YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) – the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland – has been shortlisted in two categories of the One Dance UK Awards 2021.

The first nomination is for the Research in Dance Award for the Shake It Up project.

Shake It Up was a four-year initiative funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which aimed to raise attainment for over 5000 primary school children in four local authority areas identified as part of the Scottish Government’s Attainment Challenge – Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and Clackmannanshire.

Shake It Up was designed to enable children to learn a range of curriculum subjects through dance, increase pupils’ engagement through a kinaesthetic approach, and leave a sustainable legacy of teachers with the skills and knowledge to continue to develop this kind of integrated curricular lesson delivery. Sessions covered a range of subjects including numeracy, literacy, science, health and wellbeing, and social sciences. Running alongside the delivery programme, a research and evaluation impact study was carried out by the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. The full evaluation report can be viewed here.

The second nomination is for the award in Work in Education and Outreach for YDance’s work in this field.

The One Dance UK Awards are an annual celebration for people from across the dance sector to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape. Championing the excellent work of dance artists, teachers, practitioners, educators, schools, choreographers, companies, venues, scientists, and writers, this is a glittering evening of celebrations, all for those who contribute to the dance sector throughout the UK. Each year One Dance UK announce the full longlist of nominees before judges shortlist 3 in each category.

The winners will be announced at this year’s digital ceremony on Friday 19 November.