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People Dancing International Conference: Glasgow 2017
Held 3-5 October 2017, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

Programme Information

A unique opportunity to hear from world-leading individuals and organisations, take part in workshops and discussions, and watch performance whilst networking with colleagues from across the globe.

The programme is focused on three areas reflecting innovations and current participatory dance practices:

  • Cultural identity and sense of place
  • Older people dancing
  • Dance for people living with Parkinson’s.
An indicative day-by-day programme is viewable below.

Some sessions with limited capacity, particularly workshops and masterclasses, require advanced online booking. These sessions can be booked from Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 12:00 midday BST and will close at 12:00 midday BST on Thursday 28 September 2017. Notification and access to the system will be given by email to all registered delegates.

Please note that should it become necessary, we reserve the right to alter published programmes, speakers and venues without prior notice.

Keynote speakers, artists and performers
Please click on the contributors name for further information:
>   Gladys Agulhas, Independent Dance Artist

Dancer-choreographer Gladys Agulhas specialises in dance in education, teacher/mentorship programmes and dance combining people with and without disabilities. She is also a consultant in dance therapy, rehabilitation and injury prevention for active individuals and dance practitioners.

Following a successful performance career across South Africa and Europe, she shifted her focus towards participatory work, winning an award in her home ‘coloured’ neighbourhood, Eldorado Park, for the promotion of arts in the community.

Gladys has also won multiple awards for her artistry, pedagogy and advocacy in dance involving people with disabilities including, in 2012, the prestigious Order of Ikhamanga presented by President Zuma.

>   Rachel Bar, Canada's National Ballet School

Rachel Bar, MA, is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Professional Ballet Program. She danced professionally with English National Ballet and the Israel Ballet before pursuing academia. Rachel is a Vanier Scholar and is currently completing her PhD in psychology, at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the benefits of dance for older adults and arts-based knowledge translation of health research. Rachel’s role as Manager, Health and Research Initiatives at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), sees her contributing to the development and research of NBS’ initiatives for older people.

>   Melanie Brierley, Independent Dance Artist

Melanie is a community dance artist and registered somatic movement educator (ISMETA), working in the field of Dance and Health. She specialises in working with people who are living with long-term neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, dementia and stroke. She works in community groups, care homes and one-to-one in people's homes as 'Home Performance' and works in partnership with charities such as Parkinson's UK and in small arts organisations like Pioneer Projects. Melanie trains care home staff and volunteers in dance and health contexts and is a mentor and trainer in dance and Parkinson's. She is currently writing up her PhD thesis on one-to-one dance and Parkinson's practice at University of Roehampton and has lectured in dance and somatics to Masters level at University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill University.

>   Mele Broomes, Project X

A Glasgow based artist, Mele Broomes’ work experiments with the extremities of movement and voice, while investigating her current contemporary practice of the African Diaspora. Mele has performed nationally and internationally as well as choreographed work which has been presented across the UK. Her work has been created in association with Yorkshire Dance, Riley Theatre, Dance Base, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, DanceLive, The Arches, and Festival Grec Barcelona.

Mele’s most recent work, VOID is a collaboration between David Bernard (AV Designer) and Bex Anson (scenographer). VOID most recently was part of Dance International Glasgow (DiG).

>   Anita Clark, The Workroom

Anita joined The Work Room as Director in June 2016. She has responsibility for leading the organisation and developing programmes which extend the creativity and impact of Scotland’s independent dance sector.

Anita has worked in dance since the early 1990s as a practitioner, producer and in funding and policy, being a member of People Dancing throughout. She was previously Head of Dance at Creative Scotland from 2004 – 2016 and was the first Artistic Director of Citymoves from 2000 – 2004. She has a BA (Hons) in Dance & Related Arts from London College of Dance and an MA (Distinction) in Art in Social Contexts from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

>   Libby Costello, Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies, Royal Academy of Dance

Libby has worked in the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance since 2007, managing several programmes of study, including the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (2007-present), the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies (2013-2017) and the BA (Hons) Dance Education (from September 2017). Between 2013 and 2017, she project managed Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing, securing funding for research and provision from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Wandsworth Council. In 2014 Libby was part of the launch of the RAD Access Route with Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and in 2016 with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, USA. She tutors in the areas of ballet history, dance studies, movement analysis and assessment, alongside supervising dissertation students. Prior to joining the Faculty of Education, Libby held roles at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing as a Professional Development Officer and the University of Surrey as an Associate Lecturer.

>   Benjamin Dunks, Artistic Director, Attik Dance

Benjamin Dunks, Artistic Director of Attik Dance, has worked in dance for 22 years, performing, making, teaching, coaching and researching movement and performance. The class he is going to teach at the Glasgow conference is a non-codified, fully inclusive technical training class he has developed that explores the body through structured improvisation, championing the individual expression of the body and movement while maintaining a technically sound body and mind. This class is extremely fun and playful, as challenging as you wish it to be and has been taught to professionals, young people and integrated companies. It will be the perfect start to your day.

>   Fergus Early OBE, Green Candle company

After an early career in ballet, contemporary dance and New Dance, Fergus founded Green Candle Dance Company in 1987, working for and with children, young people and older adults. The company works extensively in schools, hospitals, care homes, day centres and at its base in East London and runs specially designed short and long training courses for dancers and health workers. In 2009 Fergus was awarded an OBE for services to dance and in 2011 he received an honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University. He is the co-author, with Jacky Lansley, of a book, The Wise Body: Conversations with Experienced Dancers.

