One Dance UK has launched a new free resource for dance teachers, aiming to create better representation in dance in the curriculum and to celebrate and represent the many and varied voices within our sector.
The Representation in Dance Education (RIDE) resource was created by ODUK’s Decolonising the Dance Curriculum roundtable of who worked together to produce a resource to celebrate global majority dance work in the sector, increase representation and effect positive change in dance education.
The creation of this resource came about from the decolonising the dance curriculum roundtable group made up of dance companies, education representatives from the examination boards, freelance dance artists, community groups, teachers and young dancers. The group formed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement to advocate for change in the curriculum, and to make the case for better representation in dance education.
Speaking to ODUK’s ONE Magazine (Spring 2022 issue), Shobana says: “This current curriculum refresher is a great opportunity to promote more global majority artists and choreographers currently working in Britain and creating incredible work. We are hoping that by highlighting more diverse dance works, students and teachers will not only discover new dance vocabularies, styles and choreographers but be encouraged to look at different historical perspectives and to know the world as being comprised of equitable narratives.”
The RIDE resource features SJD works Faultline, Material Men redux and Bayadère – The Ninth Life.
Download the free resource pack from ODUK’s website here: www.onedanceuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/RIDE-1.pdf