News: Trinity Laban & Candoco in partnership
When Candoco Dance Company performed at Trinity Laban’s Bonnie Bird Theatre recently, they also formalised the ongoing relationship between the two organisations, in a new partnership, announced by The Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP. They will be working together to achieve greater access for disabled people into the dance profession, including vocational training – and continuing initiatives which makes the UK as internationally significant for the advancement of inclusive dance practice.
Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, said: “As the UK’s largest conservatoire, one of the primary ways we measure our success is in the employability of our students. Trinity Laban is currently in the top five of all UK Higher Education Institutions for graduate employability. It is vital to our continued success that we have robust access and progression routes for talented dancers and that these routes work equally well for talented disabled dancers. We cannot achieve this aim alone, we need a special partner and in Candoco Dance Company we have found one.”
Candoco’s Co-Artistic Director Stine Nilsen, herself a Trinity Laban dance alumnus, said: “Candoco is excited about the formalisation of a partnership that started a long time ago with Trinity Laban, and believes that as partners with Trinity Laban we will help speed up the cultural change around best inclusive practice in dance and advancing professional training for disabled dancers. The emphasis on excellence and high quality is inherent in both partners’ mission, and will continue to be at the forefront as we exchange research, knowledge and skills around inclusive practice and training.”
The Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP said she was delighted with the partnership: “Candoco and Trinity Laban are both quality organisations operating at the highest possible levels, and the obvious synchronicity between the two will ensure that everyone has access to dance training and experience.”
Photo, left to right: Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey MP, Stine Nilsen, Celeste Dandeker (founder, Candoco Dance Company), Mirella Bartrip (Trinity Laban’s Director of Dance) & Professor Anthony Bowne. Credit: Tas Kyprianou
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