>   Lizz Fort, Independent Dance Artist

A community dance artist, educator and researcher, Lizz Fort is currently a Lecturer in Dance Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, Lecturer at Trinity Laban on the Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance programme and a performing member of Amici Dance Theatre Company. The recipient of the ‘Roehampton Dance Award for Outstanding Development as a Research Student’, Lizz is a researcher with a practice based research interest in community practice, collaboration, inclusion and dance teacher professional development. She has recently worked as a consultant for the Dance Unstuck ballet and disability research project, with GDance and Jurg Koch.

>   Kiki Gale MBE, Director, Dance for Parkinson's Network UK

Kiki has been working in dance and the arts for over three decades, as a performer, choreographer, community dance artist and most recently as artistic director and chief executive. In 1992 she established East London Dance and led the organisation for over 20 years. Since then she has been working as a freelance consultant with, amongst others, Luca Silverstrini’s Protein Dance, English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus and Hall for Cornwall, and as a mentor on Dance UK’s career development programme. She is currently Director of the Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK. 

Kiki has served on a number of Boards including Akademi, the Foundation for Community Dance and Rosemary Lee projects. She has been an adviser for London Arts, a member of the Arts Council England panel for national touring and is currently an adviser for the Welsh Arts Council.  In 2004 she was awarded an MBE for her services to dance and in 2016 awarded Honorary Life Membership of People Dancing to mark its 30th anniversary.

>   Anne Gallacher, Luminate

Anne Gallacher is Director of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, which delivers a wide-ranging programme of creative work, engaging older people as audiences, participants and artists. Luminate’s signature event is its annual nationwide creative ageing festival. Anne’s career has included posts with Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Arts (now Arts Council England, Midlands). She was Education Director for Birmingham Royal Ballet from 1999 to 2007. Awarded a Clore Leadership Fellowship in 2005, Anne subsequently joined Watford Palace Theatre as Executive Director. She has worked as a consultant for organisations including the Royal Opera House, BalletBoyz and Arts Council England, and took up her current role in 2012.

>   Monica Gillette, Independent Dance Artist and Researcher

A dancer and choreographer, Monica Gillette was the co-artistic director of two research projects by Theater Freiburg and Freiburg University – BrainDance (2014) and Störung/Hafra'ah (2015-16) – in Germany and Israel. For these projects, Monica co-created a multifaceted research design which brought together dancers, neuroscientists, physicians, philosophers, young researchers and people with Parkinson's to explore the different facets of human movement and what it means to gradually lose control of it. From this research, she developed and leads teacher training workshops across Germany for dance for people with Parkinson’s and mentors dance artists as they develop their classes; she speaks internationally on topics of inclusion and collaborative research; and she continues to develop innovative projects that bring together artists, scientists and people from society in multigenerational cooperation. Monica’s research is driven by asking what role knowledge that is specific to dance and its methods can play in a trans-disciplinary and societal context.

Monica has an education in classical ballet from the Joffrey Ballet and later developed a career in the field of contemporary dance, collaborating with several international choreographers in Los Angeles and New York before a DanceWEB scholarship to Impulstanz took her abroad, in 2007. Monica was a founding member of the artist driven network Sweet & Tender Collaborations, fostering projects that challenged format, medium and modes of collaboration. From 2008-2016, she worked at Theater Freiburg in Germany, not only as a dancer and choreographer, but also in areas of audience development, community building and several outreach projects.

>   Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director, Barrowland Ballet

Natasha Gilmore is Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet, a Glasgow based dance theatre company. Her most resent productions include:  Little Red (2015), Whiteout (2015), Poggle (2014) and Tiger, Tiger Tale (2013). Her work has toured to Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and Australia. Natasha is passionate about creating intergenerational, large-scale participation performances and her latest work, Wolves (2017) is currently being adapted to tour across Scotland. Since 2006 she has created numerous productions with Maryhill Integration Network, who seek to integrate asylum seekers and refugees; this work was featured in a BBC Alba documentary. Natasha also frequently works as a choreographer within theatre productions.

>   Ashanti Harris, Lead Artist, Project X Scotland

Ashanti is an artist, researcher, teacher and community activist based in Glasgow. Her work is based in dance, performance and alternative teaching. In 2011 she co-founded Glasgow Open Dance School (GODS), for which she continues to coordinate and facilitate workshops and events. Ashanti has performed and exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Transmission, The Glue Factory, The Pipe Factory, The Arches (Glasgow), Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, ZKU and Volksbuhne Theatre (Berlin), North Lights Arts (Dunbar), and Fringe Arts Bath. Ashanti is currently working as lead artist for Project X Scotland.

>   Dr Sara Houston, University of Roehampton

Sara is a dance academic and researcher in community dance at the University of Roehampton. Sara works mainly with groups who may feel marginalised or who are excluded. Her current work is focused on the experience of dancing with Parkinson's and is also part of a refugee and movement network. She is Chair of People Dancing.

