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Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Leverhulme artist in residence(1) Paula Turner has spent the last 10 months in the department of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University exploring movement and embodiment through space, drawing on geographical metaphors concerning internal weather, the landscapes of the body and the spatialities of awareness
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
People Dancing’s 11 Million Reasons to Dance strategic touring project took place between 2016-2018. Following its completion a full evaluation of the project was conducted, and the report is soon to be published. Here, Coventry University PhD candidate and evaluator, Kathryn Stamp, reflects on the development of the evaluation 
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Choreographer Johnny Autin opens up about living with HIV and his ambitions to make an impact with audiences and communities
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Continued >>  People Dancing’s refreshed purpose, organisational and artistic values, as well as a sense of our plans and priorities for 2018 – 2022. 
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Lily Jackson, Development Officer, Donor Communications & Research on how Canada’s National Ballet School is using technology to help seniors in rural and geographically isolated locations age with confidence
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
2018 signified Australia leading Big Dance for the first time – launching on International Dance Day and opening with a ‘smoking ceremony’ and a sea of thousands of people dancing together – Director, Michelle Silby hopes this is just the start
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
We are never truly still, we are constantly moving, developing, expanding, growing… our bodies, our practice, our understanding. To do this takes time, awareness and a good amount of mistake-making. But what happens when you get stuck, the channels get blocked or the mistakes feel too big to overcome? Practitioner-researcher, Emily-Rose Cluderay reflects
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Edith Wolf Perez, editor of the tanz.at webzine, retraces the history and celebrates the remarkable achievements of Tanz die Toleranz (Dance the Tolerance), in Vienna, Austria
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Artistic director Karen Gallagher MBE and community dance artist Jennifer Hale have been looking at their dance practice at Merseyside Dance Initiative to see how they can adapt and develop their work with different community groups. As they piloted a new project, Men! Dancing! they asked themselves – what role does gender play in influencing their choreographic choices? Karen, boldly, takes up the story… 
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Louise Katerega talks to Birmingham-based Sandra Golding and discovers how she keeps life in her dance practice and dance practice in her life
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Dance Artist Dr Adesola Akinleye reports on how a pilot project, Movement, Narratives and Meanings, used dance and film to voice the stories of people living next to the Northern Ireland / north of Ireland border, following the vote for ‘Brexit’
Animated Issue: Spring 2018
Caroline Bowditch is a performance artist and choreographer, and between 2005-18 a Trustee of People Dancing. She is leaving the UK to take up the role of Executive Director at Arts Access Victoria. Surrounded by boxes, and in preparation for her return to Australia, she pauses for a moment to reflect on the last 16 years and what an adventure it’s been 
Animated Issue: Winter 2009
Gerry Turvey describes her work in dance and mental health
Animated Issue: Winter 2009
Polly Risbridger and Tia Hassan on the recent launch of DansAthletic:  A Teachers Resource, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
At the age of 37 Marc Vlemmix, founder of the Dance For Health foundation in the Netherlands for people with chronic movement disorders, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. For a while he tried to ignore it, but it got worse and worse. Something had to happen. The answer turned out to be right in front of his nose
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Benjamin Dunks, Artistic Director, Attic Dance embraces digital ways we can explore and understand the impact moving creatively has on our identity and sense of self 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Independent creative collaborator Magdalena Schamberger talks about bespoke performances for people affected by dementia and their families and carers in theatre and community settings 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Dancer and choreographer Monica Gillette investigates the larger role dance and choreographic practice can play in the development of research in other fields outside the dance community 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Louisa Borg-Costanzi Potts, Programme Manager and Kate Wakeling, Research Fellow, Learning and Participation at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance reflect on an innovative piece of artist-research, offering audiences personal insight into the inner workings of a participatory arts project for people with dementia in a care home 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Dance artist, educator, researcher and performing member of Amici Dance Theatre Company, Lizz Fort on the stories we share through dancing together
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
During the You Are Here project Clare Reynolds, Co-Artistic Director, Restoke, discovers what ‘home’ means whilst working with people who have moved to Stoke-on-Trent
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Executive Producer Belinda McElhinney hunts down a couple of members of Barrowland Ballet’s intergenerational company, Wolf Pack 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
