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Event 4


Apr 7, 2024

Poplar Union, London


How do I get hired?

How do I get hired?

At this event, our guest speakers were Nadia Sohawon, Kloé Dean, Kieran Lai, Kieran Donovan and Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus. We focused on acquiring the jobs we wanted. We were moving to more practical knowledge around getting employed as dancers. Participants were given guidance from industry professionals who usually hire dancers and expand your understanding of the industry’s ways of work.

Event timeline

The sessions will be run by specialists with dance career backgrounds, as well as the entertainment industry, talent scouting, casting directing, creative directing, choreography, movement direction, movie, talent management, and more. We'll end the workshop part with a Q&A session. You’ll leave this day with a solid understanding of how you can get hired as a professional dancer.

10:00am - 10:30am - (Lecture) - Agent's perspective with Nadia Sohawon

A session with an agent and casting perspective on talent through the industry.

Gain valuable insights into the strategic navigation of representation or the alternative path of going solo, all while mastering the art of building a standout profile. 

Join us for a session that promises to unravel the complexities of dance casting, offering indispensable knowledge from a seasoned expert. 

Elevate your dance career by participating in this impactful discussion—it's a must for anyone serious about making a lasting impression in the industry.

10:30am - 11:00am - (Lecture) - Pioneering Pathways: Redefining Industry Presence Through Creative Ventures with Kloé Dean

Join Kloe Dean as she unveils her unconventional career trajectory,  exploring her multifaceted roles as a choreographer, movement director, performer, creative consultant and creative director. Explore innovative strategies for carving out space and influence within the industry.

11:00am - 11:30am - Q&A with Nadia & Kloe

11:30pm - 11:45am - break

11:45am - 12:30pm - (Interactive Lecture) - Creativity through the social media tools around you with Kieran Lai

The session will emphasise the importance of positioning, how to navigate the ever changing landscape of social media as a dancer/movement artist and will explain how you can also create your first piece of content!

12:30pm - 12:45pm - Q&A with Kieran Lai

12:45pm - 1:30pm - (Lecture) - The word "Audition." with Kieran Donovan Knowing how to navigate ‘The Audition Process’ is an individual journey, but understanding what you can do to elevate your opportunities before entering the room, within the room, and after the room is one both striving and working professional dancers can open themselves to navigate stronger. This session will deliver tips, tricks, and knowledge to the process - within the commercial dance industry. We’ll also discuss the main challenges, fears, and preconceptions dancers feel revolving around the word ‘Audition’.

1:30pm - 1:45pm - Q&A with Kieran Donovan

1:45pm - 2:00pm - break

2:00pm - 3:30pm - (Lecture) - Presenting Yourself Professionally with Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus

Tali’s take on how best to present yourself as a professional, from her unique perspective getting hired and doing the hiring, as performer, choreographer and agent.

3:00pm - 3:00pm - Q&A with Shannelle 'Tali' Fergus & Ola Papior

3:30pm - 4:00pm - Free space for talks and networking.

Place: Poplar Union

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