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For Parents & Young People

Are you a young person interested in getting into dance, or building a career in the professional sector?

Are you the parent / carer of someone looking to get into dance?

DLG are passionate about nurturing the talents and aspirations of the next generation of dancers. We have assembled a wealth of resources aimed at empowering children, young people and their parents and guardians with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to thrive in the world of dance. From dance classes and educational programs to career guidance, we hope this will support you to taking the next steps to access dance at whatever level you choose.

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Dance Styles

Although there are hundreds of dance styles that exist, we've narrowed it down to some of the most popular for you to consider:

Afro Caribbean Characterised by fluid hip movements and pulsing drum beats. The legs are frequently bent, with the feet stamping out rhythms against the ground. The torso and back are kept very mobile. Ballet One of the most classic styles of dance. It is graceful and expressive, combining precise movements, storytelling, music, and theatrical elements. Female dancers often perform 'on pointe', on the tip of their toes, using specialised shoes.  Ballroom & Latin Encompass elegant waltzes, passionate tangos & lively sambas, with intricate footwork and synchronised movements performed in pairs. Both ballroom and Latin have very specific dance figures and female dancers wear a heeled shoe. Commercial Blends various styles like hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary, focusing on versatility and performance, often seen in music videos and stage shows. Contemporary Emphasises freedom of expression, fluidity, and exploration of movement, blending elements from various dance genres and personal storytelling. Hip Hop & Street Dance Urban dance styles rooted in hip hop culture, characterised by improvisation, groove, and athleticism. Originating from street culture, these styles include breaking, locking, and popping. House A fluid, rhythmic dance style born from Chicago and New York City club culture, characterised by energetic and bouncing footwork and improvisation. Jazz Often influences by or included within musical theatre, jazz incorporates syncopated movements, isolations, and theatrical flair. South Asian Dance Encompasses diverse styles like Bollywood, known for its vibrant, expressive movements; Bhangra, a lively folk dance from Punjab; and Kathak, a classical dance form featuring intricate footwork and storytelling. Tap Percussive footwork, creating intricate rhythms and patterns through the use of tap shoes. ​ Vogue A stylised dance form originating from LGBTQ+ culture, featuring exaggerated poses, fluid arm movements, and dramatic expressions.

Dance Classes

In The West Midlands

Now you know what kinds of styles exist, where do you go to find a class to start taking part?

We have compiled a comprehensive list of dance classes happening across the West Midlands by our DLG members, to help you find somewhere to start your dance journey.

Studying Dance (HE & FE)

In both Higher and Further Education settings, dance courses are solid ways for aspiring professionals to begin building the foundations of a career in dance. HE & FE programmes offer specialised training, mentorship and opportunities for practical experiences that lay the groundwork for success. We have gathered some useful information and resources to help inform you of the best steps to take when deciding on studying dance in HE & FE.

LEAGUE TABLES

Focusing on Dance specific studies at University level

The Complete University Guide:

The Guardian:

ONE DANCE UK

Research and reports by One Dance UK, which give a detailed examination of the changing landscapes of dance in HE

Taking it higher: Dance in HE

Everything We Loved About Dance Was Taken

Studying and Careers in Dance Medicine and Science

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are paid training programmes that provide on the job learning, and are a greatalternative to university Currently there are very limited dance specific apprenticeships available, but there are a few more in the creative industries more widely.

Apprenticeships.gov

Creative Alliance

Artswork

Careers in Dance

  • Dance is a growing industry, with 3.18% job growth predicted over the next eight years (UCAS)

  • In the year from July 2020 to June 2021 the Creative Industries accounted for 2.3 million jobs (DCMS)

  • The creative economy accounts for 1 in 11 JOBS across the UK.

  • Self-employment accounts for 32% of Creative Industry employment in the UK, compared with 16% for the economy more broadly- double the amount! (DCMS 2021)

  • For every 1 person on the stage at a theatre, there are 8 other people working backstage, front of house or in the offices in supporting roles and organising roles (Creative Alliance)

Embarking on a career in dance opens doors to a hugely diverse array of paths to pursue. Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your career to new heights, we have gathered a few helpful resources to support you to see what your future in a dance career might look like and more importantly, how to get there.

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A careers day for 13-19 year olds including practical dance workshops, discussions and an opportunities marketplace with local and national representatives from the dance sector, colleges and universities.

F&Qs

We recommend always keeping up to date with any organisations you would be keen to work with, as they have designated jobs and opportunities pages on their websites.

Social media has become key in finding new opportunities in the dance sector. We recommend following not only the accounts of those you want to work with, but also following relevant hashtags to bring up opportunities you might not otherwise see. For example #midlandsdance #danceopportunity #dancecallout #performerswanted and our DLG hashtag, #danceleadersgroup

Other useful sites that list jobs:

Arts Jobs (Part of the Arts Council England)

Culture Central

OneDanceUK

Backstage.com

Dancing Opportunities

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