One Dance UK Bolstered by £200k Backbone Boost

2 Jan 2019

One Dance UK has recently been awarded a £200K grant as part of the latest round of Paul Hamlyn Foundation grants. The organisation announced a number of awards with a total value of £1.3m, over five years, to seven organisations in the latest round of Backbone funding. The aim of the Backbone Fund is to support organisations which are important connectors, collaborators and advocates, whose work is helping to strengthen civil society.  It enables organisations to build resilience, resource their core services, fund essential posts and ensure that there is funding that can be relied upon over a significant timeframe, free of political cycles. One key area of activity for One Dance UK is to strengthen the support given to dance teachers and to advocate for the importance of dance in education, and this funding will enable the organisation to take a strategic and long-term approach to making this happen. Some areas of focus include:-

  • Providing training and resources to up-skill non-specialist teachers in primary settings to improve their dance teaching.
  • Campaign for dance to be valued as part of every school’s curriculum and continue to apply pressure on government as part of targeted and wider cultural education advocacy work.
  • Build local and national networks of teachers, to help support them and combat professional isolation.
  • Assess the needs of teachers to ensure our resources and support are useful and relevant.

Andrew Hurst CEO of One Dance UK comments  “We are delighted that PHF has agreed to support our work in Dance education by awarding One Dance UK Backbone funding over the next 5 years.  As Sector Support Organisation for Dance and the Subject Association for dance in schools we aim to advocate for the value of dance in education cross all settings and provide resources and professional development and support to dance educators. This funding will enable One Dance UK to continue to deliver support to this creative subject in the education environment