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RAD's Step into Dance joins forces with The Place and Rambert with aims to widen access to careers in dance

Step into Dance today announced two new partnerships with both The Place and Rambert, with aims to widen access to pursuing dance as a career. Throughout April, young people will come together for an exciting and enriching ‘Day of Dance’. School groups from the Step into Dance programme will visit professional dance studios for a day of workshops, performances and feedback sessions led by The Place or Rambert, with aims to show the young dancers a route to pursue dance professionally. 

On 22 April, schools who take part in Step into Dance, the UK’S largest inclusive secondary school programme, will visit Rambert School in Twickenham. The day will be packed with exciting activities including a workshop, watching a Rambert class, and sharing their work with other schools on the Step into Dance programme. There will also be a Q&A session with Rambert’s third-year students.

On 25 & 26 April, schools will visit Jacksons Lane Arts Centre for an inspiring day of activities led by The Place. The young dancers will come together to take part in workshops led by FUBUNATION, made up of The Place alumni Rhys Dennis and Waddah Sinada. The students will also share what they have been working on throughout the year and have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback. They will be treated to a short performance by talented performers from  London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), The Place’s Higher Education arm, topped off with a Q&A session for the students to learn about routes into LCDS & the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme, part of a national intensive dance programme for 11-18 year olds who display exceptional potential and passion for dance.

Each ‘Day of Dance’ event aims to inspire young students and show them how a professional career in dance could be achieved, and what to expect if they do pursue this path. These new partnerships aim to widen accessibility to dance and careers in this sector, which is a shared goal between all three organisations. The Place have a number of bursaries available for their CAT scheme, making it accessible to all those who display talent and potential, no matter their circumstances. 

Step into Dance, a Royal Academy of Dance programme in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, enables young people to develop their passion, skills and understanding of dance. Working with mainstream and SEN schools across London and Essex, Step into Dance reaches around 6,000 students annually through a diverse and inclusive programme of weekly classes, workshops and performance opportunities, aiming to reach those that might not otherwise connect with dance.

Gerard Charles, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Dance said: ‘These exciting new collaborations will inspire the young people on the Step into Dance programme to see where they too can take their dancing, both to develop their current skills and enjoyment but also to see pathways they may follow to a career in dance.’

Dr Lise Uytterhoeven, Director of Dance Studies at London Contemporary Dance School said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Royal Academy of Dance and Rambert on this inspiring Step into Dance programme. Projects such as these are instrumental in encouraging young people to gain important insight into what a career in dance looks like.”

The Day of Dance events will take place throughout April.

Find out more here.

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