MOVE IT is back and looking for top talent to teach class and inspire at the world’s biggest dance event at ExCeL London taking place from 11-13 March 2022. Here are our top tips and guidelines for submitting your application.

Education, inspiration and learning are the main pillars of MOVE IT. We believe that our audience should have free access to the amazing talks and seminars programmed at the show. For this reason we have shaken up the programme and for 2022 our talks will be held on both the show floor as part of a new space made for forward thinking discussion and debate focusing on the business of dance, wellbeing and creativity and accelerating careers in the arts, as well as a smaller studio for more intimate and protected discussions.

We are inviting top talent, inspiring leaders, talkers, experts in their field to be part of panel discussions, debates and expert led seminars. Topics will cover the full breadth of the performing arts including careers in dance; training in dance; acting; singing; the business of dance, musical theatre and the wider performing arts; health and wellbeing; marketing/PR and brand development and is targeted at key audience groups: professionals, aspiring professionals, teachers, parents and students.

You will have the opportunity to submit up to three ideas for our Talks Programme on this form. Please gives 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 2021.

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 content very seriously. All applications are considered by the creative team and we take into account the following principles:

  • A programme which reflects the latest thinking and research in dance featuring a broad range of topics including: performance, health and wellbeing, fitness, the future of dance, leadership and the business of dance
  • Content that attracts visitors to the show and gets them excited and knowledgeable about dance and the performing arts
  • Ground breaking research or new business models
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Experts with a track record of achieving great things within creative industries
  • Content that appeals to our key audience groups (see breakdown below)

The talks and seminars content 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 and how it might fit as part of the talks and talks programme. Please:

  • Offer as much detail as possible e.g. describe the content, its relevance, how it is innovative or vital to the sector
  • Describe the speaker, company, the panel you want to put together or artists involved i.e. Blow your own trumpet; tell us about your credentials, recent exposure or accolades. Without information about the speaker(s) your submission will not be as strong
  • Include links to footage or published articles (in print or online) that demonstrates your expertise in this area

Please note: that you can add three talk ideas to your application as the lead contact. This does not mean that you will automatically get all your works programmed. If we have additional questions regarding your submission we will get in contact directly with you so please ensure that your contact details are accurate and you check your messages.

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

TALKS

Talks/ panel discussions can feature a range of speakers and artists from across the sector and beyond. In the past experts have come from conference and business sectors, as well as dance training, performance and industry-wide bodies.

Topics cover the full breadth of the performing arts including careers in dance; training in dance; acting; singing; musical theatre or the wider performing arts.

CONSIDER WHO YOUR TALK IS FOR

MOVE IT wants to offer a talks programme that appeals to our key audience groups including;

  • Young people looking to train in dance/the performing arts and their parents
  • Dancers in training and recent graduates
  • Professional dancers
  • Dance teachers
  • Producers
  • Managers
  • Studio owners
  • Creative entrepreneurs.
  • Business leaders

Please note that our Talks programme is a voluntary knowledge sharing platform.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

MOVE IT is a leading and respected dance event in the UK. Our talks programme offers contributors the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, reach new people and network (both online and in person); It is a high profile platform that offers experts the opportunity to reach significant numbers of dance enthusiasts, including brand new audiences:

  • You will have a bespoke artist profile page on the MOVE IT website which is seen by over 623,000 unique users every year! On your profile page you’ll have the option to upload text, an image and weblinks.
  • With up to 100 people in the room, MOVE IT offers the chance for you to reach new people, network and generate new business. It is a great opportunity to connect with the public, increase your following and book new speaking/panellist jobs. Just as you are looking to develop your business at MOVE IT, other organisations are looking for new industry leaders to work with
  • The opportunity to share and discuss your work with the MOVE IT audience as part of a high quality programme with dance artists of all disciplines.
  • Position yourself as an expert in your field and the industry

Please note that MOVE IT does not pay its artists and contributors to lead discussions or participate in our talks programme.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Depending on the content the talk will be programmed either on the main show floor or in a smaller studio space
  • Talks will be approx. 30 – 45min and the capacity for each is 30 – 100.
  • Tailor your talk, ensuring the potential for lively discussion and debate, or quiet reflective.
  • We provide a head set mic, mics, iPod/CD input, PA system and small raised stage
  • A projector, laptop and screen are provided.
  • All content will be filmed and used for MOVE IT TV
  • All leaders providers will be asked to provide a short risk assessment for their talk to ensure they have considered any potential risks. We will provide you with a template risk assessment.

DOCUMENTS WE NEED FROM YOU

Should your application be successful, you must submit an up to date CV.

        LEAD CONTACT DETAILS

        TALKS IDEA ONE

        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 2022, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London, W6 7BT

        TEL: +44 (0)20 7688 6823

        TALKS IDEA TWO

        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 2022, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London, W6 7BT

        TEL: +44 (0)20 7688 6823

        TALKS IDEA THREE

        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 2022, Immediate Media, Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, London, W6 7BT

        TEL: +44 (0)20 7688 6823

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