The UK development organisation and membership
body for community and participatory dance
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About us
People Dancing is 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 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.
 

 

Early Years Dance
People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Passion for Practice symposium
On Tuesday 19 November 2019 spend the day immersing yourself in some of the most relevant, innovative and exiting dance practice happening in the UK today.
Submit your ideas
People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Wildcard Workshop!
People Dancing are on the lookout for artists, practitioners and organisations to bring an unusual, imaginative and engaging practical workshop to our Passion for Practice symposium.
People Dancing recruiting
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Board Members and Chair
People Dancing is looking for people with passion, energy and commitment to join its Board, and is recruiting both Board members and a Chair of the Board.
New to teaching?
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Just graduated? Changing career?
Join People Dancing’s Associate Artist, Louise Katerega, for her top 10 signposts to People Dancing's resources to get you started on a happy, healthy teaching journey.
Animated magazine
'Passage for Par' by Rosemary Lee, Par Sands Beach, Cornwall 2018. Photo: © Steve Tanner
Latest edition out now!
Spring-Summer 2019: "There's a right to assert yourself as an artist, and an equal responsibility to respond ethically and sensitively to the people and the place, history included."
Doing things differently
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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
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
Advertise with us
People Dancing Summer School 2018. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Via our website, e-newsletters and Animated magazine, available online and in print.
Whether you're looking to attract the attention of people like you, other organisations or both we have advertising packages to suit your needs.
NEW online learning
Devised in partnership with Diane Amans
The Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People online learning programme consists of seven units which learners can work through in their own time.
Beyond the 'usual suspects'
Martin Wilson - Executive Director, TIN Arts
How 'Great Art' showed the way to 'think beyond, reimagine and challenge'
In the first of a blog series featuring People Dancing partners from its 11 Million Reasons to Dance Strategic Touring Programme, Martin Wilson of TIN Arts explains how the project went beyond those ‘usual suspects’
Online learning programmes
Addressing a range of subjects
Each online learning programme provides dance practitioners with a chance to learn at their own pace, at a time and in a place to suit themselves.
People Dancing Music
Curated playlists for dance practitioners
Playlists include; Dance with Older People, Contemporary Dance, Dance for Early Years, South Asian Dance Styles, Lindy Hop, Dance for Parkinson's, Argentine Tango, Creative dance and Bollywood.

Contact us

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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.