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Regional Youth Dance Business Plan 2009 - 2011 Yorkshire

Executive Summary


YORKSHIREDANCE Youth Dance Business Plan 2009

Contents Director’s foreword Executive summary

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YORKSHIREDANCE Youth Dance Business Plan 2009 - 1

Director’s Foreword Yorkshire Dance is delighted to be working together with Youth Dance England, and particularly pleased to be asked to propose plans for continued partnership work over the next two years which will have a substantial and much-needed impact on the youth dance infrastructure in our region. The developments we have outlined in this document are deeply embedded in our own strategic thinking for our region, and this opportunity is therefore both extremely welcome and timely for us. Importantly, it also helps us to support a number of major current government initiatives for young people in health as well as the arts, and we look forward to working with colleagues across the country to help raise the profile of youth dance both regionally and nationally. Wieke Eringa Executive Director,Yorkshire Dance ____________

This plan Yorkshire Dance is the RPO for Yorkshire, and this plan comprises Yorkshire Dance’s bid on behalf the Yorkshire region. For the purposes of this document ‘Yorkshire’ comprises the areas of Yorkshire and the Humber as covered by Arts Council England Yorkshire. It is the fifth largest region in England with a population of 5 million people, of whom 1.5 million live in the West Yorkshire Urban area. Research and consultation has shown that Youth Dance provision in the area is centred on Leeds and West Yorkshire with other smaller pockets of activity dotted around the region. There has been little strategic intervention to date and there is a lack of clear infrastructure to respond to current strategy and policy initiatives relating to the Dance Review or to those of other sectors such as Find Your Talent, the five hour physical activity offer or the Change4Life anti-obesity agenda.

Yorkshire Regional Youth Dance Business Plan

Executive summary

This plan proposes the following objectives to address these issues and to ensure the roll-out of Youth Dance England’s national brief in Yorkshire.

Introduction As a result of Tony Hall’s Dance Review Youth Dance England (YDE) will be the key strategic body to lead on youth dance and dance in schools. Strategic funding of £5.6 million will be invested in YDE over three years from 2008-11.

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A significant part of the three-year investment in YDE will be made available to regions to fund regional programmes that address the National Brief for youth dance development. Each of nine regional partner organisations (RPO) was invited to submit a Business Plan for funding a two-year programme 2009 – 2011. The total funding available for the nine regions is £1,566,000.

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To establish and nurture a sustainable youth dance infrastructure for Yorkshire To improve and consolidate the regional offer to young people To improve, expand and develop the regional youth dance workforce To provide clear and improved regional progression routes for young people interested in a career in dance

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YORKSHIREDANCE Youth Dance Business Plan 2009 - 2

Programmes flowing from these objectives will be delivered by 5 new sub regional Dance Hubs, which will: • • • • •

Secure a network of strategic and operational partners, stakeholders and funders Ensure delivery of Youth Dance England’s National Brief in the sub region Deliver a sub regional action plan, focusing on the key national priorities of widening access, raising standards and improving progression routes, to include a range of activities including New Moves and a sub regional regional dance platform Deliver dance activities, platforms, performances and schemes either alone or with other providers Work towards a quality assurance framework

The Hubs will report fully to the Youth Dance Strategy Manager and agree an exit strategy for continued sub regional youth dance activity following the cessation of Youth Dance England’s investment. Yorkshire Dance will employ a new full-time equivalent Youth Dance Administrator / Web Administrator alongside the existing Youth Dance Strategy Manager to lead on regional programmes which will include: • • • • • •

Development of a regional youth dance website Ongoing youth consultation An annual regional youth dance platform (Dansopolis) Kickstart, a training, mentoring and support programme Programmes responding to national agendas and policy priorities including Find Your Talent and Change4Life Strive to Achieve programme for young people to work with professional practitioners

The cost of programmes over the two year life of the business plan will be £424,598. Yorkshire Dance is asking Youth Dance England for £190,000 with a further £234,598 to be found through delivery partners and other stakeholders.

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Executive Summary: Youth Dance Business Plan