People Dancing is the development organisation for community and participatory dance, driving forward inclusion and excellence and supporting a UK-wide network of members - dance artists and organisations - who make great dance happen in all its diversity.
Leading dance activities with Early Years course
Image credit: The Delights City ArtsHoopla 3. Image: Lamar Francois.
Delighted by dance: creating & moving in Early Years
A two-day (23 and 24 July) in-person course in the studio and outdoors for dancers, teaching artists and community practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with Early Years children (aged 4 years and under).
Earth Songs: A Non-Stylised & Environmental Movement workshop
Image credit: Anna Leatherdale.
Join Helen Poynor in-person on Friday 19 July 2024 for a day long course that explores her Walk of Life approach to working indoors and outdoors - on location, Buckfastleigh, Devon. It integrates moving in the studio with moving in response to natural environments.
People Dancing Summer Intensive 2024
Courtesy of Empowering Dance (archive of the project).
Online and in-person events running 07 - 28 July 2024
Join us for one or more days of People Dancing's Summer 2024 Intensive. This mix of inspiring courses with artists from the leading edge of community and participatory dance is a chance for you to learn, experiment and reflect with like-minded colleagues.
Space for freedom
In this blog, Suzanne Cantwell-Birkin of Off-Balance Dance reflects four weeks on from the launch of a new Dance with Parkinson’s class in Coventry… how she and co-director Alexis Haines are on a journey of learning together with their new and growing community of dancers…
Nurturing waves
Sarima and Eloise in studio. Photo: Sarima Chukundah.
In our most recent Animated editon Kamara Gray, Artistic Director of Artistry Youth Dance, looks back on its first decade while company dancers Eloise Badu & Sarima Chukundah recount how it propelled them to the world- renowned Ailey School’s Summer Intensive in New York.
Approaches to Dance with Older People Qualification
People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
The Level 4 Certificate Approaches to Dance with Older People is a single unit qualification that introduces dance artists to key issues that may affect older people who participate in dance.
Approaches to Dance for Early Years Qualification
‘Vitolda Klein’ – Vitolda Klein (Unsplash)
The Level 4 Certificate Approaches to Dance for Early Years is a single unit qualification that introduces dance artists to key issues that may affect the delivery of dance sessions for children aged 4 years and under.
Risk Assesment Qualification
The Risk Assessment for Participatory Arts Practitioners - Level 2 Award is a single unit qualification which requires you to develop your understanding of the processes involved in a risk assessment for participatory arts activities.
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People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry
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A choreography of parenting
Anita Clark.
Anita Clark, Director of The Work Room in Glasgow, Scotland, frames the voices of parent-artists contemplating or navigating the complexities of resuming their practice alongside the care and raising of children.
Sharing early years dance practice
Kimberley Harvey and Ella Fleetwood talk about their experience of dancing in the public spaces and on the wards of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London from June 2022 to March 2023.
Jobs and opportunities
People Dancing in the Summer. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
Here you can browse jobs and opportunities in community and participatory dance.
The Working Group statement
Candoco Dance Company, Corali, People Dancing, Stopgap Dance Company and TIN Arts are co-collaborators in a shared enquiry and Working Group to challenge ourselves and others to increase and sustain the presence and representation by disabled people in the dance workforce and its leadership.
Professional Qualifications
People Dancing's International Conference 2017, Glasgow. Photo: Rac
People Dancing has developed qualifications which enable dancers, teaching artists and community practitioners working in participatory settings to evidence their skills and knowledge.
A very contemporary dance project
Drawing: Marcia Porto.
Sharon Scaniglia, shares her appreciation of supporting artists, how creativity combats loneliness and her passionate belief in older age as an important time of rich self-expression.
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11 Million Reasons to Dance, inspired by The Red Shoes. Photo: Sean Goldthorpe
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People Dancing offers a range of memberships for individual dance artists, teachers and leaders, and for organisations of all sizes.

Jobs and opportunities 

Browse the latest jobs and opportunities in dance and post your vacancy on People Dancing's website.