MOVE IT TALKS / SEMINAR Application 2019

Applications for MOVE IT 2019 have now closed.

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.


MOVE IT is back and looking for top talent for our 2019 show. The three-day event takes place at London’s ExCeL from 8-10 March 2018 and we are inviting you to submit your ideas for our talks programme.

Education, inspiration and learning are the main pillars to the MOVE IT show. 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 2019 our talks/seminars will be held on the show floor as part of a new space made for forward thinking discussion and debate focusing on the business of dance and accelerating careers in the arts.

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.



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;
  • Ground breaking research or new business models
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Experts with a track record of achieving great things within the sector
  • Content that appeals to our key audience groups:
    • Young people looking to train in dance/the performing arts
    • Dancers in training and recent graduates
    • Professional dancers
    • Dance teachers, producers, managers, studio owners
    • Creative entrepreneurs

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.


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 seminars 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 read the important information below before beginning the submission process.


Seminars or 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 dance training, performance and industry-wide bodies.

The programme includes panel discussions and expert led seminars. 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.

If you wish to submit an idea for a seminar, please continue.


MOVE IT wants to offer a talks and seminars programme that appeals to our key audience groups including; young people looking to train in dance/the performing arts; dancers in training and recent graduates; parents; professional dancers; dance teachers, producers, managers, studio owners; creative entrepreneurs, business leaders and Trade.


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, network (both online and in person) and share knowledge within the dance industry. 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 145,000 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
      • A chance for you to give back to the dance sector and influence others to do the same
      • Have your talk promoted and printed in 15,000 show guides circulated at the event
      • Have your session filmed and distributed through MOVE IT TV

Please note: MOVE IT does not pay its artists and contributors to lead discussions or join in panel debates.


        • This new talks programme will be on the main show floor
        • Talks will be approx. 30 – 45min and the capacity for each is 100 ensuring the potential for lively discussion and debate.
        • We provide a head set mic, mics, iPod/CD input, PA system and small raised stage
        • A projector, laptop and screen are provided.