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.
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Glasgow conference 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
From just £90
Join us to make the most of the insurance benefits included in our Professional Individual Membership for dance artists, teachers and leaders
People Dancing Music
Curated playlists for dance practitioners
Curated playlists for dance practitioners including; 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
People Dancing Podcasts
Diverse presentations and debate
The People Dancing podcasts are available for you to listen to online. Don't forget to follow us on Soundcloud and iTunes for future content!
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
Jobs and careers
Green colour
Here you can browse jobs and opportunities in community and participatory dance
Got a vacancy you want to fill? You can also post your vacancy online
Animated magazine
Curious Shoes. Photo: Brian Hartley
Latest edition out now!
Animated magazine Winter 2017/18 - current issues and practice in participatory dance
New online learning course
Preparing for Safer Dance Practice
An online course that will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.
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.
11 Million Reasons to Dance
11 Million Reasons to Dance. Strictly Ballroom. Sean Goldthorpe
Serious about art for disabled people
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with a disability. Our 11 Million Reasons to Dance initiative came out of People Dancing's commitment to support and celebrate all those who dance, or want to dance.
Our Annual Report
People Dancing Annual Report 2014-2015
Valuing quality, diversity and inclusion in 2014-2015
People Dancing's latest Annual Report made its debut appearance at our 30th anniversary event, held at the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in London, on 13 December 2016.
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...
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, Dance, Deaf & Disabled People: Louise Wildish

General Manager: Emma Hayes
Administrator: Mae Grocock
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)
Paul Kaynes (Chief Executive, National Dance Company Wales)
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. 109056137
  • Registered office: LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.

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