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Parliament Promotes Dance City as Best Practice in Education in the UK

Dance City, the North East’s leading development organisation for dance, has been showcased in a new Parliamentary Review for 2019.

Three pages in the Education Services Parliamentary Review of music, sport and the arts are dedicated to Dance City and its approach to developing dance in the region, through an innovative income generation model which combines amateur classes, education delivery, performances, cafe and hires, alongside its Arts Council England grant.

Dance City offers formal, professional dance training at all levels from children aged 10 to postgraduate level, all uniquely offered within a dance house where professionals, students and the wider community mingle together, offering a totally different learning environment and experience to other dance environments – a unique offering in dance education.

In the review leading businesses and organisations in the public and private sector share and promote their best practice with the goal of raising standards and highlighting best practice.

“We are very pleased to that our work here at Dance City is being highlighted. Dance isn’t always taken seriously as a business, but is one that contributes to the regional economy,” says Anthony Baker, artistic director and CEO of Dance City.

“We are very proud that here at Dance City we have an amazing place in which to learn. One of our main aims, is for the region to retain its talent and being able to offer such high quality and unique educational services will help us to achieve this goal.

“We’re proud of what we’re achieving and have ambitious plans to make even more of an impact. Our plans for the future are all about ensuring that people in the region have the same or even better cultural opportunities as the rest of the country.”

Combining political commentary from leading journalists, with sector-specific insight from Secretaries of State, Ministers and MPs, The Parliamentary Review is a guide to industry best practice, which demonstrates how sector leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environment.

The Review has several editions, each focusing on an individual policy area with the strategic aim of raising standards by highlighting best practice. The reviews are sent to over 500,000 leading business executives, policymakers and other relevant individuals, making it one of the most widely read and circulated series of publications of its kind, it is primarily aimed at directors, CEOs and those in positions of leadership.

Dance City wants to grow in Newcastle, but with a building at near capacity that is a challenge. These plans include expanding the building, creating new studio space, developing more talent, supporting new dance companies in the North East and ensuring that people in the North East have the same or even better cultural opportunities as the rest of the country.

Dance City is the biggest dance employer in the north of England. Last year ticket sales grew by 12%, with 10,000 tickets sold for performances. There were 50,000 attendances at dance classes across the year, and it also works with over 20,000 people in the community.

An online version of the Parliamentary review can be found here

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