Dance UK, supported by Arts Council England and working in partnership with the National Dance Teachers Association, Youth Dance England and Dancers’ Career Development, has launched the new Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme.
Dance UK, supported by Arts Council England and working in partnership with the National Dance Teachers Association, Youth Dance England and Dancers’ Career Development, has launched the new Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme. This programme is aimed at dance teachers working: inside schools (primary or secondary); in community settings; in private dance schools who are qualified through the awarding bodies, including RAD, ISTD, IDTA, BBO, UKA, BATD, etc; in Higher Education; vocational training; or freelance dance artists who teach as part of their portfolio career.
This is a funded opportunity for dance teachers (as defined above) who have been identified by their peers as potential leaders. It supports them to develop their leadership skills, expand their dance industry and education sector-wide knowledge, and build their networks of contacts within professional dance companies, local dance organisations and across the education sector.
Each chosen Dance Teacher will receive:
1. a paid mentor who is already in a high level dance leadership position, or an inspirational headteacher, head of department, or a leader in an educational training institution
2. a bursary to cover travel and meeting facilitation
3. a connection with a leading local dance organisation (which could be a conservatoire or higher education institution), or a performing dance company, who will be funded to build a long-term relationship with the selected teacher
4. A fund will be available, where necessary, to fund teaching cover
How to apply, criteria:
There are 20 places available in 2013 and a further 20 places available in autumn 2014.
1. Applicants must be Dance UK or NDTA members and based in England, Scotland or Wales. Anyone who wants to apply and is not currently a member of either organisation can join and will be eligible immediately.
2. The nominated teacher must have at least five years professional dance teaching experience.
3. To apply teachers must be first nominated by a peer who has identified them as having the potential to be a future sector leader. The nominator can either be a colleague at the teachers’ school or a peer working in the wider dance sector, eg. from a teaching network or awarding body, companies, choreographers, dance agencies or anyone working in the profession.
Application process, step by step:
1. If you want to nominate a dance teacher, you should first ask for their permission to check they are interested in this opportunity.
2. The nominator then emails the name of the teacher and a short nomination statement stating why they believe this teacher has leadership potential. Send the email, including the teacher’s name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Alice Firth, Dance UK’s Projects Management Officer, then emails the dance teacher the application form (copying in the nominator). The form asks the teacher to write a short statement about why they would benefit from the programme.
4. The dance teacher emails the completed application along with their CV email@example.com, by Tuesday 3 December 2013.
5. A selection panel consisting of representatives from the National Dance Teachers Association, Youth Dance England, Dance UK and Dancers’ Career Development will meet to select the successful 20 dance teachers.