A free unique training opportunity for young creatives

DanceXchange is running a 5-day course designed to enable young creatives aged 16-23 to grow their employability skills and gain an insight into Birmingham’s creative and cultural industry.

The course is part of the Foot in the Door programme led by Creative Alliance, the leading training provider within the creative and cultural sector in the Midlands. Creative Alliance are working with DanceXchange and other partner organisations, with funding from Arts Connect, to help the city’s creative talent aged 16-23, to get a foot in the door of this sector.

We especially want to encourage those from a diverse background who may not have had such an opportunity before.

You don’t need any prior experience, just the will to get stuck in and an open mind!

Course content

The DanceXchange course is focused on the different aspects of dance production, project management and technical skills, plus careers guidance. It runs over 5 Saturdays this autumn and is delivered through a mix of interactive workshops and hands-on activity.

What will you gain?

The course will help you to develop:

  • Project Management skills planning, budgeting, monitoring progress, team working
  • Basic understanding of technical aspects of a production – sound/lighting/staging
  • Introduction to some of the roles involved – dramaturg, lighting designer, composer, choreographer
  • Understanding of the issues involved in working with a venue
  • An introduction to career opportunities and the pathways to becoming a producer and freelancer


Course Dates: 11am-5pm on 7 October, 21 October, 11 November, 9 December and 16 December. Each day works as a standalone opportunity, but you will get more from the course if you can attend all these dates. All participants are expected to attend the final session on 16 December.

Venue: DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Cost: FREE. The only cost to you is your time and commitment.

Get in Touch: To find out more and to sign up, contact Rosie and Leonie at mothershipprojects@gmail.com, who are leading the course on behalf of DanceXchange. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

We only have a few places left, so to make sure you don’t miss out get in touch now!