News: Dance UK mentoring scheme for dancers

Monday 13 August 2012

Dance UK is launching a mentoring programme for dancers in the middle of their careers, who have been identified as future leaders by their peers. Six independent dancers and 14 company dancers will be awarded mentorships running for eight months, including a paid mentor and a £300 personal bursary.

This new scheme is being run in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development and the support of Arts Council England. It will build on the success of a programme run by Dance UK in 2007. Of the sixteen dancers who took part then, eight have gone on to leadership positions including: Andrew Hurst, who became General Manager of Phoenix Dance Theatre and is now Company Manager of the Royal Ballet; Rachel Krische who became Head of Dance for Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is now Head of Dance for Leeds Metropolitan University; James MacGillvray, Acting Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre; Claire Cunningham who was appointed Rehearsal Director of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s company and Michaela Polley, Rehearsal Director of Rambert Dance Company.

Pedro Machado, who along with Stine Nilsen is co-Director of Candoco Dance Company says:

“Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme is a valuable assistance in the challenging transition from dancing, onto something new…it works as a vital resource for the dance world, so in need of keeping talent, and practical understanding, within the sector.”

Participants will be individually matched with a mentor who is a high profile leader from the arts world or beyond. Professionals who are role models within dance, and can demonstrate a similar shift from performing in their own career history may be the most useful mentors. The aim is to support the dancers to help them consider their future beyond or alongside their current performing careers.

Dancers interested in applying should have at least five years professional experience and they or the company they work for must be a member of Dance UK. (Non members will be eligible immediately on joining). They need to be nominated, either by the company they work with, or if they are independent artists by anyone working in dance – for example, choreographers, directors, or managers.

The deadline for applications is 7 September.
For full details on how to apply: www.danceuk.org

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