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Focus on: People Dancing's International conference


This edition of Animated brings together a range of voices, views and provocations including some of the brilliant and generous contributors who participated in People Dancing’s international conference held in the Autumn of 2017.

It felt to me that at the conference there was a discernible shift in the way people are thinking and talking about their work; I didn’t hear community dance ‘camouflaged’ as something else (‘physical activity’; it being ‘diversionary’; for example) things felt confident and grounded, but inquisitive and dialogic; the artform of dance was front and centre in community dance debates. That feels like a pretty good place to start 2018 from.

Some of the conference was sound recorded and presented online as podcasts. These are free to listen to and download. Details about how to access these here.

If you’re looking for other kinds of inspiration or reference points, then there is sure to be something in the searchable archive of Animated, featuring previously published articles spanning over 20 years. It’s a free resource that we provide to everyone and is available at

Chris Stenton
Executive Director, People Dancing

In this issue
Inclusive practice
Paul Huc (Entrust) with participant. Photo: Mary Grigg and Emma Smith.
Telling Tall Dance Tales
Artist Mary Grigg talks about her inclusive work during a 12-week dance project based on Aesop’s Fables for children 
Charlotte Tomlinson (pink t-shirt) with SideKick Youth group. Photo: Freya Clarke.
Getting a kick out of dance
One Dance UK Dance Teaching award-winner Charlotte Tomlinson, Artistic Director of SideKick Dance, reflects on her journey working as an inclusive dance artist 
Participants, Move Dance Feel. Photo: Louise Klarnett.
Move Dance Feel
In 2016 community dance artist Emily Jenkins launched a project offering weekly dance and movement sessions to women recovering from cancer. The project has proved very successful, bringing about a variety of benefits for the women involved 
Louise Dickson, Illuminate Freedom. Photo: Lisa Gilby @freshestframes
The light within…
People Dancing Associate Artist Louise Katerega continues her Voice and Presence conversations acknowledging, amplifying and celebrating women of the African Diaspora in participatory dance. Here she talks to Louise Dickson
People Dancing International Conference: Glasgow 2017
Vincent E. Thomas, International Conference: Glasgow 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
When someone says, ‘I’m not a dancer’, I simply don’t believe them
US dance artist Vincent E. Thomas took time out from his recent flying visit to Glasgow, where he joined us for People Dancing's second international conference. Here he explains his quest to recover something that's in danger of being lost... our natural instinct to move
Jennifer Bruce, Mairi Campbell and Irene Kelso from left to right. Photo: Brian Hartley.
Wolf Pack called into light
Executive Producer Belinda McElhinney hunts down a couple of members of Barrowland Ballet’s intergenerational company, Wolf Pack 
Cast of You Are Here. Photo: Jenny Harper.
Being moved
During the You Are Here project Clare Reynolds, Co-Artistic Director, Restoke, discovers what ‘home’ means whilst working with people who have moved to Stoke-on-Trent
Tightrope, Amici’s 30th anniversary show. Photo: Sheila Burnett.
Cake, communitas and contact
Dance artist, educator, researcher and performing member of Amici Dance Theatre Company, Lizz Fort on the stories we share through dancing together
Lucy Evans, International Conference: Glasgow 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
Beyond the Walls
Louisa Borg-Costanzi Potts, Programme Manager and Kate Wakeling, Research Fellow, Learning and Participation at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance reflect on an innovative piece of artist-research, offering audiences personal insight into the inner workings of a participatory arts project for people with dementia in a care home 
Monica Gillette (right) Störung/Hafra'ah, Theater Freiburg. Photo: Maurice Korbel.
When the act of dancing becomes the research
Dancer and choreographer Monica Gillette investigates the larger role dance and choreographic practice can play in the development of research in other fields outside the dance community 
Brian Hartley and audience member, Curious Shoes. Photo: Eoin Carey.
Curious Shoes – moving beyond memory
Independent creative collaborator Magdalena Schamberger talks about bespoke performances for people affected by dementia and their families and carers in theatre and community settings 
Landulph Primary School, Cornwall, LEAP programme. Photo: Benjamin Dunks.
Dance, identity, technology
Benjamin Dunks, Artistic Director, Attic Dance embraces digital ways we can explore and understand the impact moving creatively has on our identity and sense of self 
Marc Vlemmix (right). Photo: Rob Hogeslag and commissioned by Dance for Health.
Happily ever after
At the age of 37 Marc Vlemmix, founder of the Dance For Health foundation in the Netherlands for people with chronic movement disorders, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. For a while he tried to ignore it, but it got worse and worse. Something had to happen. The answer turned out to be right in front of his nose