Fundamental to Dance4’s mission is to consider the needs of the individual and undertake our programmes and operations with a person-centred approach. We are committed to continually challenging ourselves about our working practices, prejudices and stereotypes through our working relationships with artists and with audiences we meet through our work.
Our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy flows from this commitment and recognises that discrimination takes place on many grounds. We continually seek to overcome this by the promotion of equal opportunity, accepting that equality cannot be achieved without a programme of positive action to redress the effects of past discrimination and disadvantage.

Dance4 is committed to diversity and recognises that diverse practice refreshes and releases the true potential of the creative process and the working practices of the organisation. We will work to celebrate and encourage diversity in our workforce, artistic programme and audiences to better reflect society.

In response to public movements and discourses, in particular #BlackLivesMatter and #WeShallNotBeRemoved, Dance4 is undertaking a serious review, with the involvement of the board, staff and stakeholders. This review process will appraise our values, ways of working, aims and objectives and programmes to reflect the necessary change in ensuring our organisation addresses any inequalities at its heart and in our programmes.

We also have a detailed action plan which is reviewed every six months. Our current priorities for action in 2020/21 include:

– Establish a working group to look at our communication and use of language in relation to diversity

– Engage with Nottingham cultural sector initiatives to address lack of diversity in its organisations

– Undertake anti-racism and race equality training for staff and Board members

– Positive action to offer training opportunities to people from diverse backgrounds including Creative Pathways internships

– Promote good mental health and undertake Mental Health First Aid training

– Offer more opportunities to open call and target some of these at those who are under-represented

– Target discounts and free opportunities to areas of Nottingham which have low socio-economic communities

– Publish diversity data about our current staff and Board members

– Continue collecting data on the artists in our programme, aiming to publish first results in June 2021

More information and reports will be collated on this page as they become available.