COVID-19 Update from Dance in Devon

To all our communities, partners, artists and supporters, we hope you are keeping safe and well in these unsettling and challenging times.

The Dance in Devon Director is now working from home, and our Project Manager and Administrator are currently on Furlough leave. All of our face to face delivery has now paused, in-line with government guidance. 

At this time of physical isolation, it is important that we still retain a connection to our local communities and to our dancing communities, online and in a virtual capacity, as far as we can. There has been a surge of activity to get alternatives in place to support those who need it most and to keep people feeling positive and safely moving and dancing in their homes, which is wonderful to see.

We are working on creating plans for how we will set up our activities again when things are safer and more settled, as well as continuing to work on new plans for new projects. 

Dance in Devon can be contacted via email or via our website so do not hesitate to get in touch. Please note there may be a delay in responding to your messages at this time.

We have compiled details of guidance and support for dance artists and creative practitioners, in light of COVID-19, and these can be accessed below. We will also keep sharing updates, information and opportunities via social media so we look forward to connecting with you there too. 

Warm wishes from the Dance in Devon team

Sue, Kate and Martha

Resources:
If you are starting to teach your classes online and would like some support and advice, Anna Leatherdale, Director of Learning at People Dancing, has created an informative video surrounding risk assessment for teaching from home. This page also has a variety of other resources and guidance relating to adapting to the current situation. CLICK HERE

Dancing Together Alone aims to be a central resource for the digital dance world that is beginning to bloom. A place to take part in live streamed professional dance classes, as well as create and watch alongside other artists. CLICK HERE.

Social Media can also be a supportive place at this time, there are plenty of groups being set up for artists to support one another and share their art through creating brand new communities. For example, you can join the new Facebook group: ‘South West Artist Hub- Supporting one another creatively in isolation’ or ‘UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support‘

Dance in Devon are taking our Dance Café meet-ups online! We think it is important, now more than ever, to keep connected with our local dance community and freelance dance artists. Sue invites local dance artists to meet with her via Zoom to stay connected, share an idea, talk funding, think about the local dance-scape or talk collaboration, grab a (virtual!) coffee and say hello. If you would like to find out more and book a chat, please CLICK HERE.

More Resources and Advice pages:

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance: online resources, training and events for practitioners and organisations

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Independent Arts Projects: Advice and Support for Arts Workers

Dance Professionals Fund

Diverse City: Advice on remote working

GOV.UK pages:
If you are employed or self-employed and your work has been affected and you are concerned about access to sick-pay, wages or rent costs, please CLICK HERE.

If you run a business and are concerned financially, the Government are providing options to support businesses and their staff through schemes and grants. CLICK HERE.

CPD Dance Card Bursary Business Coaching for Dance Artists and Companies

Our Passion Projects

Inclusive creative dance and movement sessions for children and their families across Devon.

Dance classes to improve confidence, strength and balance of older people at risk of falling

Supporting Artists

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