How does the Dancers’ Mentoring Programme work?

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 programme aims to build dancers’ confidence and highlight their transferable skills, to provide guidance and to demonstrate the opportunities available to performers with perceived leadership potential in both artistic and non-artistic roles.

What is the timescale?

Dancers’ Mentoring – England and Wales

  • The mentorship will last for eight months from April through to December 2017
  • 20 February 2017, noon – Nominations and Applications deadline
  • 17 March 2017 – The successful applicants will be announced.
  • 18 April 2017 (time TBC) – Introduction training (all selected artists must attend)
  • 26 July 2017 – Refresher and networking meeting
  • 8 December 2017 – Evaluation meeting (all selected artists must attend)

Dancers’ Mentoring – Scottland 

  • The mentorship will last for eight months from October 2017 through to June 2018
  • 24 September 2017  – Nominations and Applications deadline
  • 2 October 2017 – The successful applicants will be announced.
  • 6 October 2017 (time TBC) – Introduction training (all selected artists must attend)
  • February 2018 – Refresher and networking meeting
  • May 2018 – Evaluation meeting (all selected artists must attend)


What is the mentoring process?

The nominated artists can ask to work with a mentor of their choice or request that One Dance UK suggest a suitable match. One Dance UK will support mentees to be matched with a selected mentor or if not possible we will help them find a leader in dance or from another creative industry.

Artists cannot be nominated by their potential mentor for this programme.

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

  • matching the mentee with a suitable mentor
  • introduction to mentoring training day
  • four meetings arranged between the mentor and their matched dance artist
  • a networking meeting for all mentors and mentees partway through
  • telephone or email communication throughout the 8 months with your mentor
  • telephone or face to face support from dedicated One Dance UK staff
  • 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


One Dance UK will pay a fee of:

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

One Dance UK’s mentoring programme is supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland 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 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)

For further information contact:

Helen Laws or Andrew Hurst on 020 7713 0730 or email