Let’s Make Dance Practice More Sustainable – Dance Resource Base & People Dancing / Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Thursday 2 February 2016


While a career working in dance can be rewarding, financially sustaining yourself through your practice can be a considerable challenge. To help dance practitioners in Northern Ireland, Dance Resource Base, People Dancing and Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre partnered on 2 February to host a day of dance teaching skill sharing, presentations on practical ways to develop different sources of income and some best practice examples of sustainable practice from other parts of the UK. Through working together and supporting each other, we can try to combat the loneliness and frustration that many practitioners experience day to day. For those of you who weren’t able to make it on the day, we’ve included some documents for you to download.

Dylan Quinn gave a case study on Dance and Making A Living – this was a casual discussion given in an informal setting, but it went down very well with the audience and led to a lively and productive discussion. You can download a copy of his presentation by clicking the link below:

Sustainability in Dance Presentation

People Dancing’s Kiki Gale and Vanessa Offspring discussed the organisation’s work, with Vanessa introducing the 11 Million Reasons to Dance project and Kiki talking about the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK. You can watch a video about 11 Million Reasons to Dance here, and you can download People Dancing’s Members’ Gathering presentation by clicking the links below:

Members Gathering Agenda Belfast

People Dancing’s Members’ Gathering Presentation (large file)

People Dancing asked participants to reflect on the current dance infrastructure. What are you currently doing within dance? What skills and support do you need? What do you want to achieve? How do you feel valued? These were some of the responses:


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Some photos from the event:


Sarah Reilly talks about her LoveToDance grant-facilitated training – a week-long Hip Hop Foundations Summer School.


Listening to Sheena Kelly talk about how artists can bring inclusivity into their practice


People Dancing’s Kiki Gale talks about the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK

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