Participation

About Artsmark

The Place is passionate about creating opportunities for children and young people to engage with and explore dance; as makers, performers and audience members. We’re ready to support schools and teachers to inspire and nurture pupils’ creativity and self-expression, and to develop their artistic skills, knowledge and understanding.

Whether you’re thinking about starting your school’s Artsmark journey, or are looking to enhance your existing arts provision to achieve a higher award, we offer a vibrant range of ways to engage with dance to suit your needs.

As part of one of Europe’s most exciting and innovative dance spaces, home to a 280 seat theatre, London Contemporary Dance School and Richard Alston Dance Company, The Place’s Creative Learning team collaborates with artists and teachers of the highest calibre. Our in-house expertise in creative teaching and learning, and links with world-leading practitioners and professional dancers in training, enables us to connect the artists of today and tomorrow with the aspiring artists of the future.

Be it by creating and performing, or watching and responding to dance, our education team provides high quality learning experiences to inspire young people and their teachers.

Our Teachers’ professional development, creative dance projects and low-cost opportunities to see a show, help your school fulfil the Artsmark criteria as follows:

Our whole-school INSET or CPD sessions are the best way to ensure that all teachers are developing dance within the school. We offer bespoke sessions to meet your needs, from exploring the basics of creative dance teaching, to developing technique and choreographic skills. We can also mentor and support individual teachers to become dance ambassadors within your school. They can develop their confidence and hone their skills in planning and delivery over the course of a creative dance project, to then support other staff members to do the same.

Curriculum-linked creative dance projects help pupils to develop as dance makers and performers, whilst underpinning key concepts and ideas from other subject areas and topics. All of our projects lead to performance outcomes and are delivered by professional dance artists.

When your pupils see a show at The Place they experience world-class contemporary dance live and up-close. Our weekday matinees are specially programmed for school audiences with an introduction and/or post-show Q&A session with choreographers or performers, and prices starting at just £2 a ticket. We also offer a free downloadable Arts Award review booklet to support your pupils on their own journey of arts exploration.

Primary schools in our home borough of Camden can apply to become Partner Schools to receive a year-long package of activity at a heavily subsided price.  

If you are undertaking Artsmark accreditation, or thinking about it, get in touch and let us know how you would like us to help: learning@theplace.org.uk