US dance artist Vincent E. Thomas took time out from his recent flying visit to Glasgow, where he joined us for People Dancing's second international conference. Here he explains his quest to recover something that's in danger of being lost... our natural instinct to move
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
People Dancing Associate Artist Louise Katerega continues her Voice and Presence conversations acknowledging, amplifying and celebrating women of the African Diaspora in participatory dance. Here she talks to Louise Dickson
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
In 2016 community dance artist Emily Jenkins launched a project offering weekly dance and movement sessions to women recovering from cancer. The project has proved very successful, bringing about a variety of benefits for the women involved 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
One Dance UK Dance Teaching award-winner Charlotte Tomlinson, Artistic Director of SideKick Dance, reflects on her journey working as an inclusive dance artist 
Animated Issue: Winter 2017/18
Artist Mary Grigg talks about her inclusive work during a 12-week dance project based on Aesop’s Fables for children 
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Movement practitioner, educator, trainer and writer Jasmine Pasch describes her approach to working creatively with infants and their families, and the fundamental role of movement in the early years of development
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Artistic Director Fergus Early reviews 30 years of Green Candle Dance Company
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Drawing on the findings from recent research, the University of Bedfordshire’s Rachel Farrer, Lecturer in Dance and Imogen Aujla, Senior Lecturer in Dance describe how the value many dance practitioners place on their work in community dance settings challenges the traditional perceptions of success within the wider sector
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Louise Katerega, Associate Artist of People Dancing meets Gail Parmel, Artistic Director of ACE dance and music, along with Musical Director Ian Parmel and Education Officer Iona Waite, as part of Voice and Presence, Louise’s collaborative project aiming to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the influence of women of colour in participatory dance
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Akademi is the UK’s leading South Asian Dance charity, committed to inspiring audiences and changing lives through the use of classical, contemporary and participatory South Asian Dance. In this article, Akademi’s Dance Well Project Officer Claire Farmer discusses their work bringing dance to older adults to improve their health and wellbeing
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Head of Dance Development and Learning at Déda Clare Limb talks about the partnership between Déda, Manchester-based Company Chameleon and the Radbourne Unit, an NHS hospital in Derby, that led to a morning of movement and reflection for people living with acute mental health conditions
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Anoop Watts, Dance Practitioner and Dance Writer, describes using Bhangra as a tool for building cultural awareness and calls for a strategic approach to connect leaders of dances of different cultures with social and cultural agendas within schools
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Breakdance and visual impairment seemed like an unlikely link to Artistic Director Nathan Geering until he decided to learn more about the experiences of visually impaired theatre audiences and practitioners. In this article, Nathan shares how this journey of discovery provided new perspectives, unlocked creative possibilities and motivated him to create more accessible experiences for people in the arts
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
After relocating her life and work to North England five years ago, dance artist, facilitator, educator and manager Susie Tate talks about making connections, fitting in and dancing for health with people in rural settings
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Performer, choreographer and facilitator Zosia Jo Dowmunt takes us to Egypt to share her story of how the research workshops for her solo dance work, (Un)Covered, provided the space to explore expression, empowerment and embodying the Self with women in Cairo
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company’s recent pop-up performance of Cracking the Crinoline delighted audiences whilst challenging their preconceptions of older women. Creative Director Sian Stevenson and Development Director Cathy Westbrook talk about how this powerful piece and the introduction of digital technology into their performance work have brought about a step-change in the company’s development
Animated Issue: Summer 2017
Following the launch of People Dancing and Safe in Dance International (SiDI)’s new online learning course, SiDI’s Co-Founders, Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty, explain how safe dance practice is vital for optimising performance, minimising risk and supporting the wellbeing of every dancer
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Communicating contemporary astrophysics via contemporary dance? Deb Ashby, Director of Dance Manchester tells us how
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Carol Brown, Founder and former Director, TAN Dance, talks about her unexpected journey from audience member to participant to artist practitioner and finally, Artistic Director, and her belief that we all have something special to give
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Wolfgang Stange, Founder, Director and Principal Choreographer, AMICI Dance Theatre Company has for  36 years been unafraid to challenge conventional attitudes to disability and the arts. By drawing on powerful themes, productions are inclusive of disabled and non-disabled artists and performers to reveal the strength, commitment and individuality of each performer. Here we discover  the building blocks of his integrated teaching and workshop process

