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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.
Doing things differently
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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
Summer School 2019
People Dancing's International Conference 2017, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Apply now!
Come and be part of the 11th People Dancing Summer School at De Montfort University in Leicester from Monday 22 to Friday 26 July 2019.
"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
Animated magazine
Animated Autumn-Winter 2018/19 cover: Dylan Quinn, TOST. Photo: Luca Truffarelli
Latest edition out now!
This Autumn-Winter 2018/19 edition of Animated provides a platform for the diverse voices of dance artists and leaders sharing what drives them forward.
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…
Translating touch
Kath Kimber-McTiffen, Wriggle Dance Theatre
Dance meets science to explore touch
On meeting a prominent neuroscientist, Kath Kimber-McTiffen, of Wriggle Dance Theatre, could see that the theme of ‘touch’ not only links the arts and science… it might also create a beautiful, interactive dance piece
Dancing for equality
Anne-Marie Smalldon, Combination Dance Company
Heroic tale in women's history made real through dance
Anne-Marie Smalldon, Artistic Director of Combination Dance Company, blogs on 100nehundred, a dance/history collaboration with The National Archives inspired by this year’s centenary of British women’s suffrage and modern gender equality issues
Financing the dream
People Dancing Director of Development Ruth Bates with her son, Jamie
Your child got into dance school! Now, how to pay for it?
It’s from this time of year People Dancing gets phone calls and emails from anxious parents wanting to support their children through dance training. Here our Director of Development Ruth Bates blogs on how these dreams, though expensive, can be made real.
People Dancing Music
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"