News: National Youth Dance Agency

Friday 7 April 2006

New National Youth Dance Agency
Arts Council England, in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills (DfES), will be establishing a Youth Dance Agency for England.
The DfES have committed £300,000 over the coming 3 years to develop such an agency, designed to support the wealth of youth dance activity in England.

The investment is part of a DfES, DCMS, Arts Council England and Youth Music partnership worth almost £3 million, which will support youth music and dance organisations, giving talented young people wider access to music and dance opportunities at some of the nation’s most prominent organisations.

The dance agency will act as a focal point for information and advice, raise the profile of youth dance and provide lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the sector. Youth dance encompasses a wide range of dance forms including African, ballet, Caribbean, jazz and South Asian dance. A national agency will provide valuable opportunities for young people to enrich their dance experience and can help lead to vocational training and a career in dance.

Guidelines for the tendering process are currently being devised and further information will be made available later in Spring 2003.

Tessa Jowell, MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The arts can be empowering. Their ability to help people realise their potential is unique. This is why we continue to fund the national youth music organisations and we are now setting up a new agency for dance – we want to help more young people to fulfil their potential.”
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Read more:
Guardian, 2 Apr. 03

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