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One Dance UK launches major research project into freelance dancers

Freelance dancers Photo: Brian Slater
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The first research into freelance workers in dance for more than a decade has been commissioned, in an effort to better understand the contribution they make to the sector.

Industry body One Dance UK, which commissioned the study, said it wanted to investigate the working lives of independent artists and freelance dancers to “uncover important and critical insights” about the group that make up a significant share of the workforce.

It is the first research in more than 10 years to focus on this specific part of the dance sector, and will pool responses from dancers, producers, teachers, choreographers as well as researchers, managers and healthcare professionals.

One Dance UK, which acts as a sector support organisation for British dance, said the findings would feed into the advocacy work it carries out and inform the development of new projects and initiatives.

It has partnered with Arts Council England to engage researchers from the University of Bedfordshire’s research institute for media, arts and performance, who will carry out the study.

More information can be found here.