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Rifco associates


Rifco Associates is a bespoke programme led by Associate Director Ameet Chana and Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar. It has been specifically created to address the lack of opportunities and pathways for British South Asian artists.

Rifco Associates was launched in 2015 to address the lack of opportunity for British Asian artists in the theatre sector. Artists from a range of artistic practices including writers, lyricists, composers, designers, aerial artists and spoken word performers have been supported through the programme.


This year’s Associates Programme will be made up of six dancers. We’re looking for people who have had lessons or training, so although you do need to have some dance experience you don’t need to be a professional. Similarly if you’re a professional dancer, you’re welcome to apply.

Successful applicants will receive a bespoke programme that will support the development of your dance practice and give you the opportunity to learn a range of both Indian and western dance styles and techniques, such as Kathak, Bollywood, Bhangra, Street Dance, Contemporary and Partner Work.

You'll also explore different aspects of movement - looking at physical theatre, material work and more. Plus, the programme will include one-to-one mentoring, workshops and masterclasses led by industry specialists in each discipline.  

Following on from the success of some of Rifco’s previous musicals such as Britain’s Got Bhangra, Laila – The Musical and Mushy – Lyrically Speaking, our next major touring production is a brand-new musical called Frankie Goes to Bollywood and our aim is to select dancers from this year’s Associates Programme to be part of the dance ensemble and go on tour with the show in 2024. So, this opportunity could lead to your first professional dance credit. 

How to apply

Send us a link to a video of you dancing. It can be whatever style or discipline you like. Please ensure the clip is under two minutes long.

Email the video to with a note about yourself, any professional / amateur experience you have, and why you’d like to take part in the Rifco Associates programme. Please ensure this is no longer than one side of A4, 12 point font. 

Please also fill in and attach this Equal Opportunities form with your submission.

Deadline for submissions is 10 am, Tue 29 Aug 2023 

To apply you must be:
-    of South Asian heritage
-    18 or over
-    And a UK resident

If you have any questions, email

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll need to be available for a day-long workshop will be held week commencing 11th September.

Please share this with any dancers you know out there and best of luck!

Video credits:
Dancers: Mohit Mathur, Aarati Divanji, Andy Kumar
Edited and filmed by: Sachin Patel