Connecting members with established professionals


Current Mentoring Programmes

Four exciting professional development opportunities available to dancers, dance teachers, choreographers and dance researchers identified as future industry leaders who hold One Dance UK membership.

Sara Dos Santos, Jaivant Patel, Urja Tharkore, Charlotte Haley, Susie Crow, Mary Grigg, Maria Ghumrassi, Arunima Kumar, Jorge Crecis, Georgia Tegou, Tomorr Kokona, Emma Clayton

One Dance UK, supported by Arts Council England and in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, is inviting applications for its 2017 mentoring programmes. These much sought-after programmes are offered to dance artists and practitioners in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland who have been identified as future industry leaders. Successful applicants are matched with mentors who are drawn from among some of the dance sector’s most prominent figures. The programmes are designed to identify and hone mentees’ skills and develop their leadership potential.

Past mentee and Trailblazer, Independent Artist and Choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni say:

“I have gained confidence in my creativity, my work and most importantly the business structure of my company…. I have also gained confidence in being able to be a leader of my own vision, my own company and the collaborators I work with. I believe anything can happen and what I desire is possible.”

Dancers’ Mentoring Programme

(Applications for this programme are now closed)

Established in 2007, One Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Programme, each year offers dance artists the life-changing opportunity of preparing for a career beyond performing, benefitting from the wisdom, experience and industry insights of a mentor. Applicants, nominated by their peers, must either be independent dance artists who hold One Dance UK membership, or be dancers working as part of a One Dance UK member company and, in addition, have had at least eight years professional experience. Each successful applicant will receive a bursary to cover travel and other necessary expenses.

More details on this programme and the application process.

Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme 

(Applications for this programme are now closed)

Since its establishment in 2013, more than 60 dance teachers have benefitted from this popular programme. It is aimed at dance teachers with at least 5 years professional experience, working in schools (primary or secondary), Higher Education establishments, community settings, vocational training, private dance school settings (who are qualified through recognised awarding bodies) or freelance artists who teach as part of their ‘portfolio’ career. A career-enhancing programme, the Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme is designed to develop leadership potential, expand teachers’ industry knowledge and network of contacts under the guidance of an established industry figure. In addition, each successful applicant will receive a bursary to cover travel and other necessary expenses. One Dance UK will also work with applicants to gain professional experience with a suitable dance organisation.

More details on this programme and the application process.

Trailblazers StartersFellowship Programme: (Application open – Deadline 31 March 2017, 5pm) 

Since its foundation in 2003, the Trailblazers Fellowship Programme – in two distinct strands: Starters (for first-time applicants) and Champions (for previous Trailblazers Starters) – has supported over 30 UK-based artists and practitioners working in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora, with a structured development programme aimed at enhancing skills in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and creativity. Trailblazer Starters is open to those demonstrating commitment to the development of Dance of the African Diaspora as a dancer, choreographer, teacher or researcher who also demonstrate strong leadership, organisational or management skills. Previous Trailblazers have gone on to set up their own companies, work in educational or community settings and contribute to research in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora in the UK.

Successful applicants will receive a bursary towards the cost of training and/or a project of their choice, together with life coaching and mentoring from an influential professional. A final sharing of work is presented at a public event and an action plan created for the Fellow’s future development.

The deadline for receipt of Trailblazers Starters applications is 5pm on 31 March 2017.
More information on this programme and the application process.

Jennifer Curry, Executive Director of Dancers’ Career Development comments:

“Dancers’ Career Development is pleased to be working in partnership with One Dance UK on its 2017 Mentoring Programmes. The demand for these programmes is reflected in the great many applications received each year. The mentoring programmes for dancers in particular offer a key opportunity for dancers identified as future leaders to be supported and guided on their career journey beyond performing, which can often be a challenging transition”

Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive of One Dance UK adds:

As a professional dancer, I was very fortunate to have taken part in the pilot of the dancersmentoring programme in 2007. The experience dramatically altered my perspective on what the possibilities might be for a professional career beyond performance. The programme gave me inspiration to believe in new goals and gave me the tools to focus on and develop skills and acquire new ones in order to realise that dream’.

“I have made a connection to the art world that would have been completely impossible without support from Dance UK. I have been given invaluable advice about management skills and running a large organisation”

Jonathan Goddard