How does the Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme work?

The Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme recognises the huge potential for dance teachers to become leaders. It is designed to build capacity within the dance and education workforce and to ensure skills and knowledge retention in the sector, addressing problems of succession to key dance and academic roles. It also recognises the generosity of established arts professionals, academics and arts organisations who want to pass on their experience with the next generation of dance leaders.

We run this programme annually and each year a group of dance teachers are nominated and selected to take part in this leadership development training programme and are funded to work with a mentor of their choice. The aim is to support the teachers to help them consider their future beyond or alongside their current careers.

As well as working with a one-on-one mentor, One Dance UK has raised more funds so that each of the selected dance teachers also gets matched with a school, company or institution of their choice which is funded to establish a relationship/connection with that dance teacher based around shared areas of interest.

What is the timescale?

  • The mentorship will last for eight months from April through to December 2017
  • 20 February 2017, noon – Nominations and Applications deadline
  • 20 February – 17 March 2017 – Selection process (made by a group of experienced artists, choreographers and dance managers chaired by One Dance UK)
  • 17 March 2017 – The successful applicants will be announced.
  • 18 April 2017 (time TBC) – Introduction training (all selected artists must attend)
  • 27 July 2017 – Refresher and networking meeting
  • 8 December 2017 (time TBC) – Evaluation meeting (all selected artists must attend)

What is the mentoring process?

Selected dance teachers can ask to work with a mentor and to be linked with an education/ cultural organisation of their choice or request that One Dance UK suggest a suitable match. One Dance UK will support mentees to be matched with chosen mentor and link organisation or if not possible we will help them find a leader in dance education or from another creative industry.

Dance teachers cannot be nominated by their potential mentor for this programme.

The exact mentoring process is determined by the mentor, the mentee, the link organisation and is underpinned by One Dance UK’s mentoring framework which includes:

  • matching the mentee with a suitable mentor
  • matching the mentee with a suitable link organisation
  • introduction to mentoring training day
  • four meetings arranged between the mentor and their matched dance teacher
  • four meetings arranged between the mentee and their matched link organisation
  • a networking meeting for all mentors and mentees part way through
  • telephone or email communication throughout the 8 months with your mentor
  • limited hotline or face to face support by a dedicated One Dance UK professional development specialist
  • evaluation meeting at the end of the programme

What are the mentoring contents and benefits?

The nature and content of the mentoring relationship will vary depending on the needs of the mentee. However, it is intended that it will cover:

  • identification of skills, talents, areas of interests and aspirations
  • signposting to opportunities, resources and information
  • dialogue relating to the wider dance context and networks
  • discussion and identification of possible progression routes
  • sharing of experience and life history

Bursary:

One Dance UK will pay a fee of:

  • £300 to the mentee towards any expenses that they might incur to facilitate meeting with the mentor, eg. travel and coffee during meetings etc.
  • £800 to the mentor inclusive of expenses.
  • £1000 to the link organisation

One Dance UK’s mentoring programme is supported by Arts Council England and delivered in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development.

Previous recipients include Andrew Hurst, now One Dance UK’s CEO, and independent artist Rachel Krische, now Director of Dance, Leeds Metropolitan University and many other leading figures in the dance world.

‘The Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme has given me a clear, defined career path and ideas for further development.  It increased my confidence and awareness of transferable skills, knowledge, capability and potential’ – Jemma King (Dance Teacher)

For further information contact:

Tomorr Kokona on 020 7713 0730 or email tomorr.kokona@onedanceuk.org