What is the mentoring process?

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.

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 an agreed amount towards mentee expenses that they might incur to facilitate meetings with the mentor, eg. travel and coffee during meetings etc. and a fee 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.

For further information contact Helen Laws or Andrew Hurst on 020 7713 0730 or email mentoring@onedanceuk.org