Hip-Hop Dance Artist Traineeship

HipHop Traineeship

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Dance Base Scotland is seeking a Hip-Hop Dance Artist to undertake a six-month traineeship with us from May to October 2022!

Thanks to funding from the MGCfutures Bursary, in 2022 Dance Base will support a Scotland-based hip-hop artist to spend 6 months developing their practice, networks and skills, and to establish themselves as a leading hip-hop dance artist in Scotland.

Running from May to October 2022, the Traineeship will provide a creative and dynamic hip-hop dance artist with the organisational and financial support to take their practice to the next level and to form relationships and connections with the sector that will progress their career both in Scotland, and across the UK.

The chosen artist will be awarded a total bursary of £5,000 from MGCfutures which will support them to develop their professional practice by creating and/or presenting work at Dance Base, attend two world-renowned hip-hop events, feed into strategic and planning conversations in the dance sector, and share their practice with the public and professional dance community. This will be accompanied by a range of paid professional opportunities at Dance Base including sitting on our Artist Advisory Group, and teaching class to our public and professional communities.

Dance Base is really excited to partner with MGCfutures to provide a significant opportunity to an emerging Scottish hip hop dance artist. Something of this nature hasn’t been done before in Scotland and it reflects Dance Base’s commitment to diversifying the range of artists that we work with and how we are keen to find ways to enable artists to be more embedded in the organisation.

Furthermore, hip hop in the form of live dance performance for theatres, other live performance settings and touring, is underrepresented in the professional Scottish dance sector. We hope that this traineeship will help to support the development of hip hop dance artists who wish to create work for this context and contribute to their development as future cultural leaders.

Through this traineeship the selected artist will access time, space and support to develop their practice while also gaining skills outside of the creation process that will lead to professional and personal growth. During the six months the artist will work with Dance Base and gain hands on experience of decision making, planning, advocating and take on the responsibilities that these roles bring. In addition, the artist will have the opportunity to teach class through Dance Base to our public and professional artists, encouraging them to sharpen their teaching skills and levels of communication.  

If you are reading this and wondering if it is for you please do read on - and if you have any questions or need some assistance with your application our 1-2-1 Producing Surgeries are here to help!


The Hip Hop Artist Traineeship will support the artist to:

  • Develop their professional practice. This could take the form of:
    • a residency at Dance Base with invited collaborators / outside eyes to share, evaluate and develop their practice
  • a curation opportunity at Dance Base to share their practice and art form with the public
  • a creative secondment with another dance company to widen their creative experience
  • Or another outcome devised by the artist and Dance Base


In addition, it will also support the artist to:

  • Attend two world-renowned hip-hop dance festivals – Breakin’ Convention (29th April – 1st May) and Summer Dance Forever (August)
  • Spend a minimum of one day a month working with the Dance Base team, taking part in strategy and planning meetings, and gaining insight into the running of the organisation
  • Attend the Dance Base Festival programme in August including taking part in professional class and attending performances
  • Share their practice as part of our public or professional programme during the Festival (August) or in our Autumn term (September to December)
  • Receive mentoring from Tony Mills, Artistic Director of Dance Base, and producing and support from Kirsty Somerville, Head of Professional Programme, plus external mentoring from MGCfutures if required


This opportunity is for individuals who:

  • Are predominantly based in Scotland
  • See their work as based in hip-hop, which can extend to styles such as, but not limited to, breaking and funk styles.
  • Are at a stage in their career where they are beginning to start or are currently making, researching and presenting live performance work
  • Have a real drive and desire to develop their career as a professional hip-hop dance artist in Scotland

Dance Base recognise that there are significant barriers to working in the dance sector and that these challenges are experienced more acutely by those facing marginalisation and deep-rooted systemic injustice. This includes people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010 across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation alongside those with chronic illness, neurodiversity, parental/caring responsibilities, experience of the immigration system and people from working-class backgrounds.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of artists working in our sector and especially welcome applications from those who identify as having characteristics currently under-represented in our sector.


Artist Bursary

 MGCfutures Bursary will provide the artist with £5,000 paid over a period of six months This will be paid directly to the artist and they will manage the budget themselves, with support from the Dance Base team. We anticipate that this budget will cover:

  • A period of three weeks of professional practice
  • 8 x Administration days from May to October
  • Attendance at two hip-hop dance events in May & August (including daily fee, registration, travel and accommodation)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses

In addition, Dance Base will provide paid opportunities directly to the artist including:

  • A place on the Artist Advisory Group from April 2022 to March 2023 (4 x days work at £130 per day)
  • A block of teaching during our Summer or Autumn term (£50 per class / £150 per workshop


Key Dates

The Traineeship will run from May to October 2022 and the artist will be expected to commit at least one day a month to engage with the Dance Base team. In addition, they will be required to be available for:

  • 29th April – 1st May | Attendance at Breakin’ Convention
  • 5th – 29th August | Dance Base Festival (you would not be required to attend the full month but Dance Base would expect you to attend some performances and classes at your discretion for insight, inspiration and training).
  • August TBC | Attendance at Summer Dance Forever or alternative live event


How to Apply

Applicants are required to complete the application form on the MGCfutures Website:

This is the standard form for all the MGCfutures Bursaries. We therefore ask that for the question “In no more that 500 words tell us why an MGCfutures Bursary would support you in developing career” you answer by telling us the following:

  • The dance experience you have in Hip-Hop
  • What interests you about the traineeship and what you think you can bring to the role
  • Why you think you would benefit from the traineeship at this point in your career
  • Tell us one activity you would like to undertake as part of the traineeship, why you think you would benefit from it, and why it is important to you. Dance Base will develop the traineeship in collaboration with the successful applicant.

You do not need to provide a budget to illustrate how you will use the Bursary as this will be discussed and agreed upon in conversation with Dance Base and the chosen applicant.

Please provide a copy of your CV, and/or links to your work as a Hip-Hop artist – this could be a showreel, your website or your social media platforms. Recording quality doesn’t matter here - we just want to see your practice!

Apply Here!

Deadline | 27th January 

Week commencing 4th April | All artists informed


How We Are Selecting

The applications will be read by Tony Mills, Artistic Director at Dance Base, the MGCfutures panel and members of our Artist Advisory Group – a group of 12 dance artists who represent the breadth of the Scottish dance sector

The decision of who the traineeship will be allocated to will be based on:

  • The information provided in the application and how this demonstrates the artists desire to develop their practice and experience
  • How the artist will benefit from the support and resources provided through the traineeship
  • The distribution of opportunities across the sector

Have any questions or need some assistance with your application? Our Artist Support Programme is here to help!

Our Artist Support Programme provides 1-2-1 producing support for all artists and our team are here to help with any questions you have about the opportunity and your application. This could range from chatting through your idea to proof reading your application. Please contact our Associate Producer Laila Noble on Laila.Noble@dancebase.co.uk to book in for a session and check out our website for more information.

Please also contact Laila if you require this information in an alternative format or have access requirements, we need to meet to support you in making an application.


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