FRONTLINEdance advocates for both disability and dance. We are working hard to improve the access routes into dance and looking into ways that our current work could be accredited.

We currently sit on a number of groups to ensure both dance as an art form, and arts by disabled artists are both included and valued.

Ensuring organisations think about accessibility on all levels is important to us and we offer advice in this area.

These groups include:

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture Bid 2021

FRONTLINEdance sit on the cultural strategy group which includes artistic programming.

Children and Young People’s Culture and Education Partnership

Stoke Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) is a recently formed network of local authority officers, arts, cultural, and heritage organisations, FE, schools, Staffordshire University, and other key people, from who are working with children and young people (aged 0-25 years) in Stoke and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The group is developing as a Cultural Education Partnership as part of the national Cultural Education Challenge and Stoke’s City of Culture bid. The CEP will become the strategic Board for formal and informal education as part of Stoke’s City of Culture bid.

The North Staffordshire Dance Development Group (NSDDP)

North Staffordshire Dance Development Partnership is a network and working group of organisations committed to the strategic development of Dance in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide opportunities to present and promote professional (non-commercial) dance in the area
  • Deliver opportunities for children and young people to work with professional artists, whilst developing their own skills and interests in dance
  • Provide community and inter-generational participatory experiences
  • Support the development of dance in Higher Education linking a clear pathway for FE & HE providers
  • Present opportunities for CPD for local dance artists and educationalist’s
  • Develop audiences
  • Advocate for Stoke & North Staffs at the West Midlands Dance Strategy groups, hosted quarterly in Birmingham.

NSDDP is a partnership of Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent’s CPP), ATG’s Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall Creative Learning Team, FRONTLINEdance, oPEn (a city wide network of Primary Schools in Stoke-on-Trent that has been established in response to the Government Primary School funding for PE and Sport.), Mitchell Arts Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme F.E. College (NULC), Stoke-on-Trent F.E. College (SoTC).

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