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Kloé Dean
Summer School tutor announced
Date posted: 12 June 2017
Kloé Dean, who was a professional cast member of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, is to lead a hip hop workshop at People Dancing Summer School 2017, on Thursday 27 July.
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...
Chloe Wilmot
"Support to try something new"
Date posted: 26 April 2017
Dance practitioner and People Dancing member Chloe Wilmot attended her first People Dancing Summer School, last year. Here Chloe blogs to explain why she’s booked herself on for three training sessions at Summer School 2017 (25-28 July)…
International Conference 2017
Date posted: 13 April 2017
Call for Contributions! We would like to hear from people working in community and participatory contexts from across the world, for our next conference taking place in Glasgow 3-5 October 2017. Deadline: Wednesday 10 May at 17:00 (GMT)
Summer School 2015, 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 Annual Report 2014-2015
Our Annual Report
Date posted: 20 December 2016
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.
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...
Raquel Meseguer
Dancing through chronic pain
Date posted: 21 April 2017
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?”
Alison Williams
'Laughter, feeling lovely, joy'
Date posted: 11 April 2017
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…
Paula Turner
A democracy of dance
Date posted: 24 March 2017
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
Date posted: 15 March 2017
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.
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