What is Arts Award?
Arts Award is a unique national qualification that supports anyone up to 25 years old to grow as an artist and arts leader, inspiring them to connect with, take part in, the wider arts world. Arts Award enables young people to progress their learning throughout their school life and beyond into further education and employment.
Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze Silver and Gold) are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory award.
At each level, children and young people work with an Arts Award Adviser, a trained adult who supports them to gain arts experiences, provides guidance and assesses their arts logs and portfolios. Teachers, teaching assistants, private dance school tutors, dance practitioners, freelancers, choreographers, youth workers, volunteers, arts venue learning staff can all train as advisers.
Why Arts Award is good for schools?
Offering Arts Award can help schools to demonstrate certain elements of the OFSTED and Teaching Standards Framework and provides great links across the curriculum. Gold Arts Award provides 16 UCAS points at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). As part of our Schools Programme South East Dance are able to offer information and advice on Arts Award. See the schools section below for more information.
Why is Arts Award good for dance schools and freelance artists/ practitioners?
As a freelance practitioner Arts Award can add value to your practice and provide a measurable outcome to your work. Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and achieved in a wide variety of settings.
Find out more about Arts Award here artsaward.org.uk
South East Dance and Arts Award
South East Dance is currently delivering Arts Awards as part of its offer to children and young people. Young people on our Brighton CAT satellite programme have the chance to complete Bronze. For more information please see the Centre for Advanced Training – Brighton Satellite section below.
We are delivering Gold with our partnership with University of Surrey and Explore with our new Young Ambassadors project. We will be delivering Bronze and Silver with hard to reach young people as part of our Creative Communities Programme. They will get a chance to curate a community dance festival in Brighton & Hove.
Arts Award Supporter
South East Dance is an Arts Award Supporter so look out for the Arts Award blue a symbol throughout our season brochures, newsletter and website – these events have been identified as appropriate for helping you complete your Arts Award.
See our new special Arts Award Supporter section below for some inspiration.
Arts Award Supporter
South East Dance is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter. Look out for the Arts Award blue a symbol throughout our season brochures, newsletter and website – these events have been identified as appropriate for helping you complete your Arts Award.
If you need some inspiration for an activity to help you complete your Arts Award have a look at:
See a professional youth dance platform and review it, or apply as a group to perform in a professional venue as part of the annual platform. Who knows you might be selected for the national U.Dance festival in July.
More information below.
Come and see an exciting, and inspiring professional contemporary dance performances and review it. We programme the majority of dance in Brighton festival and throughout the year in a number of pop up places and venues including Brighton Dome, The Old Market, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
If you are over 18 and new to dance you can apply to take part in our Audience Ambassadors programme where you meet with us and a small group of people also new to dance, meet the artist and input into their work, see the work. It will give you insider knowledge of an artist's creative process and in creating a dance piece.
More information below.
CAT satellite programme
If you are aged 12-15 years old and are interested in a career in dance or have a particular passion and talent you can apply for our annual CAT satellite programme, take part in the arts and expand your practice. You will work with inspiring professional dancers, choreographers and a live musician and perform in a professional showcase at The Place, London.
More information below.
Audience Ambassador Scheme
This is an opportunity open to anyone who doesn’t have a dance background – participants typically have no prior experience of dance (as a seer or doer) and are invited to attend shows, attend behind-the-scenes rehearsals, meet artists and partake in discussions. We want to connect with new audiences, encourage them to share opinions and explore ideas around the work of artists. The scheme is also about helping to demystify the processes around making and seeing contemporary performance work. Our first Audience Ambassadors scheme was part of a project called Experimental Encounters last year. It was was hugely popular with all involved, so we’re incorporating it into our wider programme.
Our new cohort of ambassadors come from a range of backgrounds, including: politics, disability activism, vlogging, comedy and music composition. If you’d like to get involved, or know someone who might, we’d love to hear from you.
If you would like to find out more about our Audience Ambassador Scheme please contact Madeleine Wilson.
Our pioneer Audience Ambassador Scheme, Experimental Encounters, is in the framework of SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe.
Centre for Advanced Training – Brighton Satellite
South East Dance is excited to continue working in collaboration with The Place, the UK’s premiere centre for dance to deliver a Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Partnership Programme, for young people aged 12-15 years.
The Centre for Advanced Training, Brighton Satellite Partnership Programme aims to offer young people who show an exceptional ability and potential in dance the chance to receive training from highly experienced professionals. Successful applicants will sign up to a six-month training course, from January to July, through which they will take part in weekly contemporary dance training, creative workshops, collaboration with other satellite schemes, and a taster day at The Place and performance opportunities across the region.
To find out more about the CAT Brighton Satellite Partnership Programme including information about forthcoming auditions (likely to take place in Dec 2017) – please keep your eyes peeled on this page of our website and our social media channels for the latest updates.
If you have any questions about next year’s scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have loved the CAT scheme, the teachers have helped me so much and I can already tell that I have come on over the past six months. I have had constant feedback which has helped me to continuously improve and I have loved performing at events!”
Tallulah, CAT Brighton Satellite participant 2016
Centre for Advanced Training – Brighton Satellite. Image © Zoe Manders
Dance to Health
Dance to Health is a project using dance as a means of falls prevention in older people. It’s being developed with the aim of creating a sustainable social enterprise, led by arts charity AE-SOP and delivered by three dance organisations – South East Dance, East London Dance and Cheshire Dance – and numerous older people’s partner organisations across England.
Why Dance to Health?
