Deaf and Hard of Hearing Dancers Wanted for D-Clusivity

New Year New Opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Dancers

We’re working with Deaf Men Dancing to Create a New Dance Piece and we’re looking for professionally trained Deaf and Hard of Hearing Dancers to create ‘D-Clusivity’ with us.

Alongside Deaf Men Dancing we’ll be auditioning dancers on Friday 23 February – 10.00am – 5.00pm @Walsall Arena


Audition Requirements

Audition Date: Friday 23 February 2024 | 10am – 5.00pm

Location: Walsall Arena, WS3 1AG

Age: 18-35

Gender: Male, Female, Non-Binary

Dance style: You should have experience or training in Contemporary Dance or Ballet but we’re open to other styles e.g. Hip Hop, Jazz and Musical Theatre

  • You must be deaf or hard of hearing and
  • be an experienced dancers who has a strong technique
  • you should work well in a team, be passionate about dance and have a creative flair
  • you will be willing to learn and adapt to a new dance style.

You must be available for the 6 days of R&D between Monday 13 – Saturday 18 May, which will also take place at Walsall Arena,.

A BSL interpreter will support the 6-day R & D period, as well as the Audition Date on Friday 23 February.

Artistic Intention

You will be working with a Deaf Choreographer Mark Smith from Deaf Men Dancing. The choreographer’s style of dance is Sign Movement (A combination of sign-language and movement, blended to create a rich and diverse movement vocabulary).

He’d love for you to be open minded and willing to add input to the themes & ideas behind this new work.

About the New Work – ‘D-Clusivity’

During the Audition and the R&D Mark and the dancers will explore the creation of movement for the first part of a new professional piece of work with 4 Deaf / Hard of Hearing Dancers. The work will depict the journey and life experience of a young deaf person navigating life growing up in the UK. The piece will be set to an original musical score by composer Alex Beetschen. There will be the opportunity for 2 of the dancers to explore the movement material at a later date with Mark in a workshop with a deaf / hard of hearing community group.


Travel, accommodation, per diems will be paid for the dancers attending the 6 days of R&D, as well as a fee of £720 to each dancer attending.

Register Your Interest

To register your interest please send :-

A CV and short letter of Application, stating why you would like to be part of this new work. This could be in video format and could use BSL.


By Monday 12 February – 5.00pm

Shortlisting will take place between the Tuesday 13 – Friday 16 February.

Invitations to audition will be issued on Saturday 17 February.

BCDH Company Number: 12823542

Located at Walsall Arena & Arts Centre
Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG