Leadership Development


We believe in promoting a new type of LEADERSHIP more relevant to our 21st century reality. A Leadership that is transformational, adaptable, empathetic, inclusive, collaborative, creative, resilient and resourceful. We question assumptions and empower the individual from within allowing us to take ownership of our own life and impact the lives of others. The starting point for our leadership approach is based on our five core DANCE values: Dream big, take Action, Navigate the world, Create an artistic and leadership voice and Empower yourself and others.


Did you know that only 50% of women have access to mentors? We are on a mission to change that in the dance sector. AWA DANCE mentoring scheme is for you to develop your leadership skills and creative craft, in order for you to take the next steps towards your aspirations and goals.

Our Mentoring Programme has been running since 2020 and it is designed for professionals women in the UK dance sector who are looking to learn or boost their leadership skills to progress their career. They are mentored by accomplished women professionals, leading within the industry. If you are seeking to boost your career or perhaps change direction within the dance sector, AWA DANCE can guide you into taking the next step.

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Leadership Bootcamps

AWA DANCE successfully embarked on their first online bootcamp in February 2021! Attendees discovered how to empower themselves to become the leader that they want to be. As we enter into the digital world faster than we could have anticipated, our leadership bootcamps are a brand-new opportunity to take part in an interactive, participatory and intense online experience with inspiring workshop leaders at your fingertips. Our online bootcamps are unlike any other, forget the sit-and-listen style that you’ve experience before, and join AWA DANCE charity in its mission to empower the female leaders of today!

This set of bootcamps were only the beginning, subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about future leadership bootcamps and opportunities. 

Dance and Leadership Workshops

Dance is not only a good way to improve your physical and mental health, it is also a perfect activity to enhance and develop your leadership skills. Dance encourages respect towards your body, mind and soul, promotes confidence, self-expression, communication, empathy, team work, adaptability, problem-solving, resilience, trust and creative thinking.

Our workshops are designed to bring dance and leadership together as a partnership, helping you develop your body confidence, empowering your creative and leadership voice. The workshop can be tailored to those in or outside of the dance sector, from amateur to professional.

Leadership Breakfasts

An Autumn series of five weekly online and/or in person sessions where attendees get the chance to network with like minded women as well as attend informative workshops, develop leadership skills and boost their confidence in various areas. 

Leadership Breakfast sessions all provide CPD. CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their skills and abilities. It is the ongoing commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.

Engaging in CPD ensures that both academic and practical qualifications and skills do not become out-dated or obsolete, allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’. Additionally, professional development can open doors to new opportunities AWA DANCE CPD is tracked and documented. All sessions clearly state the number of CPD hours accredited and this will be evidenced via participants receiving an e-certificate of attendance.

Junior Ambassador Programme

Our Junior Ambassador programme supports the leadership development of young women aged 12 – 18 years old. Throughout the 12 month programme, the Junior Ambassador’s receive regular mentoring sessions from our Director, Avatâra Ayuso, covering numerous topics. They also receive opportunities and guidance to help them develop their own ideas and projects. 

The ambassador’s also get to attend many AWA DANCE events and sometimes get to take part in one-off projects such as being cast as dancer’s in our film ‘Let Them Eat Cake’.