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

In this edition:

Feburary, 2019

Children and young people's dance of the African Diaspora

Children and young people's dance and African diaspora inspired by our youth dance of African Diaspora article in Hotfoot magazine.

Ace Dance and Music in schools
ACE Dance and Music are rooted in traditional African and Caribbean forms but through a contemporary lens. ACE are known for their education and engagement work and recently rolled out a year-long project “Diana” with 8 schools totalling 245 students. more

Artistry Youth Dance

Artistry Youth Dance (AYD) is a vibrant youth dance company that showcases and celebrates dancers of African and Caribbean descent, aged 14-25 years. A not for profit, community organisation, that promotes diversity in dance and encourages the achievement of success through dance. more

Impact Youth

Hakeem Onibudo is Impact Dance Artistic director and founder. Impact Youth was created in 1995 to ensure that young people have a safe space through the medium of dance, realise their goals and become fully functioning individuals. more

IRIE! dance theatre

In September 2018 IRIE!’s will be delivering the company’s BA (Hons) degree in Diverse Dance Styles. The course will present African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance forms equally. more

RJC Dance
RJC Dance inspire, nurture and develop the next generation of young black artists and practitioners.  Above all, they proudly declare their commitment to enabling the young people of Leeds and the county of Yorkshire to experience the sheer joy of Black British Dance, whatever age, income or background. more

Uchenna Dance Hansel & Gretel

Uchenna Dance aim to empower, educate and entertain. They want to take audiences on a journey through their variety of works and inspire participants through their teaching and education work to grow to be the best they can be. more

Ofqual: Revisions to GCSE, AS & A Level Dance

Ofqual have released the results of their consultation on GCSE, AS and A Level Music and Dance. The results take immediate effect. For Dance:
-Ofqual allow AQA to determine how to mark a student’s performance when that performance falls short of the minimum required length
-Ofqual have corrected a clerical inconsistency in the performance section of their documents to make clear that students may perform “one or more dances”. This is to avoid confusion and does not change what is required of students. 

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Ofsted Consultation on new inspection framework launched

Ofsted are looking at changing their inspection framework through adding a new 'quality of education' judgement. This will encourage schools to deliver a broad curriculum rather than focusing on tests and results. One Dance UK hope this proposed change will encourage schools to include arts education as a tool for breadth and variety in the their choice of curriculum.

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Cambridge Teacher Schools Network dance resource

Verity Merryweather of Cambridge Teacher Schools Network has produced Dance on Page resource for dance teachers. This includes her recommendations for blogs and 'go to' research, as well as a guide to people to follow on Twitter in the field of Dance Education.

Thank you Cambridge Teacher Schools Network and Verity for producing this resource. Click here to view the resource.

Find out more about CTSN

1 Step Bedfordshire Youth Dance Platform

One Dance UK ambassador review:
Talented, local, young dancers returned to bring an audience an evening of dance at the 1Step Bedfordshire Youth Dance Platforms. A variety of styles such as musical theatre, street dance and contemporary were performed at both Luton and Bedford venues on two weekends in December, 2018. It was a pleasure to watch local dance groups come together to perform in a community dance platform. The platform gathered dancers of various ages together, each sharing their unique story.

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Decline of arts education in primary schools report

The Fabian Society commissioned research with 401 Primary Schools across the country to question their arts provision and why arts education is important to them. Main points:

  • There were 4 main arguments for providing arts education in primary schools: cognitive development, overcoming inequalities, building confidence and social cohesion.
  • two thirds of teachers said the arts provision in their school declined
  • Nearly half of teachers said they felt they did not have the skills to deliver a high arts education
  • Majority of teachers in England (59 per cent) believe their school does not give enough emphasis to the arts
Read the full report

GCSE Dance teachers workshop with Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House and Studio Wayne McGregor would like to invite teachers delivering GCSE dance to a workshop trial event, focusing on Wayne McGregor’s choreographic creation process and Infra.

Lead by artists from The Royal Opera House and Studio Wayne McGregor, this event is to trial workshop content for schools and colleges exploring Infra in the GCSE Dance specification.

This event will focus specifically around ideas for choreography inspired by McGregor’s own practice and methods, taking his work for The Royal Ballet, Infra, as a case study. ROH will finish the afternoon with a group feedback session where you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts with the ROH and other GCSE teachers.

Date: Saturday 23 February 2018,13:30 – 17:30h.
Address: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

BTEC Award in Performing Arts (Dance) CPD

Btec Tech Award in Performing Arts with Justine Reeve

26th February 2019 - 10.00am -3.30pm 

A practical morning session will explore the set task for the 2019 assessment, with a chance to plan, grade work and understand the administrative duties in the afternoon. It will enable participants to deliver innovative dance to engage, excite and challenge young learners. It will also offer practical and planning ideas to help enhance attainment and achievement in this BTEC component. This course is for dance and P.E. teachers.

Features:Unpicking the set task: Performing to a brief for 2019, Creative ways forward for learners, Planning effective delivery of component 3

Fee: £125 (lunch and refreshments included) Location: Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth 

Please email with any questions.

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Northern Ballet Bite Sized Ballet Cinema screening

Picturehouse Cinemas are offering schools' screenings of Northern Ballet’s Bite Sized Ballets for just £4 a student. These short ballet productions based on well-known fairytales and made especially for children are a great way to introduce EYFS/Key Stage 1 students to ballet. Brought to life by Northern Ballet’s amazing dancers, and with the stories narrated by BBC presenter Anita Rani these colourful and highly entertaining films are the perfect way for your younger students to enjoy the magic of dance, music and storytelling on the big screen! Anita Rani and the cast will also show some of the moves from the ballets so you can learn a little dance too.

Screenings are available at all Picturehouse cinemas, subject to availability, on weekdays mornings until July 30th. 

See where your nearest Picturehouse Cinema is here.

Find out more or request a booking for your school

Articles of Interest...

Arts Professional

TES Creative Industries Federation

Cultural Learning Alliance
BBC The Guardian HundrED


Image Credits:
Header Image - Tannery Drift School © Andrew Ford; Youth dance of Arfican diaspora header: ACE Dance & Music © Brian Slater; ACE Dance & Music © Brian Slater; ACE Dance & Music © Graeme Braiwood; Artistry Youth Dance © Carole Edrich; Impact Youth © Brian Slater; Irie Dance Theatre © Irie Dance Theatre; RJC Dance © Kathy Williams; 1 step Bedfordshire © Next Generation Youth Theatre; Decline of arts education in primary schools report header - Tannery Drift School © Andrew Ford; GCSE Dance Teachers CPD - Francesca Haywood and Tristan Dyer in Infra The Royal Ballet © ROH/ Andrej Uspenski, 2012; BTEC CPD Header - Pavillion South West Dance © Andy Beeson
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