The CYP Dance network (Children and Young People’s) aims to create more diverse and high quality dance opportunities for children and young people in the North. Funded by Arts Council England.

In July 2013, Northern School for Contemporary Dance managed A New Canvas for Dance alongside an advisory group of key sector representatives from across the North of England. Funded by Arts Council England, the strategy aimed to strengthen networks and ensure future progression for children and young people’s dance in the North.

A New Canvas for Dance
Progression for Children and Young Peoples Dance in the Northern Area

This initiative aimed to scope and deliver a strategy for children and young people’s dance in the North of England, to strengthen networks and ensure future progression for dance talent. A six month consultancy followed two scoping exercises held in Leeds in March and November 2012, and has been managed by Northern School of Contemporary Dance and guided by an advisory group comprising key sector representatives from across the North of England.

The key role of the consultancy was:
‘To consult widely with the sector whilst positively and proactively promoting, developing, producing and finally delivering the CYP Dance Network – North of England Strategy and Action Plan.’

A summary of the tasks laid out for the consultant included
• To take advice from and consult with the Advisory Group
• To consult flexibly and responsively across the area with groups and individuals to understand current provision, stimulate discussion and collect input on strategic development
• Collate and report to NSCD and the Advisory Group on key strategic priority areas
• Deliver an interim briefing
• Develop a strategy that drew together research and consultancy findings, acknowledging the scoping work undertaken previously and was appropriate for the North of England
• Alongside NSCD, delivering the findings of the strategy and action plan at Youth Dance England’s national event U.Dance in July 2013, in Leeds.
For more information please read the following documents:
A New Canvas for Dance – Summary 2013
A New Canvas For Dance – Full Report 2013

Since this time the Children and Young People’s Dance Network North has been established with further support for the Arts Council, the network is coordinated by Amanda Drago;

The aim of the network is all about partnerships; by connecting people and organisations we can all create more quality assured opportunities for children and young people in dance. The network is still in its infancy and has been initially led by a consortium of Children and Young People’s dance stakeholders from across the North that have formed the Strategic Action Group. This is currently made up of the Bridge organisations Cape UK and Curious Minds, Dance City, Cheshire Dance, Ludus Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Tin Arts, The Lowry, Yorkshire Dance and 2 Independents working in the field of dance Pete Huggins (Gateway Studio Project, Gateshead) and Sarah Hall (Blackpool & Fylde LA). However a network is not a network without members and over the next 18 months it will be my role to co-ordinate activity and formalise this network.

It is envisaged that the network will be made up of independent dance artists, dance leaders, primary & secondary teachers, private dance school teachers, dance agency representatives, arts organisations with a focus on dance, Centres for Advanced Training, Further Education, Higher Education and Conservatoires, local authority, health, youth & sport agencies, producers, artistic directors, choreographers… in short anyone working in the field of children and young people’s dance in the North.



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