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

In this edition:

July, 2018

A fond farewell to our Head of Children and Young People:
Claire Somerville

"It's been a privilege to work on your behalf to champion the place of dance in education. I've met and worked with many of you over the last few years and it's been your passion for dance and it's importance to children and young people, that's inspired and motivated me to do all I can to ensure dance is valued. I will continue to support dance in my new role and I hope you will all continue to enjoy being part of One Dance UK's family and welcoming the new Head of Children & Young People's Dance in due course. I wish you a restful summer and a refreshed and revitalised autumn term!"
Claire Somerville

U.Dance 2018 National Festival in Ipswich

This weekend, the U.Dance festival took place in the UK’s eastern region for the very first time. It was hosted by DanceEast at its impressive home Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2018 was the 10th year for U.Dance and the festival hit the headlines as a film crew from ITV Anglia attended and broadcast a news feature about this year’s event on the regional evening news.

Over 290 entrants applied to take part in U.Dance 2018 – an annual celebration of youth dance nationwide –  the festival is a culmination of 20 regional heats that took place all over the country.

Read more here.

"For my dancers to perform at such a prestigious event has elevated their level of performance to new heights. They have grown as a company, as dancers and as friends. For me, seeing what being here means to them and what they have got from the weekend has been wonderful."
Jade Hunt of Horizon Community College
"U.Dance is an absolutely fantastic platform for youth dance. It has given them a 360 degree view on everything dance and motivated them to pursue their passion with even more intensity and commitment."
Anuradha Chaturvedi of Drishti Dance
read more here

Ofsted Report on Obesity, Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in Primary Schools

Published on 18 July, the report highlights some useful examples of how schools are using the curriculum to develop pupils' knowledge and skills, in ways that could support healthy and active lifestyles.

read more of what we have to say about the report

Give dance a chance

In light of the recent news about students petitioning to save performing arts within their college we have decided to publish our advocacy packs. Due to financial cuts there is a concern that dance is declining in schools. We have produced a set of information and guidelines to help support you and your school retain dance.

Click the links below to find out more:
Advocating for Dance
A guide that highlights the benefits of dance in 3 categories: Health, Creativity and Well being.
This may be used to build a case for why dance should be kept in your school. With key references to Ken Robinson and the University of Bedford.
Advocating for dance at your school or college
This information sheet contains ideas about how you can petition and save your dance department if it is at risk. The document is for both students and teachers!
Dance education, a guide for governors and trustees 
One Dance UK has produced this guide in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Governor’s Association to highlight why dance is important and how it should be delivered in schools.

Dance exam entries fall again

Oqual have recently released data on exam entries. [1] The publication investigated JCQ subject classifications. The publication highlights the ongoing trend of EBacc subjects exam entries increasing and decreasing for others. There has been a 5% increase within entries in EBacc subjects where as a 13% decrease within non-EBacc subjects compared to 2017.
Entries in EBacc subjects between 2016 to 2018 [2]

The good news that Art and Design saw a 4% increase (although a 2% decrease since 2010). However, other creative subjects saw an overall average decrease of 9% within GCSE. Within A’level’s there was a 4% decrease from 2017-2018 in art subjects [3]
One Dance UK contacted Ofqual for specific AQA dance statistics. The (rounded) figures for AS and A level are:

  2017 2018
GCSE Dance 9400 8795
AS Dance 790 230
A-Level Dance 1430 1305
One Dance UK will continually advocate for the importance of dance in schools. You can be part of this advocacy by joining us as a member today. See here for more details.
[1] Ofqual (2018) Entries for GCSE, AS and A level Summer 2018 exam series. Gov.uk London.
[2] Ofqual (2018) p. 1

Generations dancing 

Tori, Dance in Education Manager, got the opportunity to lead on an intergenerational project Generations Dancing. A Bedford based project connected with U.Dance 2018's wider engagement programme called East Youth Dance. It's funded through an Arts Council England bid submitted by the University of Bedfordshire  in partnership with One Dance UK and DanceEast. It aims to being together older and young generations to share experiences and dance together.

Tori explains the project:
The main aim of the project was to see if well being and social inclusion would be enhanced through an intergenerational dance project. The project ran for 10 weeks: the first 5 weeks the older adults and secondary school students trained apart and the second half of the project they came together to work towards a performance. The dance project was also a collaboration between dance photographer Rachel Cherry who started the project interviewing each group to show back to the other. Dances were based on the stories that each group told: from Glenn Miller, the famous dinky donuts lady, hanging out in Bedford Park, the circus coming to town and what they like to do in Bedford. The project concluded in a gallery of images taken both from Rachel Cherry but also a performance by the older adults and students at the University of Bedford.
The participants gained great benefits from breaking down barriers, breaking stereotypes, empathy and a sense of being connected to their home town and communities.

watch a BBC clip about the project here

Healthy living through dance

Challenge 59, led by Dance Artist Jo Rhodes, engaged with primary schools from across East London to explore and tackle health & well being issues with their pupils with the use of dance and film. The students explored physical, emotional and psycho-social impacts of movement in the school curriculum. The teachers of the students were also engaged with teacher training to ensure the project lived on after the project came to an end.

As part of the dance workshops the students produced dance films to enhance what they had learned about healthy living: from raising awareness of moving over sitting and not smoking.
find out more and watch all of the films here

Take a break

We wish all our dance teachers a good summer break. Please tweet us your relaxing dance photos or summer school plans @youthdance. To all those who will be working over the summer, please make sure you take time to rest. Our Education Briefing will take a rest too and will return with our Back to School edition in September.

In honour of the school holidays here is a throw back to the Dancers Need Rest campaign. The Healthier Dancer Programme (under Dance UK) and The Dancing Times, the UK’s leading monthly dance magazine, launched a social media campaign to promote the importance of rest for dancers during Summer 2014!

read more about the dancers need rest campaign here

Articles of Interest...

The Guardian: 
Arts Professional: 


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Image Credits:
Header Image - Tannery Drift School © Andrew Ford; U.Dance - © Brian Slater; U.Dance - © Brian Slater; U.Dance - © Brian Slater; U.Dance - © Brian Slater; U.Dance Grimsby - © Brian Slater; Generations Dancing - © Rachel Cherry; Generations Dancing - © Rachel Cherry; Ofqual exam entries (2018); Generations Dancing - © Rachel Cherry; Challenge 59 - © BrionyCampbell; U.Dance - © Brian Slater.
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