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Professional standards
Taking steps to ensure we’re up to date with our knowledge and maintaining high standards of practice is important for all dance practitioners. The National Occupational Standards for Dance Leadership (NOS) and the People Dancing Code of Conduct are just two of the ways that People Dancing help to raise and maintain standards in dance. Information about current legislation that affects dancers work is also essential.
The NOS for Dance Leadership are a list of skills and knowledge that dance leaders need across the course of their career. Developed by People Dancing, 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.
This Code of Conduct translates the core values of community dance into standards of ethical and responsible practice to which community dance professionals adhere. It enables them to be clear and upfront about how they go about their work, their ethical stance on how they approach their work, and the expectations people can have of them in terms of their professional behaviour, actions and attitudes. (The People Dancing Code of Conduct is aligned to the ArtsWork Code of Practice which explains how people working across the participatory arts sector should behave.)