Dancers' Career Development and One Dance UK

Dancers' Mentoring Programme

With the support of Arts Council England, DCD and One Dance UK launched a new partnership in 2012 to offer a mentoring programme for 20 mid-career dancers who have been identified by their peers as future leaders of the arts.

This programme recognises the huge potential for dancers 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 dance roles. The aims are to build dancers' confidence and highlight their transferable skills, to provide guidance and to demonstrate the opportunities available to performers with perceived leadership potential in both artistic and non-artistic roles.

Over eight months they will be provided with a paid mentor who is a high profile leader from the arts world or beyond the sector. Mentors who are role models within dance, and can demonstrate a similar shift from performing in their own career history may be the most useful mentors. The aim is to support the dancers to help them consider their future beyond or alongside their current performing careers.

To find out more about the Mentoring Programme please click here