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People Dancing
Summer School 2016

Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 July
De Montfort University, Leicester

"Completely inspirational, I can’t wait to start delivering." Hayley Earlam, Participant 2015.

The People Dancing Summer School is back for 2016. This unique professional development experience offers the opportunity to develop your skills, and be inspired by great dance practice and renowned artists and leaders in the field.

Select from one or two-day courses, or build your own pathway across the week:
  • Teaching Dance in Primary Schools with Mel Knott (26 July)
  • Safe Dance Practice with Charlotte Tomlinson (26 July)
  • Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s with David Leventhal and the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK (26-27 July)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work with British Red Cross (27 July)
  • Business Skills for Dance Practitioners with Chris Stenton and members of the People Dancing team (27 July)
  • Developing Choreography with Children and Young People led by Jo Rhodes (27 July)
  • Exploring Different Dance Techniques for your Practice with Alexandra Jay, Anusha Subramanyam and Andrea Stockburn (28 July)
  • Dance with Older People with Diane Amans (29 July)
  • Repertory from COAL with Gary Clarke (29 July).
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Teaching Dance in Primary Schools

with Mel Knott

Tuesday 26 July 2016

This one-day course is aimed at community dance practitioners who are interested in developing their practice to teach within primary school settings, either as part of the general curriculum delivery, or in the provision of after-school activities. 

The day will be practically led and provide participants with;

  • Inspiration and ideas for using cross-curricular approaches to teaching dance within the primary school curriculum, and in after school clubs
  • Example schemes of work for Foundation Stage, Key Stages One and Two
  • Knowledge of how to plan and deliver a high quality dance lesson
  • Useful and appropriate resources for primary school children
  • Guidance on communicating effectively with schools.
Mel Knott's biography

Mel is an independent dance artist and educator, who has worked as a teacher, choreographer and consultant for a range of dance organisations.  She is currently Dance Associate at Curve, Leicester, teaches dance in primary and secondary schools, in higher education and within the youth and community dance sector. Mel regularly leads continuing professional development supporting teachers and dance artists on delivering high quality dance education to children and young people in schools, including specialist dance qualifications.  Mel leads the Curve Young Dance company, with whom she has created a number of dance pieces for both stage and site-specific environments.  Most recently Mel was the movement director on Curve’s production of The Witches (2015/16).

Teaching Dance in Primary Schools prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133

Safe Dance Practice

with Charlotte Tomlinson

Tuesday 26 July 2016

This one-day course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of the dance practitioner in relation to safe and healthy dance activity using the most up to date research in dance science. Whether working within youth dance, with ageing dancers or dancers with disabilities, the underlying principles for safe dance remain the same and need to be practiced when working with any moving body.

The course will focus on the key aspects for safe and effective warm up and cool down, suitable sequencing of a dance class, basic anatomical considerations, and what advice should or shouldn’t be given by the dance leader to the participants in their session.

The course will provide an introduction to a number of key areas that consolidate what makes a dance class safe so that the practitioner can feel more confident about their own understanding, and delivery in community dance, with a focus on their particular area of practice.

The course is also a great introduction to the new Safe in Dance International (SiDI) Healthy Dance Practice Certification.
Charlotte Tomlinson's biography
Charlotte graduated with a BA (Hons) Dance Degree in 2005 with Roehampton University, an MSc Dance Science in 2006 with Trinity Laban, and a PGCE with University of Bedfordshire in 2008. She is now is a Lecturer in Dance at Leicester College and Addict Dance Academy, a Community Dance Practitioner, and a Course Provider and Quality Reviewer for Safe in Dance Internationals (SiDI) Healthy Dance Practice Certification. She is Artistic Director for Inclusive Dance group SideKick Dance and Co-author of the 2015 publication Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective. Charlotte also runs dance classes for older adults in Leicestershire. She has presented at both National and International conferences and is a listed Healthier Dancer Speaker with Dance UK. Charlotte is a member of People Dancing, One Dance UK, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and Fitpro.

Safe Dance Practice prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133

An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s

with David Leventhal, the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK, People Dancing and Dance for PD ® (USA)

Tuesday 26 - Wednesday 27 July 2016

The Dance for Parkinson's Network UK with People Dancing and Dance for PD ® (USA) are pleased to deliver the Network’s annual training days.

This is a two-day professional development opportunity for experienced dance practitioners, musicians and allied arts and health professionals interested in learning more about dance classes for people with Parkinson’s.

The course will be led by David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group (New York) and members of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK. The course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants, and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class.

Successful completion of the Dance for Parkinson’s on-line learning programme assessment is a pre-requisite for this course. The on-line course and assessment fee is included in the course cost.

