Advice for schools on accessing high quality dance

Dance is included in the PE curriculum at KS1 – KS3 National Curriculum in England: Physical Education Programmes of Study. It is a popular and highly effective way of getting children active and offers a unique medium for creative expression. Professionals, other than school teachers, delivering dance with children are usually called dance practitioners.

Schools have been using their PE and Sport premium funding to support dance activity in different ways. See the Youth Dance England Delivering dance through the PE and Sports Premium funding document for examples

Here is advice on how to identify and select high quality dance artists/practitioners.

Here is a list of dance organisations that can help you find dance artists/practitioners in all areas of England.

Guidance on making your youth dance platform more accessible to disabled youth dancers

A set of Guidelines have been produced to help event organisers plan and deliver performances which are more inclusive and accessible to disabled youth dancers. The Guidelines are one of the outcomes from the U.Dance 2015 Evaluation of Access & Inclusion conducted by GDance. Here is  the Executive Summary of their report.

Wheelfever performing at U.Dance 2015 (c) Brian Slater

Careers in Dance

Did you know that out of the 30,000 people employed in the dance sector only 2,500 are performers?

Many young people who are considering a career in dance do not know of the very wide variety of career options available to them. This is why we have put together a Guide to Careers in Dance, which aims to provide useful information on the range of professions in the dance sector, as well as invaluable insight into some successful people’s career paths.

Download the Guide to Careers in Dance as a PDF.

Or view it online here.

Case Studies

If you're looking for inspiration for your future career you'll find some useful
case studies of dance professionals in the Guide to Careers in Dance,
but you can also find more within our Case Studies
section here.





Dance Spaces

A space to dance should be safe for dancers to move in without injuring themselves, but also inspire creativity. Click here for information on improving or creating appropriate dance spaces.

Delivering Dance through the PE and Sports Premium Funding

*NEW* opportunity for dance teachers, artists and practitioners working in schools!

There is a new funding source that is being used by Primary schools to improve their dance offer. All schools have received at least £9k in September and will receive the same funding again next year.

We have created a fact-sheet for you, click here to download.

The Use of Recorded Music in Dance Performance

Using recorded music for a dance piece both legally and appropriately can seem a complicated and daunting process. So YDE has put together some guidance on how to best make use of copyright music.

Click here to download our guidance on using recorded music for dance performances.

Child Performance Licences

On 6 February 2015 the updated Children (Performance and Activities)(England) Regulations 2014, known as Child Performance Licence Regulations came into force. They can be found here. The Department for Education also produced guidance for these updated regulations and these can be found here.

Youth Dance England has been involved in a Best Practice Working Group, to produce a sector led publication called ‘Examples of Best Practice – Child Performance & Activities Licensing by Local Authorities in England.’ This is essential reading for anyone organising performances for children and young people and all Local Authority licencing staff. It can be viewed here.



                                  Protection of Children, Young People and
                                  Vulnerable Adults

                                                  All organisations who take part in Youth Dance England's programmes
                                                  (classes, conferences, courses, events, performances, presentations and
                                                  workshops) are expected to have a Child Protection Policy in place.
                                                  Please take time to read the following guidance for organisations that
                                                  take part or would like to take part in Youth Dance England's

                                                  Click here to download them.


Fundraising Tips

Young dance groups and dancers can find it difficult to find funding for the projects and events they would like to get involved in.

We have put together some fundraising advice to signpost young people and those who work with young dancers to fundraising sources and provide some useful tips.

Injury Prevention

Dance To This have produced a short film with expert advice from Dr Emma Redding, dancer and Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban, Kate Prince, choreographer, teacher and director of ZooNation (the company behind Into The Hoods), and Angela Towler, top dancer at Rambert Dance Company.

As the Vice-President of the International Institute for Dance Medicine and Science, Emma Redding provides invaluable tips on how to prevent injuries and stay a healthy dancer. Kate Prince and Angela Towler who have both experienced bad injuries from dancing also provide their insights.


YDE in partnership with Hampshire Dance has also produced a short film fronted by Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Dallerup, about the benefits of dance on children and young people's health and well-being. Watch the film below and click here to find out more about what YDE and its regional partner organisations are doing to develop links between dance and health across the country.

For more information about dancer's health and injury prevention please click to see Dance UK's website.

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