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People Dancing International Conference: Glasgow 2017
3-5 October 2017, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

Programme Information

A unique opportunity to hear from world-leading individuals and organisations, take part in workshops and discussions, and watch performance whilst networking with colleagues from across the globe.

The programme is focused on three areas reflecting innovations and current participatory dance practices:

  • Cultural identity and sense of place
  • Older people dancing
  • Dance for people living with Parkinson’s.

Keynote speakers, artists or performers include:

  • Liz Lerman, Choreographer and Founder of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
  • Sangeeta Isvaran, Founder and Managing Trustee of Wind Dancers Trust and Creator of Katradi Technique
  • Vincent Thomas, Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, Artistic Director of VT Dance, USA
  • Monica Gillette, Choreographer and Artistic Director, BrainDance
  • Cecilia Macfarlane, Artistic Director, Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company
  • Diane Amans, Independent Dance Artist and Author, Age and Dancing: Older People and Community Dance Practice
  • Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director and CEO, Hearts and Minds
  • Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director, Barrowland Ballet
  • Rodrigo Vilarinho, Choreographer, ReAct!
An indicative day-by-day programme will be viewable here from 21 August 2017.

Some sessions with limited capacity, particularly workshops and masterclasses, require advanced online booking. These sessions can be booked from Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 12:00 midday BST and will close at 12:00 midday BST on Tuesday 26 September 2017. Notification and access to the system will be given by email to all registered delegates. 


Please note that should it become necessary, we reserve the right to alter published programmes, speakers and venues without prior notice.
Save money by becoming a member

Our best value conference prices are only available to People Dancing members.

Membership is available for individuals and organisations at a range of levels from just £37, with benefits including insurance, access to the DBS service, magazines and discounted professional development events or online programmes.

It is better value to purchase People Dancing membership followed by members’ conference tickets than purchasing standard conference tickets.


Tuesday 3 October 2017 

13:00 Registration and Opening
13:00 – 18:30 Main Programme at Tramway
19:30 – 23:00 Evening Reception and Performances,
Glasgow City Centre

Wednesday 4 October 2017

08:00 – 10:00 Registration for New Delegates
08:30 – 22:00 Main Programme at Tramway

Thursday 5 October 2017

08:00 - 10:00 Registration for New Delegates
08:30 – 13:00 Main Programme at Tramway

Specific programme timings will be given in the Programme section from 21 August 2017.
Prices and Booking
Our lowest rates are set for independent artists, teachers, producers, managers, leaders or others are considered as those who are not representing an organisation. Our organisation rates are set for the best value for those employed by an organisation and those who will represent an organisation at the conference.

Early bird prices are available until Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 10:00 BST. Standard prices are available from Tuesday 5 September 2017 until Thursday 28 September 2017. 

  Member      Standard
 Full Conference Ticket - Independent £125 £187
 Full Conference Ticket - Organisation £165  £247
 Two-Day Conference Ticket - Independent £98 £147
 Two-Day Conference Ticket - Organisation £135  £203
One-Day Conference Ticket, Wednesday 4 October - Independent                                   
£65 £97
One-Day Conference Ticket, Wednesday 4 October - Organisation £100            £150
 One-Day Conference Ticket, Tuesday 3 or Thursday 5 October - Independent           £50 £75
 One-Day Conference Ticket, Tuesday 3 or Thursday 5 October - Organisation £80 £120

Glasgow has a wide range of accommodation to choose from including:
  • Budget hotels including Travelodge and Premier Inn
  • Serviced apartments
  • 3* - 5* hotel chains including Mercure, Jury’s Inn and Park Inn
  • Boutique and luxury hotels
  • Independent guest house, bed and breakfast or home hire
Our recommendations include a small number of hotels offering preferential rates for People Dancing conference delegates, along with the best value options that we are aware of. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and does not represent specific endorsements of quality or service. Glasgow City Marketing Bureau offer a conference hotel booking service with information on the full range of hotel options in the city.

Hotel price comparison websites can often offer more competitive rates than specially negotiated conference rates.


The UK’s largest budget hotel chain has three city centre hotels offering rooms from £61 per night. Search and book.

Premier Inn

There are six city centre Premier Inn hotels offering rooms from £59 per night. Search and book.


AirBnB and similar home hire website have hundreds of available rooms or entire properties to hire privately from owners. Ranging from £8 to the average of £67 per night, individuals may find this a more affordable accommodation option. Groups of delegates may consider hiring an entire property for a more affordable option. Search and book.

Mercure Glasgow City Hotel

201 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DQ
Six minutes walk to Glasgow Central station.

