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People Dancing International Conference 2017, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
People Dancing's International Conference 2017, Glasgow
03 October 2017 - 05 October 2017
We presented our second international event for anyone working in dance, in October 2017. Staged at Tramway in Glasgow, world-class artists, teachers and leaders came together for a programme of presentations, workshops and performances from 15 countries across the globe.
This was a unique opportunity to hear from world-leading individuals and organisations, take part in workshops and discussions, and watch performance whilst networking with colleagues from across the globe.

The programme focused on three areas reflecting innovations and current participatory dance practices:

  • Cultural identity and sense of place
  • Older people dancing
  • Dance for people living with Parkinson’s.
In case you couldn’t be part of this global gathering of community dance, we captured some of the quality and diversity of the presentations and debate with a series of People Dancing Podcasts. We hope they make you feel part of the conference. If you were there, they’ll give you a chance to check your notes and relive what was hopefully a memorable experience.

This series features seven key presentations/debates and 14 short delegate interviews, where our reporting team picked up on a question raised by Sangeeta Isvaran (Wind Dancers Initiative, India) in the opening session – “as a community dance practitioner, why do I do what I do?” We put this question to delegates, encouraging them to reflect on their own practice. We then added a further question, asking delegates to tell us how they see the future of community dance practice.

One of the key presentations captured as a podcast was the popular closing address given by US choreographer, performer, writer, teacher and speaker Liz Lerman. As People Dancing's Executive Director Chris Stenton said in his introduction, Liz was invited to come to Glasgow and leave conference with “an experience that sits at the very core of why we’re all here.”

To listen to any or all of our Glasgow 2017 podcasts click here.


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