Response to Government announcement – update for private dance studios
24 June 2020
We are working in partnership with CDMT, Sports and Recreation Alliance and One Dance UK to advocate and raise awareness of the dance teaching sector in response to the government update on the easing of lockdown measures on 23 June 2020.
We are dismayed that the government has not clarified when private dance teaching studios can open in England despite allowing pubs, restaurants and aspects of theatre to open from 4 July 2020. We stand united with our members and the dance teaching community in appealing to the government to allow private dance teaching studios to open, in line with the easing of measures across the arts sector from 4 July. We know how vital it is for our members’ livelihoods to be able to open the doors to their studios and welcome back students.
Our 6000 members teach over 105,000 students across the country, providing young people in particular with a creative outlet, a chance to exercise, and vital support to their wellbeing and mental health.
Throughout lockdown, we have been working in partnership with CDMT, Sports and Recreation Alliance and One Dance UK to advocate and raise awareness of the dance teaching sector. Please see the CDMT message on behalf of all dance awarding organisations here.
A further joint statement will follow shortly, calling on government to give a firm date to re-open dance studios. Our members need specific clear guidelines, and time to prepare, in order for dance teaching and learning to take place in a safe and socially distanced environment.
With best wishes,