Choreographer Development Programme

Seeta Patel Dance
Choreographer Development Programme in Bharatanatyam

Seeta Patel Dance (SPD) is one of the UK’s leading dance production companies, spearheaded by award-winning choreographer and dancer Seeta Patel. Acknowledging the importance of helping young artists identify and address challenges in their growth and training, and equipping them with the best tools for their professional and creative development, SPD is incredibly excited to launch the first iteration of this mentorship programme for early-career choreographers in Bharatanatyam.

This is a first-of-its-kind programme tailored to upcoming choreographic talents in Bharatanatyam ensemble work. Known for creating ground-breaking Bharatanatyam ensemble work like Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Seeta will support 4 early-career choreographers to deep-dive and explore meaningful movement, and begin to create thought-provoking, exciting ensemble work.

Seeta says:

“As a new National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, we are really pleased to offer more meaningful and resourced talent development for Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographers. Having faced many challenges myself as a South-Asian dancer trying to make work, I hope SPD can offer encouragement and support to a cohort of artists trying to develop their practice. In our shifting landscape, we must create more space and visibility for those with the drive to make fantastic work - this requires both resource and disruption of existing structures."

  • Applications open on Wednesday 26th September
  • Applications close at midnight on Sunday 22nd October 2023

Please download the Information Pack for all details on the programme, the schedule, the selection process and how to apply.

A larger font, text-only version of the Information Pack can be downloaded here.

We will also be hosting remote group information sessions with Seeta Patel regarding the programme on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 4th October, 6:30PM to 7:15PM - live on Instagram
  • Wednesday 18th October, 6:30PM to 7:15PM - via Zoom

Please email to sign-up to the Zoom information session and confirm your attendance.

Any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to Phylisia Watkis, Administrator at Seeta Patel Dance via email on Please allow two working days for a response.

We look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,

Seeta Patel and Team SPD