Limited number rooms held for delegates on at a special discounted conference rate, including three fully accessible rooms.

Bed & breakfast - £115 per room per night, single occupancy 
Bed & breakfast - £125 per room per night, double occupancy 

Delegates should book with the reservations team on 0844 815 9103 (choose option 1) and quoting the code SCOT031017. Reservation offices only open 8am-8pm. Please note that if delegates call outside of these hours they will reach a central office and discounted conference rate will not be available to book. When guests call to make a booking they will be asked to provide a credit card as prepayment is required. This is non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Rooms available at the discounted rate until 5th September 2017. Visit the hotel website.

Jury’s Inn

80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow
Four minutes walk to Glasgow Central station.

Hotel: 0141 314 4800
Central reservations: 0121 695 9134

Limited number of rooms held for delegates at a special discounted conference rate of £120 bed and breakfast per night for single occupancy and £130 B&B per double or twin occupancy. including a small number of fully accessible rooms and partially accessible rooms.Delegates should book through central reservations 0121 695 9134 quoting code SCOTTI031017

Rooms only being held at this discounted rate until 5th September. Visit the hotel website.

Dreamhouse Apartments

Various locations across the city. Usually five minute walk to Glasgow Central railway station.
Tel:  08452 260232 

Preferred rates for conference delegates on 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments. Offer not available at Ingram Street apartments. Please quote “Scottish Ballet” when booking. 

Please note there is no lift/elevator in either Lynedoch Crescent or Blythswood Apartments. Only partially accessible rooms are available at St Vincent Street apartments. Visit the website.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the UK.

It is celebrated as Scotland’s cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene. For more information than we’re able to offer here, visit the Visit Scotland website.

Getting to Tramway

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Tramway is a major cultural venue in the city. It is located 2 miles away from the city centre, reachable by train, bus or taxi. 

Train: Tramway is adjacent to Pollokshields East train station, less than two minutes walk from the platform to the main entrance. Trains depart from Glasgow Central station every 15 minutes during the daytime, the journey takes 5 minutes. Please note, there is only staircase access in and out on Pollokshields East train station. It is not accessible to wheelchair users or those who cannot climb stairs.

Bus: First Bus run services to Pollokshaws Road adjacent to Tramway from Union Street in Glasgow's city centre. Visitors should board any of the undernoted bus numbers which run every 10 minutes:
3, 38, 57, 57A. Visit for details.

Taxi: Available on the street around the main shopping areas and Glasgow Central Train station, along with bookable taxi firms and Uber, any taxi will take 5-10 minutes cost between £4-£8. 

Car: There is no car parking at Tramway. Visitors who intend to drive here are recommended to park at the Shields Road Subway Car Park. Walking distance to Tramway is just under a mile.

Travelling via Glasgow Airport

The main airport in Glasgow is served by direct flights from:
  • All London airports with connections to the rest of the world
  • Scottish Islands and North of Scotland
  • Other UK airports: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derry, East Midlands, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay, Southampton
  • International airports across Europe, North America and Asia. Find a full list of direct destination and origins here.
The airport is around 10 miles from the city centre. Estimated journey times and costs via the various transport options are:

Taxi: 20-30 minutes, set fares of £15-£20 
Taxis are available outside the terminal building in a managed taxi rank. Most taxi companies offer set fares to Glasgow City Centre. Some accept card payments, but often will accept cash only.

Uber: 20-30 minutes set fares of £12-£22 are available via the Uber app
The low-cost taxi app is active in Glasgow. Users should download the app and register before their first journey. The airport pick up point will be indicated by the app, but will not be in the main airport taxi rank.

Bus: 20-30 minutes £7.50 single, £10 return
The Glasgow Airport Express, bus number 500 departs from Stance 1 outside the arrivals terminal. Buses run 24 hours per day, up to every 10 minutes, but less frequently late at night or early in the morning. Tickets can be purchased on the bus by cash or card, or booked online in advance here.

Glasgow Central Train Station

As the main train station in Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow Central is served by direct trains from:
  • London, with connections to the all stations in the South East of England
  • Penzance, Plymouth, Bristol with connections to all stations in the South West of England
  • Birmingham, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent with connections to all stations in the West Midlands
  • Derby with connections to all stations in the East Midlands
  • Preston, Manchester and Carlisle with connections to all stations in the North West of England
  • Sheffield, Leeds and York with connections to all stations in Yorkshire
  • Newcastle with connections to all stations in the North East of England
  • Most towns and cities in Northern, Western and Eastern Scotland
  • Edinburgh with connections to all other stations in Scotland