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While there are no People Dancing courses and events running currently please watch this space for future dates. Please also see below for our previous courses and events.

Previous courses and conferences

People Dancing International Conference: Glasgow 2017

Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 October
Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

People Dancing’s second international conference - details on keynote speakers, artists and performers for Glasgow 2017, as well as bookings, are now available...

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People Dancing Summer School 2017

Tuesday 25 - Friday 28 July
De Montfort University, Leicester

The People Dancing Summer School is back for 2017, bringing together a line up of highly experienced dance practitioners ready to share their knowledge and skills on a range of topics: 

  • Dance with early years
  • An introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s
  • Dance with older people
  • Exploring Techniques to Develop Your Practice
  • Advanced course for Dance for Parkinson’s
  • Developing choreography: Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance
  • Including disabled people in your dance practice
  • Dance for people living with cancer.

Select from a revamped programme of one and two-day courses.

This unique professional development experience gives participants the chance to develop new skills and be inspired by great dance practice presented by renowned artists and leaders in the field.

Dance for Parkinson’s – an inquisitive approach workshop
1 April 2017, 9.30am – 4pm

Venue: Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW - The workshop takes place in the LICA building, Rm A28

This professional development workshop brings together three established and experienced dance for Parkinson’s practitioners from Lancashire, Cumbria, and West Yorkshire: Melanie Brierley, Daphne Cushnie and Natalie Speake

The morning sessions will focus on specific elements of each practitioner's approach to dance for people living with Parkinson’s. In the afternoon, people living with Parkinson’s, who attend local sessions, will take part in a class that reflects the morning’s practice.

Cost: £15 (People Dancing members £12)

Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's   

18-19 February 2017, 9.30am – 6.00pm  Dancing with Parkinson's

Venue: The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and People Dancing in partnership with Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust and English National Ballet. 

The course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class.

Course Leaders:
Dr Sophia Hulbert and artists from English National Ballet.

Course participants must have successfully completed the Dance for Parkinson's Online Learning Programme assessment before taking part in the course. Access to the online learning programme is available for a special rate of £40 when purchased with your course fee.

** Course is now full and all applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Please email Kiki Gale direct should you wish to attend**

Cost:
 from £167 for the course fee.

Bursaries

Six subsidised places will be made available to Bristol based dance practitioners on a first come, first served basis. If you are a dance practitioner living or working in Bristol and wish to apply for one of the six bursaries available, please email kiki@communitydance.org.uk with a maximum of 100 words stating where you currently practice, why you want to do this course and your experience in the dance sector.

Dance for Parkinson's - an inquisitive approach
Saturday 21 January 2017, 2-6pm

Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP

Cost: £10

Rambert and Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK present “Dance for Parkinson’s – an inquisitive approach.” The half-day session at Rambert, led by artists from Rambert and Scottish Ballet, is aimed at those who are already active in this field. 

How to book

Please email parkinsonsdance@communitydance.org.uk for further details. Call People Dancing on 0116 253 3453 to book your place.


Want to give disabled people a better arts experience?
Training / Development Day

Tuesday 24 January 2017, 11am - 6.30pm
Curve, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB

People Dancing and Shape Arts, in partnership with Curve, Leicester are offering a one-day training event for staff working at all levels in arts venues, festivals and cultural agencies to develop engagement with Deaf, sight impaired and disabled people as audiences, artists and participants.

From front of house approaches to programming strategy, this training will improve staff confidence and develop skills to enable broader and more successful engagement with disabled people - as audiences, participants and artists. The day concludes with an unprecedented showcase of professional dance work available for touring.

Image: A scene from Chicago, 11 Million Reasons to Dance, commissioned by People Dancing, photography Sean Goldthorpe

Opening Keynote and Panel Discussion, 11.00am - 12.30pm

The event will begin with keynote sessions addressing major themes and questions on engaging disabled people, including appropriate language and terminology, why arts venues should be an example of best practice, and how to begin developing staff knowledge and skills. 

