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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.
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.
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"
What's in a name?
Kiki Gale - Director, Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Partnership set to build
With a change of name to The Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK, the former Dance for Parkinson’s Network is now well positioned blogs Kiki Gale...
Voice and Presence update
Gladys Agulhas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Voice and Presence... the story so far
Launched last spring to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the influence on participatory dance of women of the African Diaspora, People Dancing’s Voice and Presence edged past its half-way point, in October 2017.
Dancing through pain
Raquel Meseguer
I have chronic pain. But I still need to dance
Raquel Meseguer, Co-Founder of Lost Dog, reflects on her journey from professional dancer, through injury, to developing projects that explore chronic pain in performance.
A spark starts a prairie fire
A spark starts a prairie fire
Anthony Peppiatt reflects on initiating the community dance project at Ludus Dance in the early 1980s, and how his radical politics had been central to this. Christopher Thomson introduces.
Dance and Parkinson's
Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group. Photo: Johan Henckens
Dance for Parkinson's Online Learning Programme
People Dancing and Dance for PD® have, with the assistance of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, created an online learning programme...