>   Dr Sophia Hulbert, Independent Dance Artist

Sophia is a Clinical Specialist Neuro Physiotherapist in both the NHS and the private sector. She completed her doctorate looking at the effects of ballroom and Latin American dancing on people with Parkinson’s, at the University of Southampton, presenting her work both nationally and internationally to both scientific and artistic communities. Sophia is also the co-director of the successful ‘Parkinson’s Dance Science’ model delivered at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth as well as the development of additional classes across South West England. She has a dedication and passion for implementing novel and exciting research and putting rehabilitation methods into practice. From this she strives to better understand how the arts and rehabilitation science can combine to provide a fulfilling experience for people living with Neurological conditions.

>   Sangeeta Isvaran, Founder & Managing Trustee of Wind Dancers Trust & Creator of Katradi Technique

A passionate advocate for using art to create social change, Sangeeta has worked with the arts in education, empowerment and conflict resolution with many marginalised communities across the world, such as sex workers, street children, indigenous communities, landmine victims, people with disabilities, victims of caste and religious conflict and so on. More than 25 years’ work in the field has led to the creation of the 'Katradi' technique. It is a dynamic technique working on a grid of five levels of communication and understanding: physical, emotional, sensory, intellectual and intuitive. This is not just a theoretical construct; each module of Katradi design is a blend of activities that works through these five levels of understanding. Many forms of visual and performing art and sport have powerful techniques to generate empathy and positive energy embedded in them. Tapping into several of these forms, the Katradi method has evolved to create powerful and joyous spaces of transformation. The strength of Katradi lies in the creation of empathy as a transformative tool.

Sangeeta has inherited a Bharatanatyam [classical dance/theatre form from Tamilnadu, India] practice from the pioneering maestra, Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and Smt.Savithri Jagannatha Rao. She has researched into many performing and visual art traditions across the world, creating her unique Katradi technique of empathy based social transformation. For this she was honoured with the highest national award for young dancers, the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. She is an empanelled dancer of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, with a mandate for cultural diplomacy. She has also received several other national and international fellowships:

Arts Network Asia, Asia Europe Foundation, Asian Scholarship Foundation, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst [German Academic Exchange Programme] and awards: Kala Rathna; Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival; Prix de la Creation, Centre Culturel d’Enghien-les-bains, France; and Vasantalakshmi Young Dancer award, India.

A highly skilled performer, Sangeeta has performed in more than 40 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, where she has also collaborated with several governmental and non-governmental organisations to create spaces for people from different walks of life to access some form of art. She has studied various different dance forms from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and West Africa, creating her own unique style of choreography in many international collaborations
>   Louise Katerega, Independent Dance Artist

Louise Katerega ( has been a versatile contributor to the UK dance scene for almost two decades. She is especially acknowledged for her national and international development work in dance by, for and with disabled people. This includes British Council projects in South Africa and contributions to local and national performance events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. Based in Leicester, in the English Midlands, she has enjoyed a broad portfolio career as a performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor and trustee. Now parenthood is in progress, increasingly Louise’s roles are expanding to include strategic thinker and creative producer. 

>   Rhea Lewis, Creative Producer, Project X, Scotland

As a creative producer, Rhea collaborates with national as well as international artists, and with communities, to create ambitious, large-scale, socially-engaged cross art-form projects. Rhea is passionate about making work that explores marginalised stories and narratives. Rhea has worked with diverse theatre, dance organisations, festivals and institutions such as The Work Room, A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, Tramway, Barrowland Ballet, The Arches, Africa in Motion Film Festival, Afrovibes Festival, Stillmotion, Glasgow Museums, Untitled Projects, and Tricky Hat Productions. Rhea is currently working as creative producer for Project X, Scotland. 

>   Cecilia Macfarlane, Independent Dance Artist, Choreographer

Cecilia Macfarlane trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is an Oxford based independent dance artist with a national and international reputation for her work in the community.

Cecilia is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, DugOut Adult Community Dance and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company (now Crossover Intergenerational Dance Projects) and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company. She was a Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University for nine years and is now a guest lecturer at six British Universities. Her work is based on her passionate belief that dance is for everyone; she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer. 

As a performer, Cecilia is continually curious about expression, how movement can communicate so powerfully to others without the need for words. Her work is highly influenced by her studies with Joan Skinner, Helen Poynor, Deborah Hay and most recently Anna Halprin. Cecilia continues to work at home and abroad to bring generations and communities together to realize their potential through dance.

In 2016, Cecilia celebrated Oxford Youth Dance’s 30th Birthday with a year of events in Oxford, culminating in an archive event and the launch of her book, co-written with Ruth Pethybridge, ‘Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance’ published by People Dancing.

Additionally, in 2016, Radio Four produced Dance Your Life Away, a feature length documentary with many voices from Cecilia’s career in Oxford.

>   Belinda McElhinney, Executive Producer, Barrowland Ballet

Belinda McElhinney is Executive Producer for Barrowland Ballet. Belinda produced Tiger and Tiger Tale, the first of the company’s work to tour internationally and has also produced Poggle, Whiteout and Little Red. Alongside the touring productions, she has produced the company’s large-scale participatory inter-generational performance projects: Wolves, The River - part of Culture 2014 and Bunty & Doris. While at Barrowland Ballet, in 2012-2013 she completed her MSC in Young People, Social Inclusion and Change. Her research was with unaccompanied minors in Scotland, looking at the sociological and psychological benefits of a participation group. In 2016 Belinda successfully raised funds to deliver a fortnightly participation group for unaccompanied minors, delivering arts and cultural activities. Prior to Barrowland Ballet, Belinda was General Manager at Ankur Productions and worked as Arts and Cultural Development Officer for Scottish Refugee Council, producing Refugee Festival Scotland in 2010 and 2011.

