Booking is now open for the UK’s first-ever industry-wide dance conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, conceived and developed by Dance UK.

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations
Industry-Wide Conference for Dance

The UK's first-ever industry-wide conference for dance is just three weeks away! You won't want to miss this important opportunity for CPD and networking in London!

Conference Programme Out Now!

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Thursday 9 April: Opening Night

The conference begins with a star-studded night compered by Arlene Phillips CBE and Ashley Banjo, featuring keynotes by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, Dame Gillian Lynne and Sir Ken Robinson. Thursday Schedule

Friday 10 April: Brave New Future: Opportunities for Dance in the Wider World

Sessions at The Place will tease out the key issues and ambitions for dance for the next five years. Meanwhile, at the London Mayor's Office, delegates will focus on the growing impact of individual philanthropy. A panel at Southbank Centre will discuss programming to captivate young audiences. The evening will finish at Sadler's Wells with a performance by the National Youth Dance Company. Friday Schedule

Saturday 11 April: Invest, Create, Innovate

Taking place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the day is divided into three strands. The National Dance Network has programmed a day of sessions following the life of a dance work, from idea to performance. Dance UK's Healthier Dancer Programme has programmed a day of health content with internationally recognised speakers. The final strand of the day is designed for dancers an choreographers. Saturday Schedule

Sunday 12 April: Emerging Artists: Training, Creativity & Choreography

The National Youth Dance Company and Sadler's Wells host the final day of the conference, which will offer an opportunity to discuss dance training, take inspiration from around the world and focus on the needs of young people as they prepare to be the future of dance. Sunday Schedule

Download a copy of Dance UK Magazine to view a conference schedule and learn more about the topics covered during the conference!

Buy tickets now

Please don't let cost be a barrier. At Dance UK we've thought long and hard about how to make this conference accessible. We are able to offer an interest-free ticket loan and sponsored ticket subsidies on a case-by-case basis. Call the Dance UK team on 0207 713 0730 in confidence and we'll do what we can to help.

We hope to see you at the conference!


Lobby, champion, advocate, develop, nurture, inform, guide

Dance UK works on behalf of its members and the wider dance sector to:

  • Lobby politicians and funders.
  • Champion healthier dancers and a healthier dance economy.
  • Advocate for the increased profile of dance in all its diverse and dynamic forms.
  • Develop and facilitate networks for the profession.
  • Nurture and encourage career development.
  • Provide information and guidance for the public and professionals.

Find out more about Dance UK's ongoing work and how you can get involved by downloading the below information pack:

Dance UK 'Framing the Future' information pack (2.9 MB)

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