Main Stage Applications & Guidelines 2020

MOVE IT is back and looking for fresh, inspiring talent to showcase on the Main Stage at the world’s biggest dance event at ExCeL London taking place from 13-15 March 2020. Here are our top tips and guidelines for submitting your performance pieces and ideas.

All questions in this application are compulsory. The deadline to complete is Thursday 31 October 2019.

INTRODUCTION & TOP TIPS

MOVE IT is a celebration of all things dance, we welcome all styles and dancers to come together under one roof from the UK and beyond. MOVE IT proudly presents the diversity of the dance world, showcasing innovation and excellence to develop an interesting and varied Main Stage performance programme.

You will have the opportunity to submit up to three performance ideas on this form. Please give us as much information as you can and be sure to read our Application Guidelines for further details on what we look for.

All questions in this application are compulsory. The deadline to complete is Thursday 31 October 2019.

Due to high demand there is a strong competition for involvement in the programme and we regret that we are not able to accommodate all applicants.

Please note that we keep unsuccessful applicants’ details on file and may be in touch closer to the time if slots become available.

Due to the high number of applications we cannot offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants. Please do not be disheartened, and please try again next year!

You will not be able to edit the form once submitted.

HOW ARE DECISIONS MADE?

Here at MOVE IT we take the programming of our main stage very seriously. All applications are considered by the Creative Team and we take into account the following principles:

  • diversity of dance acts
  • demonstrate breadth and excellence in performance
  • freshest, newest and most innovative performance
  • demonstrate integrity and authenticity of choreography

The content in our main stage is editorially independent from the commercial side of MOVE IT.
Programming decisions do not reflect stand purchases or other partnerships, decisions are based on what the team feel are the most relevant to the visitors.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUBMISSION STAND OUT

The more you tell us the more we are able to picture your work. Please:

  • Offer as much detail as possible e.g. describe your performance and the dance style you are teaching
  • Share the choreographer’s credentials, e.g. sing their praises, it is important for us to know who they are and their experience
  • If you are a company please provide us with background on the organisation, studio or school e.g. list the credentials and recent experience of the company
  • Upload a clear image that reflects your chosen style – maximum file size 512KB. File type must be JPG, JPEG, or PNG
  • Include links to footage which shows the creativity and experience of the teacher/company

Please note: you can submit up to three performance ideas per application form. This does not mean that you will automatically get all your ideas programmed. If we have additional questions around your submission we will contact you directly, please ensure that your contact details are accurate.

GUIDELINES

Please carefully read through the guidelines below before clicking through to the submissions page.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

MOVE IT is a leading and respected dance event in the UK, providing you with the opportunity to showcase your brand and performance style both online and on our main stage. It is a high profile platform that celebrates artists and offers the opportunity to reach significant numbers of dancers and new audiences.

The MOVE IT Main Stage Marketing Package is worth a minimum of £3000 and includes:

• The opportunity to promote yourself via the MOVE IT website which is seen by over 185,000 unique users every year! If you are lucky enough to be selected for the MOVE IT main stage, you will be given a dedicated profile page which allows you to upload text, images, video and weblinks. In addition to that your performance will be listed on our Main Stage line-up page created by MOVE IT – one of the most visited pages on the site!

• Main Stage performances are promoted and printed in the official MOVE IT show guide circulated at the event.

• Reach 150,000+ highly engaged followers through our social media and email campaigns leading up to the event.

• Free entry to the show on the day of your performance.

PLUS!

• The world class MOVE IT main stage gives you the chance to showcase your talent alongside some of the leading dancers in the industry. In the last 15 years the Main Stage has featured the likes of Darcy Bussell, Adam Garcia, Kimberly Wyatt, Jason Samuel Smith, Layton Williams, Neil & Katya Jones and many, many more!

The stage is brought to life by a number of specialist screens. Your performance will be also streamed live via multiple PTZ cameras positioned around the Main Stage making it visible across the show floor, plus your school/group/name will be also be announced by our host to the thousands in the crowd waiting for you to perform and displayed on our Main Stage screens. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with the public, raise your profile and book new choreography jobs!

• Use the opportunity of working on such a large scale by filming and distributing your performance to your networks.

Please note that the MOVE IT Main Stage is an opportunity for you to showcase your talent to the dance world, performers selected for the Main Stage do not receive payment.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Performances on main stage take place in the main exhibition hall with a standing capacity of 4,000+
  • The stage will be open on three sides – there are no wings! The audience can stand on all three sides
  • The stage is 10m wide by 9m deep
  • There are 2 entrances onto the stage – both stage left and stage right
  • The floor is a sprung floor
  • All dance acts have to supply their music in Feb 2020
  • There are no technical rehearsals
  • The total number of performers allowed is 30
  • Due to the nature of the show we cannot accommodate any large props or set. Any props used need to be agreed by the programming team
  • There will be a lighting rig where we can accommodate colour wash and some specials – unfortunately no LX plans can be submitted
  • Dressing room and warm up space will be allocated
  • Chaperones – If your performers are aged 16 or under you are required to bring licenced chaperones to the event. You must also complete a Body of Persons Approval Form which we supply for your completion

DOCUMENTS WE NEED FROM YOU

Should your application be successful, you must submit the following:

• Group Leader CV (including evidence of training, any performance/choreography credits,  and other relevant information)

• Public Liability Insurance (valid for the show dates)

• A short risk assessment for your performance (we will provide a template)

Should your group contain performers who are aged 16 or under, you must also:

• Provide a valid DBS Certificate. For more information on DBS, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

• Provide details of the Licenced Chaperones who will be accompanying the group

• Submit a Body of Persons Approval Form (we will supply you with this). For more information on child performers and licences, visit www.onedanceuk.org/resource/child-performance-licensing

 

MAIN STAGE APPLICATION FORM

LEAD CONTACT DETAILS

PERFORMANCE IDEA ONE


PLEASE FIND GUIDELINES FOR CHILD PERFORMERS AND CHAPERONES HERE: http://www.onedanceuk.org/resource/child-performance-licensing/

If you have any questions or queries about the form and the information requested please do get in touch with the Creative Team: [email protected]

POST: MOVE IT 2020, Upper Street Events, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London, W6 7BT

TEL: +44 (0)20 71505961

PERFORMANCE IDEA TWO


PLEASE FIND GUIDELINES FOR CHILD PERFORMERS AND CHAPERONES HERE: http://www.onedanceuk.org/resource/child-performance-licensing/

If you have any questions or queries about the form and the information requested please do get in touch with the Creative Team: [email protected]

POST: MOVE IT 2020, Upper Street Events, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London, W6 7BT

TEL: +44 (0)20 71505961

PERFORMANCE IDEA THREE


PLEASE FIND GUIDELINES FOR CHILD PERFORMERS AND CHAPERONES HERE: http://www.onedanceuk.org/resource/child-performance-licensing/
If you have any questions or queries about the form and the information requested please do get in touch with the Creative Team: [email protected]

POST: MOVE IT 2020, Upper Street Events, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London, W6 7BT

TEL: +44 (0)20 71505961