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Alison Williams and Julia Melton at the Edinburgh dance for Parkinson's class
In praise of... "bird-scarers"
Date posted: 12 September 2017
At People Dancing’s International Conference, in Glasgow on 3-5 October, one of the three conference themes will be ‘Dance for people living with Parkinson’s’. A conference panel speaker, Dr Alison Williams, who is currently working with the University of Edinburgh, teamed up with a fellow member of her dance for Parkinson’s class, Julia Melton, to blog for us in praise of volunteers...
Louise Wildish - Producer & Director, 11 Million Reasons to Dance
Jonnie Peacock on Strictly
Date posted: 05 September 2017
Paralympian Jonnie Peacock featuring on this year's Strictly will reflect a more truthful representation of our society, blogs People Dancing's Louise Wildish, Producer & Director of our strategic touring programme 11 Million Reasons to Dance...
People Dancing International Event 2014. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Glasgow 2017 - Book now!
Date posted: 16 August 2017
People Dancing’s second international conference will be held at Tramway, Glasgow, on 3-5 October. Full programme details for Glasgow 2017 have been revealed, bookings are now open...
Alister O'Loughlin, The Urban Playground. Photo by Rachel Cherry
The inclusive beauty of Parkour
Date posted: 08 August 2017
People Dancing caught up with Performance-Parkour (2PK) specialist Alister O’Loughlin at this year’s Summer School, following his session as part of the Exploring different dance techniques for your practice course.
Miriam Early, Scottish Ballet. Photo by Christina Riley
Dance, learning & Parkinson's
Date posted: 26 July 2017
Dance practitioner Miriam Early has always loved what she does yet admits to going a bit sulky whenever it came to any serious self-analysis of her craft. But that’s now changed… and she’s discovered a beauty she never thought she’d find.
Charlotte Tomlinson
Congratulations, Charlotte!
Date posted: 04 July 2017
Charlotte Tomlinson is the winner of the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. Here we profile Charlotte's award-winning work with children and young people in the East Midlands...
Alister O'Loughlin, Urban Playground
Parkour at Summer School 2017
Date posted: 19 May 2017
One of the tutors at People Dancing Summer School 2017 (25-28 July) will be Alister O’Loughlin, of Urban Playground. Alister will introduce delegates to the exciting world of parkour and performance-parkour, known as 2PK…
New online learning course...
Date posted: 17 May 2017
Preparing for Safer Dance Practice - an online course that will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.
Louise Katerega. Pic by Benedict Johnson
Voice and Presence
Date posted: 12 May 2017
Louise Katerega is producer of Voice and Presence, the first collaborative project as an Associate Artist of People Dancing. Voice and Presence sets out to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the voice of women of colour in participatory dance...
Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's, Summer School 2016. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Living with Parkinson's?
Date posted: 10 April 2017
We've created a map featuring Dance for Parkinson's classes that take place across the country. Find your nearest one here...
Dance for health & wellbeing - Photo by Rachel Cherry
Dance partners in health
Date posted: 22 March 2017
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.
Summer school 2016. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Summer School 2017
Date posted: 12 March 2017
The 9th People Dancing Summer School will be held at De Montfort University, Leicester on 25-28 July 2017. Here's a round-up of its full programme of one and two-day courses.
People Dancing 30 Honorary Life Members
Our 30 names for 30 years...
Date posted: 14 December 2016
Prestigious awards made at special celebration event hosted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society...
Members' insurance cover
Get insured. Join us
Date posted: 24 November 2016
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 activities  Photography Helen Murray
Older people's dance survey
Date posted: 07 November 2016
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...
People Dancing Programme - Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Autumn/Winter Programme
Date posted: 06 November 2016
The latest issue of People Dancing's Programme of events and initiatives is out now!
Teaching Dance to Primary Schools, Summer School 2016, photo by Rachel Cherry
Student Membership
Date posted: 03 October 2016
Open to all UK students of dance or education and training at any level. Join anytime during your course of study and get up to 3 years' brilliant benefits for just £18.
Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group. Photo: Johan Henckens
Dance and Parkinson's
Date posted: 20 April 2016
People Dancing and Dance for PD® have, with the assistance of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, created an online learning programme...
Nathan Geering - Artistic Director
Made in Sheffield
Date posted: 03 August 2017
It was a special time for Artistic Director Nathan Geering as he prepared to stage one massive Olympic show in his adopted home city of Sheffield…
Meara O'Donnell-Webb on the Isle of Skye
Delivering a dream job
Date posted: 06 July 2017
Meara O’Donnell-Webb is one of three shortlisted for the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. We profile Meara's work with children and young people on the Isle of Skye…
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