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Dance for people living with Parkinson's
Find a Dance for Parkinson's class in your area using our Google map.  Class map
11 Million Reasons to Dance
People Dancing supports and celebrates ALL those who dance, want to dance or engage in dance. Find out more
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
It's the dance of life
Paul Atherton
It’s the dance of life… especially a life with Parkinson’s
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!
Financing the dream
People Dancing Director of Development Ruth Bates with her son, Jamie
Your child got into dance school! Now, how to pay for it?
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.
Inclusive ballroom
Rashmi Becker, Step Change Studios
Bringing a new vibe to ballroom
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
Still dancing after 21 years
Eileen Burrows with the Growing Older Dis(Gracefully) Dance company
Come on Eileen! Senior dance group member celebrates at 21
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.
Viva Eastbourne!
Claire Chritou (left) and Claire Tabraham celebrate their Arts Award of the Year
BBC captures tale of two Claires
If you tuned into BBC Radio 4’s Listening Project, which profiled a number of conversations about ‘The Power of Dance’, you may remember the first podcast that featured two women who have devoted themselves to Eastbourne Dance Space
Dancing a way of life
Ruth Kent
How do we dance with those whose major challenge is in movement?
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
Completely tangoed: body and soul
Kate Swindlehurst
Once a dancer, always a dancer
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
People Dancing Music
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!
Latest jobs
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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
Our natural instinct
Vincent E. Thomas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
"When someone says, 'I'm not a dancer', I simply don't believe them"
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.