What's been going on in dance education...

In this edition:

December, 2018

Hip hop in dance education special

Inspired by Boy Blue Entertainment's Emancipation of Expressionism (2013) on the AQA GCSE specification we wanted to celebrate hip hop in dance education.

Boy Blue making waves

Boy Blue Entertainment's thoughts on being on the AQA GCSE dance spec. more

More than a dance craze: Litefeet

Litefeet is a street dance style developed directly from hip hop music & hip hop party dances. From the early 2000's to present, this dance has developed into its own unique style full of its own vocabulary, phrasing and organisations. In recent years it has boomed to become the most viral dance style in the world. more

Independent hip hop and dance education

Elsabet Yonas is a movement artist with a dance back ground in hip-hop. She explains her hip hop work. more

New Zoonation Youth Company Birmingham

ZYC Brum (ZooNation Youth Company Birmingham) is the first ZooNation Youth Company to be formed outside of London. more

UEL: BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice

The BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice at University of East London. more

UDOIT Federtaion

UDOIT aims to inspire, engage and empower children and young people  to feel confident, valued and part of their community through street dance. more

NEW One Dance UK Frameworks for all key stages

One Dance UK has upgraded the Frameworks for each key stage. These guides are available to our teacher members to view in the members area (a great reason to be a One Dance UK teacher member). Print versions are available for purchase from our website for £12 non-members and £10 members.

These are helpful guides to help non-dance specialists and dance specialists understand and deliver dance in the curriculum.

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New Ofsted framework for inspection

Ofsted has set out proposals for a new inspection framework. As part of this framework ‘Quality of Education’ will be part of four judgements. This is to ensure that the focus of an Ofsted inspection is not just based on the curriculum. There will be a consultation on the new framework in January 2019. This will hopefully encourage Ofsted to look at schools providing a broad curriculum. Ofsted is currently researching how to judge high quality arts and design. 

A creative workforce is needed!

Dance in schools is as important as ever to implement creative skills to students, enable them to fulfil creative careers. Arts Professional has reported on research from the AHRC-backed Policy and Evidence Centre that says creative attributes are a better predictor of growth than other transferable skills. Dance not only prepares students for a career within the arts but enables the creative skills to fill the predicted 5% gap in the creative industries in the future (Creative Industries federation, 2018)

Articles of Interest...


Youth Sports Trust
Sport England BBC TES


Image Credits:
Header Image - Tannery Drift School © Andrew Ford; Hip Hop header - © Nicole Guarino; Boy Blue © Nicole Guarino; Litefeet © Hyper week (Dance camp) by PJD events in Catarina; Elsabet © Xiao Majunyang; Hippodrome; © Birmingham Hippodrome; UDoIt Dance © UDoIt Dance Foundation; U.Dance © Brian Slater; U.Dance © Brian Slater; 
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