Neon Dance offer paid Cultural Connector roles to young people aged 18-24.


 Selected through an open call process, our Cultural Connectors work alongside Neon's Artistic Director Adrienne Hart and are mentored by industry experts including Float PR founder / Director of Music & Communications (Nura) Sofia Ilyas.


Cultural Connectors supporting Neon’s Autumn 2018 touring of ‘Puzzle Creature’ included Rin Terada, Abbey Darling, Izzy Inkpen Simmons, Christiana Bissett, Lucia Fortune-Ely and Jorja Follina.

What we offer

Since 2016 we have invited creative self-starters aged 18 - 24 to record and describe Neon’s work on their own terms. We offer half a day mentoring, opportunities to join us in the studio alongside a bespoke framework of support and company access.


Media Internships

Before launching our national Cultural Connectors initiative, we offered paid Media Internships to southwest based 18-24 year olds. Discover who took part and find out what they are up to now…


Lucia Fortune-Ely


Media Internship: 2018

Lucia is a Third Year Geography undergraduate currently at the University of Bristol. Having danced from a young age, Lucia is an alumna of the National Youth Dance Company and the Centre for Advanced Training at London Contemporary Dance School. Now nearing the end of her academic studies, she is interested in arts management, administration and combining her interests of geography, philosophy and politics in the creative arts. Lucia joined Neon Dance during the making of 'Puzzle Creature'.

I am really excited to be a part of the team this summer! As both a geography student and a dancer I am incredibly intrigued about this piece, how the physical body can architect space, co-constructing it through affectual experiences. I very much look forward to documenting your new creation through a social media campaign, so expect me to be milling about the studio!
— Lucia Fortune-Ely

Lucy Corley


Media Internship: 2017

Lucy created original content about Neon Dance company’s touring production ‘Empathy’ for a range of publications including Rife Magazine in Bristol, The Red Line in Brighton and Creative Bath.

Lucy is currently Web and Digital Communications Assistant at University of Exeter.

I have learned a huge amount from the internship and gained a range of new skills: from the mentorship of Sofia Ilyas of Float PR, I learned how to pitch ideas to magazine editors and other potential partners, to help generate publicity for a production or event. I also gained an excellent insight into the planning and decision-making processes involved in running and publicising an arts event.

— Lucy Corley

Daniel Broadbent


Media Internship: 2016

Daniel became Neon’s first media intern in 2016 and supported the company during
the preview touring of ‘Empathy’. 

Daniel is currently Programme and Artist Development Producer at Pavilion Dance South West.

Despite not coming from a dance background myself, I was entranced by the whole thing from start to finish. I was also fortunate enough to be invited behind the scenes during the earlier stages of rehearsals and found myself immersed in this fantastic display of ‘neon’ lasers and dance which reflects upon the term empathy and how our human condition is influenced to respond to others.”
— Daniel Broadbent