Professional Development

At the heart of IDMN is the professional development of artists and producers to ensure a strong and effective workforce for the sector.

The IDMN TRAINING PROGRAMME of one-day intensive workshops is open to members and non-members and is suitable for artists as well as producers, both freelance or from within organisations.

Our courses provide a unique opportunity to learn something new and develop practical skills, whilst sharing experiences and discussing case studies with peers. Group learning and development is fed by the essential mix of artists, producers and project managers whom attend our sessions and the interaction that is fostered amongst attendees.

Our next training course is Action Learning Sets and Mentoring delivered by Sue Davies (IDMN member and Dance Consultant, Trainer and Career Coach)

Monday 2 February 2015
12pm – 3.30pm
London (exact location tbc)
To book:

Action Learning Sets and Mentoring are two great ways to develop people in the workplace.  One of the main barriers to learning is a lack of time particularly in the dance sector which is activitist in nature and therefore learning is often seen as a luxury.  The emphasis in Action Learning and Mentoring is on learning from experience and then acting on that learning so that we grow and develop as professionals.

This workshop will be an introduction to the principals of ALS some of which apply to mentoring also – learning to ask helpful questions rather than giving advice, learning to listen, and using the Action Learning cycle to avoid the common pitfall of jumping from problem to solution without investigation of the underlying causes.

The second part of the workshop will be trying some of these processes live – we will pilot run an action learning set as a way to understand the principals but also to see in action how ALS can help an individual to tackle an issue they have. 

Finally we will then consider how to use ALS principals in group meetings and other workplace contexts. Signposting to reading, training, and other opps will be shared too.


Delivered by Sue Davies
Sue is a member of IDMN and has worked in the dance sector for thirty years.  Her specialism is how to help people develop their professional practice so that they can have sustainable careers.  Sue regularly coaches and trains both freelance and employed people working in dance. Her interests in learning,  psychology  and now coaching have been key in a career that has included dance company management (small&mid scale), freelance producing, artist development, lecturing and consultancy .  How people learn and grow is her passion.   


“Thank you IDMN: very engaging and experienced leaders opening up an interesting debate. Very stimulating and I have come away with a lot more ideas, knowledge and feeling very inspired!”
IDMN Training Participant 2013

“Thanks to the wonderful training received through IDMN I was able to embark on a new career (from a dancer to a manager)”
Isabel Tamen, Executive Director, Richard Alston Dance Company



“Attending the day has refocused my mind in order to be pro-active.”

“It was fascinating to have such an interactive group feeding the session as was the experience sharing that came from that.”

“The session was of immediate relevance and extremely good value”

“The small group was useful as we could really get to know one anothers ideas. It was great and I really enjoyed the afternoon.”

“A really great day – informative and a relaxed feel… it has really helped me think practically about how I might move forward”

IDMN Training participants 2011-2013