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Talking Dance: Improving Racial Equity

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Date - Tue, 29 Jun 2021 10:00 BST

Venue - Online

Supported by the Cultural Recovery Fund

In partnership with The TIRED Movement, the Society brings together industry leaders for a free event that will explore how to improve racial diversity in dance.

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This industry-wide online symposium, held in partnership with The TIRED Movement (Trying to Improve Racial Equality in Dance), and world-leading dance teaching organisations bbodance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) explores how to improve racial diversity in the independent dance sector.

About the event

The events of 2020 and increased public awareness of racial inequities has naturally prompted many arts and educational organisations to reconsider their approach to equality and diversity.

All organisations have taken time to reflect and listen and begin the process of consulting with dancers, teachers and staff who have experienced racial discrimination to better understand the barriers to accessing independent dance classes. These conversations have highlighted systemic barriers that need to be addressed in order for people of all ethnicities to feel welcome in the independent dance school sector.

Talking Dance: Improving Racial Equity online symposium on 29 June brings together leading organisations to discuss the roadblocks to achieving diversity in dance education and training and how these can be dismantled at every level of dance teaching, creating a vision for our future of inclusive and diverse dance.

Led by Kenneth Tharp CBE, guest speakers including Sharon Watson (MBE DL, CEO/Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance), Karina H Maynard (Director for Representation & Social Impact & Board Member at Urdang), and Christopher Hampson (CEO/Artistic Director of the Scottish Ballet) will debate the issues ranging from how to build sector knowledge, and diverse role models, the need for syllabi to reflect and celebrate all cultures, and how to overcome financial and cultural barriers to accessing dance training.

Members of the audience will hear from a panel of leading dance directors, dance teachers and young people in a supportive forum that will raise awareness and stimulate debate. The partner organisations see this event as an important step in their commitment to work together towards positive change for their organisations and dance teachers.

Join us on 29 June, 10.00am - 12:45pm and be part of the conversation.

Tickets are free. Book now.