David Leventhal's biography

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities in 10 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach.

Since 2007, he has trained more than 350 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 20 cities around the world. Along with Olie Westheimer, he is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two recently published books: Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press).

He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson's and health at the medical schools of University of Michigan and Columbia University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£207 £270 £230 £290

Emergency First Aid at Work

with British Red Cross

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Open to anyone, this one-day course is based on the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification that is required by the Health and Safety Executive. The course involves a practical assessment and successful participants gain the Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. The course includes:

  • Principles of first aid
  • Vital signs – including for children
  • Incident procedure
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Treatment of a casualty with a seizure (epilepsy)
  • Bleeding and shock, including scenarios
  • Basic life support - Heart attack
  • Chain of survival
  • Choking
  • Limb Injuries – soft tissue injuries and fractures: theory and return to play/training/seek medical intervention decisions
  • Common medical problems: Heart Attack/Angina, Fainting, Asthma, Diabetes & Anaphylaxis
  • First aid kit contents specific to needs
Emergency First Aid at Work prices
Early Bird (until 30 April 2015) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£95 £162 £120 £184

Business Skills for Dance Practitioners

with Chris Stenton and members of the People Dancing team

Wednesday 27 July 2016

The aim of this one-day course is to provide dance practitioners with greater confidence in relation to the entrepreneurial skills needed to run a dance business. This course will provide participants with the opportunity to explore:

  • Choosing a structure for your business (ltd company, CIC, Charity, Sole Trader etc) 
  • Writing a pitch for work 
  • Approaching potential employers 
  • Relationship building and fundraising
  • Basic marketing – who is your market? Purpose and methods of communication, content and design, frequency
  • Professional etiquette – making contact with local providers and supporters.
Business Skills for Dance Practitioners prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133

Developing Choreography with Children and Young People

with Jo Rhodes

Wednesday 27 July 2016

This one-day course is open to anyone with an interest in creating and developing choreography with children and young people. Course content will include
  • Choreographic and leadership styles – cultivating an environment of ownership and creativity
  • Sources to inspire choreographic development in relation to a groups’ needs, skills and aims (including music, props and visual stimuli)
  • Realising the potential of the individual and the group in varying settings and contexts
  • Creative Task Exploration
  • Value of reflection and appreciation to the creative process
  • Sharing experience and practice amongst participants.
Jo Rhodes biography

Jo has been an independent dance artist for fourteen years, working in education, community and health settings. She has received funding to create and tour work, been commissioned by various youth dance companies and produced a dance and health film project screened internationally, for which she was nominated as ‘Rising Star’ (Arts Council NW). Jo has led professional development courses across the UK for both specialist and non-specialist practitioners. These include at the Royal Ballet School for Young Creatives (Youth Dance England) and for The Place. She has authored national publications and spoken at multi-sector conferences about dance as a vehicle for learning. Currently Jo teaches for Children and Youth Dance at The Place and is an Animateur for Essential Alston. 

Developing Choreography with Children and Young People prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133


Exploring Different
Dance Techniques
for your Practice

Thursday 28 July 2016

Your chance to meet, greet and get to know some new dance styles – and hopefully take one of them home (at least!) to add to your dance practice.

This one-day course is designed to expand your horizons and give you a chance to experience a variety of dance techniques that you could incorporate in to your community practice. No previous experience in these techniques is required and all sessions have been designed to help dance practitioners have fun and play with new movement material that may be applied in a variety of community contexts.

Workshops include:
  • Bharatanatyam with Anusha Subramanyam (from Beeja)
  • Breakdance with Andrea Stockburn (from Firefly Associates)
  • Musical Theatre with Alexandra Jay (My Fair Lady, Cats and Mamma Mia)
  • Rock ‘n Roll with Alexandra Jay (My Fair Lady, Cats and Mamma Mia).

Anusha Subramanyam's biography

Anusha is considered one of the best-known faces of Bharata Natyam in the UK: she uses dance in exciting and innovative ways, within and outside the confines of tradition. She is a dance movement therapist, an experimentalist, a choreographer, teacher and teacher-trainer, besides being a performer. Her work is trans-cultural and inter-generational. Anusha has choreographed a wide range of performances and has collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines to create work that is accessible, entertaining and challenging.  Her passion for dance and belief that everyone can dance is at the core of her company’s (Beeja) ethos. Anusha was awarded Asian Women Achievement Award in Culture, 2011.

