Making It Happen Toolkit

Making It Happen toolkit!

Introducing the Making It Happen toolkit!
Complete with Artist Guide, Templates, a Podcast series and Case Studies, this toolkit has been created as part of the Rural Steps project to consolidate learning and support other artists to set up and deliver high quality, inspiring Youth Dance provision.

rural steps project

This resource was produced as part of the Rural Steps project which took place in 2018 – 2020 in six areas across North Yorkshire. The project supported the development of youth dance activity for rurally and culturally isolated communities for young people aged 9-18 years, led by local Dance Artists. The project also sought to provide continued professional development, supporting artists to develop their skills and establish activity in local areas, as well as providing high quality, accessible dance provision to new communities.

This project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and made possible through ongoing support from Yorkshire Dance, the York and North Yorkshire Dance Network and Craven District Council.

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Funders & Partners

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Artist Guide

Each section of the Artist Guide provides you with ideas and questions to help shape your practice and start putting the right things in place to deliver Dance in the community. Links to further resources and support is available in the Getting Started section. The Artist Guide accompanies the Podcast, giving you further insight into what it is really like to run Youth Dance activity!



Below are a range of templates to support you in producing the correct documentation for delivering dance in the community. Within the resources, there are also links to further support and guidance to ensure you can deliver dance in a safe and inclusive environment.

case studies

Each Artist took time to reflect on their experience of Rural Steps in their area and has consolidated this into case studies to help you learn more. The Introduction gives you an overview of the entire project. The Preston Youth Dance Company case study is another example of Youth Dance in action as part of the wider Blue Moose family.

Making it Happen Podcast