MAC Belfast, Six Dance Collective are piloting a unique platform to nurture our dance community and bring new dance works to Belfast audiences.

In an intimate evening, we aim to provide a supportive space for dance and movement artists to try out ideas on the stage, experiment with an audience and share their work with their peers, the dance sector and the public.


Our inaugural Dance in Motion: A Scratch Night of Works-in-progress will take place on Friday 19 April 2024 in the Upstairs Theatre at the MAC Belfast. This programme of 6-10 pieces will be curated by SDC Artistic Director Ruaidhrí Maguire.

Submissions have now closed.


  • Proposals of any genre

  • Proposals from independent dance/movement artists and choreographers or small companies based in or with connection to the island of Ireland 

  • Makers may be at any stage of their development and career, but must be 18 and over.

  • This should be a current work-in-progress or a recently completed piece which you have not yet shared with an audience

  • The work should be between 4–20 mins in duration, but please feel free to suggest an extra of a work

  • We hope to receive proposals of variety of group sizes - solos, duets and group pieces  

  • You should be able to present the piece with basic technical requirements and minimal technical rehearsal time in the venue

  • We welcome artists who collaborate with other artists (e.g. musicians, spoken word artists etc) to include these artists in their application if they wish to perform together


  • A sharing-style performance in the Dance in Motion programme in The Upstairs Theatre at The MAC on the evening of Friday 19 April 2024

  • A rehearsal slot in The Upstairs Theatre in the daytime of Friday 19th April 2024

  • Technical support from theatre technicians to incorporate sound and minimal lighting and/or projection into your live work.

  • Marketing and promotion of your practice by Six Dance Collective

  • Video documentation of the performance 

  • Access to a live audience of peers, industry members and the public 

  • The opportunity to participate in an audience feedback session

  • Networking opportunities after the performance.

Please note: There is no fee for artists for this pilot of this platform opportunity. SDC believes that artists should be compensated for their craft and time, but in this instance we are partnering with the MAC to provide rehearsal space, a performance platform with technical support, promotion of your practice and archival footage for future use.



Applications open: 7th March 2024

Applications closed: 27th March 2024 at 11.59pm (deadline extended).
Artists informed of outcome: on or before 31st March 2024 (extended due to deadline extention)
Artists announced: from w/c 1st April 2024

Rehearsal day and sharing performance evening: 19th April 2024


To propose your piece for programming, please complete the form below, which includes a few very short questions about you and your proposed work and has space to upload a video of the piece or rehearsal/creation extracts. We realise that everyone is at a different stage, so please use this form in any way that helps you explain your work.


If we can provide this information to you in any other format, or you would like to send your proposal in a different way, please contact us at the email below.

If you prefer, you can also submit video links instead of written questions.

Check our our FAQs below or contact us at We’ll do our best to reply promptly! 


Are you looking for a specific genre?
No, and we’d really love to bring together artists working across a wide variety of dance and movement genres and cultures.  


What stage should I be at?

We’d love to bring together a variety of artists at all stages of their careers. Whether you’re making your first work or are very established, we’d love to hear from you. 

I’m Irish/N. Irish but don’t currently live there. Can I apply? 
Of course. Unfortunately we can’t provide accommodation, but if you have somewhere to stay we’d love to have your proposal.

I live locally but am not Irish/N. Irish . May I apply?
Yes. We welcome proposals from anyone living in or with a personal connection to the island.


Is there an opportunity for dancers who are under 18?

Whilst this is an opportunity aimed at emerging and professional artists, we'll be announcing a training opportunity for aspiring dancers soon.

Do I have to perform the piece myself?
We are open to receive applications from choreographer-performers sharing their work on themselves and from choreographers working with other dancers.

My piece isn’t finished yet, but I need to submit some footage. What should I do?
The video element of the application is just to give us a sense of your proposal and to help us curate a varied programme. A short clip or two of your work in progress in any space is ideal. We are not expecting polished footage!

Are you commissioning these new works?
This is not a commissioning scheme. This is a platform opportunity for makers with work-in-progress to share your practice and meet other creators.

Can I book tickets for the sharing performance?

Yes! Tickets will be on sale very soon and can be purchased directly from The MAC.

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