The UK development organisation and membership
body for community and participatory dance
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About us
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. Our membership reaches more than 4,500 dance professionals worldwide.

We have more than 30 years’ experience of working to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy dance. This work is also focused on driving excellence in community dance practice. We are inspired by our firm belief that everyone has a right to experience dance.

Our artistic values
These underpin our activities and the way we champion equality, diversity and inclusion. Our artistic values call on us:
  • To place people, their aspirations, rights and choices at the centre in providing opportunities for individuals and communities to operate creatively and artistically
  • To respect everyone’s right of equal access to quality experiences in dance of all kinds
  • Not to be limited by form, style or convention and to embrace digital possibilities
  • To contribute positively to people’s health and wellbeing, resilience, social relationships and creative learning
  • To develop dance as an artform, working with highly skilled and professionally developed dance artists and practitioners.

Our organisational values
The way we work at People Dancing is defined by our organisational values. These are to strive for:
  • Excellence – in participation and progression in dance for all
  • Inclusion – always at the heart of what we do and why we do it
  • Collaboration – where actions give greater strength and voice to all involved
  • Openness – in all our working practices.
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
Safeguarding: Out Of School
Department for Education releases guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Out Of School Settings in England
New guidance from Department for Education in England
Open Space
Photo: Jeremy Wong, Operations and Finance Officer, Improbable
Online conversation
On Friday 25 Sep 2020 an online Open Space conversation with around 170 people in response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic took place: Is this actually a great time to make some changes in Dance?
People Dancing's statement
Black Lives Matter logo
Online dance delivery
Iona Waite, Education Programme Manager at ACE Dance and Music and Board member of People Dancing
Creative engagement during online dance class delivery
Iona Waite, Education Programme Manager at ACE Dance and Music and Board member of People Dancing talks with independent dance artist and practitioner, Lucy Haighton about how to enable creative engagement during online dance class delivery.
Disabled dance artists
Kate Stanforth in conversation
Five disabled dance artists on issues being faced amid COVID-19
Professional disabled dance artists and practitioners: Kimberley Harvey, Joseph Issac Powell, Kate Stanforth, Kitty Fedorec and Laura Dajao talk about some of the issues being faced amid COVID-19
In conversation
Kimberly Harvey
Translation, adaption and inclusion online
A short film of dance artist Kimberly Harvey and People Dancing’s Director of Engagement Louise Wildish in conversation.
Facing the challenges
Anna, Dylan and Catherine Zoom meet
Delivering dance classes online
Join our Director of Learning, Anna Leatherdale in discussion with Dylan Quinn and Catherine Young about the challenges they have faced over the last few weeks of converting their regular classes as independent practitioners into online provision.
Inclusive images go digital!
11 Million Reasons to Dance, inspired by Chicago. Photo: Sean Goldthorpe
Stunning photographs reinvented
People Dancing, with funding from digital commissioning body The Space, has developed the online presence of 11 Million Reasons to Dance with a series of short films and enhanced images
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.
New Chair of the Board
Scilla Dyke MBE. Photographer: Gary John Norman
A continuous flow of change
As Scilla Dyke MBE takes up the position as People Dancing’s new Chair, Scilla shares some reflections on a continuing life-long journey in and through dance
Doing things differently @MendoncaPen
Pepperland and beyond
Dance artist and writer Kate Swindlehurst reflects upon her experience of the opening night of Mark Morris Dance Group’s UK Pepperland tour and the next day Dance for people living with Parkinson's - Looking ahead: a one-day interactive symposium at Sadler’s Wells, London in March 2019

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Our funders


Company details

  • People Dancing is the trading name of the Foundation for Community Dance
  • Registered Charity no. 328392
  • Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 2415458
  • VAT no. 109056137
  • Registered office: LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.