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Living with Parkinson's?
Summer School 2015, photo Rachel Cherry
Mapping Dance for Parkinson's classes
We've created a map featuring Dance for Parkinson's classes that take place across the country. Find your nearest one here...
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.
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!
Dance and Parkinson's
Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group. Photo: Johan Henckens
Dance for Parkinson's Online Learning Programme
People Dancing and Dance for PD® have, with the assistance of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, created an online learning programme...
Dancing through chronic pain
Raquel Meseguer
I have chronic pain. But I still need to dance
Raquel Meseguer, Co-Founder of Lost Dog, reflects on her journey from professional dancer, through injury, to developing projects that explore chronic pain in performance. She asks: “Can dance benefit people with chronic pain?”
'Laughter, feeling lovely, joy'
Alison Williams
My engagement with dance: words cast spells...
Alison Williams, of Edinburgh University, describes herself as ‘a late-onset academic’ having got her Doctorate at 66, just after her Parkinson’s diagnosis, in 2012. To help mark Parkinson’s Awareness Week (10-16 April) we asked Alison to blog for us on the importance dance plays in her life with Parkinson’s…
A democracy of dance
Paula Turner
Room for us all on the dance floor
The latest People Dancing blog comes from Paula Turner, artistic director of Grand Gestures Dance Collective (GGDC). People Dancing's Chris Stenton shared a post show discussion panel with Paula at Leap 2017, in Liverpool. Paula likes to push the boundaries of dance, especially dance made by older dancers...
A spark starts a prairie fire
BLOG: a spark starts a prairie fire
Anthony Peppiatt reflects on initiating the community dance project at Ludus Dance in the early 1980s, and how his radical politics had been central to this. Christopher Thomson introduces.
Participate - the newspaper for participatory dance

Participate, the newspaper for dance in participatory settings, is published by People Dancing.

Launched in 2014, Participate reports on the individuals and communities that love to dance, throwing a light on why people dance and what dance means to them.

The newspaper is available online and in paper format and you can receive it as part of any of our membership schemes. Alternatively, you can contact Rosie Frances, Programme Coordinator, at rosie@communitydance.org.uk to get your paper copy.

Participate is published twice a year, in June and December.

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Funding
The place to keep up to date with funding opportunities for community dance artists, practitioners and organisations.
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