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
As Co-Artistic Directors of Kadam, Sanjeevini Dutta and Sujata Banerjee forged a unique South Asian Dance Artist-in-Residence/Animateur collaboration that spanned the East of England. Together with Nikki Crane, former Dance Officer, Eastern Arts Board, they offer their recollections

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Kate Castle petitions that in uncertain times dance as a community, and ‘community dance’ as a way of thinking about dance, has never been more urgent or relevant 
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Dancing together can bind us with a deep inner connection. Bisakha Sarker MBE, Artistic Director, Chaturangan, deliberates on how culturally diverse dance  can enhance the cultural and social fabric of people’s  lives and generate a collective sense of community.  This, she suggests, requires searching for and evolving an ongoing style of practice, both as a community dance leader and as a performer
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
When popular culture and dance cross paths, the result, Marie McCluskey MBE, Founder and Former Artistic Director, Swindon Dance reflects, is a dynamic explosion of the art form. Here she offers a glimpse into her lifelong journey in community dance from pioneering beginnings as a Dance Artist-in-Residence/Animateur to current day insights

Photo by: Alicia Clarke
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Veronica Lewis MBE, Principal, London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, offers a rare insight into her early dance history and the role of gurus and mentors throughout her life in dance

Photo: Nasmin Khanam
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Beverley Glean, Artistic Director, IRIE! dance theatre, speaks candidly on tackling issues of culture and diversity in the UK

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Jayne Stevens, Principal Lecturer, Dance, School of Arts, De Montfort University, explains the debt those of us who cherish and champion participatory dance today owe to those pioneering the art form 30 years ago

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Scilla Dyke MBE, Former Dance Artist-in-Residence/Animateur and Founder Director, DanceEast/Suffolk Dance, 1982-1993, and Editor of Animated 1996-2002, lifts the lid on the groundbreaking work of some of the early pioneers of community dance. Often unspoken, these intimate and compelling insights from a diversity of practices, people and communities serve to illustrate how arts, social and political issues shaped dance practice and thinking in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, influencing dance as it is today and asking what can inspire us now?

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
On significant birthdays it is customary to celebrate the achievement of arriving there and of marvelling at the journey taken from first steps onwards
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Dance artist and researcher into dance and Parkinson’s Melanie Brierley shares her thinking about how dance artists and participants act as a guiding presence to each other in creating a shared aesthetic and in illustrating good practice for  the care of people living with long term health conditions

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
David Harradine, co-founder and co-artistic director of Fevered Sleep, which celebrates its 20th birthday in 2016, airs some of the ideas and beliefs underpinning the company’s experimental approach to public engagement and participation

