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Learning & Skills Development

DLG has been working with its members to co-curate a program of training interventions & ongoing skills development, as part of the 'DLG & Critical Mass What Next 2022-24' program.

These CPD skills sessions are free to access and aim to up-skill the West Midlands dance community. Suitable for all levels of experience and ability from emerging to established.

Workshops are led by experienced local artists and industry specialists, including members of the DLG community itself.

We aim to ensure all learning & skills sessions are made accessible and align to DLGs values around access and inclusion, but please get in touch if there is something we can do to support any additional needs and allow you to join us.


Dance Photography and Film Workshop

Led by infuseDANCE

Friday 8th March

Walsall Arena, Dance Studio


Dance, film and photography specialist Mark Anderson will be exploring ways to capture your creative work, including in studio, performance and site specific settings.

Safeguarding and Marketing

Led by Sampad

Saturday 9th March

Time TBC

Midlands Arts Centre

Learning and Community Engagement Manager Gillian Twaite, and Marketing Manager Harriet McGuire Smith will be leading a 2 part CPD that focuses on safeguarding and marketing. Tailor specifically to South Asian dance practitioners, this session is part of the DLG South Asian Dance sub-regional hub.

Masterclass: Developing Income Streams For Participatory Arts Practice

Led by Ruth Lee

Friday 15th March


This 1 day practical workshop will bring to life the online learning programme created by People Dancing. Delivered by one of its co-authors, Ruth Lee, the workshop will look at how to talk about your work and where and how you might generate income for it.

The Core Theatre, Solihull

Building a Sustainable Career

Led by Alison Grade (Mission Accomplished)

Tuesday 19th March

St Johns center 

Newcastle Road , Trent Vale 

Stork on Trent 

ST4 6QD 

As part of The Staffordshire Dance Collective (FRONTLINEdance's sub-regional hub), Alison Grade will be giving an overview of how to develop a sustainable career in the creative sector, touching on funding streams, self-employment, good business models, project management & promoting yourself.

Motionhouse CPD series

Led by Motionhouse professionals, including Co-founder and Executive Director, Louise Richards, Programme Producer, Victoria Collins, The Creative Learning team, The Marketing and Communications team, and more!

Wednesday 20th March - Wednesday 26th June 2024

Spencer Yard, Leamington Spa CV31 3SY

Motionhouse are delighted to be offering a series of CPD as part of the DLG Learning & Skills strand. These include:

  • Building your business in the Dance Sector

  • Social media & growing your online audience

  • Creative Learning – Building quality engagement alongside performance

  • A practical Guide to touring internationally

  • Selling & Negotiating

  • Speaking to your audience

First Aid Course

As part of Burton & East Staffs Sub-regional Hub

Thursday 28th March

10:00am - 4:30pm

Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1AA

Cost: We are able to offer the course at a subsidised rate of £45pp

One Day Child and Adult First Aid Training including joint qualification and Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness. There is a practical assessment and a certificate given to all successful candidates.

Your place will not be confirmed until you submit the form and pay via The Brewhouse box office.

If you have any questions or problems please get in touch at

Working Sustainably During a Climate Crisis

Led by Amber Merrick-Potter

Monday 22nd April



Join Green Futures Producer Amber Merrick-Potter, as she draws on her vast experience of sustainable working, to explore how we can remain environmentally conscious and sustainable in the creative sector.

Previous sessions

  • Inclusive and Integrated practice - led by Rachel Liggitt

  • Maintaining Wellbeing in The Arts as a Freelancer- led by Kirsten Tranter

  • Making work inclusively- led by Spectra as part of the Burton & East Staffs hub

  • Making work inclusively- led by Spectra as part of the Worcestershire & Herefordshire hub

  • Resilience & Longevity of A Career In The Dance Sector- led by Maggie Lewis

  • Building Access Into Budgets- led by Rachael Lines

  • How To Talk About Disability: Terminology- led by Disability Rights UK

  • Masterclass: There Is More Than 1 Way To Be Inclusive - Led by Spectra, Deaf Explorer & Freewheelin / Propel Dance

  • Company Structures - led by Helga Henry

  • How to Survive & Thrive in Dance & Dance Participation (Business Models) - Led by Oliver Scott

  • Masterclass: Support for Emerging & Re-Emerging Artists & Arts Professionals - Led By Amy Dalton-Hardy

  • Starting Your Anti-racism Journey - Led by Louise Katerega & Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

  • Dance CPD For Teachers - Led by Motionhouse

  • Masterclass: How Do You Find Common Ground in Your Inclusive Project? The Common Ground Manual - Led by Zoie Golding & Rachel Liggitt

  • Creative Evaluation - led by We Are Frilly

  • Creating the Conditions For Ambitious Projects Through Partnership With Arts and Non-Arts Organisations - Led by Orit Azaz

Recordings of our skills sessions have now been made available on the DLG Youtube channel
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