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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.

Summer School 2018
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.

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Animated magazine
Animated magazine is focused towards participatory dance practice and current matters facing artists, teachers and leaders. Latest Winter 2017/18 edition out now with 13 inspiring articles to explore.

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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
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 this year’s People Dancing Summer School. Here Danielle blogs on how dancing with Parkinson's has made a significant contribution to her dance practice... and her life.
Dance and community
Debbie Purtill, balletLORENT. Photo by Iolo Penri
Inspiring us to come together through dance
Debbi Purtill, Artistic Associate at balletLORENT, will lead a workshop at this year’s People Dancing Summer School (23-28 July). With a passion for dancing and for people, Debbi is most inspired when they come together… forming a creative community.
Taking 2PK to Norway
Alister O'Loughlin, UPGTeam
Instead of 'correcting' we congratulate their 're-mixing'
Alister O’Loughlin will return to our Summer School this year (23-28 July) to introduce delegates to performance-parkour (2PK). Whilst blogging, Alister was at a festival in Norway, working with young people on a site-specific performance
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
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Glasgow conference 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
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People Dancing Music
Curated playlists for dance practitioners
Curated playlists for dance practitioners including; Dance with Older People, Contemporary Dance, Dance for Early Years, South Asian Dance Styles, Lindy Hop, Dance for Parkinson's, Argentine Tango, Creative dance and Bollywood
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!
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