Dance4 and Schools

Dance4 and Schools

Supporting dance in schools
Dance4 works in partnership with schools in order to better connect Children and Young People to artists, performances and opportunities offered by our organisation. We also support teachers to develop their own professional dance practice.

Dance4's work with schools aims to enable Children and Young People to access a variety of performance, training and choreographic opportunities offered through our existing programmes. This includes connecting schools to opportunities developed nationally and delivered within the region such as U.Dance, Centre For Advanced Training in Dance (CAT), National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) and Big Dance.

Dance4 also aims to offer opportunities for schools to connect to performance work and creative workshop opportunities wherever possible.  Our ambition is to connect Children and Young People to the artists that we work with, and build better connections for schools to dance artists and companies that are working in our region.

In addition, Dance4 aims to support teachers to deliver high quality dance provision in their schools by providing training and support. Training is offered through both the CAT programme and wider work with Children and Young People. We aim to support teachers to enhance the delivery of curriculum work in schools and enable them to develop thier professional practice, better connecting teachers to the broader dance sector and other dance professionals.

Dance4 works in partnership with local dance organisations and practioners across the region to support work in schools.

Contact Hayley [at] dance4 [dot] co [dot] uk (Hayley) or Jess for more inforamtion about how Dance4 works with schools.

You can also join our Dance4Schools Facebook group.

Here is a brief overview of the programs that schools can engage with.

U.Dance
Led by Youth Dance England, U.Dance is a national framework which enables young people's performance groups to perform at professional regional venues. A selection panel of dance professionals are present at county events where groups  are selected to progress to regional and national youth dance festivals. Dance4 develops this framework in the East Midlands with partners across the region.

CAT
Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) is a dedicated part-time training programme for 11 - 17 year olds created to nurture and support aspiring and talented young people with an interest in dance, helping them to fulfil their potential as professional dance artist. Find out how students at your school can access the CAT scheme.

Jump Start

Jump Start is designed to offer creative dance experiences for children aged 7 - 11 years who live in Nottingham. It is an opportunity for children to have fun, develop confidence and channel energy through creativity.

Changing Perceptions
Changing Perceptions works to enhance provision and progression routes for young disabled dancers through supporting the talent identification of young dancers with disabilities. Dance4 shares research in this field through conferences and training events that you can access.

Arts Award
Dance4 has joined Arts Award Welcome, a badge scheme offered by Arts Award, the national qualification for young people in the arts.

Teacher CPD

Dance4 regularly offer the opportunity for dance teachers to access CPD throughout the year. To be kept up to date with our latest opportunities please sign up to our mailing list.

Teaching Resources
Over the last few years we have developed resource packs aimed at teachers, practitioners and community group leaders to support teaching and delivery of creative dance practice.  Our Early Years Resource Pack Small Steps, Big Moves, Giant Leaps and the Broxtowe Dance Resource Pack for ages 5-16 are still available to order.