The project aims to facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges that build on a collaborative relationship with a vested interest in the freelance dance artist community.

The project brings together key stakeholders affected, who are freelance dance artists, representative agencies, organisations, policy makers and academics. We will investigate new initiatives for collective engagement with a view to informing and influencing public opinion, public policy and dance practice, providing urgently needed innovative solutions to this problem, for example, an infrastructure that provides access for artists to talk to policy makers and vice versa.

Leading this project is Karen Wood, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University and is a practice-based researcher who works in dance and researches freelance artists’ working conditions; the cultural partner, OneDanceUK (ODU), are the sector support organisation and advocate for the increased profile of dance, including acting as secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dance (APPG).

The Movement is now collectively run by a group of 15 Freelance Dancers who have been funded to build this movement, alongside Karen Wood, and are now working on a voluntary basis to ensure it’s progression.

What We Do

What we’ve done so far:

  • APPG meetings (All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance) lobbying for a louder voice and change through our campaigns
  • Letter campaign to our local politicians
  • Dance Ecologies All Day Event

Who We Are