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People Dancing is the development and membership organisation for community and participatory dance, driving forward inclusion and excellence through professional development, resources & safeguarding services, specialist programmes & networks. It supports a UK-wide network of members - dance artists, practitioners and organisations - who make great dance happen in all its diversity.

People Dancing offers a range of memberships for individual dance artists, teachers and leaders, and for organisations of all sizes.
Pay disparity online session
Image credit: Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney, The Uncultured
Thu 16 June 2022, 11:00 - 12:30
The Uncultured will share provocations and useful information on how we could shift the balance of pay disparity between freelance and salaried workers, and how we can all ask for things that might improve our working conditions.
Animated magazine
Animated cover image: 11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru project, 2021. Photographer: Philip Hatcher
Latest digital edition out now!
“What dance artists offer are spaces of connection in a myriad of wonderful different ways.” Spring/Summer 2022 digital edition of Animated magazine online in a flipbook
Investing in your work
People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Investing in your work
As an artist based in England, Liz Clark, our Associate Artist for Early Years, is deeply passionate about Arts Council England’s #LetsCreate strategy that creates fertile ground for the early years artist to get funding and encourages those based in England to seize the moment. Read more on her thoughts here.
Collective IDentity
Collective IDentity, a Danielle Teale Dance Programme. Photo credit: Sara Hibbert.
Collective IDentity
At the end of 2021 dance artist Danielle Teale reflects upon a multidisciplinary programme for people with Parkinson’s that was experienced during pandemic times and shares her passion for co-creation, a sense of self and love!
Finding my place
Marcia Edwards introducing site-specific performance at Spaghetti Junction photo by Peter Medlicott
Finding my place
After a wide-ranging career, Marcia Edwards found herself rooted in Stourbridge, West Midlands and embraced this by forming ME Dance Company in 2017. Here, she shares her passion for honouring your roots, appreciating your journey, giving back and striving for more in the communities you come from, live in and want to build for the future.
Online learning
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Improving your teaching skills for community dance practice
This seven-unit online course, developed by People Dancing and co-authored by the Urban Playground Team, aims to support participatory artists to improve their teaching skills.
Safeguarding
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
For individuals
Everyone is responsible for safeguarding, including anyone who works with or around children and/or adults at risk. As a dance practitioner, part of your responsibility is being able to respond safely and well if there is a problem or concern.
Individual artists toolkit
Proof of the Pudding cover image
A resource for artists to help them demonstrate the value and impact of participatory arts and develop partnerships for funding work - including a Marketing & Communications pack and a set of Case Studies.
People Dancing in the Summer
People Dancing in the Summer 2022: 26-28 July 2022
A unique three-day in-person professional development opportunity for dance artists and practitioners, offering a diverse programme of pathways and short courses led by outstanding artists and teachers, designed to refresh and reignite.
New to teaching?
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Just graduated? Changing career?
Join People Dancing’s Associate Producer for Change, Louise Katerega, for her top 10 signposts to People Dancing's resources to get you started on a happy, healthy teaching journey.
Diverse opportunities
Melissa Pasut, Returning By Katherine Betteridge and Sioned Roberts. Photographer: Matt Dean.
Diverse opportunities
Whilst looking for alternative ways to navigate a lockdown, freelance artist, Melissa Pasut, discovered the Wales Wide Training Programme. Here she reflects upon her expectations, connections found and virtual interaction that removed geographical boundaries.
e-news
People Dancing Summer School 2019. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Sign up to some or all of our occasional E-newsletters titles: People Dancing Updates; 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network (inclusive dance); Living well with Parkinson’s; Early Years Dance Network and Jobs E-news

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