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Leading industry dance bodies to merge

The new body will provide a single 'go-to' industry body for dance The new body will provide a single 'go-to' industry body for dance
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A single “go-to industry body” for the dance sector is to be created by the merger of four leading dance support organisations.

The as-yet unnamed organisation will see the merger of Dance UK, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, the National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England. They will be fully merged by 2016.

Dance UK chief executive Caroline Miller explained that the four organisations were already based in one office in London and would be sharing “back office teams”, including marketing and administration, from April 1.

According to a joint statement issued by the bodies, the single organisation “responds to industry demand for radical transformation of its workforce and talent support”.

“Together, the combined impact of these organisations will be much greater than they can achieve as standalone bodies,” the statement said, adding that the new organisation would result in a “simplified, strengthened and specialist partnership body”.

It added that the consortium would create a “centralised knowledge hub” and a single voice when dealing with policy makers.

The merger has been made possible with a grant of £650,000 for each of the next three years from Arts Council England.

ACE director of dance Cate Canniffe said the body would “strengthen the national dance infrastructure”.

“Working through its joint national membership, which includes dance agencies, higher education institutions, teachers, schools, professional dancers, choreographers and touring dance companies in every region, the consortium will support a more coherent national approach to the delivery of dance services,” she said.

More information about the consortium’s plans will be unveiled at an industry-wide conference called The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, which takes place from April 9 to 12 and is organised by Dance UK.

Its first initiative will be creating a five-year strategy for dance, to be published at the end of the month.

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