Our Story

In 2016 One Dance UK launched as the new national support organisation for dance in the UK, following the merger of four existing organisations - The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England.

The merger took place to create a unified "go-to" industry body that represents dancers at all levels of the dance industry, and champions excellence in education, youth dance, dance of the African diaspora, performance, health and well-being, management, leadership, and career development.


The creation of One Dance UK followed calls from the dance sector for a more joined-up way of working that would reduce duplication, combine expertise and resources, and strengthen advocacy.

By merging into one company - One Dance UK - we provide a single powerful voice for dance and help to lead strategic initiatives that benefit the entire dance sector including professional dancers, choreographers, companies, researchers, scientists, producers as well as educators and students.

Sometimes we get requests for content or information about programmes that took place before One Dance UK's formation. Whilst we aren't always able to locate very old content, we always do our best to signpost to what you need. You can find out more on our Past Projects and Archives page. 

Past Projects and Archive

One Dance UK works on behalf of everyone in the dance world. We understand the importance and value of dance in all its many diverse forms and settings and are passionate believers that access to quality dance provision should be a right – not a privilege. Our work advocating for access, education, excellence and awareness positively impacts everyone in the sector.  

By joining as a member, you become part of the dance community working together to secure a vital and exciting future for dance in the UK.  As well as giving you access to expert resources, discounts, networking opportunities and more, your membership fee will go towards supporting our work, delivering programmes to develop the dance sector and helping us continue to advocate for dance at every opportunity.

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