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

In this edition:

April, 2019

Higher Education Dance special

In this focus on dance courses within higher education, you can get an insight into the different options available to help recommend choices to students. Hear from the institutions and from students themselves, read on for more.

University of Chichester and PGCE Dance
Despite the challenges of the current financial and political climate, there has never been a better time to train to be a dance teacher. The University of Chichester has a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

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University of Bedford and Dance Science
Dance science is becoming increasingly popular as an area of study in Higher Education, with a range of dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer. The University of Bedfordshire has been running its MSc dance science since 2013.

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Arts University Bournemouth and Higher Education Dance
For today’s prospective University dance degree student, the choice to pursue and progress their dance studies should be about being allowed to creatively explore and test new ideas. The BA (Hons) dance degree at Arts University Bournemouth was launched in 2015 and aims to create a different type of industry-ready portfolio dance artist.

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Emergence, the postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance
The MA dance performance and professional practices programme is a professionally focused course, co-designed and co-delivered with industry partner Joss Arnott Dance.

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The new BTEC Higher National in Dance by Pearson
BTEC is one of the worlds most recognised applied learning brands and the BTEC Higher Nationals (HNs) from Pearson are designed to help students secure the knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace while also allowing space for development of higher education study skills.

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UEL: BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice

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

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London Contemporary Dance School by Chlesea
Chelsea, 3rd year student at London Contemporary Dance School, describes her journey so far. From a foundation year at Northern School of Contemporary Dance to a BA (Hons) Undergraduate Programme at London Contemporary Dance School

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University of Roehampton by Beth
Throughout the programme, I have been exposed to new ideas of what dance is and can be, both physically and theoretically. Studying dance at Roehampton encourages students to not just think about dance practice, but the way we think about dance as a whole.

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Coventry University by Tamsin
Coventry University aims to open our eyes and introduce us to so many different experiences to makes us ready for the industry and to be able to find our calling.

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University of Salford by Summer

The University of Salford has prepared me for my future in dance, its taught me so much already and I am only halfway through!

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A Guide to Careers in Dance

The One Dance UK Guide to Careers in Dance is aimed at anyone wishing to find out more about the possible career opportunities which stem from a passion for dance. Perfect for advising your students.

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Dance Education - Advocacy 

Dance Ambassador Martha has written an article looking at the importance of dance in schools: dance and other art forms cultivate many transferable skills, including communication and interpersonal skills, critical writing skills, development of intuition, as well as a deeper understanding of one’s own body and mind.

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Two great One Dance UK opportunities for young people

Young Creatives deadline 15 April

Are you a young person who is interested in choreography? Or do you know someone who is? 

Whatever dance style, we’re looking for young people to be part of Young Creatives 2019. No previous experience is necessary and there is no charge to take part. The project is for young people aged 15 to 19 (or up to 25 if you’re disabled) who want to make a dance piece with between one and five dancers.

Young Creatives 2019 will include:

  • The chance to work with your own choreographic mentor who will support you to develop your piece from initial idea or work-in-progress through to finished product through feedback and support
  • Classes, workshops and rehearsals at Rambert
  • The opportunity to perform your work informally at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
  • A special performance at U.Dance 2019 where you have chance to present your finished work at Southbank Centre as part of the national youth dance festival!
Apply for Young Creatives

U.Dance on Screen deadline 29 April

Each year we put out a call for submissions of dance films either by young filmmakers, or containing young dancers.

An independent panel of film/dance professionals then chooses a selection to be part of the annual youth dance festival.

In previous years, selected films have been screened as part of the festival experience and also shown in the auditorium during the performance showcase. This year, selected films will be screened at BFI!

Apply for U.Dance on Screen

Dance and Wellbeing 

What Works Wellbeing have published systematic reports on wellbeing with culture and sport, work and learning and community wellbeing. Within Culture and Sport there is positive data on how dance increases wellbeing with children and young people. Three pieces of research are highlighted: 

  • Akandere et al (2007) (2011) measured students depressive feelings before and after a dance intervention. Their depression score reduced significantly
  • Kim & Kim (2007) used five different interventions with young people: dance aerobics, hip-hop dance, ice skating, body conditioning and jogging. The best interventions to increase wellbeing were aerobics dance & hip hop dance
  • Potter et al (2015) conducted 'Dance Quest': a project that encouraged young people to engage with and watch dance. Results showed that dance had made a positive impact on health & wellbeing and future aspirations
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Makaton and Dance

