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People Dancing: the Foundation for Community Dance is the professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

We believe that dance can transform the lives of individuals and communities. Our vision is for a world where dance is part of everyone’s life. Our mission is to make dance important to individuals, communities and society. People Dancing works with, and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers involved in leading, delivering or supporting community and participatory dance. Our membership reaches more than 4,500 dance professionals worldwide.

People Dancing's leadership of the community dance network provides a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning. This exposes them to diverse dance practices and new contacts. It expands their professional horizons, profile and professional identity. We are an invaluable resource for anyone who works in community dance, and create opportunities for people to participate in dance.

In addition to a wide range of membership and professional services, we organise our strategic development and advocacy work into five key programmes:

  1. Professional Practice
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Big Dance
  4. Deaf and Disabled people
  5. Animated, the community dance magazine.


A fun, interactive online learning programme, devised through a transatlantic partnership involving People Dancing, has been launched to help dance teachers across the world deliver dance sessions for people with Parkinson’s.



Executive Director: 
Chris Stenton
Associate Director:
Vanessa Oxspring

Director, Dance for Parkinson's Network UK:
Kiki Gale

International Consultant:
Bush Hartshorn

Producer, Professional Development:
Anna Leatherdale

General Manager:
Emma Hayes
Producer, Events & Big Dance:
Richard Parr
Development Manager:
Ruth Bates

Producer, Dance, Deaf & Disabled people:
Louise Wildish
Marketing and Communications Manager:
Jeremy Waterfield

Interim Producer:
Louise Katerega

Programme Coordinator:
Rosie Frances

Membership Services Coordinator: 
Shelley Trevelyan
Programme Coordinator: 
Daryl Kirkland

Recruitment Services Coordinator:
Danielle Kennell

Finance Administrator: 
Denise Jennings

Email: firstname(at)communitydance.org.uk


Chair: Dr Sara Houston (Principal Lecturer, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton)

Vice-Chair: Ruth Till MBE (Freelance Dance Adviser)

Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee: Pat Abraham (Arts Consultant)

Helen Angove (Head of Development and Partnerships for the DIME Group)

Jeanette Bain-Burnett (Independent Arts Manager)

Caroline Bowditch (Performance Artist and Choreographer)

Lucy Frazer (Dance & Arts Manager)

Dylan Quinn (Artistic Director, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre)

Jane Ralls (Independent Dance Manager)

Anusha Subramanyam (Director, Beeja)


David Bintley CBE
,  Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet

Deborah Bull CBE, Executive Director, King's Cultural Institute

Sue Hoyle, Director, Clore Leadership Foundation

Marie McCluskey MBE, Artistic Director, Swindon Dance

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Company Details

People Dancing is the trading name of the Foundation for Community Dance
Registered Charity no. 328392
Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 2415458
VAT no. 109 0561 37
Registered office: LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

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