Dansalliansen provides freelance dancers with basic employment and offers competence development, matching and collaborations with other actors in the field. Dansalliansen is a state funded organization owned by Danscentrum, Swedish Performing Arts Association, The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film and TRS.
Employment of dancers
The duty of Dansalliansen is to hire and care for a large number of freelance dancers. It’s a basic, conditional employment form which gives the dancers social and economic security. As an employee, the dancer continues to work as a freelance dancer with time-limited engagements, taking a leave of absence during the engagement and returning to the employment at Dansalliansen when the engagement ends. Young dancers are offered one-year employment in accordance with special criteria. Dansalliansen also conducts men- toring programs for newly graduated dancers.
Competence development and matching
Dansalliansen organizes activities such as workshops, master classes and seminars, but also auditions and other forms of meetings between dancers and employers. The purpose is to strengthen the dancers’ competence and broaden the network to increase job opportuni- ties. Operating nationally, Dansalliansen arranges activities in different parts of the country. Dansalliansen collaborates with a large number of institutions and organizations for the implementa- tion of these activities. Most activities are open to dancers who are not employed.
Career development/career transition
Another responsibility is to support dancers’ career development or career transition. This is done in part by arranging recurring seminars and workshops. Dansalliansen also cooperates with Trygghetsrådet TRS (The Job Transition Foundation – TRS) and SOK (The Swedish Performing Arts Career Transition Foundation) establishing special forms of support for freelance dancers’ career transitions.
Background / History
In 2003, the Swedish Arts Council was commis- sioned by the Government to develop an action program for professional dance in Sweden. In March 2005, a proposal for a program was presented where a future dance alliance (Dansalliansen) was included as a priority mea- sure to strengthen the opportunities for freelance dancers. Dansalliansen started in 2006 with 12 dancers and already one year later another 17 dancers were employed. The organization has gradually expanded and in 2018 the number of empoyed dancers was 77, of which 12 were young dancers employed in accordance with special criteria. Dansalliansen aims to employ some 100 dancers and continue to develop. Presentation of Dancers