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Creative Programmes
People Dancing’s creative work is focused on seven key development programmes, each with its own identity. This clear, dynamic approach to innovation and creative learning, setting out different approaches to different areas of participatory dance, presents People Dancing’s work and priorities to audiences and stakeholders in distinct and relevant ways. The programmes are:
Health and wellbeing
Find out more about supporting dance artists, teachers and organisations to make dance and its health, social and creative benefits more accessible and inclusive, including reducing health inequalities and tackling physical inactivity. A new website has been created - check out the link - and you can also sign up to a new occasional e-newsletter.
11 Million Reasons to Dance

Features a creative campaign, touring exhibition and film series to profile D/deaf and disabled people who dance, as well as support and create opportunities for these dance artists.

The Museum of Us
An archive, or ‘living history’ of participatory dance that will establish an international platform for knowledge exchange and learning.
People Dancing: Together
A large-scale participatory performance project, starting in 2019, focused on artist development and international distribution. This will build on the learning legacy of Big Dance, London 2012.
Older people dancing
Focused on both developing practice and creating opportunities for older people to dance. It will build a specialist network and new digital learning programme for artists and volunteers.
Early Years Dance
Creating new opportunities to dance for young children and their parents/carers. Will feature a new digital learning programme and specialist network for artists.
Dance for people living with Parkinson’s
Dance can support people living with Parkinson's to develop confidence, strength and provide the opportunity for creativity and self-expression, whilst also temporarily relieving some participants of symptoms in everyday life. Find a Dance for Parkinson's class in your area here.


Safeguarding: Out Of School
Department for Education releases guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Out Of School Settings in England
New guidance from Department for Education in England
The Museum of Us
The Museum of Us: Capturing Community Dance for future years
Support our fundraising campaign to create an accessible online archive
New to teaching?
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Just graduated? Changing career?
Join People Dancing’s Associate Producer for Change, Louise Katerega, for her top 10 signposts to People Dancing's resources to get you started on a happy, healthy teaching journey.
11MRTD in Doncaster
Photographer: James Mulkeen
Partnerships and support
In the third of a blog series featuring People Dancing partners from its 11 Million Reasons to Dance Strategic Touring Programme, Helen Jones, Assistant Director at darts (Doncaster Community Arts), explains how the project enabled her to change her view and how this has influenced their next steps.
Agent for Change
Hannah Barker
Living the legacy
Hannah Barker, Creative Producer at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry explains how and why 11 Million Reasons to Dance supported the process of welcoming an Agent for Change into the theatre and its local community
Dance was a tonic
Elizabeth Janis. Photo Gemma Smith
How dance took Elizabeth smiling into her 10th decade
As People Dancing launches an online learning programme for dancing with older people, Elizabeth Janis has just celebrated her 90th birthday. She credits the discovery of a local dance group for her continued love for life
Beyond the 'usual suspects'
Martin Wilson - Executive Director, TIN Arts
How 'Great Art' showed the way to 'think beyond, reimagine and challenge'
In the first of a blog series featuring People Dancing partners from its 11 Million Reasons to Dance Strategic Touring Programme, Martin Wilson of TIN Arts explains how the project went beyond those ‘usual suspects’
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!
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.
Learning from Parkinson's
Danielle Teale. Photo by Sara Hibbert
Curiosity, the moving body and identity
Independent dance artist Danielle Teale, will co-lead an ‘Introduction to dance for Parkinson’s’ course at People Dancing Summer School (2018). Here Danielle blogs on how dancing with Parkinson's has made a significant contribution to her dance practice... and her life.
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...