Falls are traumatic for older people and cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year. On top of this, current falls prevention exercise programmes face challenges: patchy provision; older people’s low take-up and adherence; the lack of maintenance classes which means that gains are lost and investment is wasted; a minority of current services are evidence-based and last the required six months.
What’s happening and what’s the approach?
The programme uses the two evidence-based falls prevention programmes, Otago and FaME, which reduce falls by up to 55%, and through a partnership with Later Life Training, dance artists from the partner dance organisations have been trained in Otago and FaME.
Following successful taster sessions in November 2015, we have been running twice-weekly classes which will continue to the end of June 2016. The sessions are led by experienced dance artists who are developing creative classes, building confidence, flexibility and friendships amongst the participants with sessions frequently reaching capacity. We are looking forward to all coming together at the end of June for a sharing and celebration of the last six-months work.
Dance to Health is supported by Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation.
The Aldridge South East Dance Academy
The Aldridge South East Dance Academy is a newly launched sixth form course run by South East Dance and the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, opening in September 2017.
A unique collaboration between education and the dance industry, the Aldridge South East Dance Academy gives students the opportunity to study for a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), the equivalent of 3 A levels. The Academy will be the only centre in Brighton offering this qualification, with students combining academic studies with choreography and performance technique and the opportunity to work with respected members of the dance industry.
The sixth formers will be able to choose from a wide range of disciplines to study, including contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, urban and street dance, learning from and having access to a network of dance and performing arts industry experts. There will be opportunities to perform in Brighton and beyond, through the Academy’s network of industry partners.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy has their open evening on Thursday 9 February 6-8pm
Please just turn up and come and find us for a chat and to find out more. Click here for directions
For all enquires relating to the Aldridge South East Dance Academy and our BTEC, please contact Rose Kigwana or call 01273 645265.
The PE and Sports Premium funding
Great opportunity for dance teachers, artists and practitioners working in schools…
A new funding source is being used by Primary schools to improve their dance offer, with schools receiving at least £9k in September and due to receive the same funds again next year.
For further information take a look at Youth Dance England’s useful fact-sheet.
Support for teachers, schools and students
Throughout the year we have opportunities for children and young people to take part in dance. This year we had 6 boys aged 9-12 and 9 girls aged 8-11 take part in two professional performances that received outstanding reviews in the national press.
We can offer advice, support and training to teachers to help them develop dance in their school. Depending on priorities we may be able to work in partnership with you to design and deliver a dance project.
South East Dance:
- Is proud to be an Arts Award (see above) and Artsmark Supporter organisation. We can support you to deliver both programmes
- Offer training opportunities for teachers and advice on developing your dance provision via the primary schools, sports premium
- Are connected with lots of professional dance artists and choreographers who specialise in a diverse range of skills, we will be able to help you find the right high-quality artist for your project and give advice on how to manage and support them
- Deliver the South East regional U.Dance platform for youth dance groups aged 11-19. A chance to perform in a professional venue and apply for the national U.Dance Platform
- Deliver the South East regional Sussex CAT Satellite for talented young dancers aged 12-15 years who are interested in taking up dance as a career and can signpost students interested in open access dance classes
- Offer a key stage 5 BTEC, National extended Diploma in performance (Dance) in Brighton for young people interested in a career in dance
For more information about what we can offer for schools sign up for our mailing list, follow us on social media to find out about opportunities as they are announced or simply get in touch with a member of the team.
Spring – Dancing into Recovery
"I'm totally in control of my life now, in such a calm place and deal with things in a completely different manner"
We have just completed the first phase of our partnership project with Brighton Oasis Project, bringing two artists-in-residence - Anne Colvin and Laura Woods - plus a variety of guest artists to work with women and their children who are/have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Over the past two years, we have provided weekly movement sessions for the women; opportunities to attend performances and movement sessions for parents and their babies. With funding from The Rayne Foundation and Co-op Funeral Care, we also worked with older children from sister-service Young Oasis on an outdoor dance and visual arts project.
Read the Evaluation Report here.
"Brighton has great opportunities for creative engagement but so many of the people we work with feel excluded from these, it takes a dedicated effort to support their engagement and working with South East Dance has been a great way of doing this."
Jo-Anne Welsh, Director, Brighton Oasis Project
U.Dance is back and we are delighted to be able to work alongside One Dance UK to continue to offer this inspiring and enriching experience for young people. Not only does U.Dance offer a professional performance opportunity for young dancers, it also enables hundreds of young people to enjoy artist led workshops and masterclasses amongst like-minded peers who share a love for dance.
U.Dance is a National Programme led by One Dance UK which seeks to increase the number of Youth dance performances and support those who organise them, whilst raising awareness of the wonderful events that take place right across the country. The framework aims to provide dance performance opportunities for every child and young person in England.
This year’s selection showcase was presented in partnership with Penny and Jules Dance and their Brighton-based dance platform ‘HOSTED’, in partnership with Brighton & Hove High School in March.
We are delighted to announce that the two groups selected at the HOSTED: South East Regional showcase to go through to this year’s National U.Dance Festival are Penny & Jules Youth Dance and Ceyda Tanc Youth. A huge congratulations to both groups and thank you to all groups who performed, it was wonderful to see so much youth dance talent on one day.
Image: U. Dance 2016. L&S Youth Image © Paul Astley
"We enjoyed sharing our work on such a huge stage with a lovely audience! It is fantastic opportunity for our dancers to take part in such an exciting event."
Young Anjali Dance Company – U. Dance participants 2016.
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