2018 Commissions

In May 2018, Dance Manchester offered two commissioning opportunities to North West independent artists of £10,000 each

Commission 1: To create an outdoor performance utilising dance forms of the African diaspora***

Chad Taylor

Chad Taylor was awarded commission 1. He started dancing from the age of 11. Training in the foundations of hip hop, and at 14 years of age started to widen his dance vocab and doing other styles such as ballet, Tap, and Jazz, His professional experience started at a young age of 15, where he appeared on TOTP and CD:UK.
At the age of 19, He graduated from the Hammond school with a National diploma in dance on a Full Scholarship. He then went on to work in the professional world working with artist such as Cheryl Cole, Paloma Faith, Sade, Take That, Meatloaf, Joe Mceldry, Little Mix, LMFAO. He has worked with Choreographers such as Fatima Robinson. Has performed at the X-factor final at the O2 Arena, Brit Awards and the Royal Variety Show.
Chad has always had a creative side and has had a big interest in Choreography,
He has choreographed for cbbc program ‘ZinZillers’ in 2012. Also as a choreographer he worked with the winner of Britain’s Got Talent ‘George Sampson’ for his live performances. With his choreography, he was also asked to choreograph for Manchester Fashion week. In 2012 as a collaboration with Boy Blue entertainment and Avant Garde dance company Chad Collaborated with choreographer Jamie Luke to create a piece around being blind. In 2013 the piece was performed at the national U Dance at the lowry Theatre in Manchester. He was then invited back to create a piece for the National U dance event at the town hall in Leeds. Chad’s interest in hip hop theatre is very big. His piece Persistence was performed at Breakin Convention 2016 and 2017 at the blackpool Grand Theatre and Lowry Theatre in Manchester. It was also performed at the Let’s Dance International festival, signatures in 2014 and at Autograph in 2015. Chad Taylor has also choreographed pieces for Shockout Arts dance school at the Move It convention from 2014 to 2017.

Teaching also comes as another skill. Along with free-lancing around the country, In late 2007 he started teaching in the Shockout Academy where he trained himself as a student. In 2010, he became an in house choreographer alongside friend/teacher Jamie Luke. He then went on to take his group Shockarellas to ‘Got to dance’ where they got to the semi finals. Shockarellas also hold titles for competitions such as idance, U.D.O and world of dance uk.

***Dance forms of the African diaspora include: African and Caribbean Traditional Folk Dance, Dancehall, Lindy Hop, Jazz-Funk, Soca-Carnival Movement, House Dance, Tap Dancing, Reggaeton Dance Movements, Trap and Grime Dance Movements to Hip Hop Dance

Commission 2: To create a family friendly dance performance for libraries

Josh Hawkins

Josh Hawkins is a choreographer/dancer currently supported as Artist in Residence at The University of Salford. Josh founded ‘Hawk Dance Theatre’ in 2015 and since then has received several funding awards from Arts Council England to support the production of his projects.

Josh has produced works for various platforms (stage, screen and festivals) which have been showcased throughout the country. Josh was commissioned to create a Random Acts film by Tyneside Cinema, which was broadcast on Channel 4’s TV platform in November 2015. His film, ‘The Blackest Day’ won an award for the Best Experimental Short Film at the London City Film Awards 2017.

Josh was recently commissioned to create a full length film work for Akademi’s latest production ‘The Troth’, which has toured the UK and India. Josh has experience of collaborating with a number of artists and mentors and most recently had the opportunity to work with established UK choreographer Gary Clarke as his choreographic mentor.

Josh delivers workshops extensively and has guest delivered at a range of arts organisations including: The Lowry, Dance4, DanceXchange, Ludus Dance and Brewery Arts.

Josh graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first class honours degree in 2013. He spent 2013-14 working with Verve (postgraduate performance company). During this time, he worked with established national UK choreographers; Lea Anderson, Ben Duke and GoddardNixon.