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Welcome to the area of our website that provides information about People Dancing's activities in developing participation in dance.

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
Jobs and careers
Green colour
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
Animated magazine
Curious Shoes. Photo: Brian Hartley
Latest edition out now!
Animated magazine Winter 2017/18 - current issues and practice in participatory dance
No barriers
Photo shows Natasha Britton, Magpie Dance
Seeing every 'body' dance - for enjoyment, for art, for a career
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"
People Dancing: Together
Border Tales - Protein. Photo ©Jane Hobson
People Dancing and Protein launch 'People Dancing: Together'
Dance partners announce new programme of participatory dance, culminating in an annual international performance.
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.
Summer School 2018
Summer School 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
People Dancing's Summer School runs from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 July 2018 at De Montfort University, Leicester. There are eleven inspiring courses to choose from, with world-class artists and teachers.
What's in a name?
Kiki Gale - Director, Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Partnership set to build on progress of Dance for Parkinson's Network
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...
North East claims dance images
Dance City: Photo by Adam Widdrington
11 Million Reasons to Dance exhibition finds a home
11 Million Reasons to Dance, an exhibition of photographs by Sean Goldthorpe, commissioned by People Dancing, will return to Dance City for permanent display from January 2018, following a successful national tour.
Dance for Parkinson's
Steff Streat
"More cheerful, more energised, more able to cope"
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
Dance on screen
Big Dance Shorts India. Photo: R&D
Showing soon: Big Dance Shorts India
Two three-minute films, both winners under the Big Dance Shorts programme, will be screened by Channel 4’s Random Acts strand on 16 & 23 November. Two other winners – Cuppa and But Where Are You From? – will be available to watch online from 30 November.
In praise of... "bird-scarers"
Alison Williams and Julia Melton at the Edinburgh dance for Parkinson's class
Keeping birds' nests out of our hair - the gift of dance volunteers
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...