The UK development organisation and membership
body for community and participatory dance
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People Dancing is 'the foundation for community dance.' We are the UK development organisation and membership body for those involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance. Our membership reaches more than 4,500 dance professionals worldwide.

We believe dance can change lives and transform communities. Our vision is of a world where dance is a part of everyone’s life and our mission is to make dance important to all individuals, communities and society by promoting excellent dance practice. People Dancing works with and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers involved in leading, delivering or supporting community and participatory dance. 
People Dancing's leadership of the community dance network is a driving force for the sector, providing a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning. This exposes our members and partners to diverse dance practices and new contacts. By helping to expand professional horizons, profile and professional identity, People Dancing is an invaluable resource for anyone working in community dance. We also create opportunities for anyone to take part in dance activities.
Dance partners in health
Dance for health & wellbeing - Photo by Rachel Cherry
Dance partners in health
One Dance UK and People Dancing have joined forces to raise the profile of dance and make dance more widely available in response to the government's health and wellbeing agenda.
Our Annual Report
People Dancing Annual Report 2014-2015
Valuing quality, diversity and inclusion in 2014-2015
People Dancing's latest Annual Report made its debut appearance at our 30th anniversary event, held at the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in London, on 13 December 2016.
Our 30 names for 30 years...
People Dancing 30 Honorary Life Members
People Dancing marks 30 years with 30 Honorary Life Memberships
Prestigious awards made at special celebration event hosted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society...
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Members' insurance cover
Members' Insurance Cover
If you're a dance teacher, artist or leader, join People Dancing as a Professional Individual Member and enjoy insurance cover as a key member benefit.
Older people's dance survey
Older people's dance activities  Photography Helen Murray
Older people's dance activities - first UK survey
A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016...
Autumn/Winter Programme
People Dancing Programme - Autumn/Winter 2016/17
People Dancing Programme - Autumn/Winter 2016/17
The latest issue of People Dancing's Programme of events and initiatives is out now!
11 Million Reasons to Dance
11 Million Reasons to Dance. Strictly Ballroom. Sean Goldthorpe
Serious about art for disabled people
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with a disability. Our 11 Million Reasons to Dance initiative came out of People Dancing's commitment to support and celebrate all those who dance, or want to dance.
International conference - Nov 2017
Save the date for Scotland!
People Dancing's international event is back - this time at Glasgow's Tramway, in November 2017. Take a look at the presentations and performances from our 2014 event here.
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Be part of a global dance community
Membership of People Dancing is open to all who support, engage with or have an interest in community and participatory dance.
People Dancing Team
Executive Director: Chris Stenton
Associate Director: Vanessa Oxspring
Director, Dance for Parkinson's Network UK: Kiki Gale MBE
Programme Coordinator: Rosie Frances
Programme Coordinator: Daryl Kirkland
Producer, Professional Development: Anna Leatherdale
Producer, Events & Big Dance: Richard Parr
Producer, Dance, Deaf & Disabled People: Louise Wildish

General Manager: Emma Hayes
Finance Administrator: Denise Jennings

Development Manager: Ruth Bates
Membership Services Coordinator: Shelley Trevelyan 
Marketing and Communications Manager: Jeremy Waterfield  

Our Board
Dr Sara Houston, Chair (Principal Lecturer, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton)
Ruth Till MBE, Vice -Chair
(Freelance Dance Adviser)
Pat Abraham
, Chair, Finance and General Purposes Committee (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)
Our Patron
Sue Hoyle, Director, Clore Leadership Foundation

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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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