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

In this edition:

October, 2018

Message from our new Head of Children and Young People

I am absolutely delighted to be joining the One Dance UK team as Head of Children and Young People’s Dance! I look forward to sustaining and building upon the already excellent work of the organisation to advocate for and support the delivery of high quality dance activity for young people, both in schools and across the wider sector. Having worked in secondary education for the last 12 years, I understand first hand the many challenges facing our members in the current climate. Despite these challenges, it is clear there are abundant examples of excellent practice in young people’s dance taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

I am throughly looking forward to meeting, supporting and working with our members. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything that the Children and Young People’s Dance team can assist with.

CPD for dance teachers, artists and educators

Our 2018 conference, Leading the way – a stronger future for dance, delivered in association with Leeds Dance Partnership, will take place on 23 and 24 November in Leeds.  It will create a vibrant platform for educational and networking opportunities, inspirational speakers, discussion and debate aimed at everyone in the dance sector whether dance artists, choreographers, students, managers, teachers, directors, academics or healthcare practitioners.

Teacher CPD confirmed so far:
Friday 23 November:

  • Swing dance class with Swing Dance Leeds
  • Facilitating boys dance with Company Chameleon
Saturday 24 November:
  • Safe in Dance International Artist Charlotte Tomlinson practical warm-up
  • Language of Dance Centre delivering a session about its level 1 inclusive dance award
  • Inspiring Key Stage 2 primary dance classes toolkit session
  • GCSE dance anthology - Shadows, with Phoenix Dance Theatre dancers
  • Inclusive dance practice and choreography toolkit session with Tin Arts
  • GCSE anthology dance companies in conversation with AQA and Ofqual

Tickets are on sale now! Starting from just £39 for our members, there's also a special discount available for groups of five or more - buy 4 tickets and get 1 free!

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Tori's tour of dance education in Leeds and beyond

To celebrate our conference in Leeds, Tori investigated dance education within the city and beyond:

South Asian Arts-UK

South Asian Arts-UK is a Leeds-based organisation pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian music and dance are performed, presented and experienced. It has been working tirelessly to offer everyone age three up to 60+ the opportunity to learn and participate in classical and folk dance traditions of South Asia, in the heart of Yorkshire.

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Carr Manor School: reaching the hard to reach

Dance is fully embedded within the curriculum at Carr Manor and this was a conscious choice from observing the interests and passions of the children outside of school. The school also acknowledged that every child learns in a different way and therefore a varied and 'all round education' is catered for. 

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Benefits of Dance: Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance, the dance development organisation for the region, and researchers from the University of Leeds have published a report on the impact of dance on the health, well-being and sense of empowerment of young people.

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RJC Dance and inspiring all in 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.

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Breaking ballet barriers at Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet have been running a project with Green Lane Primary School & communities in Bradford since 2014, developing a dialogue with local people, with the aim of establishing and overcoming the barriers they face when it comes to watching ballet at the theatre.

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Bringing up the BTEC at Wakefield College

Wakefield College is a college and university centre based south of Leeds with three teachers who teach across the levels (2-6) and cover a range of styles (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, urban, tap, commercial, musical theatre). They deliver BTEC Level 1 Performing Arts, UAL Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, BTEC HND in Performing Arts (Dance) and BA Hons Top up. 

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Advocating for the arts in schools

Arts in Schools advocacy toolkit is published by Bacc for the Future, Cultural Learning Alliance and What Next? and is designed to provide all the information you need to champion arts education in your school.

Documents like this are extremely valuable especially at a time when between 2010 to 2018 in England there was a decline of 35% in the number of arts GCSE entries from 673,739 in 2010 to 435,784 in 2018. GCSE Dance at 45% less between 2010 and 2018 and ALevel Dance at 42% less. Furthermore, there are 20% less arts teachers in secondary schools in 2017 than in 2010, and 21% less hours of arts teaching. These figures were recently reported by the Cultural Learning Alliance.

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Another case for the value of dance in education

Women in Sport aims that every woman and girl in the UK can experience the transformational lifelong rewards of sport. It has just produced a report Puberty & Sport: An Invisible Stage that utilised qualitative research to explore whether coming to terms with puberty is having a long-term impact on how girls engage with sport and to identify the key barriers and issues girls face during this time. It found that during puberty, girls can form negative attitudes towards sport due to parents being less engaged, increased studying and pressure to perform well at school, a desire for new, more mature experiences and wanting to be accepted and acceptable to peers.

We believe dance is key in engaging girls in exercise during this transition to adulthood. This report is an excellent insight into issues and recommendations when working with young developing women within exercise.

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New fund to help people get active in Wales

The Welsh Government, in partnership with Sport Wales and Public Health Wales, has announced a new £5m Healthy and Active Fund which will strengthen community assets and enable people to adopt healthier lifestyles in the following groups:

  • Children and young people
  • People with a disability or long term illness
  • People who are economically inactive or who live in areas of deprivation
  • Older people and those around the age of retirement from work
Please let the team at One Dance UK know if you are successful in any applications to this fund.
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Articles of Interest...

The Guardian: 
Cultural Learning Alliance:
Barking and Dagenham Post
The Arts Newspaper: Relocate Magazine:
Image Credits:
Header Image - Tannery Drift School © Andrew Ford; Leeds header - © South Asian Arts-UK; South Asian Arts © South Asian Arts-UK; Carr Manor © Abi Ramsey; Yorkshire Dance © Brian Slater; RJC; © Kathy Williams; Northern Ballet © Green Lane Primary School; Wakefield College © Craig Lomas; 
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