Growing Day

Sector Development

Growing Day

Growing Day is a professional development opportunity and networking event for dance artists experienced in delivering youth dance activities.

Growing Day is an online event that offers dance artists in the youth dance sector the opportunity to dance together, share, learn and connect with their peers across the country. In these challenging times this course will focus on ensuring the youth dance leaders in Scotland can come together to focus on the future and make time for their own development.


To take part in Growing Day you must:

  • Be based in Scotland
  • Be aged over 21
  • Be a professional dance artist experienced in delivering youth dance activities. We welcome applications from those emerging in their practice to established practitioners.

Dates and session info

The next Growing Day will take place on Friday 14th January, 10am – 12pm via Zoom and will focus on inclusive dance. The session will be delivered by Laura Jones, Head of Creative Development at Stopgap Dance Company.

This workshop will use textures as a way into movement, exploring ways to introduce them, and how they can support movement development from dance skills to creative exploration and choreography. Laura will guide you through practical examples and share top tips with time for questions and reflections.

Stopgap Dance Company is driven by a diverse creative team who uses dance as a movement for change. Their vision is to create an inclusive world where diversity is not just accepted but pursued, a world where no one is limited by prejudice against D/deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse people.

Laura Jones joined Stopgap in 2001 where she has been integral to the growth and direction of the company.  She is a fierce advocate for dance and disability, inclusion and equality, advancing the sector through teacher training in inclusive practice, public speaking and consultancy work.

Laura started her training at Linda Butler School of Dance, aged 5.  Having sustained a spinal injury in 1998, Laura went on to become the first wheelchair user to complete 100% of the A-Level dance syllabus.  Since then, she has accumulated a wealth of experience, working with numerous choreographers, gaining extensive creative and performance experience, touring internationally in both traditional and non-traditional settings, including Street Arts festivals and Rural Touring.


There is no charge to take part in Growing Day.

How do I book?

Booking for Growing Day is now open. To book your place, please complete the booking form below. Booking deadline is Sunday 9th January 2022.

We will contact you after the deadline with the Zoom link for the workshop. If you have not heard from us by Wednesday 12th January, please email us at

Growing Day January 2022
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