The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites dancers to attend its Creative (un)Conference taking place on Saturday, 20 July in Maboneng, Johannesburg. The rigorous programme is a professional development workshop for dancers in their first 3 years of professional practice who are looking to raise their career profile and develop their business acumen as individual performers or choreographers.

The one-day course includes practical guidance presented by Moving into Dance Mophatong’s CEO, Nadia Virasamy, on making one’s professional profile an asset which is ready for proposals, residencies and applications. Nadia will also discuss value chains in the South African dance landscape and how to monetise your time and talent.

The Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) will share lessons that the organisation has learnt in the 20 years of its existence. VDT will also lead a professional photo shoot with acclaimed photographer John Hogg, from which participating dancers will leave with a personalised photographic portfolio, including individual images and choreographed group images.

The day will conclude with an experimental, interdisciplinary expression of serious play in a process-driven exercise presented to no audience. Award-winning dancer and choreographer David T April will lead this session.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants and will take place on Saturday, 20th July in Maboneng, Johannesburg. In order to be considered, please email a 50-100 word motivation and one reference to for an undisclosed panel to review. Please note only successful applicants will be contacted with further information.

Deadline: Friday, 12 July

Notes to editors

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance. The support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Find out more about ACT at