In 2017, Studio Wayne McGregor launched PEER, a mentoring programme for recent dance graduates. The programmes offers a range of interactions with the Studio to further develop the skills needed to prepare for a portfolio career and to gain exposure to life as a professional dancer alongside mentoring and development of a peer network. Elements include mentoring by a Studio Wayne McGregor artist, professional development sessions with Studio Wayne McGregor office staff, participation in company class and labs and Observing / assisting on Learning and Engagement projects, with practical guidance on working with young people, schools and community groups.
‘PEER has helped take my abilities to the next level by providing a safe space, professional development and training in subjects even most universities don’t offer.’
‘It deeply changed the way I apply for opportunities, self promote and organise myself.’
‘What I love about this programme is its ability to nurture new and emerging artists, to creatively challenge our thoughts and values, and achieve a clear vision for the future of our artistry.’
Patrick Webster Ross
Thanks to generous support from the Idlewild Trust, Studio Wayne McGregor PEER was free of charge to participants.