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National Occupational Standards

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Dance Leadership are a list of skills and knowledge that dance leaders need across the course of their career. Developed by the People Dancing: the foundation for community dance, the Standards provide a useful check-list for dance artists so that they can reflect on their practice and consider the range of skills they need to develop in order to be most effective.

For a summary of the NOS for Dance Leadership, including a break down of the five key areas of competency, please view the document below:

How do I make use of National Occupational Standards?

People Dancing has created three booklets to explain the NOS and their value to artists, employers and training providers: 

Process to develop professional standards and framework

In 2005, the Foundation for Community Dance, on behalf of its members, took the lead on the process of research and development to provide the community dance profession with a strategy to address its current and future development needs. It did this by articulating professional standards, supporting professional development and validating professional status in community dance.

The process began with extensive consultation with individuals and organisations across the dance and arts sectors. This took the form of face to face meetings and an online survey.

Making a Move was the resulting strategy, launched in 2006 and completed in 2008. After 2008, FCD joined with the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership to realise the strategy in a collective way.

You can read the executive summaries for Making a Move below: