Just days remain to apply for Big Dance Bus funding

Published on
April 15, 2016


Dance companies and instructors still have time to bid for the chance to get involved in a London leg of a major touring production.

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership has been given cash to provide  two £1,500 grants  to help stage a leg of the Big Dance Bus tour in three months’ time.
But applications must be received by Monday 18 April.

The cash should go towards venue hire , marketing costs and the cost of  delivering at least six classes ahead of a performance on the Big Dance Bus – an iconic London Routemaster converted to take dance into communities the length and breadth of the UK – on either Saturday 30 July or Sunday 31 July.
It is hoped that the project with spark a legacy of dance in Nine Elms that will last in the local community long after the tour bus has left town.

The funding can be used to bolster an existing dance project or kick-start a new one.

To be in the running for one of the grants, artistes, companies or individual instructors must:

• Live or work in Nine Elms or Vauxhall
• Have experience or are already delivering community dance in the local area
• Want to deliver a class in Nine Elms or Vauxhall
• Have up-to-date DBS and liability insurance


18 April – Deadline for expressions of interest
19 – 21 April – Informal interviews
22 April –  Notification of chosen projects
w/c 30 May  – Potential tasters to launch projects
w/c 6 June – Potential projects start (six-week delivery)
Sat 30 or Sun 31 July –  Big Dance Bus Performance


To apply, send a CV and a one-page proposal with details of the following:

1. What you want to deliver – style/concept, and why you want to deliver it
2. When you suggest it would take place
3. What target group you are interested in working with
4. What partners you may already have in Nine Elms and Vauxhall
5. Budget breakdown (to include any in-kind support)
Bids for the grants and  any enquiries should be sent to by Monday 18 April, 2016.
Big Dance is a biennial festival of people dancing led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK.

Notes to editors:
A decade ago it was an area of light industry ripe for redevelopment but, following eight years of major investment, Nine Elms on the South Bank is rapidly emerging as a vibrant central London quarter to rival the capital’s other central London areas.
The vision of the architects of the mammoth project put the need for creating space for art and culture at the vanguard of their plans with the result that people are flocking to live and work in Nine Elms on the South Bank.
The area’s key attractions will included a revived Battersea Power Station, the new US and Dutch embassies, a new centre for London’s foodies at New Covent Garden Market, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the new Nine Elms Park and a new stretch of Thames Riverside Walk lined with cafes, bars, shops and galleries.
The district is being shaped by world leading architects, developers and planners to create a truly mixed-use district with real city centre vitality.
Two new Tube stations will serve the area and around 4,000 affordable homes, health centres, high-speed data networks, a second riverbus pier and a new cycling and pedestrian network are also being created.
The regeneration programme is privately funded and has not been paid for by the taxpayer.
Visit for more information.

The organisers of Big Dance 2016 are appealing for volunteers to help with a range of events taking place between Saturday 20 May and the end of September. Volunteers will be invited to attend a briefing event at City Hall from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday 26 April.
Big Dance is also offering Londoners the chance to take part in a mass dance event with a routine choreographed by Akram Khan and set to epic music by composer Nitin Sawhney. The event, which takes place on Saturday 2 July in Trafalgar Square, is open to dancers of all ages and abilities.
Anyone interested should sign up to take part in the event here by 10am on Monday 18 April.
For more information on how to get involved with Big Dance 2016 visit

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