We champion and support dance industry professionals

Entering the UK as an entertainer or an artist. Home Office UK Border Agency guide

This leaflet summarises the different routes of entry into the UK for people who want to visit or work as an entertainer or an artist. These routes of entry vary depending on your nationality, your length of stay and the reasons you are travelling to the UK

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Dancers talk about their experience of dance injury and how prevention can be built into company practice

The video on the right is a must see for dance managers. Watch the panel discussion on dance injury and prevention here. Speakers include Dr Emma Redding (dancer and Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) Rambert Dance Company dancer, Angela Towler, Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation, and Camilla Dallerup, TV presenter and 2008 Strictly Come Dancing champion. The talk was held at the Dance UK Annual General Meeting in November 2010.

Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science coordinate research and deliver educational opportunities for and with dance professionals and organisations. One of our primary aims is to facilitate original dance-specific research, to provide dancers with access to up-to-date and relevant information on how they can prevent and treat injuries, and to make dancers aware of how they can improve their overall well-being and optimise performance. If you would like to know more about what the Healthier Dancer Programme and NIDMS can do for you, then click here.

At Dance UK we put those behind the scenes centre stage

We believe that continuing professional development, professional networks and training are just as vital for dance professionals as they are for dancers, if dance in the UK is to continue to flourish. We have a range of services on offer to help you to take control of your own professional development and to get linked into the dance community. 

Corporate membership

Our corporate membership gives your company the chance to publicly pledge your support for the campaign for dance, as well as delivering numerous benefits to you, the professional dance organisation. These include profiling opportunities in Dance UK News and low rate health insurance for company dancers.

We also encourage freelance dance professionals and those working for smaller project based companies to take out individual membership in order to access the benefits of Dance UK.

Industry publication Dance UK News

Our biannual publication Dance UK News gives you diverse viewpoints on current hot topics in dance. National and international articles include company news and information on conferences, courses and publications. The Healthier Dancer section publishes the latest news, ideas and research which underpin the Healthier Dancer Programme's work with the sector to improve dancers' health, fitness, well-being and performance and to prevent injury.

Dance UK News is free to members and corporate members can receive up to 25 copies, so if you are already a corporate member make sure you have requested enough copies to go around and that your company dancers are also able to access them. Back issues, when available, can be sent to members on request. Non-members interested in purchasing back issues of Dance UK should visit our shop here or contact the Dance UK office 020 7713 0730 or email info@danceuk.org. You can also keep abreast of dance news day to day in our news section here.

Professional networks

We have two professional networking platforms that you can access as an employee of a corporate company. These are The Dance Mangers Group for General or Company Managers, and The National Dance Communications Forum for Press Officers and Publicists. For more information or to apply to join either of the groups click  here.

Celebrating talent

Each year at the Critic's Circle Dance Awards Ceremony, Dance UK award the Dance UK Jane Attenborough Industry Award, to an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form.

The award aims to highlight the important, but often unacknowledged, contributions made by individuals that make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen. It was set up in the honour of Jane Attenborough who was the first Director of Dance UK. She personally made an exceptional contribution to dance and sadly died in 2004.

Taking your views to the top

We take your views on dance directly to government through our targeted advocacy campaigns such as  DanceVote2010 and most recently Dancing On Parliament. We also help any of our members who want to make first hand contact with their local MP to talk about provision for dance in their area. To find out more about our campaigning activity, the Dance Manifesto and the All Party Parlimentary Dance Group click  here.