>   Louisa Borg-Costanzi Potts

Louisa Borg-Costanzi Potts has extensive experience in participatory practice and cross-arts and inter-disciplinary collaboration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (first class honours) in drama and performance in 2008. She progressed to a Master of Arts in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, exploring interdisciplinary performance creation and collaborative practices, specialising in Dramaturgy.

Louisa has been working at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance since 2012, managing a range of creative and contemporary dance programmes for people of all ages and abilities. She leads on the strategic development of the Learning and Participation departments’ partnerships, research, evaluation and Dance and Health programme. Since completing her Masters, Louisa has managed a variety of participatory arts projects, arts festivals and events. She continues to work as a dramaturg and creative producer collaborating with a range of companies, venues and artists from across a range of sectors.

Louisa has a strong interest in participatory practice, teaching Drama/Physical Theatre for a variety of arts organisations, educational institutions and health care settings. Louisa specialises in devised and collaborative theatre, with a particular interest in physical theatre and producing cross arts performance.

>   Carol Pound, BioDanza

Carol (Kavina) Pound is a committee member of the Association of Biodanza Teachers UK. She has been teaching dance based personal development classes for six years and launched Danzability two years ago. Carol has dyspraxia and believes that everybody has the ability to dance and live life to their full potential.

>   Jane Ralls, Independent Arts Manager specialising in dance

Jane Ralls is an independent arts manager with a specialism in dance, arts education and developing projects that increase access to the arts. After 10+ years at DanceXchange, Jane left to pursue a portfolio career in December 2014. She has since written a position statement related to Birmingham Dance Hub, created an Organisational Development Plan for integrated dance company FRONTLINEdance, worked as Executive Producer for Anjali Dance Company and supported numerous artists and companies in defining and achieving their ambitions. In addition to her current work with Awards for Young Musicians, as Programme Manager for Furthering Talent and Practical Progression, Jane currently works as an Associate (Artsmark) for Arts Connect, is a mentor on Dash’s Cultivate programme and works as an Action Learning facilitator and coach. In a voluntary capacity, Jane co-founded AMP (an independent arts managers and producers network in the Midlands) and is Vice Chair of People Dancing. Jane has experience in developing partnerships, generating income, strategic planning and nurturing artists. She has developed projects for unusual spaces, challenging perceptions of what art is and where it can happen.

>   Clare Reynolds, Restoke

Clare Reynolds trained at Trinity Laban, holds an MA in Community & Participatory Arts and is Co-Artistic Director of Restoke, an arts organisation rooted in Stoke-on-Trent. Restoke combines dance, music & storytelling to co-create ambitious performances that give a platform to the most engaging and important stories from its community. For videos and information about Restoke’s work visit:

>   Ashleigh Ritchie, Royal Academy of Dance

Ashleigh Ritchie is the Programme Manager for the BA (Hons) Ballet Education Programme and Lecturer in Teacher Education across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Royal Academy of Dance. She has a Masters of Arts Education in Dance Teaching (Distinction), a Diploma of Dance Studies, a Post-Degree Certificate in Education (QTS) and a BA in English and Philosophy. Her research interests are in the use of imagery as a somatic teaching tool, the health and wellbeing of dance teachers and the use of dance to improve migrant children’s sense of belonging.

>   Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director and CEO, Hearts and Minds

Artistic Director, Honorary Professor, Theatre Director, Performer and Teacher.

Magdalena is originally from Austria but has lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 1995. Magdalena is Co–Founder and Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds. She was responsible for creating the Scottish Clowndoctors programme for children in 1999 and, in 2001, developed the unique Elderflowers programme for elderly people with dementia. Magdalena has trained with Philippe Gaulier, Monica Pagneux, Pierre Byland and John Wright. She has more than 25 years’ experience performing, directing and teaching physical theatre and clowning in the UK and internationally and has worked with companies across Europe, West Africa and the USA. Her directing credits include the clown shows  ‘A Clean Sweep’ and 'By the Seat of Your Pants’ for Plutôt la Vie, Edinburgh. Her teaching includes workshops for a range of international hospital clown organisations as well as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) Glasgow, Dundee Rep Theatre and the Education Department of the National Theatre, London. Most recently, as part of her Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough grant, Magdalena has developed Artful Minds, an experiential training initiative for artists of all art forms to engage with people living with dementia, and Curious Shoes - bespoke performances for people affected by dementia, as well as their families and carers, in theatre and community settings. Curious Shoes was premiered at Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio in March 2017 and is currently touring as part of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival. Magdalena is a member of the Dance for Parkinson’s steering group Scotland. She was appointed an Honorary Professor with the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in 2016 and is currently exploring collaborations with the Centre for person-centred Practice Research at QMU.

>   Luca Silvestrini, Independent Dance Artist

Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca graduated in Performing Arts at Bologna University. In 1995, he moved to London to complete his dance training at Laban. Since then Luca has worked with Maxine Doyle's First Person, Catherine Seymour Dance Company, Lea Anderson and The Featherstonehaughs, Ruth Segalis' Rose's Thoughts, Bock & Vincenzi, Sarah Rubidge, Joanna Portolou and Aletta Collins.

