News: Laura Nicholson joins One Dance UK as Head of Children & Young People's Dance

Monday 8 October 2018

Laura Nicholson joins One Dance UK as Head of Children and Young People’s Dance.

One Dance UK has appointed Laura Nicholson as Head of Children and Young People’s Dance.

Nicholson will lead on the strategic planning and delivery of One Dance UK’s programmes with and for children, young people and teachers, as a champion for dance in education and advocate for the value of dance in government and political arenas.

She comments:

“I am thrilled to join the team at One Dance UK and feel privileged to be able to advocate and share my passion for dance in education and the youth sector.”

Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive of One Dance UK adds:

“We are delighted to welcome Laura to the team. With this appointment, Laura can progress the work of One Dance UK, advocating for the value of dance in education and for the role that dance plays in the development and well-being of young people right across the UK.”

Following training at Laban Centre London (now Trinity Laban), Nicholson worked extensively in the north of England in youth and community settings as a performer, workshop leader and community artist, including spending several years as a core member of Qdos Dance Theatre, devising and performing issue-based work for young people. She has worked as a dance consultant, devising and delivering CPD and dance training programmes to specialist and non-specialist teachers working with students of all ages and in a range of settings.

Nicholson brings 12 years of experience working in the secondary education sector to One Dance UK. She developed a highly successful Dance and Performing Arts curriculum at an inner-city Leeds secondary school and held the position of Assistant Headteacher at a Wakefield secondary school with whole-school responsibilities including leadership of a unique specialist Performing Arts curriculum pathway. In addition to leading on the successful delivery of a wide range of arts-based qualifications in the formal curriculum, she developed a wide range of extra-curricular and community youth dance activities, providing young people with the opportunity to participate in regional and national events and competitions. In addition to holding Qualified Teacher Status she has also completed a Masters-level certificate in Teaching and Learning and is an alumnus of the Teaching Leaders programme.

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