Mentoring Scheme 2013-14

Dancer Teachers selected for Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme 2014 in partnership with Dance UK, Youth Dance England and the National Dance Teachers Association

"the teachers mentoring programme has, to date, been one of the most positive and life changing opportunities I've had throughout my dance career. Apologies if that sounds a little "gushy" but my mentor Amanda Britton has opened doors for me that I never thought possible"

Deborah Norris, one of the mentees on the 2013-2014 Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme in partnership with Dancers' Career Development, Youth Dance England and the National Dance Teachers Association

The programme recognises the huge potential for dance teachers to become leaders. It is designed to build capacity within the dance workforce and to ensure skills and knowledge retention in the sector, addressing problems of succession to key artistic and non-artistic roles.

The full list of dance teachers selected to take part in the 2014 mentoring programme is:

1. Will Aitchison, Lead Teacher, Centre for Advanced Training, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and Co-director of Anecdotal Evidence Dance Company (London)

2. Christy Anson-Harries, Dance Course Director, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, (South Wales)

3. Dani Batchelor, freelance dance practitioner and ballet education specialist (Kent)

4. David Blake, artist/educator/administrator (London)

5. Lucy Blazheva, DanceEast Community Dance Artist (Essex)

6. Jodie Clark, Assistant Director of Dance, The BRIT School. BA (Hons), FISTD, ARAD (West Sussex)

7. Kerry Fletcher, freelance folk dance artist and Coordinator of the Folk Educators Group, facilitated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (Kent)

8. Sophie Gregory, dance teacher, The Colne Community School and College (Manningtree)

9. Tom Hobden, dance artist (Suffolk)

10. Jess Johnson, Head of Dance at The Jo Richardson Community School (Dagenham)

11. Mel Knott, independent dance education practitioner (Leicestershire)

12. Amanda Leon-Joyce, Founder of Irreverent Dance (London)

13. Deborah Norris, Associate Lecturer, Edge Hill University and freelance teacher/choreographer (Lancashire)

14. Joëlle Pappas, dance artist (Oxford)

15. Alison Ray, dance teacher/choreographer (London)

16. Simona Scotto, freelance teacher and choreographer and Artistic Director of Counterpoint Dance Company (London)

17. Susie Tate, dance artist and education practitioner (Northumberland)

18. Rebecca Thomas, freelance dance artist (Birmingham)

19. Rebecca Trevitt, freelance dance artist and ballet teacher (Surrey)

20. Nicole Wellings, Dance Lecturer, New College Swindon (Swindon)

21. Suzie West, Head of Dance at Kingsbridge Community College and Director of SpinDrift Dance Company (Devon)

The mentoring programme panel, chaired by Dance UK, included a group of leading dance professionals who all generously offered their time for free to help select the successful dance teachers. The panel included Linda Jasper, Director, Youth Dance England; Ginny Brown, Vice-Chair, National Dance Teachers Association and Dance Partnership and Access Programme Manager, Royal Ballet School; Anne Hogan, Director of Education, Royal Academy of Dance; Michelle Groves, Dean, Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance; Kerry Nicholls, Director, Kerry Nicholls Dance; Rachel Krische, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Dance, Leeds Metropolitan University; and Jennifer Curry, Executive Director, Dancers' Career Development.

Over eight months each dance teacher will be matched with a paid mentor who is a high profile leader in dance or another sector. Through discussion, the dance teachers have the chance to identify transferable skills, build confidence and consider their career ambitions.

Dancers selected for Dancers' Mentoring Programme 2013

20 dancers all nominated by their peers as future leaders have been selected by a panel of dance professionals to take part in the Dancers' Mentoring Scheme a partnership between Dancers' Career Development and Dance UK that recognises the huge potential for dancers to become leaders.

The dancers selected to take part in the 2013 mentoring programme are:

1. Rosie Kay, dancer and Artistic Director, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Oxford, based in Birmingham

2. Anthony Missen, dancer and co-Artistic Director, Company Chameleon, based in Manchester

3. Bruno Guillore, dancer and Associate Artistic Director for Hofesh Shechter Company, based in London/Brighton

4. Victoria Malin, dancer for Candoco Dance Company, based in London

5. Elisabetta d'Aloia, freelance dance artist, based in London

6. Avatara Ayuso, independent dance artist and choreographer, based in London

7. Jo Fong, director, choreographer and performer, based in Cardiff

8. Stuart Waters, dancer for Protein Dance, based in London

9. Paul Smethurst, dancer for New Adventures, based in London

10. Temujin Gill, independent dance artist, choreographer and Director of Grounded, based in London

11. Lee Smikle, dance teacher, choreographer, producer and artistic director, based in London

12. Genevieve Say, dancer and choreographer, based in the West Midlands

13. Rachael Nanyonjo, independent dance artist and choreographer, based in London

14. Amber Hunt, 8th Year Dance Artist, English National Ballet, based in London

15. Dan Daw, dancer for Candoco Dance Company, based in London

16. Jessica Wright, dancer for Wayne McGregor I Random Dance, based in London

17. Marie-Louise Flexen, dance artist, performer and choreographer, based in Swindon

18. Rahel Vonmoos, independent dance maker, performer, and teacher, based in London

19. Sunanda Biswas, freelance dancer and choreographer and co-Director of Grounded, based in London

20. Holly Noble, ENB Youth Company Artistic Director, co-founder Female Choreographers Collective, dancer, choreographer and teacher, based in London

The selection panel, Chaired by Dance UK, included a group of leading dance professionals who all generously offered their time for free to help select the successful dancers. The panel included Stine Nilsen, Co-Artistic Director of Candoco Dance Company (who personally benefitted from the mentoring scheme in 2006), Marie McCluskey MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of Swindon Dance; Sue Wyatt; Benjamin Dunks, Artistic Director of Attik Dance; Dr Scilla Dyke MBE, Senior Lecturer, Royal Academy of Dance; Monique Deletant Bell, Administrative Director, Akademi South Asian Dance UK; Jennifer Curry, Director of Development, Dancers' Career Development, and Jan De Schynkel, former dancer, teacher, choreographer and Arts Council England Relationship Manager.