Dance UK works in close partnership with other dance organisations in a variety of ways. Often Dance UK will come together with others to deliver a particular project or event.
Examples of how we work in partnership include the DanceVote2010 advocacy campaign delivered with eighteen key dance organisations, Launch Graduate Career Day staged annually in partnership with The Place, and a workshop for choreographers interested in creating work for young audiences organised by Dance UK in partnership with Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, Dance Umbrella and the Southbank Centre.
Dance UK has close working relationships with the other main theatre and industry bodies, such as the National Campaign for the Arts, Independent Theatre Council, Society of London Theatres, Theatrical Management Association, Arts Councils of England, Scotland and Wales, Equity and International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).
It also has close relationships, developed over many years, with eight other key sector support organisations and frequently works in partnership with them on projects. These organisations are Foundation for Community Dance, SAMPAD, Akademi, Council for Dance Education and Training, Dancers’ Career Development, the National Dance Teachers’ Association, the National Dance Network, and Youth Dance England.
You can find a simple guide to the work of some of the UK-based dance organisations that operate across either England, the UK or internationally at www.danceorganisations.org.uk. This website explains how each of the support organisations listed above provides different kinds of things to meet the needs of different people. This guide is a tool to enable anyone to find out more about the organisations out there and identify those best able to help them.
Details of our key partnerships are below
Association of Dance of the African Diaspora
Key partnership: Dance UK is in an ongoing strategic alliance with ADAD (The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) to provide enhanced support for African dance forms and dance professionals working in this field, bringing them from the margins to the mainstream. The alliance is positioned as a form of organisational mentoring for ADAD, with Dance UK providing an administrative and organisational framework within which ADAD can build its capacity to meet the needs of its sector. The partnership originated when Dance UK offered to support ADAD when it was in crisis the mid 2000s. Today, ADAD is thriving and is moving towards a final goal of returning to independence reflecting the desire of the African Peoples’ Dance Sector to have an independent body to represent its needs.
Dancers' Career Development
An organisation that helps dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career by giving them the confidence and skills they need to keep working beyond dance.
National Dance Teachers Association
The National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) is the leading subject association for dance in schools. We are a membership organisation led by teachers for teachers who work to ensure that all young people in the UK have equal access to a high quality dance education. We actively work with a range of physical education and arts organisations, government departments and statutory bodies to promote high quality learning and teaching in dance and help to shape national policy related to dance in schools.
Youth Dance England
Youth Dance England is the national organisation that champions excellence in dance for and with children and young people.
Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership
Dance UK is a member of the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership. The DTAP Partnership is committed to: enhancing the quality of the leadership and facilitation of participatory dance for people at all stages of their development and points of engagement with dance; building capacity in the dance sector to develop a workforce qualified and skilled to meet demand;
taking forward work to develop regulation of dance leadership, teaching and facilitation in the informal sector; developing greater communication and collaboration across the dance sector on issues of quality, standards and good practice.
The Dance Register
The directory of UK-based dance teachers and leaders created by the Dance Training & Accreditation Partnership to champion and promote high quality dance teaching and leading.
The Rayne Fellowships for Choreographers
The Rayne Fellowships for Choreographers is a partnership between The Rayne Foundation and Dance UK started in 2006. Dance UK continues to support the choreographers that benefited form the scheme maintaining close relationships with them.
National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science
Finally, the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science is a new partnership led by Dance UK's Healthier Dancer Programme. The first project resulting from this partnership will be the most ambitious research project into dancers injuries and their causes ever attempted. This project is driven forward by the founding partners Wolverhampton University, Trinity Laban and Birmingham Royal Ballet's Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries.