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Posted on March 31, 2015

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moving-cities-photo-jevan-chowdhuryAkram Khan, Kevin O’Hare, Gillian Lynne, Tamara Rojo, Jonzi D and Wayne McGregor are among the  speakers at The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, the UK’s first ever industry-wide dance conference. Organised by Dance UK, the conference will offer more than 120 speakers, with events at London venues from April 9 to 12. The conference aims to create the most diverse dance industry gathering ever seen in the UK.

April 9: opening night celebration

The opening night celebration will include performances by Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff of Strictly Come Dancing, Teneisha Bonner of ZooNation, Verve, the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and the music video for The Feeling’s “Boy Cried Wolf”, featuring The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson in choreography by Arthur Pita. The evening will be compered by Arlene Phillips and Diversity Ashley Banjo, with keynote speeches from Peter Bazalgette, chair of Arts Council England, Gillian Lynne and Ken Robinson, an authority on innovation in education and business.

April 10: Brave new future: opportunities for dance in the wider world

Hosted at The Place and the Mayor of London’s City Hall, the day includes a welcome by Tamara Rojo, a “World Café” led by Roanne Dods, provocations by Jonzi D, Siobhan Davies, Robbie Synge and Emma Gladstone, plus a special “Dragons’ Den”, with artists pitching their ideas for funding to a panel of experts, philanthropists and business leaders. Sessions will include fundraising and philanthropy, dance in education, dance and public health and digital opportunities for dance.

April 11: Invest, create, innovate

Sessions at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will look at the process of creating work, from initial concept to funding and touring. There will also be discussions about specific dance forms, including ballroom, South Asian dance and dance of the African diaspora, plus a panel on musical theatre hosted by Arlene Philips and Anthony Van Laast. Ismene Brown will chair a panel on ballet with Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, Christopher Hampson, artistic director of Scottish Ballet, Assis Carreiro and Adolphe Binder, artistic director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science will present sessions throughout the day.

April 12: Emerging artists: training, creativity and choreography

National Youth Dance Company and Sadler’s Wells host the final day of the conference, focusing on training and the needs of young people. Speakers include Wayne McGregor, Dr Christopher Bannerman, Helen Shute representing Hofesh Shechter Company, Stine Nilsen, Sidi Larbi Charkaoui and reprsentatives from P.A.R.T.S., Palucca University of Dance and The Juilliard School. There will also be talks and workshops from National Youth Dance Company, Re: Bourne and Veronica Jobbins.

Some sessions will be live streamed, and local groups are being encouraged to set up their own mini-conferences.

Full details of the conference have now been announced, and tickets are available from the Dance UK website. Tickets for the full conference start at £145 for student Dance UK members, with a range of prices. One-day passes are also available.

Offer of help

The Dance UK team has heard from members on low incomes or with cash flow issues that they would like to come to the conference, but can’t afford it. In response, Dance UK can now offer an interest-free ticket loan: pay what you can afford now, then pay the balance of the ticket cost in instalments by the end of June 2015. There are also subsidised tickets, offered on a case-by-case basis, for dance professionals earning less than £10,000 per annum. Call in confidence on 020 7713 0730, and the Dance UK team will do what they can to help.

Picture: Hayleigh Smillie, Eva Elisabeth Ross Davie and Carleigh Troy, students of The Dance School of Scotland, photographed in Glasgow for the Moving Cities series. Photograph: Jevan Chowdhury

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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