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RAD / ISTD Examinations:
These qualifications are accredited by the QCA and are recognized globally. Candidates who achieve a Pass or higher in a Level 3 qualification (Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation) can use their examination result towards their points tariff when applying to University or a Higher Education institution in the UK.
Dance is important in education, health, social cohesion and regeneration. People dance for fun, recreation, social reasons and for health. Research undertaken by the Foundation for Community Dance identified over 73,000 participatory projects, engaging over 4.7 million people in 2000.
According to the Central Council for Physical Recreation, dance is a popular activity for 5 million participants, or 10 percent of the UK population. • Over 4.8 million people participate in community dance each year (Foundation for Community Dance).
Research by the 'PE and School Sport Club links scheme' shows dance is second only to football as the most popular activity of school children (Source: PE and School Sport Club Links Scheme (PESSCL)
According to the 2007/08 HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) Student Returns, 1220 pupils graduated with a degree in dance. (www.hesa.ac.uk)
The number of students taking GCSE dance has increased from 7,003 in 2001, 15,730 in 2005 to 18,866 in 2007.
(source: The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance www.aqa.org.uk/index.php)
Six new Centres of Advanced Training (CATS) are to be opened between 2008 and 2011. They provide children with local access to the best available teaching and facilities alongside strong links with dance profession. Enabling the support of 1,500 talented young people: The current CATS are based in Newcastle (Dance City Academy), Leeds (Yorkshire Young Dancers), Ipswich (DanceEast Academy), London (Laban & The Place), Swindon (Youth Dance Academy), Birmingham (Momentum) and Nottingham (CAT East Midland).
The number of pupils choosing dance has risen 83% in four years, according to research by the Arts Council. A third of those are boys (www.theguardian.co.uk/ 14th March 2009)
Dance UK is the national voice for dance. It was founded in 1982 by a group of dance professionals who identified the need for a central organisation, which could tackle the big issues facing the dance sector as a whole.
By working with and on behalf of the sector, Dance UK aims to promote sustainable, longer dance careers and to improve the conditions in which dance is created, performed and experienced. As the national voice for dance, Dance UK advocates and lobbies government and the cultural industries to promote the importance of dance and needs of dancers. We work to create a diverse, dynamic and healthy future for dance.
Dance UK has over 1000 individual members including dancers, teachers, students, choreographers, managers, dance medics and scientists, and over 230 corporate members including the leading dance companies, theatres and vocational colleges, ranging from Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Ballet Company to the National Dance Company of Wales and Akademi, South Asian Dance UK. Dance UK is also currently in a strategic alliance with the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD).
On behalf of Dance UK members and the wider dance sector the organisation facilitates networks for the profession; nurtures and encourages career development; provides information and guidance for the public and professionals; and works to relieve poverty amongst dancers and their dependents.
Dance UK's Healthier Dancer Programme is a worldwide leader in the promotion of dancers' health and well-being, and the application of dance medicine and science to support and encourage professional practice.