His choreography dates from 1997, when he co-founded Protein. As Artistic Director he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by its deep connections with the everyday. His personality is stamped on large-scale, cross-generational and participatory events, including the world record-breaking Big Dance Class, Eat London (which won a Visit London Gold Award) and Big World Dance 2010, both of which took place in Trafalgar Square. He has created full-length intergenerational productions in Valenciennes, Athens, Barcelona, London, Turin,  Kinosaki (Japan) and Wadebridge (Cornwall), and has taught and presented Protein’s participatory work at schools and conferences in Singapore, Spain, Italy and Canada.

In addition to his work for Protein, Luca has created work for the Royal Opera House, Transitions Dance Company, CandoCo, Bare Bones, Intoto, From Here To Maturity, Company of Elders at Sadler’s Wells, Sankalpalm, HeadSpace Dance, Verge and Sardoville. Theatre and opera credits include work for English National Opera, Theatre Rites, Royal Court Theatre, Duckie and Youth Music Theatre UK. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and The Place Prize 2006 Audience Award. He was also one of the first recipients of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers (2006). In 2012 Luca and Protein were presented with a New Connections Award by the British Council in Italy for the valuable contribution made to developing closer relations between the UK and Italy.

The success and impact of Protein’s performance and participation programme has grown nationally and internationally over the last 20 years, and in 2016 Protein was again nominated (having won the accolade in 2011) for the Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards. Since 1997, Protein has reached tens of thousands of people on the streets of the UK through its outdoor productions (In)visible Dancing at Hull 2017 and Windows in Progress, 2014 at the Royal Opera House as part of Deloitte Ignite. LOL(lots of love), 2011, inspired by online relationships, toured the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Colombia, Thailand and India and led to four industry award nominations. In 2015/16, May Contain Food toured nationally and internationally. The show was then adapted as a two-hander and toured to rural settings. A workshop and performative version was also created for older people in care homes. Protein’s Border Tales, first premiered in 2013, was remounted for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and national touring in 2017.

Luca is a Work Place artist.

>   Sian Stevenson, Creative Director, Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company

Sian is Creative Director of the Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, which offers creative opportunities for older people, animating stories of the everyday through an integration of movement, music, spoken word and digital forms.

>   Danielle Teale, Independent Dance Artist

Danielle Teale is a skilled, creative and empathic independent dance artist, with an extensive portfolio of teaching and leading, choreography, programme design and consultancy, CPD delivery and mentoring experience in the community, in education and across all ages. Her experience includes work with DanceEast, East London Dance, English National Ballet, Green Candle Dance Company, New Adventures - Re:Bourne, Royal Opera House, The Place London and the University of Roehampton. Danielle is a specialist in dance and Parkinson's. She has worked as a leading associate artist with ENB since its programme was founded, delivered Dance for Parkinson's CPD on behalf of ENB and People Dancing, and as an artistic consultant for the Dance for Health Programme in Rotterdam, alongside founder Marc Vlemmix.

>   Vincent E. Thomas, Artistic Director, VTDance, USA

Vincent E. Thomas ( received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has won multiple honours at home and abroad, as both performer and choreographer.

Vincent has danced with several companies in Maryland, Washington DC and New York, including Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. His choreography has been presented at many national and international venues across the USA and Europe, including recent Edinburgh Festivals. 

He is also an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes and Professor of Dance at Towson University (Maryland). 

>   Paula Turner, Independent Dance Artist

Paula Turner is an independent dance artist and researcher. She is a Leverhulme Artist in residence at Newcastle University, where she is exploring the implications of being put in place. Her research focuses on people's participation in creative cultural practices. Paula has an ongoing ethnographic project with Grand Gestures Dance Collective, examining the meanings, experiences and politics of their activist dance practice.

>   Rodrigo Vilarinho, Choreographer, ReAct!, Sweden

Rodrigo Vilarinho is a creator, dancer and performer who had a very mixed background before discovering dance: academic studies in biology, experience in social work, education, martial arts, physical theater and street performance. 

He is originally from Lisbon, Portugal but he did his bachelor degree in Dance at DOCH – The University of Dance and Circus, in Stockholm. He has been working as a freelance artist in several productions around Europe. Rodrigo is one of the co-founders of ReAct! - Actions Moving and has been the coordinator of the company since its beginning, in 2011.

>   Pegge Vissicaro, Arizona State University

Dr Pegge Vissicaro, Professor Emeritus of Dance at Arizona State University, is a dance culture scholar, socially engaged artist and eco-somatic practitioner. She currently serves as Executive Director of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, Inc., whose mission is to promote the holistic understanding and appreciation of the diversity and significance of dance as a human, universal in all cultural contexts, through active research, publication, consultation, and public presentation.

>   Marc Vlemmix, Independent Dance Artist

Marc Vlemmix, who graduated as a Bachelor in Design and Communication in 1995 and a Master in Arts and Culture in 1999, began his career as a programmer at the Theater and Concert Hall of Arnhem. In 2005 he founded Danshuis Station Zuid, in Tilburg. He created a 2000 metre square inflatable mobile dancehouse that toured, circus-style and developed ‘Tilburg City of Dance’ (a collaboration between the City Theatre, dance academy, Institute for Amateur Arts and Marc’s own dancehouse), as part of the European Dancehous Network.

