Yorkshire Dance is delighted to announce that it is one of eight organisations across the UK – and the only dance organisation – to receive funding from Arts Council England’s Research Grants Programme 2015-18.
The programme aims to deepen knowledge and understanding of the impact of arts and culture and the complex role it plays in our experience as individuals and on the fabric of our society.
Yorkshire Dance’s award will fund a two-year research study with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences at University of Leeds, exploring the impact of a youth dance programme for 11-19 year-olds living in deprived neighbourhoods in East Leeds.
The research will involve tracking of young people over 12 months, involving those undertaking the dance programme and a control group. The study will examine the holistic benefits of dance programmes for young people in deprived communities, aiming to explore health, well-being, social, behavioural and emotional outcomes.
Paul Burns, Interim Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance, says of the award:
“Yorkshire Dance is delighted to have been awarded this research grant. We are immensely proud of our work with young people and constantly witness the positive effects that participation in dance has as on each individual, whether it be through enhancing their technique, their fitness, social skills or emotional well being.
“We welcome the opportunity this grant gives us to measure this impact and to use this to further advocate for the importance of dance activity with young people. We are also pleased to develop our valued relationship with University of Leeds and build on our two previous research collaborations.”
Dr Shaunna Burke, Lecturer in Exercise and Health Psychology at University of Leeds, says
“The health benefits of engaging in physical activity for children and young people are well known but studies focused on non-traditional forms of sport and physical activity for youth in deprived communities are relatively neglected in the physical activity research literature. This project will allow us to build on this existing body of knowledge by investigating the impact that taking part in an innovative recreational dance programme has on the health, wellbeing, and sense of empowerment of young people and their families who live in deprived urban areas.”
Other successful applicants in this first round of the Research Grants Programme include the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Arvon Foundation.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, ACE plans to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.
Research Grants Programme 2015-18
Applicants for round 1 could apply for between 1 to 3 years of funding and for £50,000 to £100,000 funding per year. Bids were invited from partnerships and consortia of arts and cultural organisations and researchers, with the aim of increasing capacity and promoting greater collaboration.
Round 1 of the programme will invest almost £1.4 million in eight research partnerships across England, involving small, medium and large-scale arts and cultural organisations. The projects will explore the value of the arts and museums from a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines. The research will enhance the evidence-base, support artistic practice, influence policy and decision-making, and influence commissioners and funders.
University of Leeds School of Biomedical Sciences
The School is one of three in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds. It contains forty six academic staff (including independent research fellows) and hosts the faculty Research Groups in Integrative Membrane Biology, Cardiovascular & Sports Sciences, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. Its staff also contributes to other research groups hosted in other Schools in the faculty.