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RISE is an online careers and networking event for early career and emerging creatives.

RISE was developed in partnership with East London Dance and One Dance UK in 2021. It brings together alumni and members of China Plate and East London Dance’s training and development programmes and One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors to co-design and co-produce an online careers event for early career and emerging creatives aged 18+.

It was created in response to:

  • The three partner organisations wanting to continue to provide opportunities to their cohorts beyond their programme, and continuing to upskill, retain and nurture producing talent.
  • Our groups telling us that they wanted more opportunities to develop their career-readiness, network with peers and further develop their skills.

RISE has been a vehicle to achieve these by allowing our cohorts to upskill, whilst also giving them an opportunity to design the type of event they think people at a similar career-point to them would want and need.

“Working on both iterations of RISE has given me the confidence and experience to prosper in my career as an Events Coordinator now. I was able to develop my confidence as a facilitator by planning and running a social and networking event for delegates. I also developed my ability to communicate effectively within a large working group and improve my public speaking skills.” – RISE co-producer

RISE 2021 and RISE Again 2022 has involved 11 co-producers and the events have collectively engaged over 400 delegates.

“The RISE event was brilliant, exactly what I needed after an extended period of unemployment.  I felt more motivated than ever after attending the event and it provided me with a lot of practical advice and tips with regards to my career and networking.” – RISE 2021 delegate

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event on Tuesday 14th November 2023 – scroll down the page to access some online resources from our RISE events. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Engagement & Participation Producer Andrea Pieri Gonzalez on [email protected]

One Dance UK Ambassador
Photo © One Dance UK, Dani Bower

RISE 2023

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The event has now passed – scroll down the page to access some online resources from our RISE events. 

RISE 2023 is an exciting, free day-long online event for creative individuals aged 18 +

Date: Tuesday 14th November
Time: 9:45am – 5:00pm (sessions throughout the day)
Location: Online

RISE is designed to empower you by offering direction through skill-building, career exploration, and community-building. The holistic approach equips you with tools to nurture your body and mind, recognising them as your essential tools for success and gives you practical tips to start or progress with projects.

The event consists of:

  • A well-being and creative values keynote presentation.
  • Inspirational speakers to take you to the next level.
  • Skills-focused workshops.
  • Opportunities to practice some of the skills you’ve learnt with your peers.
  • Resources and signposting to continue your creative development. 

We aim to make this event as accessible as possible. Live automated transcription will be available during the day. Post-event materials can be tailored to delegates with accessibility requirements.

U.Dance National Festival 2023
Photo © One Dance UK, Dani Bower


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We have a number of resources that have been created from our RISE events to support early-career creatives.

Please feel free to have a look – to find out more from our co-producers and the legacy work please head over to our blog: RISE Legacy 2021 and RISE Again 2022 Legacy.

Click here to open the RISE 2021 Legacy Document

Click the links below to watch each of the RISE 2022 Legacy Videos:

  1. Wellbeing, Mental Health & Boundaries
  2. Dreaming and Planning
  3. Taxes 101 with Cathy Waller

To find out more about the programmes connected to RISE, please visit the pages listed below:

China Plate’s Young Producers

East London Dance’s The Fi.ELD

East London Dance’s Producers House

One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors

White logos for Young Producers, The Fi.ELD and One Dance UK Ambassador on a black background.

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