Artist Development Day:

Enhancing Engagements with Schools​

Thursday 28th November 2019​ - 9.30am to 4.00pm

York Dance Space, 74 Fifth Avenue, York, YO31 0XA

We're inviting dance artists from Yorkshire & the North of England the opportunity to attend a professional development day to inform & refine their engagement with schools as visiting artists. 


The Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival is committed to supporting artists across the north to create more opportunities in the education sector and to increase the profile of dance in schools at a time when provision within the curriculum continues to decrease.


The day is offered as part of our Arts Council England funded, 'Engage & Inspire' 

extension to the 2019 Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival.

Structure of the day:


  • Observation of workshop delivery within a primary school

  • Reflection on the experience: considering delivery models, strategies and structures

  • What can dance achieve within schools?

  • Sharing experiences of work in the sector


  • Trends affecting engagement of artists within schools

  • Ofsted and the Curriculum

  • Functioning as artist-educators 

  • Marketing to schools

  • Planning activities 

Course leaders

The course will be led by two experienced dance educators, Hannah and Drew Wintie-Hawkins from York Dance Space, and Colin Jackson, a Cultural Education Consultant, founder of Creative Learning Partnerships and producer of the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival.

Who can attend?

The day is open to dance artists either already delivering work within schools either as freelancers or with companies/organisations. The course is also suitable for HE students or individuals aspiring to undertake work of this nature in the in the future. 

How much does it cost?

The day is free of charge. 


10 bursaries of up to £75 are available to cover loss of earnings and/or travel costs associated with attendance at the event.  Bursaries are only available to individuals already registered as self-employed. You will need to provide evidence of your self-employed status (your unique tax reference number) and evidence of loss of earnings/associated costs as a consequence of attending the day.

How do I apply?

Complete the registration form below. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Got a question?

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Artist Development Day Registration form


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