Trinity Laban alumni chosen for Dance UK mentoring scheme


Five Trinity Laban dance alumni have been selected for Dance UK’s Dance Teacher Mentorship scheme.

Dance teachers Hayley Adams, Mary Davies, Lucy Evans, Jemima Hoadley and Jane McLean have been considered by their peers to be future leaders in the dance world.

Hayley, who relocated to Amsterdam, says: “My mentoring sessions with Sara Wookey have begun and I’m currently seeking an organisation to host me here in The Netherlands. It feels like the perfect time to be part of this scheme after freelancing for five years since studying at Trinity Laban.

“Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Certificate: Dance in Community course was the springboard into my creative career as a dance artist – so, who knows where Dance UK's mentorship programme will lead me next.”

Launched in 2013, the programme recognises the huge importance of teachers within the dance sector and aims to develop the next generation of teaching leaders within the industry. The scheme is run by Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, Youth Dance England and the National Dance Teachers Association. It is supported by Arts Council England and distributes up to £2,500 investment for each teacher, via a paid mentor, a £300 bursary to cover expenses and funding for a leading dance company or organisation to build a relationship with that teacher.

Dance teachers must have at least five years professional teaching experience and must first be nominated by a peer or colleague who has identified them as having potential to be a future sector leader. Applications for the 2015 programme will open again next spring.