‘Make dance equal to maths’ – One Dance UK manifesto
One Dance UK has released a manifesto ahead of the general election, which demands dance should have the same status in education as music, maths and English.
The industry body for dance urges political parties to ensure the activity is an integral part of every young person’s education and to invest in more specialist dance teachers in schools.
The manifesto, which asks politicians to commit to key pledges to support dance, says: “More children take part in dance outside school hours than any other physical activity.
“Studying dance helps young people develop physical as well as academic skills including discipline, communication skills, teamwork, analytic ability, understanding of physiology and confidence.”
One Dance UK also calls for dance to be embedded in public health strategies delivered by local government, as well as health and social care services.
A One Dance UK spokesman said: “Dance has an important role to play in education, health and well-being, community cohesion, social mobility and diversity. It has the power to unite and transform lives.”
He added: “With a change in government, it is our job to represent the diversity of the dance world and our membership, which is why we have produced this manifesto ahead of the election.”
Other key points in the manifesto
- Ensure dance industry is not harmed by Brexit
- Champion dance as a “great UK art form”
- Include dance in local planning strategies to create new affordable dance spaces
- Recognise the health and well-being benefits of dance to communities
- Develop dedicated funding to allow local theatres to present more dance
- Provide better careers advice for creative jobs
- Ensure cultural exchange can still happen post-Brexit without added bureaucracy