Choreographer Development Programme 2024 - 2025

Seeta Patel Dance
Choreographer Development Programme in Bharatanatyam 2024-2025

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 programme 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 17th May and will close at midnight on 14th June 2024.
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 below

We will also be hosting a couple of remote group information sessions by Seeta Patel regarding the programme on the following dates:

Thursday 23rd May, 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm - live on Instagram
Tuesday 4th June, 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm - via Zoom

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

Any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to 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