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Developing Practice
Welcome to the area of our website that gives you the resources you need for your professional practice and continued professional development (CPD) in community dance. There's lots of information and plenty of features for you to explore here - take a look around.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): information and signposts to resources that may be helpful to you. Updated 31/3/2020.
FREE resources
Director of Development, Ruth Bates
Risk assessment & useful resources list
It’s a busy time online right now, with lots of fantastic resources and ideas coming at us all left, right and centre. Our Director of Development, Ruth Bates Lee has been keeping an eye on some of the useful FREE resources and useful tools available to help you deliver your work and sustain your practice in the coming weeks. It’s a start, and we’ll be adding to it as things unfold.
Invest in yourself
Jasmine Hall. Photo: Sara Hibbert, Danielle Teale Dance, Dancing with Parkinson's Programme
So what are you waiting for?
People Dancing's Summer School 2020 is just around the corner and we spoke to Community Dance Artist and Young Practitioners Advisory Group member Jasmine Hall about the impact of getting a Young People's bursary and taking part last year
Summer School 2020
Using film in your dance practice with Michael Joseph
Monday 27 - Friday 31 July 2020
A unique professional development opportunity for dance artists and practitioners, offering a diverse programme of one and two-day courses with internationally respected course leaders plus morning technique classes, evening seminars and networking opportunities.
Animated magazine
AYD, Alvin Ailey Masterclass. Photo: Pierre Tappon Photography
Latest edition out now!
“...and this is the moment where magic happens” Winter 2019/20
Lives, needs and challenges
Dr Sara Houston
The freedom that dancing can offer
Dr. Sara Houston has led prize winning research, speaks internationally on the subject and has just published a book, 'Dancing with Parkinson's' where she illustrates the freedom that dancing can offer to people
New to teaching?
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Just graduated? Changing career?
Join People Dancing’s Associate Artist, Louise Katerega, for her top 10 signposts to People Dancing's resources to get you started on a happy, healthy teaching journey.
"Sounds like a mouthful. . ."
Ruth Bates vlog
"Sounds like a bit of a mouthful. . ."
Co-author and Director of Development, Ruth Bates talks about how our new online learning programme demystifies the fundraising process
Dance for Parkinson's
Rachael James
Dancing for positive shared experience
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…
Doing access digitally
Louise Wildish - Producer, People Dancing
Access as the starting point for creativity
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…
Doing things differently @MendoncaPen
Pepperland and beyond
Dance artist and writer Kate Swindlehurst reflects upon her experience of the opening night of Mark Morris Dance Group’s UK Pepperland tour and the next day Dance for people living with Parkinson's - Looking ahead: a one-day interactive symposium at Sadler’s Wells, London in March 2019
Friends and a tool belt
Photograph: Theresa Haworth.
Empower, connect and develop
People Dancing's Summer School 2019 is just around the corner and so we spoke to Community Dance Practitioner and Creative Director of Bodyrox Dance Company, Leah Waterfield about the impact of getting a bursary and taking part last year