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Dance School of the Year 2020

Posted on May 20, 2020

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As Dance School of the Year (DSOTY) celebrates its eighth anniversary, there’s never been a better time to consider entering a school for these prestigious awards. While we’re living through challenging and uncertain times, many dance schools have been helping keep young people connected with their “normal” life and their friends through dance classes. Children and adults have been kept fit, entertained and amused, thanks to the many innovative ways teachers have found to keep in touch with students and their parents, ensuring teachers will still have a business when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

As well as the categories for different sizes of schools, this year, to celebrate the massive achievements of teachers during lockdown, there will be a new award: the 2020 Award for Innovation during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dance schools of all genres, anywhere in the world, may enter in the following categories: Up to 100 students; 100 to 150 students; 151 to 250 students; 251 to 350 students; and Over 350 students. An overall winner will be awarded Dance School of the Year 2020, and there will also be awards for innovation in the teaching of boys, supported by the Royal Academy of Dance, and the new John Travis Award for accessibility to dance, supported by bbodance.

Now is the perfect opportunity to gather together all the supporting evidence that can show what a school has achieved during the current academic year. Entries open on August 1, but applicants can start preparing entries now. For further information, go to More help and support is also available on DSOTY’s Facebook page.

Photograph: Courtesy of Dance School of the Year.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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