We Move – Leading the future of hip hop dance in theatre


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We Move – Leading the future of hip hop dance in theatre Created by the hip hop community for the hip hop community and funded for two years by an Arts Council England Transforming Leadership Grant, We Move is a free 9-month leadership development programme tailored to the needs of hip hop dance creatives and producers looking to raise their game and elevate the art form to the next level. Nine leading hip hop dance companies and organisations – Artists4ArtistsAvant Garde DanceBoy BlueBreakin’ ConventionEast London DanceImpact DanceUchenna DanceUniversity of East London and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company – joined forces as the We Move Consortium to co-design this training and support programme to develop hip hop producers and creatives as future dance leaders. The programme offers essential producing and industry skills, one-to-one mentoring and coaching, plus the chance for its participants to pitch for professional development bursaries and paid work secondments in the arts sector. It is designed to reveal, inspire, support, invest in and champion current and next generation leaders from the hip hop dance community – the people who will innovate, develop and produce authentic work that evolves the reach of the art form; who aspire to best rep the hip hop dance community and culture; and who want to be the voice of change in the arts sector. Updates from the We Move Consortium 2020 has been a challenging year for us all as individuals and as a society; it has seen a lot of change within our sector and one such change, impacting this programme, is the departure of three organisations from our consortium of nine, Artists4Artists, Uchenna Dance and Impact Dance. Their departure is a great loss to the programme and we will commit to find ways to support and ensure their valuable expertise and input can feed into future planning. All three organisations have extended their continued support for the cohort and we wish them the best in their respective programmes. In June, a fourth partner, Avant Garde Dance, was asked to step down from the consortium, whilst a formal investigation was carried out, following allegations of sexual misconduct against a member of staff. In November 2020, this process was complete and a public statement released. The consortium, having consulted with the current cohort, took the decision not to invite the company’s return at this time. We are committed to supporting a safer sector and workplace for dancers and have pledged to support the company in this venture. As the remaining consortium organisations, Boy Blue, Breakin’ Convention, East London Dance, University of East London and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, we are committed to supporting the development of hip hop producers and creatives as future dance leaders and to adapt, learn and collaborate to influence positive change in the sector. Welcoming the Cohort In June 2020, we were thrilled to welcome these 12 incredible creatives as the first We Move cohort, you can find out more about them HERE




PartnersBoy Blue Breakin’ Convention East London Dance University of East London ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company Funded by Arts Council England