Changing Perceptions

Changing Perceptions

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Enhancing Provision and Progression Routes for Young Disabled Dancers

Dance4 hosts the regional dance CAT (Centre for Advanced Training in Dance). Dance4’s CAT is a dedicated training programme created in order to nurture and support young people with potential, ambition and determination to become professional dance artists. Dance4 is interested in exploring how talented young disabled dancers could access training such as CAT, and so have commissioned Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with funds from the Department for Education to undertake a research project examining dance provision and progression routes for young dancers with disabilities in England.

Overview of the Research

The research has two main strands. The first is an extensive scoping of current provision and progression routes for young disabled dancers across England, and the second is a written paper exploring how best to identify and develop talented young dancers with disabilities.

Scoping Strand

The scoping strand is a directory for inclusive dance provision in the UK. There will be an online map for each region, including details of inclusive dance companies and classes/ training operating in that area.

This strand also includes a document looking at barriers for young people with disabilities wishing to access dance provision, and recommendations of where to seek support.

Case studies are also included within this strand, detailing perspectives of organisations working successfully in inclusive dance, individuals that have found their own pathways to a profession in dance, and parents of young disabled people hoping to pursue a career in dance.

Talent Identification and Development Strand

The talent identification and development strand includes a paper detailing a potential framework for interview and observation criteria when assessing young dancers with disabilities at auditions. This has been developed through interviews with practitioners working in the field of inclusive dance, as well as consultation of existing literature relating to talent identification and development, and dance teaching.

The final publication is available to download below.

For further information about the research, please contact Hayley Arthur, Producer: Learning and Skills at hayley [at] dance4 [dot] co [dot] uk or 0115 941 0773.

The gallery below contains images from Petroglyph - an inclusive performance project as part of U.Dance 2014. 

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