Artist Development

Doodle Dance has allowed artists to come together. Jo Cone, founder of Doodle Dance, recognises the breadth of work that an independent artist has to do to maintain and nurture a career in the arts. Therefore she wanted each piece of work to not only benefit the participants but have the potential to support other artists and in turn reach more children.


Doodle Dance’s work is shared through a dissemination model. Doodle is currently researching Resilience for new work to be launched in 2021.

Jo Cone and Sally Roberts are currently running ‘Lighthouse’ sessions monthly to develop a ‘well being’ focused method for Jo to nurture and maintain her role in Doodle Dance and to support with navigating the direction of Doodle Dance whilst Jo pauses delivery and instead focuses towards research, development, writing and artist support.

“Each piece of work has a number of connection points to our audiences. Through research, reflection and evaluation we want to take the most useful elements of the work and create a way of sharing this to increase Doodle Dance’s impact. This has led to the creation of our Fuel Collective,  becoming co administrator for The Primary Dance Network  and our Resources which are currently focused towards: The Artist Support Series  as well the collaborative book Making a Move with artists Louise Jaggard and Claire Pring. Doodle Dance strongly believes in the work of artists to support children and their caregivers in their learning and well being. Through sharing and supporting each other we can support the arts industry we truly believe in!”

Fuel Collective

FUEL COLLECTIVE is a Doodle Dance initiative that has invited 8 Independent Dance and Movement Artists who work with children within educational settings and the wider community. FUEL recognises the importance of the well being for the artist and the work/life balance needed.

FUEL has welcomed like-minded artists who promote well being, learning and individual development of participants through creative dance. Our artists have varying experience, and accreditation but are all recognised as equals. FUEL creates opportunity for a meeting of creative minds and disciplines, enabling the cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches.

As well as supporting each other, FUEL commits to Doodle Dance’s dissemination model, meaning that useful and supportive discoveries will be shared with artists from the wider Community Arts field. Doodle Dance hopes that FUEL will support artists to feel less isolated, providing support, stimulus and engaging discussions for fuelling imaginations.

Primary Dance Network

Originally set up by Louise Jaggard of Jumpstart Dance Doodle Dance has joined the admin team alongside Claire Pring to make most use of the ACE funding. Doodle has been devising an engagement and support plan which aims to listen to the needs of the group and respond accordingly. It is currently offering weekly Making a Move networking prompts, well being info and support and music suggestion and playlist creation all with the aim of supporting the various members. In the new year we will be offering online free CPD events through further funding and hope to invite members from the UK and abroad.


Making a Move
Making a Move is an easy to use collection of 30 dance lessons for primary aged children to continue to develop their dance skills and well-being. Each idea still enables the children to work creatively and collaboratively whilst maintaining distance. The resource is downloadable and printable for immediate use.

(More resources to be added soon)

Artist Training

Clare Roberts, our Doodle Dance Trainee Artist, has recently joined the team. Her training is being supported by our ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND funding. Jo and Claire meet regularly to explore artform, theory and to develop new collaborative programmes.

As we move forward, Jo hopes to develop more training opportunities, growing her team of freelancers as well as collaborating with FUEL artists.

“Jo has been an encouraging influence on my practice for many years since having attended some of her training courses and having had the pleasure of working alongside her for a project called ‘Dance Bites’. Sharing her knowledge, creativity and infectious ethos towards dance has supported me greatly.”

“Claire has discovered a desire to learn new skills in this area and has engaged in Doodle Dance’s journey throughout. As an independent artist, I am really looking forward to devising collaborative ideas, meaning I will be learning and developing through the Doodle Dance training process too!” Artistic Director, Jo Cone’s thoughts on Claire joining the team.

Why not get in touch and see how we can help?

Whether you are a parent/carer, teacher, Nursery Manager or dance artist we would love to hear from you. We are always interested to discuss bespoke delivery, CPD, blog contributions, arts/children well being campaign support or project collaborations and commissions. Together lets support more children to ‘Make Their Mark!’

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