The UK development organisation and membership
body for community and participatory dance
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People Dancing is 'the foundation for community dance.' We are the UK development organisation and membership body for those involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance. Our membership reaches more than 4,500 dance professionals worldwide.

We believe dance can change lives and transform communities. Our vision is of a world where dance is a part of everyone’s life and our mission is to make dance important to all individuals, communities and society by promoting excellent dance practice. People Dancing works with and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers involved in leading, delivering or supporting community and participatory dance. 
People Dancing's leadership of the community dance network is a driving force for the sector, providing a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning. This exposes our members and partners to diverse dance practices and new contacts. By helping to expand professional horizons, profile and professional identity, People Dancing is an invaluable resource for anyone working in community dance. We also create opportunities for anyone to take part in dance activities.
Sounds of Glasgow 2017
Liz Lerman at Glasgow 2017. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Be part of our Glasgow international conference - pick up a podcast!
People Dancing’s international conference, held in Glasgow in early October, attracted dance artists, teachers, organisations and managers from 15 countries across the globe. 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.
People Dancing: Together
Border Tales - Protein. Photo ©Jane Hobson
People Dancing and Protein launch 'People Dancing: Together'
Dance partners announce new programme of participatory dance, culminating in an annual international performance.
Voice and Presence
Louise Katerega. Pic by Benedict Johnson
20 minutes to change our world
Louise Katerega is producer of Voice and Presence, the first collaborative project as an Associate Artist of People Dancing. Voice and Presence sets out to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the voice of women of colour in participatory dance...
Dance partners in health
Dance for health & wellbeing - Photo by Rachel Cherry
Dance partners in health
One Dance UK and People Dancing have joined forces to raise the profile of dance and make dance more widely available in response to the government's health and wellbeing agenda.
Our 30 names for 30 years...
People Dancing 30 Honorary Life Members
People Dancing marks 30 years with 30 Honorary Life Memberships
Prestigious awards made at special celebration event hosted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society...
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Members' insurance cover
Members' Insurance Cover
If you're a dance teacher, artist or leader, join People Dancing as a Professional Individual Member and enjoy insurance cover as a key member benefit.
Older people's dance survey
Older people's dance activities  Photography Helen Murray
Older people's dance activities - first UK survey
A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016...
Autumn/Winter Programme
People Dancing Programme - Autumn/Winter 2016/17
People Dancing Programme - Autumn/Winter 2016/17
The latest issue of People Dancing's Programme of events and initiatives is out now!
Glasgow 2017
People Dancing International Event 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
International Conference: Glasgow 2017
People Dancing’s second international conference was held at Tramway, Glasgow, on 3-5 October
People Dancing Team
Executive Director: Chris Stenton
Director, Dance for Parkinson's Network UK: Kiki Gale MBE
Programme Coordinator: Rosie Frances
Programme Coordinator: Daryl Kirkland
Producer, Professional Development: Anna Leatherdale
Producer, Events & Big Dance: Richard Parr
Producer, Dance, Deaf & Disabled People: Louise Wildish

General Manager: Emma Hayes
Finance Administrator: Denise Jennings

Development Manager: Ruth Bates
Membership Services Coordinator: Shelley Trevelyan 
Marketing and Communications Manager: Jeremy Waterfield  

Our Board
Dr Sara Houston, Chair (Principal Lecturer, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton)
Jane Ralls, Vice-Chair
(Independent Dance Manager)
Pat Abraham
, Chair, Finance and General Purposes Committee (Arts Consultant)
Helen Angove (Head of Development and Partnerships for the DIME Group)
Caroline Bowditch (Performance Artist and Choreographer)
Lucy Frazer (Dance & Arts Manager)
Dylan Quinn (Artistic Director, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre)

Our Patron
Sue Hoyle, Director, Clore Leadership Foundation

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. 109 0561 37
Registered office: LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

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