Dance United Yorkshire delivers bespoke projects, modelled on contemporary dance training and performance, working in partnership with frontline organisations across the West Yorkshire region. Programmes are delivered by an integrated team of specialist dance facilitators and support staff and they are developed for a range of specific client groups, including:
- young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
- young people under Youth Offending Teams
- young people within Pupil Referral Units
- those identified by Families First teams
- those at risk of sexual exploitation
The projects are delivered in a range of different settings, including for example, working in prisons and young offender institutions. They range from short intensive performance projects which run for 3 weeks to full Academy programme delivered over 10 or 11 weeks.
Dance United Yorkshire has evolved from the legacy of the original Bradford Academy, which was run from United Studios from 2006 to 2010. This programme was recognised as an exemplar of good practise and won a range of awards:
- the West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board Award for ‘Outstanding contribution for tackling youth crime’ (2007)
- the Arts and Young People at Risk of Offending Regional Best Practice Award (2008)
- the Children and Young People Now Service Award (2008)
- the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award (2010)
- the Yorkshire Society Charity of the Year Award (2010)
- the Koestler Jennifer Sieff Platinum Award for Dance (2011)
Led by Artistic Director Helen Linsell and General Manager Duncan Bedson, Dance United Yorkshire operates as a Community Interest Company (CIC) and continues to build on the success of longstanding relationships with commissioning partners in Yorkshire.