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People Dancing offers a range of memberships for individual dance artists, teachers and leaders, and for organisations of all sizes.

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Dance and community
Debbie Purtill, balletLORENT. Photo by Iolo Penri
Inspiring us to come together through dance
Debbi Purtill, Artistic Associate at balletLORENT, will lead a workshop at this year’s People Dancing Summer School (23-28 July). With a passion for dancing and for people, Debbi is most inspired when they come together… forming a creative community.
Taking 2PK to Norway
Alister O'Loughlin, UPGTeam
Instead of 'correcting' we congratulate their 're-mixing'
Alister O’Loughlin will return to our Summer School this year (23-28 July) to introduce delegates to performance-parkour (2PK). Whilst blogging, Alister was at a festival in Norway, working with young people on a site-specific performance
Dancing a way of life
Ruth Kent
How do we dance with those whose major challenge is in movement?
We dance to express our lives. For some, this can be a life with Parkinson’s. Dance artist Ruth Kent explains how, in growing a dance class in Aberdeen, she wanted to shape content around real life experiences
Completely tangoed: body and soul
Kate Swindlehurst
Once a dancer, always a dancer
She began with ballet, took up tango and, despite her Parkinson’s diagnosis, dance artist and writer Kate Swindlehurst has continued to be what she’s been since she was four-years-old… a dancer
Great value
Glasgow conference 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
From just £90
Join us to make the most of the insurance benefits included in our Professional Individual Membership for dance artists, teachers and leaders
People Dancing Music
Curated playlists for dance practitioners
Curated playlists for dance practitioners including; Dance with Older People, Contemporary Dance, Dance for Early Years, South Asian Dance Styles, Lindy Hop, Dance for Parkinson's, Argentine Tango, Creative dance and Bollywood
People Dancing Podcasts
Diverse presentations and debate
The People Dancing podcasts are available for you to listen to online. Don't forget to follow us on Soundcloud and iTunes for future content!
Inclusive images go digital!
11 Million Reasons to Dance, inspired by Chicago. Photo: Sean Goldthorpe
Stunning photographs reinvented
People Dancing, with funding from digital commissioning body The Space, has developed the online presence of 11 Million Reasons to Dance with a series of short films and enhanced images
Jobs and careers
Green colour
Here you can browse jobs and opportunities in community and participatory dance
Got a vacancy you want to fill? You can also post your vacancy online
Animated magazine
Curious Shoes. Photo: Brian Hartley
Latest edition out now!
Animated magazine Winter 2017/18 - current issues and practice in participatory dance
Push came to shove
David Leventhal
Dance for Parkinson's
The People Dancing Summer School will welcome one of the world's leading lights in the growing field of dance for Parkinson's. David Leventhal joins us from his Brooklyn studio - here's his blog on pushing the seemingly immovable 'flywheel'.
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.