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People Dancing's leadership of the community dance network provides a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning. This helps to expand our members' professional horizons, profile and professional identity.

Our News & Views area reflects this commitment to challenge, support and inspire dance professionals and our partners, including those who just love or want to dance. This will feature new dance projects, skills development, industry initiatives, thought leadership, the sharing of best practice, practical support and sector content that will inform, educate and entertain.

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Magpie’s Founder, Artistic & Executive Director, Avril Hitman BEM will be stepping down from Magpie
Avril Hitman stepping down
Date posted: 24 January 2017
Magpie’s Founder, Artistic & Executive Director, Avril Hitman BEM will be stepping down from Magpie Dance after 32 years of leading the organisation
People Dancing Annual Report 2014-2015
Our new 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.
Sound of Music, 11 Million Reasons to Dance, photo by Sean Goldthorpe
The making of...
Date posted: 22 November 2016
Watch the making of 11 Million Reasons the exhibition - photographed by Sean Goldthorpe here
The Museum of Us
Date posted: 15 November 2016
Support our fundraising campaign to create an accessible online archive
People Dancing's 30 birthday event
Celebrating 30 years!
Date posted: 11 November 2016
A legendary Central London venue hosted a very special celebration event on 13 December to mark People Dancing’s 30th birthday… and launch an exciting campaign to create a living history archive of community dance.
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!
Cecilia Macfarlane
BLOG: Dance without touch?
Date posted: 28 October 2016
The author of our very first People Dancing blog is the renowned community dance pioneer, Cecilia Macfarlane. We’re grateful to Cecilia for getting our blog off the ground, especially as she penned it on a plane en route from Japan to San Francisco!
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Any Age. Any Body...
Date posted: 19 September 2016
A dancer who started her own dance classes for children 30 years ago has put her experience into a new book for others to share.
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...
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Physically Being Me
Date posted: 22 November 2016
Physically Being Me explores the positive journeys and thoughts of six disabled people who dance from their point of view.
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Inclusion - A U.Dance Experience
Date posted: 22 November 2016
People Dancing has created this short film in partnership with Youth Dance England to inspire inclusive groups and group leaders working with disabled young dancers to apply to be part of U.Dance 2015 in Plymouth.
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Date posted: 22 November 2016
'Motion' is commissioned by the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association and People Dancing.
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Date posted: 22 November 2016
Contemplation Is there one aesthetic for a dancer? What does a dancer look like?
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Date posted: 22 November 2016
This short film focuses on the work of Isabel Jones, Artistic Director of Salamanda Tandem.
11 Million Reasons Asian Premier in Hong Kong courtesy of British Council 2016
Picture show hits Hong Kong
Date posted: 11 October 2016
Our 11 Million Reasons to Dance exhibition, featuring the stylish, fun and thought provoking work of emerging photographer Sean Goldthorpe, is making its Asian Premiere in Hong Kong, thanks to the British Council.
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.
ArtWorks Alliance
Date posted: 28 June 2016
A new body for participatory arts has been formed. ArtWorks Alliance is the UK umbrella for organisations with strategic or developmental interests in any branch of participatory arts.
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