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.
Through the way we expand professional horizons, profile and professional identity, People Dancing is the essential partner for anyone taking part in dance activities.

 

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.
Australia bound
Inspired by Strictly Ballroom - Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance, People Dancing
Crossing continents
‘Awesome’ images from 11 Million Reasons to Dance head for Australia
Bowditch bows out
Caroline Bowditch (right). Photo: Matthew Andrews www.matthewandrews.co.uk
In this Animated...
Australian performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch moved to the UK in 2002. With her about to return home to take up an exciting new role, the 13-year People Dancing Trustee reflects on her time here…
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
Latest jobs
Green colour
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
Animated Spring 2018 magazine cover. Photo: Iain Garett www.igdesign.photography
Latest edition out now!
Animated magazine Spring 2018 - current issues and practice in participatory dance
Voice and Presence update
Gladys Agulhas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Voice and Presence... the story so far
Launched last spring to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the influence on participatory dance of women of the African Diaspora, People Dancing’s Voice and Presence edged past its half-way point, in October 2017.
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...
Get insured - join us
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...

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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.