Marc was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010, at the age of 37. The Dancehouse had to close due to big cuts in funding of the arts in the Netherlands, in 2012. The same year he founded Dance For Health, for people with chronic movement disorders like Parkinson’s, rheumatism and multiple scleroses to contribute to their well-being. Dance for Health is led by Marc and his partner Rosan Chinnoe. 

>   Dr Kate Wakeling, Trinity Laban

Dr Kate Wakeling is a Research Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and works in close collaboration with the institution's Learning and Participation department. Kate studied music at Cambridge University and holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies. With a background in anthropology, musicology and critical theory, her research is grounded in ethnographic participant-observation and the phenomenological analysis of participant and practitioner experience.

>   Carrie Washington, BEEE Creative

BEEE Creative provides an umbrella for Carrie’s portfolio career in the dance sector that consists of teaching, project management and lecturing. Her work provides support, consultation and delivery to schools, organisations and community groups across Hertfordshire, including work with the Music Service, County Dance Teachers’ Association and Museums.

Carrie’s career has included posts with Rambert Education, Hertsdance and dancedigital, while she currently works part-time at Middlesex University, with the Employability Service and Arts and Creative Industries Faculty.

Carrie is a professionally trained dancer with vocational training from English National Ballet School, she has a BA (Hons) from Middlesex University and an MA in Community Dance Leadership from the University of Bedfordshire.

>   Nikki Watson, CODA Dance

Artistic Director of CoDa Dance Company, Nikki is a dance artist and choreographer with a passion for inclusive and participatory arts. Her particular area of interest is in creating work that explores the effects that neurological disease has on sufferers, their families and carers, particularly those with MS. She has a keen interest in blurring the lines between audience and performer, community and professional productions and always wants a reaction from the people she works with!

>   Ray Wegrzyn, Parkinson's Equip

Ray has lived with Parkinson's for 25 years. For much of that time he worked as HM Inspector of Probation. Since retiring, Ray established a charity to support People with Parkinson's to become involved in creative activities, particularly dance. He is a pragmatist and likes to get a job done well.

>   Sophie Younger, Dance Base

Sophie is a freelance teacher of Dance for People with Parkinson's. She is based in Edinburgh and currently teaches at Dance Base, Edinburgh and at Scottish Ballet, Glasgow.

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Tuesday 3 October 2017 

13:00 Registration and Opening
13:00 – 18:30 Main Programme at Tramway
19:30 – 23:00 Evening Reception and Performances,
Glasgow City Centre

Wednesday 4 October 2017

08:00 – 10:00 Registration for New Delegates
08:15 – 22:00 Main Programme at Tramway

Thursday 5 October 2017

08:00 - 10:00 Registration for New Delegates
08:15 – 13:00 Main Programme at Tramway

Specific programme timings will be given in the Programme section from 21 August 2017.
Prices and Booking
Our lowest rates are set for independent artists, teachers, producers, managers, leaders or others are considered as those who are not representing an organisation. Our organisation rates are set for the best value for those employed by an organisation and those who will represent an organisation at the conference.

  Member      Standard
 Full Conference Ticket - Independent £150 £224
 Full Conference Ticket - Organisation £198 £296
 Two-Day Conference Ticket - Independent £117 £176
 Two-Day Conference Ticket - Organisation £162 £243
One-Day Conference Ticket, Wednesday 4 October - Independent                                   
£78 £116
One-Day Conference Ticket, Wednesday 4 October - Organisation
£120 £180
One-Day Conference Ticket, Tuesday 3 or Thursday 5 October - Independent      
£60 £90
One-Day Conference Ticket, Tuesday 3 or Thursday 5 October - Organisation
£96 £144

Conference Programme


Tuesday 3 October 2017 

13:00 - 14:00                                             Welcome and opening presentations

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scottish Government 
Christopher Hampson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet
Tim Nunn, Programme Manager, Tramway
Dr Sara Houston, Chair, People Dancing
Sangeeta Isvaran, Wind Dancers Initiative, India

14:30 - 15:30   Dance for Parkinson’s Class [workshop]: Monica Gillette, Dance Artist and Researcher; Miriam Early, Education Officer, Scottish Ballet; Sophie Younger, Artist and Teacher, Dance Base and dancers from Scottish Ballet's dance for Parkinson's class.
Part of Dance for Parkinson's - an inquisitive approach

In Conversation
with Dr Sara Houston and Danielle Teale [discussion and Q & A]
A reflection on learning: an eight-year exploration of dance for people living with Parkinson's 

New Scots: Dance with Refugee and Migrant Communities in Scotland
[presentations]: Contributors include: Remzije Sherifi, Development Coordinator, Maryhill Integration Network, Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director, Barrowland Ballet; Chaired by Anita Clark, Director, The Workroom

Older People Dancing
[presentations and discussion]: Fergus Early, Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance Company; Libby Costello, Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies, Royal Academy of Dance; Carrie Washington, Dance Consultant and Project Manager, BEEE Creative; Lorna Murray, Education Manager, Scottish Ballet; Rachel Bar, Canada's National Ballet School. Chaired by Anne Gallacher, Director, Luminate Festival

16:00 - 17:00   Dance for Parkinson’s Class [workshop]: Monica Gillette, Dance Artist and Researcher; Miriam Early, Education Officer, Scottish Ballet; Sophie Younger, Artist and Teacher, Dance Base and dancers from Scottish Ballet's dance for Parkinson's class.
Part of Dance for Parkinson's - an inquisitive approach

In Conversation: 'Home Performance':
 Melanie Brierley and Robert Hey [discussion and Q & A] 
Sharing their experience of one-to-one dance and Parkinson's practice, alongside showing a film of their work created by Jess Turton, and dancing together in real time. 