One Dance UK member Emma Jones, of Splatter Dance, has written a blog about how she uses Makaton in dance. If you would like to know more about Emma's inclusive dance work then contact her:


Are you a One Dance UK teacher member and want to share your success? Contact tori.drew@onedanceuk.org 

Read the article here

Young people's motivations towards getting active

Sport England have identified five key findings into the attitudes of children and young people towards sport and physical activity:

  1. Physically literate children do twice as much activity. 
  2. Enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity levels.
  3. Children who have all five elements of physical literacy report higher levels of happiness, are more trusting of other children, and report higher levels of resilience.
  4. Physical literacy decreases with age. 
  5. The results also reveal important inequalities among certain groups of children which must be tackled:
  • Girls are less likely to say they enjoy or feel confident about doing sport and physical activity. 
  • Children from the least affluent families are less likely to enjoy activity than those from the most affluent families. 
  • Black children are more physically literate than other ethnic groups.
(Sport England, 2019)
Read the report here

£295million annual saving for NHS in Wales by being active

Research by Sport Wales and the Sport Industry Research Centre found that in 2016/17 a cost saving of £295.17million was made by adults who participated in sport and exercise at moderate intensity. Even though these results are adult focused it is always good to keep up with research to help to advocate for why dance is a great tool for children and young people.

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DfE 5 Foundations for Character

Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ has recently announced his '5 Foundations for Character' in which are five areas of activity that the Department for Education (DfE) believe to be vital for nurturing resilience and confidence in young people – and are as important as academic achievement. 
The five foundations set out by Mr. Hinds are:
·        Sport (including other physical and recreational activity).
·        Creativity
·        Performing
·        Volunteering and Membership
·        The world of work

Read more here.

Creating engaging early years arts experiences webinar CPD

Join AMA, Family Arts Campaign and early years experts Turned on its Head (TOIH) for an exclusive how-to session on creating accessible, creative experiences for very young children and their families.

Liz Clark, Artistic Director of TOIH will discuss the value of arts in early years creative, how you can reach families, how to cater for diverse audience needs, and will share ideas for bringing the whole family together through early years activities.

The session will also include time to ‘ask the expert’ so bring your questions for Liz on how to make your programme accessible and engaging for little ones and their family members.

2nd May: 10:30 – 12:30
£50 + VAT

Book your place here

Funding opportunity through Sport England

Do you have a young people's dance group over 14 that requires funding?

Sport England Small Grants is funding projects that both increase physical activity in the inactive and progression for gifted and talented. Funding is open to freelancers and schools. Please note that Sport England class dance as 'Dance Sport' and therefore you need to ensure that your activity falls within this category. This may be a dance fitness class or dance group or project that focuses on the health element. 

One Dance UK recommends that you are always creative in your funding searches and looking into the sport sector may be an avenue for you.

Find out more

Ta'ra for now from Dance in Education Manager Tori

Dance in Education Manager Tori is due on maternity leave at the end of April. She will return February 2020. Tori's replacement will introduce herself in the next bulletin (due end of May 2019). Tori says:

" I love my job. I enjoy advocating, advising and supporting the dance education world through One Dance UK. I hope that my son will go through a fully enriched arts education of the future. I am excited that my maternity cover is experienced and knowledgeable and will bring new ideas to the role. Thank you to all my collaborators, teacher members and young people who have made my time at One Dance UK so far so enjoyable and rewarding. I look forward to seeing you all when I return next year!"

Articles of Interest...

The Sun

Cultural Learning Alliance
Creative Industries Federation BBC Guardian i-News
Image Credits:
Header Image - Tannery Drift School © Andrew Ford; Dance HE header: Emergence, postgrad of Joss Arnott © Drew Forsyth; University of Chichester © Jo Hodson-Proir; University of Bedford © Claudia Mayer; Arts University Bournemouth © Andy Beeson; Emergence © Drew Forsyth; Chelsea in Kootam by Saju Hari © Rocio Cacon; University of Roehampton © Natasha Carmichael; Dance Education header © Brian Slater; Dance and well being header © Brian Slater; Young people's motivations towards getting active © Brian Slater; £295million annual saving header © Rachel Cherry; DfE 5 foundations for character © Brian Slater; 
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