The Dance Training
Accreditation Partnership (DTAP), a major national initiative for developing
quality standards and building capacity for the teaching of dance in England
outside of the formal education sector, is announcing several new developments
in its work.
year, DTAP was awarded a significant grant by Arts Council England to take
its work forward. The grant is currently enabling DTAP to:
DTAP is formed
of a group of leading national dance organisations including ADAD (the
Association of Dance of the African Diaspora), the Council for Dance Education
and Training, Dance UK, the Foundation for Community Dance, SADA (South
Asian Dance Alliance), the National Dance Teachers’ Association, SCODHE
(the Standing Conference on Dance in Higher Education), and Youth Dance
England. Laban and the National Dance Network are also involved as consultative
College London to create a new level 6 qualification in Teaching Dance
for Children and Young People. The qualification is currently in its pilot
stage, prior to being rolled out for delivery from autumn 2010 onwards.
Occupational Standards (NOS) for community and participatory dance, including
investigating the skills and competencies required within specific settings
including dance for young people, dance and disabled people, dance for
older people, dance in health, and dance within the criminal justice sector.
A broad consultation with specialist advisors across these areas is currently
in progress, with the aim that NOS are submitted for accreditation in spring
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to research the establishment of a suitable regulatory framework to ensure
standards are disseminated and maintained, with the potential to unite
the dance sector.
former Acting Secretary General of the Arts Council of England, has been
appointed as Executive Chair, with the Foundation for Community Dance and
Youth Dance England leading on delivery of key project strands. In addition,
DTAP now has its own website (www.dtap.org.uk)
where information on its background, management, achievements to date and
work in progress are detailed. Anybody interested in receiving news of
its work can subscribe to receive updates via the website.
Graham Devlin, says "We are very pleased with our progress so far, and
confident that DTAP will have a hugely positive effect on the dance profession
in this country, with benefits for those learning and teaching dance at
all levels. In taking these next steps, we hope that dance professionals
who work outside the formal education sector will be encouraged to keep
track of future developments and take up the opportunities that are being
is being planned in summer 2010, through which interested parties will
be able to find out more about, and feed back on developments. Further
information will be announced shortly.
DTAP was first
formed in 2006 as a collective, industry-led response to an increasing
concern about the lack of recognised qualifications at an appropriate level
that equip dance professionals / artists for the nature and range of work
that they are undertaking with young people. This reflected the shared
belief that the quality of dance provision for young people rests on the
quality of the dance artists and practitioners delivering it.
In April 2009,
Arts Council England awarded DTAP £200,000 to support the next phase
of development, to April 2011.
DTAP is committed
quality of the leadership, teaching and facilitation of participatory dance
for people at all stages of their development and points of engagement
in the dance sector to develop a workforce qualified and skilled to meet
demand for high quality dance teaching and leadership;
work to develop regulation of dance leadership, teaching and facilitation
outside of the formal education sector;
communication and collaboration across the dance sector on issues of quality,
standards and good practice.
information, contact DTAP Project Manager: email@example.com