A new cohort of Dance Ambassadors

Toby Norman-Wright, Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, with Dance Ambassadors Theia Maldoom and Harry Fulleylove. Photo by Maria Falconer

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One Dance UK, in partnership with Dance Consortium has announced its 20 Dance Ambassadors for 2017/18.

The Dance Ambassadors, aged 15-25, are proactive and confident young people from across the UK who form a yearly recruited cohort acting as both ambassadors for dance in general, assisting with the delivery of One Dance UK’s event and activities and joining the team at their office in Battersea during busy times of year.

Furthermore, being a Dance Ambassador is a unique opportunity to speak at events, get involved in advocacy for dance, and learn more about the wider dance world, but most importantly these Dance Ambassadors will learn vital skills to equip them for a successful career in the sector. This year, One Dance UK and Dance Consortium have partnered to provide the Ambassadors with even more opportunities to find out about the roles involved in taking dance on tour and working with high profile large-scale venues.

One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors for 2017/18 are: Beth Ackroyd, Beth Veitch, Ciara Clayton, Destiny Bennett-Ellis, Ella Stanton-Warren, Grace Ogundipe Akinbode, Harry Fulleylove, Holly MacDonald, Isy Scott, Jemma Stein, Jewel Campbell, Katharine Lane, Matthew Smith, Megan Harkin, Myla Cole Newell, Sarah Rushton, Sophie Hack, Théïa Maldoom, Victoria Horan, and Wulfrun Godson.

Claire Somerville, Head of Children and Young People’s Dance for One Dance UK, says:

“Over the years we’ve seen young people really blossom in their confidence through the Dance Ambassador programme. I’m really pleased that through the partnership with Dance Consortium, we can provide enhanced opportunities that will be of enormous benefit to the 20 young people involved.”

Fiona Ross, Dance Consortium’s Learning and Participation Coordinator, adds:

“Dance Consortium is delighted to be working with One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors 2017/18. Our Future Leaders events in March, hosted at Birmingham Hippodrome and Bradford Alhambra, give a practical and real-life insight into the working life of a busy theatre. Dance Ambassadors will meet venue staff including Chief Executives, marketing and technical teams. They’ll also watch Ballet British Columbia in rehearsal and meet performers and choreographers to learn about life as a professional dancer on tour. Future Leaders events aim to fire curiosity about careers in theatre by connecting aspiring dancers and arts leaders with venue professionals in Dance Consortium’s 19 venues UK wide.”

To find out more about the Dance Ambassadors, visit the One Dance UK website.