Professionals & Artist Development

Shape It Partners

The Place (UK)

The Place is a creative powerhouse for dance development that is leading the way in dance training, creation and performance. It is one of Europe’s most exciting, innovative dance spaces, where artists from all over the world come to push creative boundaries, to experiment and to perform outstanding new work for audiences who expect to be surprised, inspired and delighted. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company, a 280-seat theatre, an extensive range of classes, courses and participatory opportunities for adults and young people and professional development programmes for artists.


Comune di Bassano (Italy)

Comune di Bassano is a public body in the North East of Italy. Its Centro per la Scena Contemporanea is a dynamic dance house dedicated to the development of contemporary dance and its Operaestate Festival involves 40 cities and presents multidisciplinary events in theatres, castles, parks, villas and museums of the territory. Comune di Bassano is devoted to artistic development, community projects, productions and the promotion of artistic mobility. It offers more than 24 residencies to Italian and international artists every year. It is committed to developing new and enhanced ways of engaging participants and audiences whilst continuing to focus strongly on building a sustainable future for dance as Italy’s leading supporter of dance artists. It is committed to transforming and enriching lives through dance, to shaping where dance is going next.


Tanec Praha (Czech Republic)

Tanec Praha is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1991 and currently has three main activities: the high-quality contemporary dance festivals TANEC PRAHA and Czech Dance Platform including additional events such as seminars, workshops, site-specifics etc. The dance venue PONEC for production and creation of new work in contemporary dance. The theatre presents over 150 various dance performances per year, a third of which are for kids and teens. Tanec Praha works with many partners both locally and internationally to foster quality in artistic work as well as develop community work, international cooperation and networking. Tanec Praha is a member of international networks like IETM, Aerowaves, EDN - European Dancehouse Network, ITI, as well as national organisations Vision for dance, Czech Association of Festivals amongst others.



Annantalo is a multidisciplinary arts centre for children, young people and families in the heart of Helsinki. Its main activities include: providing art education in all art forms for schools in Helsinki; providing evening art classes for children and young people in all art forms; producing extensive exhibition, performance, event and workshop programme for children, young people and their families and co-ordinating different projects around art education within Helsinki and Finland. Annantalo also maintains the network service targeted at teachers and day care professionals. Annantalo’s aim is to create a fruitful context for children and young people to experience art and culture so that children and young people become competent operators within the city’s artistic and cultural life. Annantalo has around 80 000 visitors every year.

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Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union