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Every 'body' dance
Photo shows Natasha Britton, Magpie Dance
What's rewarding? Seeing every 'body' dance - for enjoyment, for art, for a career
Inspired by founding artistic director Avril Hitman and all the Magpie Dance team, Natasha Britton explains her passion to achieve the company vision of "a world where a learning disability is no barrier to personal and artistic success in dance"
Summer School blog
Jo Rhodes at People Dancing Summer School 2016
Not bad for those who 'haven't got a creative bone in their bodies'
The People Dancing Summer School 2018 (23-28 July) at De Montfort University, Leicester will cover a broad range of dance styles for different dance participants. To launch a series of People Dancing blogs leading up to Summer School, Jo Rhodes - who will lead a session on Youth Dance - draws on her dance experience to show the power of dance to move young people…
What's in a name?
Kiki Gale - Director, Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Partnership set to build on progress of Dance for Parkinson's Network
With a change of name to The Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK, the former Dance for Parkinson’s Network is now well positioned to support the collective ambition to give everyone in the UK living with Parkinson’s the opportunity to engage in the creative, dynamic and aesthetic experience that participation in dance can offer, blogs Kiki Gale...
Sounds of Glasgow 2017
Liz Lerman at Glasgow 2017. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Be part of our Glasgow international conference - pick up a podcast!
People Dancing’s international conference, held in Glasgow in early October, attracted dance artists, teachers, organisations and managers from 15 countries across the globe. In case you couldn’t be part of this global gathering of community dance, we captured some of the quality and diversity of the presentations and debate with a series of People Dancing podcasts.
Dance on screen
Big Dance Shorts India. Photo: R&D
Showing soon: Big Dance Shorts India
Two three-minute films, both winners under the Big Dance Shorts programme, will be screened by Channel 4’s Random Acts strand on 16 & 23 November. Two other winners – Cuppa and But Where Are You From? – will be available to watch online from 30 November.
People Dancing: Together
Border Tales - Protein. Photo ©Jane Hobson
People Dancing and Protein launch 'People Dancing: Together'
Dance partners announce new programme of participatory dance, culminating in an annual international performance.
Parkinson's workshop
Photo by Sara Teresa
An introduction to dance for Parkinson's workshop
A two-day workshop is being presented in Leeds, next spring, by Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK and People Dancing, with Yorkshire Dance.
Summer School 2018
Summer School 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
People Dancing's Summer School runs from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 July 2018 at De Montfort University, Leicester. There are eleven inspiring courses to choose from, with world-class artists and teachers.
North East claims dance images
Dance City: Photo by Adam Widdrington
11 Million Reasons to Dance exhibition finds a home
11 Million Reasons to Dance, an exhibition of photographs by Sean Goldthorpe, commissioned by People Dancing, will return to Dance City for permanent display from January 2018, following a successful national tour.
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