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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.


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.
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
Inclusive images go digital!
11 Million Reasons to Dance, inspired by Chicago. Photo: Sean Goldthorpe
Stunning photographs reinvented
People Dancing, with funding from digital commissioning body The Space, has developed the online presence of 11 Million Reasons to Dance with a series of short films and enhanced images
The Museum of Us
The Museum of Us: Capturing Community Dance for future years
Support our fundraising campaign to create an accessible online archive
Introducing an 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
Four years on...
Around the world in 1,460 days
It’s exactly four years since People Dancing commissioned photographer Sean Goldthorpe to work on its 11 Million Reasons to Dance exhibition and campaign. Our Director of Engagement Louise Wildish reflects... and looks ahead
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’
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
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