Independent dancers: roles, motivation and success research report

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/623031
Title:
Independent dancers: roles, motivation and success research report
Authors:
Aujla, Imogen ( 0000-0002-1245-4670 ) ; Farrer, Rachel
Abstract:
The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences of independent dancers. We set out to gain a descriptive and analytical understanding of working life in the sector. We examined specific psychological factors such as motivation and self-definitions, and how these helped dancers in their careers. The term ‘independent dancer’ is commonly used within the UK dance industry to describe practitioners who work in multiple roles on freelance contracts. This approach to work enables dancers to engage with a range of dance communities, develop and apply diverse skills, and collaborate with multiple partners. Throughout this document we refer to such individuals as dancers or dance artists to represent those working in a range of roles and at a variety of levels. The independent dance sector is supported by an infrastructure of dance agencies that operate across the country to provide development opportunities and resources for independent dancers. It is estimated that around 40,000 people work in the UK dance industry, but the varied and ad hoc nature of their roles makes it challenging to quantify and describe the workforce accurately. In the past there have been several independent reports published about the sector as well as published interviews with renowned independent dancers that provide an insight into working conditions, rates of pay, infrastructures and funding, however with the industry developing so rapidly these sources are no longer current. More recently, doctoral research located within the independent sector has provided further insight into specific aspects of the dancers’ role. This, however, has focused specifically on artistic and choreographic concerns or is situated within a different geographical location. As a result, there is a lack of up to date knowledge about the UK independent dance sector meaning that this dynamic and mobile force still ‘works in relative invisibility’. Furthermore, academic research in the fields of professional practice, psychology and dance science has neglected to examine this important and continually developing part of the UK dance sector. Therefore, this research appears timely in order to provide current information about independent dancers and how they negotiate such a varied and challenging career. Although this research project has been disseminated in academic forums, the aim of this report is to inform dance artists, teachers and students of the findings in an accessible format.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Aujla, I., Farrer, R. (2016) 'Independent dancers: roles, motivation and success research report'. : University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/623031
Additional Links:
https://www.beds.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/499682/Final-Report.pdf
Type:
Technical Report
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Drama dance and performing arts

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorAujla, Imogenen
dc.contributor.authorFarrer, Rachelen
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-03T11:16:19Z-
dc.date.available2018-12-03T11:16:19Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-01-
dc.identifier.citationAujla, I., Farrer, R. (2016) 'Independent dancers: roles, motivation and success research report'. : University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/623031-
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the experiences of independent dancers. We set out to gain a descriptive and analytical understanding of working life in the sector. We examined specific psychological factors such as motivation and self-definitions, and how these helped dancers in their careers. The term ‘independent dancer’ is commonly used within the UK dance industry to describe practitioners who work in multiple roles on freelance contracts. This approach to work enables dancers to engage with a range of dance communities, develop and apply diverse skills, and collaborate with multiple partners. Throughout this document we refer to such individuals as dancers or dance artists to represent those working in a range of roles and at a variety of levels. The independent dance sector is supported by an infrastructure of dance agencies that operate across the country to provide development opportunities and resources for independent dancers. It is estimated that around 40,000 people work in the UK dance industry, but the varied and ad hoc nature of their roles makes it challenging to quantify and describe the workforce accurately. In the past there have been several independent reports published about the sector as well as published interviews with renowned independent dancers that provide an insight into working conditions, rates of pay, infrastructures and funding, however with the industry developing so rapidly these sources are no longer current. More recently, doctoral research located within the independent sector has provided further insight into specific aspects of the dancers’ role. This, however, has focused specifically on artistic and choreographic concerns or is situated within a different geographical location. As a result, there is a lack of up to date knowledge about the UK independent dance sector meaning that this dynamic and mobile force still ‘works in relative invisibility’. Furthermore, academic research in the fields of professional practice, psychology and dance science has neglected to examine this important and continually developing part of the UK dance sector. Therefore, this research appears timely in order to provide current information about independent dancers and how they negotiate such a varied and challenging career. Although this research project has been disseminated in academic forums, the aim of this report is to inform dance artists, teachers and students of the findings in an accessible format.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.beds.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/499682/Final-Report.pdfen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectdancersen
dc.subjectdanceen
dc.subjectW500 Danceen
dc.titleIndependent dancers: roles, motivation and success research reporten
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.date.updated2018-12-03T11:14:07Z-
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