News: Linda Jasper

Tuesday 25 November 2003

New National Dance Agency
Arts Council England in collaboration with the Department for Education and Skills has announced the appointment of Linda Jasper to lead the development of a new national organisation to support and promote young people in dance.

The new organisation will start work in February 2004 and will have an office base at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. It will identify the full range of dance activities available to young people and seek to create new partnerships between those providing and supporting these activities. It will work across the education, arts, private and community sectors.

Linda Jasper has been a passionate promoter of opportunities for young people to dance through her work as a dancer and teacher and most recently as Director of Dance South East in Brighton.

Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said: “Arts Council England is delighted to be working with the DfES to increase and enhance the opportunities for young people to experience dance. The new organisation celebrates the wealth of dance happening across the country, and promises new opportunities to inspire young people in the future.”

David Miliband, Minister for School Standards said, “Creativity is very much at the forefront of the Government’s ambition for raising standards in education. I look forward to seeing increased opportunities for young people in their communities through the establishment and work of the National Youth Dance Agency.”

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