How to Apply


Please read the information provided below before submitting your application.

Incorrect or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Residency Overview

The Cohan Collective is looking for a diverse range of choreographers and choreographic styles. Choreographers must have two years minimum professional experience a keen interest in working with composers and musicians, be able to work with a wide range of music styles and have the ability to collaborate with other artists. It is also essential that you are able to create within specific time constraints. During the residency you will be mentored and given feedback and therefore openness to constructive criticism is also required.

How to Apply

Using the online application form please submit a letter of interest (max. 3000 characters) or a 2-3 minute video/audio (camera phone quality is fine) describing your work and why you think the Cohan Collective would be an important learning experience for you to undertake at this point in your development. Also include, your CV and links to examples of your work.  Links should not be password protected.  If you need to provide your application in an alternative format for access reasons, please contact us to discuss.

If you are applying from outside the UK and have an existing working visa which covers the residency period, you are able to apply.  We do not provide support to attain working visas.  Please note: When applying from outside the UK, travel to the UK is not supported.  Only travel costs within the UK will be honoured.

Interview Process

If short-listed you will be invited to meet with the directors for an interview in London on Saturday 18th April or Saturday 25th April, time to be confirmed.  Callbacks will be in London on Sunday 26th April where you will be asked to work with dancers on a short task.  Successful applicants will be notified on the 4th May. Please note that the Cohan Collective is unable to provide feedback post interviews, or about applications.

Financial Information

There is no charge to attend this residency.

This is a professional development residency which will provide highly skilled musicians and dancers for you to work with.  Dancers and musicians will be paid a fee for their participation in order for you to have high quality artists to assist you in your work and the development of your artistic practice.

Fees are not paid to composers and choreographers as this residency is provided as a growth opportunity for you to develop your artistry. Composers and choreographers will receive travel expenses and per diems for the duration of the residency and accommodation will be provided.  Those applicants facing financial barriers can apply for a bursary, each year one bursary is awarded to a choreographer or composer. To find out how to apply for a bursary please contact us

All participants will be required to attend the whole of the residency which runs from 3pm Sunday 5th July—6pm Friday 17th July.

All participants are required to stay in Birmingham from Monday to Friday for both weeks but are able to travel on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July.  Cohan Collective will not cover any additional travel for this weekend.

Please read all the information provided as we do not have the capacity to respond to questions that are covered by the information provided here.


Choreographers and Composers — Friday 17th April, 5pm
Dancers — Monday 4th May 10am

Please submit your application by this date. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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