Children and young people are dancing less

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31 Jul 2015

A significant drop in the number of young people participating in dance is being masked in government statistics by an increase in those making films and going to the cinema.

In praise of parenting skills

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09 Jul 2015

The arts need leaders who can convey a clear vision and empower their staff. Well, parents practice these skills every day and it’s time we started valuing their experience, says Justine Themen.

The chance to dance

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02 Jul 2015

Kelly-Anne Collins shares the story of how one dance support network diversified – creating a platform to showcase new work – and may just have triggered a revolution for dance in Northern Ireland in the process.

Dancing in the streets

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11 Jun 2015

Creating accidental audiences, be it on beaches, in shopping centres or at bus stops, is increasing the number of people who feel comfortable with contemporary dance, believes Sophie Inkster.

Eight research proposals to share almost £1.4m

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05 Jun 2015

Universities will partner arts organisations to deliver robust research outcomes that will make the case for investment in culture.

Measuring the impact of dance

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26 May 2015

The debate about how to evaluate arts in health projects is being furthered by a new dance programme for people with Parkinson’s disease, says Sara Houston.

ENB and school move to joint new home

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22 May 2015

A new home in City Island, East London, will allow facilities to be shared between the ballet companies.

Dance solutions for the future

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21 May 2015

Tense and lively discussions at Dance UK’s recent conference will form the basis of a five-year strategy for dance, says Caroline Miller.

Dance organisations combine to create “go-to” industry body

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27 Mar 2015

By pooling resources and expertise the consortium aims to become a strong and efficient voice for the dance sector.

Return of the customer

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26 Mar 2015

An in-depth project examining Sadler’s Wells’ ‘customer journey’ has resulted in a much more relevant and targeted approach, which should ensure that customers stay happy and, crucially, return. Hannah Mitchell reports.

Art’s labour’s lost

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20 Mar 2015

Despite decades of investment in audience development and the current enthusiasm for all things data, arts organisations still aren’t getting it, says Michael Nabarro.

A passion for dance

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12 Mar 2015

Youth Dance England’s Ambassador programme offers young people the chance to satisfy their passion for dance as well as develop valuable career skills, says Claire Somerville.

Learning to be a leader in a weekend

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26 Feb 2015

Following a recent weekend for aspiring dance leaders, Brendan Keaney is sure that in just a few days the participants were able to take important steps on the road to leadership.

A future of dependent living

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19 Feb 2015

The closure of the Independent Living Fund and cuts to the Access to Work scheme will lead to a massive reduction in the number of disabled people participating and working in the mainstream arts world, warns Helen Bayliss.

My Gurus

19 Feb 2015

Independent dance producer and consultant Gwen Van Spijk reflects on those who have guided and inspired her. 

Lessons from the past

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29 Jan 2015

Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.

Arts organisations increasingly rely on volunteers

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17 Dec 2014

The latest data reveals a shift in both employment practices and audience patterns among Arts Council of Wales’ Revenue Funded Organisations.

New artistic territory

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08 Dec 2014

Louisa Davison tells how two companies have pulled down the barriers between ballet and integrated contemporary dance.

Change as a way of life

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29 Oct 2014

Mira Kaushik records the changes that her dance company has made in response to sudden cuts in government funding.

National attraction

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13 Oct 2014

A recent British Council report says that the arts and culture are vital in making a country attractive to foreign visitors. Sue Hoyle delves a little further.


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