Open to staff from all departments and at all levels, this opening session and the following breakout groups aim to inspire more inclusive approaches and greater staff confidence in the engagement of disabled people. You'll hear from representatives of venues in the UK who have made significant, positive changes and both the benefits and challenges they've found during and after a process of change.

Specialist Breakout Sessions, 1.30pm - 4.00pm

These separate sessions will focus on specialist strands for specific departments, teams of people or sets of skills, exploring scenarios and the detail of both day-to-day working and long-term planning. Delegates will choose from:

Practical Approaches for Public-facing Teams

including building and operational challenges and solutions, improving customer / audience engagement from box office, front-of-house and catering


Marketing and Audience Development

 
including creating inclusive and accessible marketing materials, providing in-performance access services and developing audiences for professional performance by disabled artists and companies

Programming and Production of Professional Dance Performance 

including ‘why programme disabled work?’, peer-led discussion, information sharing, and presentation of experiences from programmes, venue or festival directors on their support of disabled artists' work. 

Performance Showcase,
4.30pm - 6.00pm

Following the specialist sessions, all attendees will be invited to see a live showcase of current professional dance work available for programming, and to hear from artists who have work to 'pitch' or share via film. Following the showcase, there will be opportunities to meet all of the artists and performers during a drinks reception. Artists and companies presenting work at the showcase include Dan Daw, Stopgap Dance Company, Laura Dajao and Charlene Davies, Kimberley Harvey and Adam Pownall.
This event has been developed as part of our 11 Million Reasons to Dance programme, working with five sets of partners and their leading regional venues in the Midlands and North of England. We are delighted to be able to offer places at this event to colleagues from all other arts organisations across the UK and internationally.
Delegate places £84.50 (£65 for People Dancing member organisations or individuals), including your ticket to the performance showcase.

For specific access requirements or with questions about the event and any specific training needs, email richard@communitydance.org.uk or call us at the office, +44 (0) 116 253 3453.

We're proud to be working alongside Shape Arts and our venue partner Curve to deliver this event, supported by funding from Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England.

Fundraising Workshops

People Dancing is leading a series of FREE fundraising development workshops for independent dance practitioners working in community and participatory dance settings:

  • Liverpool - MDI Studios, 6 May, 12.00-2.00pm
  • Leicester - Curve Theatre, 13 May, 4.30-6.30pm.

The workshops will give an overview of current funding opportunities, plus guidance on how to create key messages for future investors and begin your fundraising journey.

With support from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme.

Members set to gather at British Dance Edition (BDE)

People Dancing members’ event to be staged at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

People Dancing is to stage a members’ gathering and network session at BDE, on 17 March 2016, in association with Rubicon Dance. Those attending the event will also gain free access to BDE’s evening shows and foyer performances, drinks reception hosted by People Dancing, plus entry to the trade show and festival party.

The members' gathering will feature guest speakers including Gary Clarke - artistic director for COAL and Lisa Spaull - professional choreographer and performer, as well as other artists who place participatory dance at the heart of their professional practice and choreography. The event will also give People Dancing members and partners a chance to network with others working in the sector and to explore collaboration and commissioning opportunities, as well as other ways of supporting the dance and cultural infrastructure.

Those attending will also have the chance to meet People Dancing, Rubicon Dance and cultural partners to discuss their current issues and needs.

The event is offered to People Dancing members from across Wales and beyond, as well as non-members who are Wales based.

To book: Please contact People Dancing at info@communitydance.org.uk

Cost: Free (but please note there are limited places).

People Dancing International Event 2014

This event took place: 13-15 November 2014, Cardiff, Wales

People Dancing was the inaugural international community dance event to take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales in November 2014, presented by the Foundation for Community Dance.

View resources from this event 

Dance with Older People

with Diane Amans

This event took place 16 and 17 November 2013, Dartington Space Studios, Totnes

A two day weekend intensive for dancers, activity leaders and other practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.

Dance, Deaf and Disabled People Networking Days

These days have explored the issues facing venues, organisations and programmers regarding dance by, with and for Deaf and disabled people. Each event had a varity of speakers and also included breakout debates covering audience development, organisational needs, and the practitioner’s engagement with venues and organisations.

View resources from these events