Mentoring Programme


Are you a dancer/teacher with or without disabilities interested in developing your career in inclusive dance?

We are excited to be going ahead with the mentoring programme for a third year, with our current cohort working together online from April-July 2024. If you are interested in applying for 2025 please contact us to be added to the waiting list and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we have more information about the next course.

About the training:

Sessions will be delivered by the Artistic Directors of Parable Dance UK and NY and guest artists from around the UK.

We have 14 places available on the course each year.

The programme will cover: 

  • Inclusive dance tools for the classroom
  • Making your classes/ rehearsals accessible to everyone
  • Makaton signing for dance
  • Disability rights and writing access riders
  • Business skills - creating a CV, marketing yourself, networking and publicity
  • An introduction to Dance for Parkinson's
  • An introduction to mental health for freelancers

You will also receive bespoke one to one mentoring and support from the Parable Dance team including connecting you with companies and experienced artists in your area.


We have an access support worker in all sessions who is trained in dance.

Help with access costs and BSL signing is available.


The course fee is £100. Please tell us if you want to access the training but cannot pay, as bursary (free) places are available. Asking for a bursary will not affect your application.

Is it for me?:

You may be a dancer with disabilities, trying to gain paid dance/teaching work, you may be a new university graduate with a passion for inclusion, you might have lots of teaching experience but want to specialise in inclusive dance… this is for everyone.

To us, diversity means making sure we create an environment where people with any protected characteristics feel safe, welcome, and represented. 


What our last group of mentees thought:

“Proof that inclusion exists & can work- just the group we had & support throughout was beyond supportive & have learnt so much from everyone to take forward. Great way to share ideas from all the backgrounds we come from & the journeys we are making.”

“This was such a beautiful, meaningful & VALUABLE experience. Having the opportunity to CONNECT with others who share my passions was a breath of fresh air.”

“This program has given me greater focus, the approach was gentle and clear. I feel more connected to the inclusive dance community and am grateful for Parable thinking to put this program together it has definitely helped me and made this journey less lonely.”

“The confidence, support & understanding of each of our needs from the beginning & the way sessions were modified where needed have been fabulous. Thank you all so very much.”

“Each session was packed full of interesting info and the whole journey flew by. It left me wanting more!”

Email to register your interest.

The current round of mentoring has been made possible using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Backstage Trust.