Welcome to DanceHE
DanceHE is the representative body for academics and practitioners in Higher Education departments teaching and researching Dance in the United Kingdom. Working in partnership with the membership and related organisations we aim to:
Represent and advocate for the interests of the dance as a subject in higher education in the UK.
Provide a forum for professional and scholarly debate.
Promote and disseminate excellence in dance teaching, learning and research.
Collect, exchange and disseminate information.
Liaise and collaborate across the sector with other professional, scholarly and governmental organisations on matters relevant to the study and teaching of dance in higher education.
Further information can be found in the following sections:
DanceHE, represents the interests of its HEI members to organisations such as the funding councils, Office for Students formally known as HEFCE and Higher Education Academy in areas concerning funding, policy and processes. Acting as a mediating body DanceHE facilitates collaboration and debate across institutions – drawing together teachers, practitioners and researchers to share information and best practice. We also operate this site through which members can share information and promote events through an email list and this website.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Dance HE recognises that providing equality of opportunity, embracing diversity and actively promoting inclusion is vital to the success of Dance within the Higher Education sector. However, we also acknowledge that everyone has the right to feel safe, the right to respect, the right to freedom of belief or religion and the right to safety. This is not simply about the success of the sector, it is about supporting one another in the fight for a fairer, more equal and more tolerant society. We recognise that we must do more, and we must do better.
We are committed to taking action to support faculties, students, staff, artists and dance as an entity, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This statement covers all protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act (2010), including (but not limited to) age, disability, race, religion and/or belief, sex or sexual orientation, as well as socioeconomic factors.
We acknowledge that Dance in Higher Education has traditionally and historically been dominated by privileged leaders and been diversely deficient. Dance HE will address this inequality through the following aims:
To work on supporting a sector-wide approach to decolonising Dance HE curricula, through dialogue and cross-institutional learning
To facilitate knowledge transfer opportunities and initiatives that empower a new kind of solidarity, working together to better empower peers and colleagues, as well as cultivating a more diverse generation of dance students
To harness recent technological developments to expand accessibility for those previously excluded from engaging with dance practice due to a plethora of physical, social and cultural barriers
To tackle racism, ableism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, ageism, sexism and other forms of discrimination against members of our dance community
To stand in solidarity with colleagues, students and peers who are facing challenges to their work or their participation, using our resources to advocate for them and our subject as needed
To assess the impact of our activities to identify, remove or mitigate any disadvantage to underrepresented groups
To engage in regular dialogue and discussion about our failures, our mistakes and our misunderstandings, to better improve our provision for minority and/or traditionally excluded population groups
To reach out and foster relationships with organisations in the sector, to work alongside the wider higher education dance community
To address representation inequalities within our Board and our opportunities, activities and events, by seeking out new connections, new networks and inviting diversity of role models to join in with our activity
We will ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of all that we do going forward.
SUPPORTING AND EMBRACING CHANGE
Keep Listening, Keep Talking #1
Friday 22 January
3pm - 5pm
Online event on Zoom