Dance in DevonNew Executive Director for Dance in Devon

19 December 2014

Dance UK member Dance in Devon has appointed Sue Smith as its new Executive Director. Sue will take up the post in January, following the retirement of Gillian Dale who led the organisation for eight years.

Choreographing your fundraising strategy

19 December 2014

As we reflect on past sessions and look ahead to Dance UK's Agile Fundraising programme in 2015, Fern Potter, Head of Development & Strategy for Dance UK, ADAD and Youth Dance England, has continued her Agile Fundraising blog with Choreographing your fundraising strategy.

ADAD Re:generations. Photo Foteini ChistofilopoulouRe:generations: Rethinking the past to reimagine the future

19 December 2014

Dance UK’s sister organisation, The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, is the national organisation that supports the practice and appreciation of dance of the African Diaspora. In November, ADAD presented Re:generations: Rethinking the past to reimagine. Rachael Kansaze Nanyonjo attended and volunteered at the conference and has shared her experience with Dance UK.

England's Golden Tap Team Retain World Titles

19 December 2014

Tap Attack, the official England Tap Team, proved to the tap dancing world that they are a force to be reckoned with following this International Dance Organisation’s 2014 World Championships.

Dance UK's National Choreographers Conference 2013. Photo Chantal GuevaraRAD and Dance UK Mentor Training Day

19 December 2014

A training day for mentors that have been on the Dance UK Dancers and Dance Teaching Mentoring Programmes past and present as well as anyone who wants to learn more about and build on their mentoring skills in a safe and experienced environment.

Romeo and Juliet poster by Nisbet WylieScottish Ballet Unveils an Inspired 2015/16 Programme

17 December 2014

Dance UK member Scottish Ballet is delighted to announce its ambitious plans for 2015/16.

Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Healthier dance practice

17 December 2014

Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) continue to develop and enhance the provision for dancers’ health and wellbeing. A key ingredient in the development of healthy dancers is education and as such we are pleased to announce that NIDMS and Dance UK are now working in partnership with Safe in Dance International (SiDI) to promote healthy dance practice.

Trinity Laban Auditions

16 December 2014

Dance UK member Trinity Laban is holding auditions in various cities throughout the EU for those interested in applying for the BA in Contemporary Dance.

BBC Performing Arts Fund Supports New Conducting Fellow at Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert

16 December 2014

Dance UK members Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert are pleased to announce a new Conducting Fellow thanks to the generous support of the BBC Performing Arts Fund (PAF).

Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse announce appointment of Melanie Purdie through the BBC Performing Arts Fund

16 December 2014

Supporting the next generation of creative talent, Dance UK member Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse are thrilled to announce that, with the support of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Melanie Purdie will be appointed as a trainee producer for both organisations.

New opportunities for emerging choreographers

16 December 2014

Dance UK member Northern Ballet is furthering its commitment to invest in the future of dance by offering emerging choreographers the unique opportunity to work with the Company's award winning Artistic Director and dancers.

Resolution at The Place Jan-Feb 2015 Photo by Chris NashResolution! 2015

11 December 2014

Resolution! – the biggest annual showcase for dance in the UK – returns to Dance UK member The Place from Thursday 8 January to Saturday 21 February. Each night is a triple-bill, profiling 84 companies across 28 nights.

Highlights of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Dance Programme

10 December 2014

It is 12 months since GVS delivered the RLWC2013 Dance Programme and as it has been flagged up by Arts Council England as a seminal project in raising the profile of dance.

South East Dance and Dan Daw win BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship Award 2015

10 December 2014

Dance UK members South East Dance (SED) and Dan Daw announce that they have been selected to receive the BBC Performing Arts Fund (PAF) Fellowship 2015, following the submission of a joint application for the scheme back in the summer.

The Great Culture Quiz

5 December 2014

Dance UK member The Place will be going head to head with RIBA on The Great Culture Quiz on Sky Arts 1 on Tue 9 Dec, 7pm.

Youth dance company strives to find the meaning behind What Sexuality is Love? as Birmingham based RDC Youth wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

5 December 2014

Young people from Birmingham will research how communities throughout the Midlands have reacted to homosexuality over the past five centuries. The project is scheduled to start in January 2015 and will be run by the Birmingham based Rutherford Dance Company Youth (RDC Youth).


3 December 2014

Dance Factor Lincolnshire has been awarded the runners-up ‘Bonus Award’ from ITV’s The People’s Millions fund this week.

Mari & Luke. Moving Cities project. Photo: Jevan ChowdhuryDance UK's industry-wide dance conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations

2 December 2014

Booking opens this week on Wednesday 3 December for the UK’s first-ever industry-wide dance conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, conceived and developed by Dance UK.

Let's Talk About Dis by Candoco Dance Company (2014). Choreographed by Hetain Patel. Photo by Hugo GlendinningStop Changes to Access to Work

28 November 2014

Disability arts have been left hanging by a thread after changes to the Access to Work application process have made the process inaccessible.

Peacockwedworkshop. Photo Belinda LawleyFamily Arts Campaign

28 November 2014

The Family Arts Campaign and the Family & Childcare Trust have developed the Family Arts
Standards to address a need for guidance on how best to welcome families to arts organisations.

EFDSS More Morris, Better Morris, Photo Owen RalphMore Morris, Better Morris

28 November 2014

Presented by Dance UK member the English Folk Dance and Song Society with the Joint Morris Organisation (The Morris Federation, Open Morris and The Morris Ring). More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond was held at Cecil Sharp House on 2 November 2014. Jack Worth, a talented young Morris dancer and musician from Wallingford, Oxfordshire has written a review of the conference for Dance UK.

Black Tape, Michelle and Uri Kranot Leeds International Film Festival

26 November 2014

This year, Yorkshire Dance partnered with the Leeds International Film Festival launched the Leeds International Screendance Competition, the only current screendance competition in the UK.

RDC Youth and The Drum presents Norms of Conduct

26 November 2014

The Drum and Rutherford Dance Company Youth invite you to explore the mysteries of human nature, brought to life through three unique pieces of experimental contemporary dance in Norms of Conduct on Sat 6 Dec at 7.30pm.

Niamh Morrin and Anya Grinstead at Dance UK AGM 2013. Photo: ASHDance UK AGM 2014

26 November 2014

Dance UK's Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday 1 December at the Royal Society of Medicine. The AGM will feature the unveiling of the programme for the Dance UK 2015 industry wide Conference and the announcement of the new Dance Manifesto & DanceVote 2015 campaign organised by Dance UK for the general election.

fresh at The Place - Boy Blue Entertainment - Credit Ellis O'Brianfresh at The Place, Saturday 29 November

26 November 2014

Dance UK member The Place's annual sell-out night of bite-sized dance for young people is back. Every year, fresh brings together the UK's most exciting and dynamic youth and professional dance companies on the same stage. Each of the six companies will perform extracts from longer works.