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People Dancing's Summer School. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.
Passion for Practice symposium
19 November 2019
Presented by People Dancing in partnership with Curve, Attenborough Arts Centre and The Mighty Creatives this was the first Early Years Dance Network (EDYN) event.

Spend the day immersing yourself in some of the most relevant, innovative and exciting dance practice happening in the UK today.

Passion for Practice symposium is part of People Dancing's Early Years Dance Network (EDYN). It is brought to you in partnership with CurveAttenborough Arts Centre and The Mighty Creatives.

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 10.45am - 5.30pm at Curve, Leicester.

This symposium brings together a wealth of experience and talent from independent practitioners from across the UK, all having a commitment to excellent, innovative dance practice, steeped in childhood research and theory. Together they offer over 160 years of early years dance experience. 

The day is aimed at supporting and developing practitioners and artists working in early years dance and builds on the Early Years Dance Networks strategies and aims in developing dance practice.

It is for dancers, directors and choreographers wanting to use dance with the children they work with or wanting to explore and develop early years participation and/or performance. The day hosts a mixture of practical sessions and talking sessions.

Guest presenters include: Ruth Churchill-Dower, Liz Clark, Andrew Coombs, Anna Daly, Anna Dever, Head of Family Arts Campaign, Kimberley Harvey, Peppy Hills (panel discussion facilitator), Louise Klarnett, Jasmine Pasch and Siobhan Davies Dance.

Please see biographies and workshop information below.

Individual practitioners

  • People Dancing Member: £50
  • Non-member: £55


  • People Dancing Member: £60
  • Non-member: £65

Biographies and workshops


Call out to submit your ideas to lead the Wildcard Workshop!

People Dancing are on the lookout for artists, practitioners and organisations to bring an unusual, imaginative and engaging practical workshop to our symposium that will take place as part of the day.

We are looking for something extraordinary in early years dance practice. Work or approaches that are significant, unique and that have or have the potential to be of national interest and influence to a network of practitioners.

The deadline for proposals is 5pm Friday 4th October 2019 and the successful applicant will be notified by Friday 11th Oct 2019.

There is a fee of £100 available for the successful applicant plus a ticket to the symposium.



Photos: Leading dance for early years, People Dancing's Summer School. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.