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Choreographer Royston Maldoom OBE, shares a thought-provoking insight into how community dance practice, a once ‘fringe’ activity initiated by artists, has become mainstream, permeating every sector of civil society. But, he argues, have we lost the ‘art’ of dance, by doing so? 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Louise White is a dance artist based at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead and leads Let’s Dance, an older people’s dance group. Having signed up to this year’s Big Dance Pledge, Louise shares with us her approach to using the online resources and developing a version of Akram’s choreography that’s unique to the group. 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Jon Beney is one of a team of 18 artists delivering Big Dance Pledge training to professional artists and teachers for Akram Khan Company and People Dancing. He reflects upon his career working in participatory settings and how Big Dance has been significant for him
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Journalist and curator Donald Hutera gets the low-down on women making waves in the UK’s independent dance scene 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Fiona Bannon is Chair of DanceHE the representative body for higher education departments teaching and researching dance in the UK. Here she reflects on its role in advocating for dance, a discipline ideally suited to investigate and articulate the social, cultural and political centrality of the arts to the quality of everyday life 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Rebecca Thomas reflects on life as a freelance dance artist and her journey, embracing the highs and lows of the lifestyle with a sense of purpose and drive 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
After a galvanising conversation with emerging dance dramaturge Miranda Laurence, Dance Artist and Lecturer Ruth Pethybridge reflects on her own new role as dramaturge with Simon Birch Dance, what this means for her evolving practice and how the role raises particular questions and opportunities for the participatory dance sector 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
As State of Emergency clocks up 30 years as creators and innovators in the fields of dance and music production, Louise Katerega, Inclusive Dance Adviser for their latest initiative, Co-Mission, offers a behind the scenes look at nine weeks in Deptford that made dance history – and an awful lot of people very happy 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Simona Scotto is a dance artist and choreographer who specialises in dance education and performance for over-55s. She is the Director and founder of Counterpoint Dance Company, Rehearsal Director of Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders and an Associate Artist at Cubitt Artists. Her latest work, funded by Arts Council England, is Migrations Europa Exchange
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Dancer, doctor and dance and health researcher Keir Philip and medical student Flora Malein illustrate the benefits of popping for people living with Parkinson’s 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Kiki Gale, Director, Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK underlines the value of sharing, developing and exchanging good practice to deliver a high quality dance experience for people with Parkinson’s 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Carly Annable-Coop, Director, The Alchemy Project, reflects on a pioneering dance in mental health project that is transforming people’s lives 
Animated Issue: Winter 2014
Unfortunately injuries can occur when taking part in physical activity and dancing is no different – accidents happen. But what happens when the teacher or leader is blamed for causing that incident? We asked our insurance broker, Perkins Slade Ltd.
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Dance Artist Paula Turner and ethnographer Dr Trish Winter have been collaborating for the past two years on an ethnographic research project with Grand Gestures Elders Dance Group in the North East of England. Here, Paula writes about what this collaboration has brought to her practice

Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
A new body – ArtWorks Alliance – has been formed as a cross-artform UK-wide umbrella for strategic organisations and networks in participatory arts. Chris Stenton brings us up to date with developments and why it’s a good thing for People Dancing (and people dancing)
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Rosie Kay, Artistic Director, Rosie Kay Dance Company, reflects on a revival of 5 Soldiers – The Body is the Frontline, taken on a UK tour to military bases and theatres with a community outreach programme
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Senior Lecturer in Dance and Course Coordinator for the MSc in Dance Science at the University of Bedfordshire, Imogen Aujla PhD explains how a relatively new area of dance science research can help to support the continued development and diversity of community dance

Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Lead dance artist for Air Arts: Engage, Andrea Haley, focuses on her experience of finding the space to deliver dance and connect patients, visitors and staff on hospital wards
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Chaz Bonnar, aka ChazB, is a 23-year-old international videographer and dancer from Glasgow. In 2014, he was the youngest person to be awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust as his research took him to the US to learn how Breaking and Hip Hop culture benefits young people from deprived backgrounds
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre (CMDT) acts to drive dance as a vehicle for social innovation through making socially relevant dance theatre that challenges the audience and the sector. Here, Emma Jayne Park, CDMT’s Artistic Director, considers new ideas for access and inclusion in the arts
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Jemma Bicknell, Senior Hub and Creative Projects Manager at Open Age and an independent choreographer, looks at the benefits of dance and performance, how it can challenge limiting perceptions of older people and the implications this has on dance practice
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
In the midst of Edinburgh Festival madness, arts writer Donald Hutera listened in as the disabled arts community tried to answer the question – if not now, when?
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Yael Owen-Mckenna, dance practitioner and Joint Head of Service at Coventry Performing Arts Service and Music Education Hub, reflects upon the development of a programme of creative dance and Sherborne Developmental Movement for Special Schools across Coventry
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Continuing professional development (CPD) – why do we do it and what value does it hold for us? What is ‘good’ CPD and how can we make the most of the CPD that we take part in? People Dancing’s Anna Leatherdale explores 
Animated Issue: Autumn 2015
Jan Burkhardt, dance and health specialist, makes the case for dance as a remedy for inactivity across all communities and ages based on research in England