New Scots: creative work with migrant communities
[workshop]: Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director, Barrowland Ballet

Dancing Toward Belonging: Identity and Sense of Place for Migrant Secondary School Students [presentation]: Ashleigh Ritchie, Lecturer in Dance Teacher Education, Royal Academy of Dance 

17:30 - 18:30   Within and without the city walls [presentation / workshop]Rosemary Lee, Dance Artist and Choreographer

From problems to possibilities [presentation]: Marc Vlemmix, Project Leader - Dance for Health and Parkinson's (Netherlands). A personal approach to artistic processes and how these influence our work in a dance and health context working alongside people living with Parkinson's, MS and arthritis. 
Part of Dance for Parkinson’s – an inquisitive approach

200 Women Dancing: everything that rises must dance [presentation]: Sasha Milavic Davies, Choreographer / Director

Developing cultural identity with children through dance
[workshop]: Benjamin Dunks, Attik Dance and Rachel Barlow, Independent Dance Artist

You Are Here: Dancing with Migrant Communities in Stoke-on-Trent
[presentation]: Clare Reynolds, Co-Founder, Restoke

In Conversation: Scottish Ballet and English National Ballet, Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Engagement Director and Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement, Scottish Ballet

19:30 - 23:00   Welcome Reception and Ceilidh

Including speeches and announcements from People Dancing and partners, performances from Dance House Older People’s Company and Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, with a live band and traditional Scottish ceilidh. Compered by Glasgow-based performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch. 


Wednesday 4 October 2017

08:15 - 09:45   Workshops and practice insights: 

Dance For Everybody 
[Workshop]: Vincent E Thomas, Artistic Director, VT Dance
Part of Identity, Community, Action: How Who We Are Becomes What We Do  

Small Dances: Older People Dancing in Residential  Settings [workshop]: Diane Amans, Independent Dance Artist and Author

Insight into the Practice of Sian Stevenson, Moving Memory Dance Theatre [Workshop]

Insight into the Practice of Scottish Ballet, Miriam Earley Education Officer, Scottish Ballet [Workshop]

Insight into the Practice of Benjamin Dunks, Attik Dance, [Workshop]

10:15 - 11:30   “What’s Going On?” [workshop]: Vincent E Thomas
Part of Identity, Community, Action: How Who We Are Becomes What We Do  

What are the values we bring to what we measure and why - is if possible to have a shared language of measurement that meets research, health and artistic criteria? [discussion and Q & A]: Dr Bethany Whiteside; Dr Sofia Hulbert: Dr Sara HoustonMonica Gillette; Dr Alison Williams, Marx Vlemmix and Ray Wegrzyn. 
Part of Dance for Parkinson’s – an inquisitive approach

Postcards from Places - Intergenerational Choreography in Communities [discussion]: Contributors include: Rodrigo Vilarinho, Choreographer, ReAct!; Cecilia Macfarlane, Indpendent Artist and Choreographer
Beyond the Walls: Dance as ‘performative dissemination’ in arts and health work [performance, presentation and discussion]: Louisa Borg-Constanzi Potts, Lucy Evans, Stella Howard, Dr Kate Wakeling

12:00 - 13:30   Artistry and the co-ownership of dancing experience in dance with Parkinson’s [workshop]: Danielle Teale, Independent Dance Artist and Dancers from Scottish Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s Classes

Moving Difference, Making Place: Public Square Dance as Community Catalyst for Marginalized Populations in Xichang, China [presentation]: Dr Pegge Vissicaro, Artist and Researcher, Arizona State University 

Project X
[workshop]: Mele Forbes-Broomes, Ashanti Harris, Rhea Lewis (30 mins long, repeats)
Part of Identity, Community, Action: How Who We Are Becomes What We Do 

Bona, siya fana ~ look we are all the same [presentation]: Gladys Agulhas (30 mins long, repeats) 
Part of Identity, Community, Action: How Who We Are Becomes What We Do 

13:30 - 14:30    Lunch

14:30 - 16:00   Leading with Creativity: the importance of artistic approaches to dance in diverse settings [presentation]

Chaired by Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director, Dance Umbrella with Monica Gillette, Dance Artist and Researcher; Sangeeta Isvaran, Founder, Wind Dancers Initiative; Rosemary Lee, Choreographer; Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein; Vincent Thomas, Artistic Director, VT Dance;  Marc Vlemmix, Project Leader Dance for Health and Parkinson's (Netherlands).  

16:30 - 18:00   Parkinson's: A Score for Understanding [Workshop]Monica GilletteDance Artist and Researcher
Part of Dance for Parkinson’s – an inquisitive approach

Mindful Arts - creating meaningful connections with people living with dementia
[workshop]: Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director and CEO, Heart & Minds 

Postcards from Places - Intergenerational Choreography in Communities [workshop]: Rodrigo Vilarinho, Choreographer, ReAct!

