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Alexandrina Hemsley. Photo: Richard Moore.
01 April 2021 - 31 December 2021
Perspectives on Practice is People Dancing's online programme of artist-led events and learning opportunities, discussion and debate, networks and spaces to gather, (re)connect and share. Perspectives on Practice runs throughout 2021 as our profession and the communities we work with begin to focus on recovery, and beyond to rejuvenation.
Using film in your dance practice with Michael Joseph, People Dancing Summer School 2020.
27 April 2020 - 31 August 2020
People Dancing worked with a fantastic team of freelance artists and teachers to offer a programme of online interactive webinars from April to August 2020. The programme was delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic, shortly after the country went into lockdown. Retaining the spirit and themes of the original programme but delivered virtually these events were free for members of People Dancing to access and attend.
People Dancing's Summer School. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.
19 November 2019
Presented by People Dancing in partnership with Curve, Attenborough Arts Centre and The Mighty Creatives this was the first Early Years Dance Network (EDYN) event.


People Dancing Summer School 2018. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
22 July 2019 - 26 July 2019
This was the 11th People Dancing Summer School held at De Montfort University, Leicester. There were 12 courses and you could apply for a day, for a series of courses or for the whole week, selecting the strands of greatest interest and potential value to your practice. There were also a range of free morning technique classes and one-to-one surgeries offering practice development advice.
The Blues Brothers reimagined, commissioned by People Dancing, photography Sean Goldthorpe
25 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
Presented by People Dancing with Attenborough Arts Centre and Para Dance UK this was the first 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network Event for organisations, practitioners and programmers committed to inclusion and engaging better with Deaf and disabled audiences, participants and artists.
People Dancing Summer School 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
23 July 2018 - 28 July 2018
This was the 10th People Dancing Summer School held at the Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) Building, De Montfort University, Leicester. There were 13 courses and you could apply for a day, for a series of courses or for the whole week, selecting the strands of greatest interest and potential value to your practice. There were also a range of free morning technique classes and one-to-one surgeries offering practice development advice.
People Dancing International Conference 2017, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
03 October 2017 - 05 October 2017
We presented our second international event for anyone working in dance, in October 2017. Staged at Tramway in Glasgow, world-class artists, teachers and leaders came together for a programme of presentations, workshops and performances from 15 countries across the globe.
Damian Stewart. Photo: Fallen Angels Dance Theatre
01 December 2014 - 01 June 2016
Launched by People Dancing in 2014, Participate focused on the individuals and communities that dance in participatory settings, helping to reveal why people dance and what it means to them. There were four editions published and they are available online and in paper format. Please view the online editions below where you can also download a PDF file.
People Dancing International Conference 2014, Cardiff. Photo: Rachel Cherry.
13 November 2014 - 15 November 2014
We presented our first international event for anyone working in dance, in November 2014. Staged at the Wales Millennium Centre, in Cardiff, world-class artists, teachers and leaders came together for a programme of presentations, workshops and performances.
17 May 2014 - 17 May 2014
People Dancing run Dance, Deaf and Disabled People Networking Days and national events which provide training, and which explore current and relevant themes in disability dance.
01 October 2013 - 31 October 2013
People Dancing run Dance, Deaf and Disabled People Networking Days and national events which provide training, and which explore current and relevant themes in disability dance.
06 March 2013 - 06 March 2013
People Dancing run Dance, Deaf and Disabled People Networking Days and national events which provide training, and which explore current and relevant themes in disability dance.
Big Dance logo
01 July 2006 - 01 July 2016
Big Dance was People Dancing's first national programme to get people dancing, presented from 2006 - 2016. We delivered Big Dance in partnership with the Mayor of London and a nationwide network of Big Dance Hubs. Following the final edition of the festival in 2016, we are continuing to develop the resources and support for the programme to establish a recurring, annual celebration for participation in dance.