2015 Dance UK industry-wide conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations

"The Future: New Ideas: New Inspirations"

9 - 12 April 2015. Dance UK will host an inspiring four day industry wide conference.

This conference will look to the future. It will be an opportunity to focus on new models, new partnerships and to challenge how we work by being provocative and celebrating the diversity of dance in the UK today.

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations is sponsored by Gordon & Co.

Each day of the conference is themed and will focus on specific topics:

Thursday 9 April, The Place Click here for Opening Night schedule


Star studded celebratory opening with keynote speeches from Dame Gillian Lynne, Sir Ken Robinson and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England and compered by Arlene Phillips CBE with Ashley Banjo of Diversity. The evening will feature the video of The Feeling's Boy Cried Wolf featuring Ed Watson choreographed by Arthur Pita, National Dance Company of Wales, Teneisha Bonner, Strictly stars Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff and a performance of Ocean, choreographed by Jamaal Burkmar and danced by Verve, the postgraduate dance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Thank you to our opening night sponsor,Stretchworks.

NB. The opening night of the industry wide conference follows the Dance HE Annual Symposium which also takes place on Thursday 9 April, hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester, and titled Resilience: Articulating Dance ‘Knowledges’ in the C21st. To find out more about this event, click here. These events have been organised to enable you to attend both.

Brave New Future: Opportunities in the Wider World

Friday 10 April, The Place / London Mayor's Office / Southbank Centre Click here for Friday schedule

The first day of the conference sets out the challenges and ambitions for the dance sector, both nationally and internationally, with Roanne Dods leading a speed World Cafe session.  Sessions will focus on opportunities for dance in the wider world including panel discussions on the status of dance in education, digital opportunities for dance with Charlotte Sexton, Brand UK, fundraising, the creation of dance shows for children, and how dance can make a difference in public health, with Jan Burkhardt and a talk by Claire Cunningham.

Conference attendees will have the option of attending a performance of Innocence by Scottish Dance Theatre, a beautiful and engaging dance experience for young ones (and their adults) exploring the imagination of poet, William Blake, followed by a panel discussion on captivating young audiences.

In the evening, National Youth Dance Company returns to Sadler's Wells to premiere Frame[d] created by the 2014-15 Guest Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Visit Sadler's Wells to book tickets to this performance.

Invest, Create, Innovate 

Saturday 11 April, Trinity Laban Click here for Saturday schedule

The morning will begin with a class by Kerry Nicholls, as well as a class led by Alison Evans, founder of Stretchworks where you can learn how to become a Stretchworks instructor. 

The National Dance Network has programmed a day of sessions looking at the life of a dance work. Following the different stages of how a dance piece comes to life, from the initial spark of an idea to coming face to face with the audience and the ensuing journey, the National Dance Network offers insights and provocations about the making and touring of dance in the UK today. Inviting creative voices from a range of artistic fields together with dance artists, producers and promoters, these sessions are a chance to debate, exchange and imagine what could be done differently.

The National Dance Network (NDN) is a meeting point of organisations from across the UK whose primary role is the development of a thriving, risk taking dance sector. Members of the National Dance Network are: The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Akademi, Coreo Cymru, Dance4, Dance Base, Dance City, Dance House, Dance Manchester, Dance Umbrella, DanceEast, DanceXchange (dx), Déda, East London Dance (ELD), Greenwich Dance, Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI), National Dance Company Wales, Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), Royal Ballet Studio Programme, Sadler’s Wells, South East Dance, Southbank Centre, State of Emergency, Swindon Dance, The Place, The Work Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Yorkshire Dance.

The second strand of the day is led by the Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) focusing on dancers health and wellbeing, with talks by Liane Simmel, Glenna Baston, Roger Wolman, Moira McCormack, Natalie Walker and Nicola Stephens 

The third strand of the day focuses on artist development including panels on career transition and dancers pay. Why a Dramaturg? will take place with Ruth Little, Akram Khan MBE, Patricia Doyle, David Nixon OBE, Lou Cope and Helder Seabra

In the afternoon five artistic discussions will take place about different dance forms, including ballroom, South Asian Dance, dance of the African Diaspora, musical theatre and ballet.

The Healthier Dancer Programme would like to thank the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) for the inspirational 2014 Annual Meeting in Basel, from whence some of our conference’s speakers and presentations are drawn. To learn more about membership to IADMS and to attend their upcoming meeting in 2015, please visit: http://www.iadms.org/?page=A2

Emerging Artists: Training, Creativity & Choreography

Sunday 12 April, Sadler's Wells Click here for Sunday schedule

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. The day opens with provocations from Wayne McGregor CBE and Dr Christopher Bannerman. Themes include: The Next Generation: Training and Creativity, with speakers including Jonzi D, Jasmin Vardimon and Freddie Opouku-Addaie, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jane Hackett, Matthew Bourne, Linda Jasper and Polly Risbridger. Representatives from P.A.R.T.S, Palucca University of Dance and The Julliard School will discuss alternative methods of training from abroad. Learning through Dance, presents case studies and looks at effectiveness of using dance as a vehicle for learning in different settings. Young People’s Voice, will be run by and for young dancers.

Ticket prices

NB: Dance UK Members receive heavily discounted rates on conference tickets. 

Full Conference tickets include

  • Access to all three conference days
  • Access to the Opening Celebration on Thursday 9 April. (places limited so early booking recommended)
  • Access to Saturday evening performance and party. Vicky Igbokwe will perform Our Mighty Groove followed by drinks and dancing at Greenwich Dance
  • Conference programme and delegate pack
  • Refreshments and catering on all conference days

Full Conference Ticket Prices

  • Dance UK Student Member:  £145 
  • Student Non-Member: £205 
  • Dance UK Individual Member: £220 
  • Individual Non-Member: £325
  • Dance UK Corporate Member (annual turnover £150,000 +): £295 
  • Corporate Non-Member (annual turnover £150,000+):  £400 

Dance UK is able to offer an interest free ticket loan. Pay what you can afford now, and then pay the balance of your ticket in instalments by end of June 2015, (so you can spread the cost over 3 ½ months).

We are offering sponsored tickets subsidies which we will offer on a case-by-case basis for dance professionals earning less than £10k per annum. Call the Dance UK team on 0207 713 0730 in confidence for more information and we’ll do what we can to help.

PLEASE NOTE: If you register for a full conference pass to The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations you will receive a discount code for BEYOND ballet why and how which will be held Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 April, 2015 in Arnhem, the Netherlands

Day Conference tickets valid on ONE of the three full conference days include the following

  • Access to the full programme that day
  • Refreshments and catering on the day
  • Optional access to the Opening Celebration on Thursday 9 April (places limited so booking early recommended)
  • Optional access to Saturday evening performance and party. Vicky Igbokwe will perform Our Mighty Groove followed by drinks and dancing at Greenwich Dance
  • Conference programme and delegate pack

Day Conference Tickets

  • Dance UK Student Member: £50.00
  • Student Non-Member £75.00
  • Dance UK Individual Member: £85.00 
  • Individual Non-Member: £125.00 
  • Dance UK Corporate Member (annual turnover £150,000+): £105.00 
  • Corporate Non-Member (annual turnover £150,000+): £150.00

Optional extra performance tickets to purchase:

  • Tickets (£12/£6) to afternoon performance of Scottish Dance Theatre's children's show Innocence at Southbank Centre on Friday 10 April, 2pm
  • Tickets (£12/£6) to evening performance of National Youth Dance Company / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Frame[d]
  • Tickets (£8/£6) to Youth Dance England Young Creatives 2015 performance at The Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House on Saturday 11 April, 5 - 6:15pm