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Our 30th Anniversary Celebration - Dec 2016
The Museum of Us: Capturing Community Dance for future years

People Dancing members, partners and friends enjoyed a very special celebration event on Tuesday 13 Dec 2016 to mark our 30th anniversary.

Hosted at the legendary Cecil Sharp House, London by our friends at the English Folk Dance and Song Society, this memorable evening celebrated the unique successes of community and participatory dance and looked forward to an exciting future.

The 30th anniversary event also saw the launch of a People Dancing fundraising campaign to creative a living archive of community dance practice. Titled The Museum of Us: Capturing community dance for future years, this joint project with researchers at De Montfort University, Leicester will look to capture and interpret community and participatory dance practices developed over the last 30 years to create an online resource.

Anyone who would like to donate to The 30 Years’ Museum of Us appeal can do so online by visiting our Just Giving page or by texting PDIS30, followed by an amount they’d like to donate – eg £30 – to 70070. Also, anyone with archive material they’d like to donate, or an idea for a fundraising initiative to support the campaign, should contact Ruth Bates – on 0116 253 3453 or

Thank you!
This magical night was made possible by the generous support of the following organisations, each a special partner to us in our work:

Perkins Slade - the insurance brokers who help us provide cover to thousands of dance professionals in the UK each year 
Countrywide Publications - our publishers who help us to produce the many of issues of Animated and Participate
HCI York - our website developers who also support our membership management database to provide great services to our members
De Montfort University - our partner for the annual People Dancing Summer School and host of our 30+ year old archive
The Unloved - our partner for creative design for our print materials including our seasonal programme and annual report

Honorary Life Members
The Board of People Dancing was delighted to announce, at the event, the awarding of 30 Honorary Life Memberships to mark People Dancing's 30th anniversary, in 2016. The awards were made to some of the people who have made an exceptional contribution to community dance and People Dancing since 1986.

The 30 community dance pioneers for 30 years are:

Diane Amans
Sujata Bannerjee
Ken Bartlett
Carol Brown
Dr Susanne Burns
Kate Castle
Sanjeevini Dutta
Scilla Dyke MBE
Fergus Early OBE
Kiki Gale MBE
Karen Gallagher MBE
Beverley Glean
Gil Graystone
Linda Jasper MBE
Veronica Jobbins
Isabel Jones
Rosemary Lee
Prof Veronica Lewis MBE
Royston Maldoom OBE
Marie McCluskey MBE
Cecilia Macfarlane
Tamara McLorg
Jane Mooney
Judith Palmer
Philip Piggin  
Bisakha Sarker MBE
Wolfgang Stange
Jayne Stevens
Christopher Thomson
Ruth Till MBE.

The People Dancing Board intends to announce more Honorary Life Memberships in the future.