One Dance UK is a new industry body created by the merger of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England. A registered charity, it will provide services for young people, teachers and training institutions, professional dancers, choreographers, companies and producers. It aims to provide a single, more powerful voice for dance, a central knowledge hub, professional development opportunities and performance platforms. The new body will be based outside London.
This month, we speak to Marcelo Gomes about ballet and Matthew Bourne, to Peter Schaufuss and Li Cunxin about La Sylphide and to Richard Bonynge about ballet music. There’s also a focus on the training of young dancers, from youth ballet companies to Elmhurst School for Dance and more…
The programme has been announced for national youth dance festival U.Dance 2012, which will take place on July 13–15 and feature a new Hofesh Shechter work.
Arts Council England (ACE) has announced its funding decisions for the next four years. Following the 29.6 per cent cut to ACE’s own budget for 2011 to 2015, there will be a 14.9 per cent cut in its budget for funded organisations. The plan was to cut strategically, dropping 206 organisations altogether and concentrating funding on others. Alan Davey, chief executive of ACE, said there had been “really hard choices as we had so many good applications – more than we were able to fund.”