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Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's   

18-19 February 2017, 9.30am – 6.00pm  Dancing with Parkinson's

Venue: The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and People Dancing in partnership with Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust and English National Ballet. 

The course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class.

Course Leaders:
Dr Sophia Hulbert and artists from English National Ballet.

Course participants must have successfully completed the Dance for Parkinson's Online Learning Programme assessment before taking part in the course. Access to the online learning programme is available for a special rate of £40 when purchased with your course fee.

Cost: from £167 for the course fee.


Six subsidised places will be made available to Bristol based dance practitioners on a first come, first served basis. If you are a dance practitioner living or working in Bristol and wish to apply for one of the six bursaries available, please email with a maximum of 100 words stating where you currently practice, why you want to do this course and your experience in the dance sector.

How to enrol:

Download the application form below.

Previous courses and conferences

People Dancing Summer School 2016

Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 July
De Montfort University, Leicester

The People Dancing Summer School is back for 2016, bringing together a line up of highly experienced dance practitioners ready to share their knowledge and skills on a range of topics including:

  • Teaching dance in Primary Schools
  • Safe Dance Practice
  • Dance for Parkinson’s
  • Developing Choreography with Children and Young People
  • Exploring Different Dance Techniques for your Practice
  • Dance with Older People.

Select from one or two-day courses, or build your own pathway across the week.

Find out more

Fundraising Workshops

People Dancing is leading a series of FREE fundraising development workshops for independent dance practitioners working in community and participatory dance settings:

  • Liverpool - MDI Studios, 6 May, 12.00-2.00pm
  • Leicester - Curve Theatre, 13 May, 4.30-6.30pm.

The workshops will give an overview of current funding opportunities, plus guidance on how to create key messages for future investors and begin your fundraising journey.

With support from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme.

Members set to gather at British Dance Edition (BDE)

People Dancing members’ event to be staged at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

People Dancing is to stage a members’ gathering and network session at BDE, on 17 March 2016, in association with Rubicon Dance. Those attending the event will also gain free access to BDE’s evening shows and foyer performances, drinks reception hosted by People Dancing, plus entry to the trade show and festival party.

The members' gathering will feature guest speakers including Gary Clarke - artistic director for COAL and Lisa Spaull - professional choreographer and performer, as well as other artists who place participatory dance at the heart of their professional practice and choreography. The event will also give People Dancing members and partners a chance to network with others working in the sector and to explore collaboration and commissioning opportunities, as well as other ways of supporting the dance and cultural infrastructure.

Those attending will also have the chance to meet People Dancing, Rubicon Dance and cultural partners to discuss their current issues and needs.

The event is offered to People Dancing members from across Wales and beyond, as well as non-members who are Wales based.

To book: Please contact People Dancing at

Cost: Free (but please note there are limited places).

People Dancing

This event took place:

13-15 November 2014, Cardiff, Wales

People Dancing was the inaugural international community dance event to take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales in November 2014, presented by the Foundation for Community Dance.

View resources from this event 

Dance with Older People

with Diane Amans

This event took place 16 and 17 November 2013, Dartington Space Studios, Totnes

A two day weekend intensive for dancers, activity leaders and other practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.

Dance, Deaf and Disabled People Networking Days

These days have explored the issues facing venues, organisations and programmers regarding dance by, with and for Deaf and disabled people. Each event had a varity of speakers and also included breakout debates covering audience development, organisational needs, and the practitioner’s engagement with venues and organisations.

View resources from these events