The mapdance Enterprise Scholarship at Uni of Chichester

mapdance is a semi-professional touring company that has been a key feature of the MA Performance: Dance programme at the University of Chichester since 2006. Over the last eight years, the mapdance experience has developed into a distinctive pedagogy based around the development of professional practitioners as articulate, thinking dance artists.  The programme takes as a model the experience of a professional dancer within a repertory company with a portfolio career. Learning about entrepreneurship by experience is, therefore, at the heart of the mapdance pedagogy.

The mapdance Enterprise Scholarship offers two students the opportunity to develop their dance industry-specific enterprise profiles by becoming enterprise interns during and immediately following their completion of the MA Performance: Dance programme. Each of the two scholarships is worth £2000, comprising a £1000 reduction in fees and £1000 remuneration for the internship. The intern would be expected to complete 80 hours’ work during and following their MA, and the period over which this work is spread is negotiable. The internship activities would be tailored to each intern according to their interests, skills and aspirations, but could include:

–          Blog writing

–          Teaching repertory in mapdance auditions

–          Research assistance for a research project on mapdance pedagogy and entrepreneurship

–          Tour booking assistance

–          Choreographic assistance for professional choreographers creating work for the following year’s tour

–          Supporting re-staging of repertory work on the following year’s cohort

–          Giving talks about the mapdance experience

The recipients of the scholarship would enhance their:

–          skills in marketing, the harnessing of social media, administration and negotiation with external organisations relevant to managing a touring dance company

–          experience in teaching and choreographic assistance relevant to a portfolio career in dance

–          experience in data collection and academic publishing relevant to the work of a practitioner-scholar

–          transferable skills relevant to range of employment contexts (public speaking, social media, collaborative working methods, data collection).

How to apply

Applicants are requested to submit a 250-word statement outlining any prior experience of entrepreneurship in a dance context (desirable but not essential), the skills they wish to develop over the course of the internship, and the relevance of these skills to their future career aspirations in dance.

Applicants who have not yet submitted an application for the MA Performance: Dance are requested to submit this statement with their MA application.

Applicants who have already submitted an application for the MA Performance: Dance (excluding those who have already been rejected) are welcome to submit a separate statement directly to the MA administrator, Sue Francis at s.francis@chi.ac.uk

The closing date for submissions is 12 noon on 12th June 2014.

Further information about mapdance can be found at www.mapdance.org

Enquiries can be directed to the MA Performance: Dance programme leader, Dr Clare Parfitt-Brown at c.parfitt-brown@chi.ac.uk