Dancers’ Mentoring

Mbulelo Ndabeni at the Sugar Dandies High Tea Dance at Rambert Studios, 2015. Photo Arnaud Stephenson

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

The mentorship supports dancers in considering a future beyond or alongside their current performing careers. 

‘The mentoring scheme was a good milestone in my career path and an important tool for me as a freelancer – Superb’

– Annette Brandanger (Independent Artist and Choreographer)

This is a funded eight month professional development opportunity for mid-career dance artists, who have been identified by their peers as future leaders, to be matched with a mentor working in a high-level leadership position to support them to develop their ambitions to be future leaders in dance or the wider arts sector.

“I have gained confidence in my creativity, my work and most importantly the business structure of my company which is still under continuous development. 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. 

– Mbulelo Ndabeni (Independent Artist and Choreographer)