Dance and Social Inclusion: Facilitating the Process, Developing Graduate Employability

By Victoria Hunter and Pauline Gladstone.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This collaborative paper explores issues in response to current concerns regarding dance training within the U.K’s higher education sector pertaining to graduate employability and professional development. Current research into this area suggests that dance graduates whilst retaining a specialism in their art form, often lack a broader range of leadership and facilitation skills necessary to support and develop careers as freelance practitioners working within a range of dance contexts. The conference paper presents the findings of a collaborative pilot project between the University of Leeds’ B.A Dance programme and Dance United, a U.K. based organisation specialising in the field of dance and social inclusion.Drawing upon exemplar from the Dance United/University of Leeds pilot project the paper explores how collaborative research involving higher education and the dance industry can develop mutually beneficial relationships.

Keywords: Dance, Training, Social Inclusion, Knowledge Exchange

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.149-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.268MB).

Victoria Hunter

Lecturer in Dance, B.A Dance Programme, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Victoria Hunter is a Practitioner-Researcher and Lecturer in Dance at the University of Leeds. Through her role as programme manager for dance she has developed a number of knowledge transfer research initiatives aimed at developing links between Higher Education and Industry. These initiatives include: Sept 2007-Oct 2008: ‘Developing Community Dance Leadership Skills for Graduates’: In consultation with Yorkshire Dance, a regional dance agency (Funded by the Centre for Cultural Exchange). April 2008: Dance United/University of Leeds pilot project. (Funded by Creative Partnerships). July 2008: ‘First Steps’, Phoenix Dance Theatre/University of Leeds knowledge exchange project (Funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund). She is also currently researching a PhD in site-specific dance performance exploring the relationship between the site and the creative process her research is practice-based.

Pauline Gladstone

Dance United, London, UK

Pauline is Dance Uited’s arts in criminal justice consultant and is a freelance consultant specialising in training, project development and fundraising.


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