Dance, Learning and Participation Network

About: The Dance, Learning & Participation Network is a voluntary sector support group offering networking, training and support for dance professionals across the UK. Formally known as Dance Educators Group (DEG).

Mission: The Dance, Learning & Participation Network’s mission is to support dance professionals working in learning and participation roles at every stage of their career. The network is committed to equality and inclusivity and values the pooling of knowledge, skills and contacts of members. Delegates help to steer the themes of the meetings and training is guided by the delegates contributions. Delegate meetings are relevant and responsive to the current landscape.

We will offer a chance to build a supportive community of dance professionals. Dance, Learning and Participation network offers a chance for us to share resources and build a cohesive network. Enabling our sector to develop greater resilience by working together’.


  • To build a network of dance professionals through networking, training, inspiring opportunities and events
  • To support dance professionals at every stage of their career
  • To produce one physical event each year

How does the group work?

  • It is free to become a member.
  • Training, networking and events take place quarterly online and in person.
  • Delegates must be working freelance, full or part time in the dance sector.
  • Delegates must contribute and attend meetings regularly.
  • The coordination team are voluntary posts and are rotated every two years. They share the dates for the meetings, agenda and actions. They listen to the delegate’s feedback and requests. They also landscape and design the meetings, engage guest speakers and manage the training opportunities.

Online meetings 2022

  • Thursday 29 September 2022, 10.00 – 11.30
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 10.00-11.30

To join please email: [email protected]

Current coordinators are Gemma Griffiths, Rosie Whitney-Fish & Alice Odin

Gemma Griffiths

Gemma is a Producer in Participation and Events at East London Dance, a Lecturer, Teacher and previously a Director of Learning, leading an Expressive Arts programme in Music, Dance, Drama and Art & Design in secondary and further education. She is a passionate speaker, directing and creating programmes that demonstrate and champion the impact of the arts in formal and non-formal settings. She earned her PGCE and MA from The Royal Academy of Dance and trained as a dancer at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Gemma has developed comprehensive long-term learning and engagement programmes across a range of charities and organisations both nationally and internationally. These include East Wall with East London Dance, MADD Literacy Project with the V&A and Punch Drunk’s first secondary school Literacy Project.

Gemma has successfully won grants totalling £500K+ and developed successful strong ongoing partnerships with a diverse range of organisations, including The Barbican, Razzmatazz, Avant Garde Dance, Hackney Orchestra, Almeida Theatre, V&A, LIFT, Historic Royal Palace, The Prince’s Trust, The Hackney Learning Trust and many more.

Rosie Whitney-Fish

Rosie founded DanceWest in 2015 and is responsible for developing the non-profit which engages 36,000 people each year and operates across seven West London boroughs. DanceWest became a registered charity in 2018 and Rosie is responsible for the strategic operation of the organisation, the development, fundraising and artistic programming. Rosie is an entrepreneur with significant experience in developing strategies for local authorities, developing community programmes and leading programmes for housing associations and national arts organisations. She has a track record of successfully fundraising via the Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and charitable trusts.

Rosie has worked internationally as producer and choreographer, her work has been supported by Barbican, Create London, Arts Council England and the Cultural Olympiad. ‘As a consequence of Whitney-Fish’s tireless work this festival has taken solid root. West London and the wider dance community owe her a considerable debt of thanks.’

Rosie has a MA in Dance-Theatre from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and a BA in Choreography & Dance from Winchester University.

Alice Odin

Alice is the Head of Creative Learning at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. She  has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over fifteen years, managing learning and participation programmes in museums (The Courtauld Gallery, Ben Uri Gallery) and community organisations (Roehampton Arts, The Hub, Newham). She also works as a freelance producer and lecturer for UK and international institutions.