News: Arts Council announce funding for a new strategic body for dance

Friday 27 March 2015 by Carmel Smith

Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England (YDE) consortium.

Arts Council England announced this week that four dance organisations have been awarded a three year commissioned grant of £650,000 to created a unified ‘go-to’ industry body – on the basis that their combined impact will be much greater than as stand-alone bodies.

The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England (YDE) are pooling their expertise to result in a simplified, strengthened and specialist partnership body nurturing and developing talent and delivering excellence in: education; youth dance; dance of the African diaspora; performance, health and well-being; management, leadership and career development. This will become the subject association for dance to further the teaching and learning of dance in schools, embedding education at the heart of the dance sector.

Cate Canniffe, Director of Dance, Arts Council England, said:
bq. “This commissioned grant for £650,000 a year, for three years, awarded to the partnership between Dance UK, ADAD, NDTA and Youth Dance England, will strengthen the national dance infrastructure. Working through its joint national membership which includes dance agencies, higher education institutions, teachers, schools, professional dancers, choreographers and touring dance companies in every region, the consortium will support a more coherent national approach to the delivery of dance services. It will offer dance services and development across the spectrum from children and young people’s dance to professional dance practice and being representative of the creative case for diversity. It has been really exciting to work with the four organisations to develop the vision for the consortium and the leadership potential of, in and for the sector.”

This new collaborative working model will directly benefit the 40,000 plus dance workforce, and children dancing in and outside school, and indirectly impact on the millions of adults who participate in dance and watch performances.
It will provide
• a single more powerful voice for dance to policy makers and politicians
• a centralised knowledge hub
• policy direction
• industry intelligence
• a three year programme of strategic initiatives with industry-wide benefit
• and promote best practice and nurture talent.

More information about the new consortium’s plans will be announced at the industry-wide conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations taking place 9 – 12 April 2015, organised by Dance UK. The conference will result in the consortium’s first initiative – the publication of a five year strategy for dance representing the areas of dance that the partners represent, as well as the wider dance sector, to be published on International Dance Day, 29 April 2015.

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