Girls dance to leadership qualification

Over 80 teenage girls from South Ayrshire are training for an Award in Dance Leadership (Level 1) with YDance this week.

The course runs from 11–15 August at Prestwick Academy and is delivered through the YDance Active project which is offered to schools across Scotland, inspiring teenage girls to get active.

The girls involved from Ayr Academy, Belmont Academy, Carrick Academy, Girvin Academy, Kyle Academy, Prestwick Academy and Queen Margaret Academy will be developing their leadership and communication skills, how to plan and deliver a quality dance lesson and a host of other skills that will ensure they finish the course as qualified dance leaders.

The Level 1 in Dance Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups in dance activities, whilst under the supervision of their Tutor/Assessor or other suitably qualified adult.

This is one of almost 50 Award in Dance Leadership courses that the YDance Active project has delivered since it began in September 2012. Over 1000 young dance leaders who can help facilitate and inspire dance activities for other young people in their school and communities have been created across Scotland as a result of the sessions.

Lisa Yip, YDance Active Project Coordinator said: “YDance Active has been running these courses since September 2012 and the response from the participants has been overwhelming. We can see them working together, developing these skills, growing in confidence and now they will have a nationally recognised qualification which will allow them to champion dance in their local communities.”

YDance Active is part of the Active Girls programme which is funded by Sportscotland and in line with the Scottish Government’s Active Policy Framework.

YDance is the national dance organisation for children and young people aged 3 to 21 in Scotland. They aim to offer every child and young person in Scotland the opportunity to realise their potential as individuals through dance and work through key partnerships in education, culture, health and sport, to provide a range of high quality dance experiences across three main areas of work – developing talent, education and participation.

Since the YDance Active project began in September 2012 the Team has delivered Day Dance Workshops for 5,360 girls, worked in 243 Scottish secondary schools, rolled out 49 Award in Dance Leadership courses and trained 945 teenage dance leaders.