Diagnostic of the Dissemination of Dance for Young Audiences

Recommendations

C- Professional Development and Mentorship

C1 - Training for Educators

Recommendations

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.

Stakeholders

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.

Performance Indicators

Number of hours for professional development during colloquia, trade fairs and webinars.

C2 - Training and Travel for Presenters

Recommendations

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.

Stakeholders

Besides training, presenter professional develop­ment should include more opportunities to travel to see young audience work with increased travel sub­sidies.

Performance Indicators

Number of com­panies and of per­formances, operating and touring grants.

C3 - Training for Artists

Recommendations

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.

Stakeholders

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.

Performance Indicators

Number of training hours and of artists trained

C4 - Mentorship

Recommendations

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.

Stakeholders

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.

Performance Indicators

Number of dance tours, performances and at­tendees for young audiences.

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