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It’s School Dance Week

What can School Dance Week do for you, and what can you do for School Dance Week?

Dance is the second most popular physical activity within primary schools, and yet curiously in the past there has never been a School Dance Week through which schools can celebrate their involvement with dance and share with each other ideas and suggestions relating to dance in schools.

So, we’ve rectified that by setting up the first ever School Dance Week.   And even though this is our first step forwards on what we hope will be a long-running campaign to get dance in schools noticed, and help all dance teachers develop their work in schools, we’ve already found a fabulous group of partners who have shown their willingness to work with us.   The list of partners is below.

Also we have over 100 participating schools of all sizes and types from all over the country, and we’d welcome your involvement with us too.

What we are asking you to do is to sign up with School Dance Week (it’s completely free and comes with no commitment – you just show your support for the idea.)    This will give you the opportunity access free resources and opportunities from all the professional partners who have supported the very start of School Dance Week.

Also you might like to have a look at the website we have developed, which now has details of the findings from our research into the state of dance in primary schools.   

Additionally there is an article which reveals exactly why dance is not just another activity for children to enjoy, but is one of the prime activities that strengthens children both mentally and physically. 

Now that we have got going we can say that next year’s School Dance Week will be even bigger – and we will be commemorating those schools that have chosen to support us at our very start with a Honour Board of Founder Schools.   All you have to do is sign up – there is absolutely no cost and no commitment.

To start on this journey all we ask is that you visit the School Dance Week website and complete the simple form.

From here on, having established School Dance Week our work is now to establish working relationships between schools and dance professionals, creating a potential outlet for long term educational work and increasing your Arts Mark.

And if you have your own ideas as to what School Dance Week can do in the future, we’d like to hear from you.  Please click here to contact us.

Here is our list of Founding Partners – to whom we are very grateful indeed.

  • Pineapple Community
  • The Movement Factory
  • Balletboyz
  • 2 Faced Dance
  • Motionhouse
  • Tilted Productions
  • The Place
  • C-12 Dance Theatre
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Dance East
  • West End in Schools
  • Youth Dance England

I really do hope that you feel there is something for you in this new initiative, and that from this beginning we can really increase an awareness in the importance and benefit of encouraging dance in schools.