Dance UK has published its dance manifesto, Dance: A Great British Success Story (23 February 2015), which advocates the contribution dance has made over recent years and encourages stakeholders and decision makers to support dance.
The report includes a quote by Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne: “The UK’s conservatoires are rightly acknowledged as world-leaders and demand from international applicants is consequently strong. Last year, over 200 students from outside the UK auditioned for a dance place at Trinity Laban – despite the far cheaper training many could access in their home countries. And the reason is simple, UK conservatoire training leads to successful employment outcomes. The annual government survey which assesses the employment success of recent graduates consistently shows the conservatoires in the upper reaches of the universities table. Dance training in the UK leads to vibrant and meaningful careers and should be as highly valued at home as it is abroad.”
Led by Strictly Come Dancing stars Jenny Thomas and Robin Windsor, the manifesto was presented to MPs alongside a social dance class to around 100 guests at the Houses of Parliament, including the Minister for Culture, the Hon Ed Vaizey MP.
Dance: A Great British Success Story highlights dance’s contribution to society, with a particular focus on education and health and wellbeing. Presented as a ‘live,’ advocacy document, the manifesto will expand over the next few months to include statistics, data, case studies and industry quotes.
Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban, Emma Redding, says: “This advocacy document is significant to institutions like Trinity Laban, as it highlights the importance of dance for the future health of different populations.
“Trinity Laban has been conducting extensive scientific research into the health benefits dance has had on younger and older people, both physical benefits such as cardiovascular fitness and psychological positives, such as self-esteem.
“We look forward to reading the on the ground cases as the manifesto is updated over the coming months and getting more people involved in dance.”