Artistic excellence and change
“All my experience shows that when that key, charismatic, brave person goes then you are in trouble,” she warned, adding that although Dance United is well-supported by a voluntary group of trustees, it’s the network of people working on the ground that are its greatest strength. Starting with one person they have built a critical mass outwards, so one motivating individual can encourage peers to get a slice of the action and set up other projects.
This is how the Dance United team manages the tension between the individual and the increasingly corporate world of arts management. They are about changing people’s lives, but they also know how to use Powerpoint and aren’t averse to pulling political strokes. All of their advocacy, networking and fund-raising is in order to change lives through dance.
In the words of Tara-Jane Herbert, “The performance is a massive step for most of them. For most of them it’s the first time they will be seen in a positive light. It’s vital that the quality and standard of work is excellent, so they can shine.”
published by Create in Create News 10, April 2011