Joint statement by CDMT, One Dance UK, People Dancing and Sport & Recreation Alliance

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Tuesday 23 June 2020, the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT), People Dancing, One Dance UK and the Movement and Dance Division of the Sport and Recreation Alliance are seeking urgent clarification and information as to when and how indoor dance and movement can restart.

There are apparent contradictions between reference to ‘dance studios’ in the Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England (published 1 June) and continuing work on the draft guidance on return to training, rehearsal and performance for the performing arts in England.

Our sector needs clarity. It is disappointing that the government has not clarified when these settings can open as our classes are a valuable resource for people of all ages, giving an outlet for their creativity, the chance to exercise, and providing vital support to their wellbeing and mental health. This is particularly important at this difficult time when other educational structures are not available to them.

Published 25 June 2020