Animated Issue: Winter 2011
In tough times it's important to pull together. Chris Stenton reflects
Animated Issue: Spring/Summer 2012
Chris Stenton on Big Dance as a UK-wide programme to celebration people dancing during the London 2012 Festival
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
David Iverson, Independent filmmaker and Director/Producer of Capturing Grace, on how the lives of people with Parkinson’s have been transformed by dance
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
The ‘workshop ecology’ and ‘practice assemblage’: presenting the core mechanisms of participatory arts practices, recognised across international and artform boundaries. Academic, former singer and community musician, Dr Anni Raw, explains her fascinating research 
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Amanda Griffkin, Manager of Powys Dance, and Joanna Young, Artistic Director of Under Dark Skies, embarked on a collaborative journey to create an ambitious new installation inspired by the people, landscape and night skies of Powys in Wales
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Writer, editor and veteran arts journalist, Donald Hutera, shares his poetic response to the People Dancing International Event in Wales in November 2014
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Linda Jasper, Director of Youth Dance England, describes the current landscape of Children and Young People’s dance in the UK, highlights new opportunities and asks the important question: what is next?
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Radical rhythms unleashed In the wake of the 2011 London riots, the participatory project Unleashed was created and performed at Barbican Centre, November 2012. Here, Maia Mackney, Collaborative Doctoral Award Holder at Barbican Guildhall and Royal Holloway University of London, considers issues of ‘authorship’ and collaboration, and reflects on the ways participants redefined their sense of self, and challenged societal perceptions and stigmas
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Adam Benjamin, lecturer at Plymouth University and author of the seminal text Making an Entrance, explains that access to higher education is key to supporting the next generation of disabled dance artists
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Kate Castle, former Associate Director of People Dancing, in conversation with Lisa Spaull about life as a dance practitioner and the experience of creating a new community dance piece for People Dancing
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Carol Brown, Artistic Director of TAN Dance, gives a glimpse into the creation of Sorrowful Sun, a People Dancing – Wales Commission, and how an international partnership supported the dancers to work independently and achieve true and touching performances
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Does dance move us that little bit closer to ourselves? Cai Tomos, Wales-based independent dance artist, talks about those moments of connection, of not knowing and of fearlessness that we can enter in our dances
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Siân James, Communications Officer, Arts Council of Wales, discusses the positive repercussions of investing in new artistic opportunities for communities and dance practitioners in Wales
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Working in isolation within care settings can be challenging as well as rewarding. Here, one experienced community dance artist shares a personal experience and their reflections about what can happen when people are placed in vulnerable situations
Animated Issue: Spring 2015
Pauline Tambling CBE, Chief Executive, Creative & Cultural Skills, considers the challenges facing the future of employment in the dance sector
Animated Issue: Summer 2014
Three practitioners, Louise Barnes, Molly Stroyan and Lindsay Jenkins, talk about their pursuit of a career in community dance, their different experiences and the continuing professional development journeys they pursued to develop their own style of practice within the sector
Animated Issue: Autumn 2006
Graham Robb offers us an insight and some practical information on how we in dance can contribute positively to the lives of young people who offend
Animated Issue: Summer 2014
Vina Ladwa travels the country teaching classical North Indian dance and performing with her own company. Here, Katrin Binder, dance student and South Asian dance scholar, writes about Vina’s inspiring work with older people
Animated Issue: Summer 2014
Ruth Bates, Foundation for Community Dance Development Manager, demystifies approaches to raising money for dance in the community
Animated Issue: Summer 2014
Leading dance classes with vulnerable people in confidential settings such as refuges or criminal justice settings brings its own imposed limitations that can be challenging when trying to create a healthy learning space. Here, we’ve asked one experienced dance practitioner who works in these settings to share the signposts that she has found useful
Animated Issue: Summer 2014
James Mackenzie-Blackman, Executive Director, Re:Bourne, on their exciting dance production of William Golding’s classic novel so far performed by over 100 boys and young men from across the UK alongside professional dancers
Animated Issue: Summer 2014
Donald Hutera investigates as MDI joins forces with Austrian artist Willi Dorner to cast a spotlight on the people of Liverpool
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