Fertile Ground is unique in that it offers dancers, like me, who are in the early stages of their career an opportunity to perform high quality work created by nationally and internationally recognised choreographers as part of a professional company. It has been an amazing experience to be part of the Fertile Ground team and I am really looking forward to having the chance to present work on home turf as well as the opportunity to perform at venues across the country.


Kiran Kumar

Fertile Ground 2019 dancer


We are committed to talent development and retention of dancers in the North. Every year we recruit a new company of young professional dancers from or based in the North East of England. Our ambition is to nurture, challenge and inspire a new generation of dance artists whilst creating and presenting inspirational and accessible dance.

If you're interested in joining Fertile Ground, please send a CV, video link and a cover letter highlighting your connection to the
North East of England to audition@fertileground.org.uk.

360 Programme

Alongside our professional company we offer emerging dancers opportunities to join our 360 programme. This initiative is aimed at artists aged 18-25 who have had dance training, but due to personal, professional and/or socioeconomic barriers have struggled to get employment. The goal is to enhance their employment prospects through participation in dance technique classes, workshops, rehearsals and master classes in practical subjects: managing self-employment and audition preparation.

If you're interested in joining our 360 programme, please send a CV and a cover letter highlighting your connection to the North East of England and interest in the programme to audition@fertileground.org.uk

Dance City, Temple Street

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR

T: (0191) 269 5581

E: ad@fertileground.org.uk

Fertile Ground 2020 - 2021 season is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Newcastle Culture Investment Fund, Dance City, Didymus CIO,  the Barbour Foundation, The Leche Trust and The Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust with support from by Sunderland College and Newcastle College.

Fertile Ground is the trading name of Fertile Ground Limited
Registered in England and Wales (No.10599285)
Registered charity number 1180001

Fertile Ground image credits: Kevin Wong, Alan Brown, Brian Slater, Filipe Alçada. Wendy Houstoun headshot: Ben Slater. 

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