an opportunity for dance teachers

Dance Teaching Mentoring

Delegates at the One Dance UK Conference 2017 © Brian Slater

The Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme is a funded professional development opportunity for mid-career dance teachers, identified by their peers. 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 five years of 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. 

“My mentor enabled me to see how I can progress myself further”

The selected teachers are matched with a mentor working in a high-level leadership position, supporting them in developing their ambitions to be future leaders in dance or the wider arts sector, and to consider their future beyond or alongside their current careers.

“I have gained my own self-belief. I have secured a head of department role in my school, as well as developing my own youth training programme to support students from my area who do not have the money to access the CAT programme. My mentor enabled me to see how I can progress myself further and how I can develop as an individual within a school organsation.”

– Rebecca Woolven (Head of Dance at Swindon Academy)