Our Learning Associates programme aims to establish creative, strong, sustainable & exciting relationships with local education settings who are committed to providing and growing their capacity for high-quality dance education. We work closely across the academic year to deliver fulfilling educational experiences for pupils and their teachers. 

Pavilion Dance South West provide Learning Associates pupils and staff with professional dance artist workshops, opportunities to see live performances (both at your school and in our theatre) curriculum specific projects, show choreography, afterschool sessions, performance opportunities and responsive department support. Our school partners are also offered the chance to come together to perform and share and celebrate their success with each other in our venue & as part of our performance programme. Access & inclusivity is at the heart of what we do.

Over the past year, we are proud to have delivered workshops celebrating cultural dance traditions, circus, musical theatre, contemporary, street & hip hop, northern soul, latin, commercial & puppetry, amongst many others. We provide inspiring and creative practitioners who are able to deliver sessions connected with any curriculum topic. We also work alongside the BCP Cultural Hub to celebrate cross-arts projects and aid those who require help with funding. 

In addition to these great moments, we offer Dance CPD for your staff on both a one-to-one and group basis where requested, and pupils from Learning Associates are prioritised for Work Experience placements.

As of the 2024/25 academic year, there are three tiers of participation based on annual partnership fee;

£700 to become a Play Associate

£1,100 to become a Discover Associate

£1,750 to become a Dream Associate

We have recently had fantastic relationships with the following partners:

The Bourne Academy, Discover Associate

The Bournemouth & Poole College, Discover Associate

Glenmoor & Winton Academies, Dream Associate

Mudeford Infants, Discover Associate

Parkfield School, Discover Associate

Poole High School, Play Associate

Talbot Primary, Dream Associate

Victoria School, Discover Associate

In 2023, we are delighted to have Glenmoor & Winton Academies join us for the first time. As a Dream Associate, their dedication to dance education & its delivery to support the physical & mental wellbeing of their pupils is to be celebrated. We’re delighted to be guiding them on their dance journey.

If you would like to talk to us about this exciting programme and how it can work for your school or for info on any of our school’s engagement work, please get in touch:

Amy Reynolds- amy.reynolds@pdsw.org.uk

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