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Rachael James
Dance for Parkinson's
Date posted: 18 July 2018
Community dance artist Rachael James loves the feeling of freedom that dancing brings and the belief that with the right environment, permission and influences, we can all dance. This is what led her to complete her dance for Parkinson’s training…
Paul Atherton
It's the dance of life
Date posted: 18 July 2018
Paul Atherton is a keen dancer. He also lives with Parkinson’s. Paul wanted to blog for us to express just how important dance is in his life… he started well but it wasn’t long before he felt there was something else he should be doing!
People Dancing Director of Development Ruth Bates with her son, Jamie
Financing the dream
Date posted: 26 June 2018
It’s from this time of year People Dancing gets phone calls and emails from anxious parents wanting to support their children through dance training. Here our Director of Development Ruth Bates blogs on how these dreams, though expensive, can be made real.
Rashmi Becker, Step Change Studios
Inclusive ballroom
Date posted: 08 June 2018
Presented by Step Change Studios, ‘Fusion’, an inclusive ballroom dance showcase with disabled and non-disabled artists, premiered at Sadler’s Wells, in May. Here Rashmi Becker, Step Change Studios producer and founder, blogs for us about dance, diversity, and her drive to push the boundaries of ballroom
Louise Wildish - Producer, People Dancing
Doing access digitally
Date posted: 31 May 2018
Thanks to funding from digital commissioning body The Space, the 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition has hit a much bigger online audience. Yet, as producer Louise Wildish explains, it had to be made accessible…
Eileen Burrows with the Growing Older Dis(Gracefully) Dance company
Still dancing after 21 years
Date posted: 23 May 2018
88-year-old Eileen Burrows is one of the more senior members of the Growing Older (Dis) Gracefully Dance company, in Liverpool. The retired school nurse is about to perform in its celebration of 21 years of dancing.
Ruth Kent
Dancing a way of life
Date posted: 17 April 2018
We dance to express our lives. For some, this can be a life with Parkinson’s. Dance artist Ruth Kent explains how, in growing a dance class in Aberdeen, she wanted to shape content around real life experiences
Kate Swindlehurst
Completely tangoed: body and soul
Date posted: 10 April 2018
She began with ballet, took up tango and, despite her Parkinson’s diagnosis, dance artist and writer Kate Swindlehurst has continued to be what she’s been since she was four-years-old… a dancer
Vincent E. Thomas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Our natural instinct
Date posted: 18 October 2017
US dance artist Vincent E. Thomas took time out from his visit to People Dancing’s international conference, to explain his quest to recover something that’s in danger of being lost… our natural instinct to move.
Nancy Hitzig
It don't mean a thing...
Date posted: 29 June 2018
People Dancing members Nancy Hitzig and Cat Foley are rehearsing a dance, music, comedy showcase for the Grimeborn Festival, London. Here dancer and choreographer Nancy shares her lindy hop journey, looks at the politics of partner dance and ‘Swing, Sister, Swing’.
Photo shows Natasha Britton, Magpie Dance
No barriers
Date posted: 23 February 2018
Inspired by artistic director Avril Hitman and all the Magpie Dance team, Natasha Britton explains her passion to achieve "a world where a learning disability is no barrier to personal and artistic success in dance"
Kiki Gale - Director, Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK. Photo by Rachel Cherry
What's in a name?
Date posted: 27 November 2017
With a change of name to The Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK, the former Dance for Parkinson’s Network is now well positioned to support the collective ambition to give everyone in the UK living with Parkinson’s the opportunity to engage in the creative, dynamic and aesthetic experience that participation in dance can offer, blogs Kiki Gale...
Steff Streat
Dance for Parkinson's
Date posted: 20 November 2017
From a cuppa and a chat to doing a Haka – Steff Streat, who has lived with Parkinson’s for 10 years, blogs on the difference going to a dance for Parkinson’s class makes to her quality of life





Ruth Pethybridge
Capturing creativity
Date posted: 24 October 2017
Ruth Pethybridge, co-author of Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance draws breath to explain why she wanted to make a short film as well as the book...
Alison Williams and Julia Melton at the Edinburgh dance for Parkinson's class
In praise of... "bird-scarers"
Date posted: 12 September 2017
A conference panel speaker, Dr Alison Williams, who is currently working with the University of Edinburgh, teamed up with a fellow member of her dance for Parkinson’s class, Julia Melton, to blog for us in praise of volunteers...
Louise Wildish - Producer & Director, 11 Million Reasons to Dance
Jonnie Peacock on Strictly
Date posted: 05 September 2017
Paralympian Jonnie Peacock featuring on this year's Strictly will reflect a more truthful representation of our society, blogs People Dancing's Louise Wildish, Producer & Director of our strategic touring programme 11 Million Reasons to Dance...
Nathan Geering - Artistic Director
Made in Sheffield
Date posted: 03 August 2017
It was a special time for Artistic Director Nathan Geering as he prepared to stage one massive Olympic show in his adopted home city of Sheffield…
Miriam Early, Scottish Ballet. Photo by Christina Riley
Learning & Parkinson's
Date posted: 26 July 2017
Dance practitioner Miriam Early has always loved what she does yet admits to going a bit sulky whenever it came to any serious self-analysis of her craft. But that’s now changed… and she’s discovered a beauty she never thought she’d find.
Louise Katerega. Pic by Benedict Johnson
Voice and Presence
Date posted: 12 May 2017
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...
Raquel Meseguer
Dancing through chronic pain
Date posted: 21 April 2017
Raquel Meseguer, Co-Founder of Lost Dog, reflects on her journey from professional dancer, through injury, to developing projects that explore chronic pain in performance.
Alison Williams
'Laughter, feeling lovely, joy'
Date posted: 11 April 2017
Alison Williams, of Edinburgh University, describes herself as ‘a late-onset academic’ having got her Doctorate at 66, just after her Parkinson’s diagnosis, in 2012. To help mark Parkinson’s Awareness Week (10-16 April) we asked Alison to blog for us on the importance dance plays in her life with Parkinson’s…
Paula Turner
A democracy of dance
Date posted: 24 March 2017
People Dancing's Chris Stenton shared a post show discussion panel with Paula Turner, artistic director of Grand Gestures Dance Collective at Leap 2017. Paula likes to push the boundaries of dance, especially dance made by older dancers...
A spark starts a prairie fire
Date posted: 15 March 2017
Anthony Peppiatt reflects on initiating the community dance project at Ludus Dance in the early 1980s, and how his radical politics had been central to this. Christopher Thomson introduces.
Cecilia Macfarlane
Dance without touch?
Date posted: 28 October 2016
The author of our very first People Dancing blog is the renowned community dance pioneer, Cecilia Macfarlane. We’re grateful to Cecilia for getting our blog off the ground, especially as she penned it on a plane en route from Japan to San Francisco!