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One Dance UK lands £200k grant to boost education work

One Dance UK has been given a funding boost of £200,000 to support its education work.

The dance industry body will use the money to fund a campaign for dance to be valued as part of every school’s curriculum, as well as to embed dance in schools by training non-specialist teachers and building local and national teacher networks.

The funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation is part of its £1.3 million Backbone Fund, which gives grants to industry organisations such as One Dance UK that “strengthen civil society” through their work.

The £200,000 will also fund research into the resources and support teachers need to deliver dance in their schools, and will help One Dance UK’s advocacy for dance and wider cultural education.

Andrew Hurst, One Dance UK chief executive, said: “We are delighted that PHF has agreed to support our work in dance education by awarding One Dance UK Backbone funding over the next five years.

“As the sector support organisation for dance and the subject association for dance in schools, we aim to advocate for the value of dance in education across all settings and provide resources and professional development, and to support dance educators. This funding will enable One Dance UK to continue to deliver support to this creative subject in the education environment.”