YDance is celebrating winning a prestigious UK dance award.

On Friday 19th November 2021, YDance was presented with the prestigious One Dance UK Research in Dance Award, recognising the research work undertaken in the primary education project, Shake It Up. 

In January 2017, YDance launched the Shake It Up programme 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. The project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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 findings of the research are  available below:

YDance ‘Shake It Up’ Programme Evaluation – Final Report >>>

The annual One Dance UK Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of people working in the dance sector in the UK.