Are you a dancer with a learning disability, autism or both?

Launch your career as a dance performer, dance maker and dance leader. Join the Talent Hub.

Offering ten talented dancers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

TIN Arts are working in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, the Leeds-based dance development organisation, and are supported by Inclusion North, an organisation dedicated to making inclusion real for all people with a learning disability and their families.

The Talent Hub is looking for people who:

  • Have a learning disability, autism or both – with or without other disabilities.
  • Are aged 18 or over on 1 July 2018.
  • Live in the North East of England or Yorkshire, although those living outside this area may be considered as part of the recruitment process under special circumstances.
  • Are passionate about dance and interested in developing a career in dance.

They may wish to be a dance performer or be keen to develop their own dance performance work. They may have done some dance training but need access to further training and focused support to enable progression.

Over the next two months, the Talent Hub will be accepting applications from dancers who’d like to “Join George”.

“George” is George Williams, from Thornaby in Stockton-on-Tees, who has worked with TIN Arts for several years. George was the first dancer with a severe learning disability to perform with the National Youth Dance Company and he has been appointed as the first member of the Talent Hub.


With funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund and from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Talent Hub aims to provide a step change for the sector, enabling dancers with a learning disability, autism or both to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers.

Dancers who would like to be considered for the Talent Hub are invited to submit a video of themselves dancing at and to fill out an application form. Applications close on Friday 27 April.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in one of two dance workshops in May, after which a final selection day will take place in June to pick the final ten members of the Talent Hub.

Over the two years, they will work together with leading choreographers to create new dance work which will be toured nationwide in 2020.

They will also receive individualised ‘wrap-around’ support where they live, alongside intensive periods of training together as a company.

More information is available at

Regular updates will also be posted on the Talent Hub facebook page and twitter feed @TalentHubDance

If you have any questions or need further information about the Talent Hub, please contact Jo Turner, Project Coordinator by emailing or calling 0191 384 0728.