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Focus on: boys dance
One can become quite cynical working in the arts. But when the articles for this issue's focus came in I was forcefully reminded of the power that engaging with dance can have in transforming people's lives.Working with boys and young men can be fraught with difficulties but here we get a sense that there is a real groundswell of opportunity for boys to develop as the dancers they choose to be.

Veronica Jobbins gives us an overview of the changes happening for boys and dance in the state school sector. How very different from the time when a school could complain about not getting a gold Artsmark award because they didn't offer dance and saying 'but we are a boy's school' as their rationale for not finding some way or other to get boys dancing or watching dance. It's great to see those boundaries being broken at last.

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In this issue
Critical faculties
By Donald Hutera
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
The focus: boys and young men dancing
Entitled to dance: boys in schools
Veronica Jobbins describes the positive work being undertaken in schools across the country to include more boys in dance
Raw skills
Rosie Lehan reports on the success of Raw Skills an initiative for young men initiated by IRIE! dance theatre
Boys dancing up north
Janet Archer, Director of Dance City in Newcastle charts the development of boys dancing in the North East and challenges the Billy Elliot effect
This dancing thing
Dylan Quinn describes some of his recent work in Northern Ireland with young men and ponders what it is about dance that helps them succeed
The point of boys' dance
Miranda Johnson on The Point's programme to involve boys in dance, from pre-school to young-manhood
Signature moves
No longer bothered by the stereotype that dance is for girls, the Holloway Boyz are proud to dance. Kate Scanlan explains
Diagnostic dance
David Massingham outlines the emergence of Shift, a project for young men with mental health issues, and asks how are we to develop new practice without stepping into the unknown?
Dancing detectives open the box
Yael Owen from Coventry's Performing Arts Service introduces us to Beingfrank: a new dance company developing work with and for boys and young men in the West Midlands
Choreographic encounters of the east African kind
Gerry Turvey reports back on a project that took place in Nairobi that she describes as 'four weeks of a learning, giving, challenging, richly rewarding and totally stimulating experience'
Policy and politics
Joined up or tied in knots
Andrew Peggie reviews The Art of Inclusion, the recently published report of Arts Council England about social inclusion and the arts.
Professional development
Landscapes, dances and stories: preparing for New Zealand
Petra Kuppers has been awarded the first Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Here Petra shares some of her thoughts
Shifting the balance of power?
POTENTIAL is the Foundation for Community Dance's programme of work focused on dance and disabled people. Emily Horwood, development officer, tells us more
The interview
The creative dancer
Dancer, teacher and choreographer Kenneth Tharp OBE in conversation with Scilla Dyke