Andrea Stockburn's biography

Andrea Stockburn, the director and founder of Firefly Associates found her passion for breakdance in 1998. Known as 'Firefly', she quickly gained a reputation on the competition scene, winning numerous titles including the 2006 European Mighty 4 bgirl battle held in France. As well as being a former gymnast and qualified Pilates instructor, Firefly is a top, respected, established bgirl renowned for her positivity, energy, versatility and professionalism. Due to many years of practice and dedication, she was the first UK female invited to battle on stage at the UK Bboy Championships in 2003 and the first UK female to win an international bgirl competition. “Break dance is one of the most visually exciting dance styles to watch. Who wouldn't want to watch someone spinning on their head and performing seemingly impossible moves?! You can't get much better entertainment than that! It's a dance that appeals to people from all walks of life."

Alexandra Jay's biography

Alexandra Jay performed as Jemima in Cats the musical and then went on to understudy and play Eliza Doolittle at the National Theatre and Drury Lane. After enjoying lead roles in Cabaret (Chichester Festival theatre) and other fringe productions, Alex played Sophie in Mamma Mia for 2 years in London's West end. Alex now enjoys teaching dance and performance technique to children and adults in Devon.

Exploring Different Dance Techniques for your Practice prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133

FCD Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry

Dance with Older People

with Diane Amans

Friday 29 July 2016

This is a one-day introductory course for dancers, activity leaders and other practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people. The course includes:
  • Practical ideas for dance with frail older people, including those living with dementia
  • Overview of ageing process and how this impacts on safe practice in community dance 
  • Duty of care and risk assessment
  • Creative use of props
  • Starting points and structures for creating dance.
Diane Amans' biography

Diane has a long association with People Dancing and delivered the Introduction to Community Dance Practice Summer School course as part People Dancing’s previous Summer School.

This year she will return to act as course tutor on the Dance with Older People Summer School course. Diane will lead the course for participants who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.

Diane is one of the leading practitioners in community dance, is the author of An Introduction to Community Dance Practice and founder of Freedom in Dance. During her time as director of the company she developed the accredited training course Leading Dance with Older People.

Diane is a dance artist whose career has included working in education, training staff in health and social care, and managing dance projects in health and community settings. She currently works as a freelance choreographer, trainer and consultant. Diane is particularly interested in intergenerational projects and has created several dance pieces challenging stereotypes of youth and ageing. She has recently developed a new training programme for participatory arts workers. Discovering Common Threads focuses on attitudes to difference and ways in which artists can both celebrate difference and explore what we have in common.

Dance with Older People prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133

Repertory from COAL

with Gary Clarke

Friday 29 July 2016

This one-day course will provide participants with a chance to see how rep can be used as a basis for the development of practice across community settings. The overall aim of the course is to encourage and enable dancers to explore mechanisms for taking dance in to a community setting.

Gary Clarke will introduce participants to dance techniques used in the dance work COAL, together with an extract from the COAL repertory. The course will enable participants to:
  • Participate in a technique class that relates to the content of COAL
  • Learn a section of repertory from COAL
  • Learn mechanisms for adapting technique or rep content to meet the needs of a variety of different community dance groups (ie children, young people, active or frail elderly, people with additional needs etc)
  • Gain an understanding of how to use choreographic devices that can be applied in a community dance context.

Gary Clarke's biography

Artistic Director Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance artists who has received great appreciation for his work as a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Mentor, Teacher and Facilitator. He has developed a growing reputation for creating extraordinary dance work of various sizes and scales which has received praise from critics, audiences, producers, national dance agencies and venues in the UK and abroad.

Gary has developed a wealth of choreographic experience in creating site-specific works (in pubs, clubs, graveyards and galleries) as well as full-length productions for stage. His work is renowned for its thought provoking nature; its visually striking imagery and idiosyncratic style.

Since 2003, Gary Clarke Company has received regular support and funding from Arts Council England and numerous National Dance Agencies and venues to create an impressive body of work which has received both critical and audience acclaim and has toured extensively both nationally and internationally.

Repertory from COAL prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133

FCD Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry

Further information and how to book:

Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 July 2016

Where: The PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester, LE2 7BQ
Cost: Course fees start from £85 which includes all support materials and lunches. Accommodation can be added for £27 per person per night. Please download the booking form for a full breakdown of prices for each course.

Getting there: Car and public transport information can be found here. We will be in contact closer to the time about where best to park.

Choosing a course: If you have read the above information and are still not sure which course is best for you, email Emma or call us on 0116 253 3453.

Payment options: We are pleased to offer a number of payment options for this year's Summer School. You can pay by card, send us a cheque or pay by bank transfer. Any questions about these payment options, please let us know.

How to book: Please complete the booking form below and return it to Emma Hayes, General Manager via email or by post - Summer School 2016, People Dancing, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE
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