Considering the importance of professional development for teachers engaged in providing dance appreciation to youth, we recommend that employers and unions recognize artistic training for educators. Considering the constraints of the current pandemic, we recommend that this training be available digitally, which would increase the participation of educators outside of the major urban centres.
Educators’ professional development requires that they are freed from work and paid to attend dance performances and participate in outreach activities. As several presenters’ networks provide professional development to their members, this activity could be extended to educators at a small cost.
Number of hours for professional development during colloquia, trade fairs and webinars.
Considering the importance of professional development for the transmission of a taste for DYA, we recommend that arts councils and departments of culture continue to support professional development in artistic curation for presenters and increase investment in travel subsidies for presenters.
Besides training, presenter professional development should include more opportunities to travel to see young audience work with increased travel subsidies.
Number of companies and of performances, operating and touring grants.
Considering that working with and for young audiences requires a specialized training in creation, workshops, dissemination and outreach, we recommend that professional dance schools and associations make available this specialized training.
Specialized training in working for and with youth will allow artists to gain new skills, share and explore best practices to create specifically for, and reach a new audience.
Number of training hours and of artists trained
Considering that several emerging dance companies for young audiences want to tour, we recommend that the costs of mentorship activities be recognized as eligible expenses in touring programs to facilitate the transmission of knowledge and networks among dance companies.
Sharing knowledge among generations of dance companies helps to reduce the challenges that emerging companies face in developing new touring markets. These activities could include the presence on tour of an elder, an experienced artist or facilitator.
Number of dance tours, performances and attendees for young audiences.