At the time of the initial launch of NADMA, the organization had about 30 members and just one full-time staff member. Today, FCD has grown to become a network with a membership that includes approximately 4,600 dance professionals representing over 1,800 individuals and organizations in the UK and around the world. Currently it has a full-time staff of eight and a total funding of approximately GBP700,000, and it is active as a leading presence in the world of community dance.
FCD’s vision is for “a world where dance is part of everyone’s life,” The mission of its activities is “to make engagement with dance important to individuals, communities and society.” In recent years FCD also focuses programs and services on international collaboration, building partnerships and acquiring funding.
FCD organizes its strategic development and advocacy work into five programs:
1. Professional Practice
Programs are provided with resources for community dance professional practice and continuing professional development, including a yearly Summer School and the Development Needs Analysis (DNA) online toolkit to assess strengths and weaknesses and plan your professional development.
2. Dance, health and wellbeing
Resources are provided for health education, health care, teaching new ways to live, managing illness, community development and other benefits dance can offer. In the light of the increased interest and profile of dance approaches to supporting people with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, specific sections that are provided that recognize the growing interest in these fields.
3. Big Dance
Big Dance is the UK’s largest festival of dance participation and performance. Since 2006, it has been held in the UK every two years. In 2012, Big Dance was a part of the London 2012 Festival and some 3,500 events were held for public participants and audience. In 2014, activities include the Big Dance Pledge, a program based on choreography by the Scottish Ballet for people learn about dance, create and dance in the Big Dance Week with a project to raise money in aid of UNICEF UK.
4. Dance, Deaf and Disabled People
Given the key principle of community dance - every body can dance with intention and purpose and working on the basis of what people can do rather than what they can’t - community dance offers wide ranging opportunities for disabled people to engage with dance. Programs include a National Networking Day conference.
5. Animated - the community dance magazine
Animated, the community dance magazine is published three times per year with contents about the community dance culture in the UK and beyond, encouraging debate, dialogue and reflection about current issues and community dance practice.