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Tanzmesse 2018


International Tanzmesse is one of the largest professional gatherings dedicated to contemporary dance. Taking place every two years in Dusseldorf, Germany, this year it will happen between 29 August and 1 September 2018.

There are three primary aspects to Tanzmesse:

Trade Fair – the exhibition halls offer a space where companies, artists, local governments and agencies can present their own work and represent artists. 

Festival Programme - an artistic programme of live performances selected following an open call, either as fully produced pieces or as excerpts as part of the Open Studios, runs across 11 stages during the period.


Debates and information sessions – a programme of talks and information sharing on specific topics.


Supported by Wales Arts International and led by National Dance Company Wales and a group of organisations supporting contemporary dance in Wales, 2016 saw the first Dance From Wales stand at Tanzmesse.

National Dance Company Wales will again lead a Wales stand at Tanzmesse 2018 with support from Wales Arts International.

We are offering three bursaries to individual dance practitioners or producers in Wales at the early stages of developing international work to attend Tanzmesse.


Who should apply?

You will be an individual dance practitioner or producer based in Wales, currently developing a track record in Wales and at the early stages of developing an international profile and audience for your work. As a delegate you will get the opportunity to explore international markets and the role of showcasing.  

We are looking to support those who are relatively new to representing their work within an international marketplace and would benefit from experiencing the process of attending such a marketplace through a supported visit to Tanzmesse.


What we will cover:

We will organise and cover costs for:

  • International travel and transfers;
  • Accommodation;
  • Delegate pass;
  • A stipend of £120.00 to cover per diems;
  • A contribution of up to £150.00 to cover the adaptation of existing marketing materials.

There will be a briefing session ahead of the visit and you will receive support and advice before and during the visit by National Dance Company Wales and Wales Arts International.

There will be time for you to participate in the seminar programme, to attend networking events and to go to shows within the artistic programme; however, you will be expected to contribute to the staffing of the stand during specified hours.

There will be a maximum of 3 places.

You must be available to participate in the full period of Tanzmesse (29 August to 1 September 2018, plus travel days on 28 August and 2 September) and have marketing material available to be adapted for use at Tanzmesse.

Application Form 


We are looking for volunteers to help on our pioneering Dance to Health programme.


Dance to Health is a nationwide falls prevention dance programme for older people in partnership with Bro Morganwwg Health Board, Aesop and National Dance Company Wales.

It is a fun, creative and sociable way for older people to stay active and improve their strength and balance.

We are looking for volunteer Peer Motivators with an interest in dance or keeping active and are based in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea area.

You don’t need to be an expert, just enthusiastic and willing to help.


As a Peer Motivator you will participate in the dance sessions alongside the Dance to Health Dance Artist, offering encouragement and support to other group members. 


Dance to Health sessions will be starting in the area later in the year into early 2018. Details of times, days and venues will be agreed shortly but we are recruiting now for volunteers who are willing to give their time.

Training will be provided and your expenses covered.


For further information please contact Alyson Pugh on 01993 870155 or email AlysonPugh@ae-sop.org. More information at http://www.dancetohealth.org/


Peer Motivator Job Role