A moving, unfinished conversation between Amici Dance Theatre and SLiDE [presentation]: Lizz Fort, Lecturer in Dance Education, Royal Academy of Dance

18:00 - 22:00   An evening of performance, film and networking

Featuring performances by: Cecilia Macfarlane, Project XBarrowland Ballet; Moving Memory Dance Theatre CompanyScottish Ballet Elders CompanyVincent E. Thomas and films from Dance for Parkinson's Partnership.

Plus, performative presentations and talks from Carolyn Lappin, Executive Director, YDance; Dr Kate Wakeling, Writer and Researcher, Trinity Laban; and Paula Turner, Grand Gestures Dance Collective. 


Thursday 5 October 2017 

08:15 - 09:30   Katradi Technique: Using Dance in Empathy Based Social Transformation [workshop]: Sangeeta Isvaran, Founder Wind Dancers Initiative

An Introduction to Biodanza [workshop]: Carol Pound, Independent Dance Artist

Dialogue - A Workshop Based on the Performance by Cecilia Macfarlane [workshop]: Cecilia Macfarlane, Independent Dance Artist and Choreographer

10:00 - 11:15   Critical Response Process for Participatory Dance Artists [workshop]: Liz Lerman, Choreographer and Founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

Real Life, Real Dance [workshop] Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein

Dance for people living with Dementia [workshop]: Katie Mason, Rambert Dance Company

Insight into the Practice of Indepen-dance [workshop]: Karen Anderson, Artistic Director, Indepen-dance

11:30 - 13:00   The Complexities of Creativity [presentation]: Liz Lerman, Choreographer and Founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

     Conference close 

Glasgow has a wide range of accommodation to choose from including:
  • Budget hotels including Travelodge and Premier Inn
  • Serviced apartments
  • 3* - 5* hotel chains including Mercure, Jury’s Inn and Park Inn
  • Boutique and luxury hotels
  • Independent guest house, bed and breakfast or home hire
Our recommendations include a small number of hotels offering preferential rates for People Dancing conference delegates, along with the best value options that we are aware of. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and does not represent specific endorsements of quality or service. Glasgow City Marketing Bureau offer a conference hotel booking service with information on the full range of hotel options in the city.

Hotel price comparison websites can often offer more competitive rates than specially negotiated conference rates.


The UK’s largest budget hotel chain has three city centre hotels offering rooms from £61 per night. Search and book.

Premier Inn

There are six city centre Premier Inn hotels offering rooms from £59 per night. Search and book.


AirBnB and similar home hire website have hundreds of available rooms or entire properties to hire privately from owners. Ranging from £8 to the average of £67 per night, individuals may find this a more affordable accommodation option. Groups of delegates may consider hiring an entire property for a more affordable option. Search and book.

Mercure Glasgow City Hotel

201 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DQ
Six minutes walk to Glasgow Central station.

Limited number rooms held for delegates on at a special discounted conference rate, including three fully accessible rooms.

Bed & breakfast - £115 per room per night, single occupancy 
Bed & breakfast - £125 per room per night, double occupancy 

Delegates should book with the reservations team on 0844 815 9103 (choose option 1) and quoting the code SCOT031017. Reservation offices only open 8am-8pm. Please note that if delegates call outside of these hours they will reach a central office and discounted conference rate will not be available to book. When guests call to make a booking they will be asked to provide a credit card as prepayment is required. This is non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Rooms available at the discounted rate until 5th September 2017. Visit the hotel website.

Jury’s Inn

80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow
Four minutes walk to Glasgow Central station.

Hotel: 0141 314 4800
Central reservations: 0121 695 9134

Limited number of rooms held for delegates at a special discounted conference rate of £120 bed and breakfast per night for single occupancy and £130 B&B per double or twin occupancy. including a small number of fully accessible rooms and partially accessible rooms.Delegates should book through central reservations 0121 695 9134 quoting code SCOTTI031017

Rooms only being held at this discounted rate until 5th September. Visit the hotel website.

Dreamhouse Apartments

Various locations across the city. Usually five minute walk to Glasgow Central railway station.
Tel:  08452 260232 

Preferred rates for conference delegates on 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments. Offer not available at Ingram Street apartments. Please quote “Scottish Ballet” when booking. 

Please note there is no lift/elevator in either Lynedoch Crescent or Blythswood Apartments. Only partially accessible rooms are available at St Vincent Street apartments. Visit the website.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the UK.

It is celebrated as Scotland’s cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene. For more information than we’re able to offer here, visit the Visit Scotland website.

Getting to Tramway

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Tramway is a major cultural venue in the city. It is located 2 miles away from the city centre, reachable by train, bus or taxi. 

Train: Tramway is adjacent to Pollokshields East train station, less than two minutes walk from the platform to the main entrance. Trains depart from Glasgow Central station every 15 minutes during the daytime, the journey takes 5 minutes. Please note, there is only staircase access in and out on Pollokshields East train station. It is not accessible to wheelchair users or those who cannot climb stairs.

Bus: First Bus run services to Pollokshaws Road adjacent to Tramway from Union Street in Glasgow's city centre. Visitors should board any of the undernoted bus numbers which run every 10 minutes:
3, 38, 57, 57A. Visit for details.

Taxi: Available on the street around the main shopping areas and Glasgow Central Train station, along with bookable taxi firms and Uber, any taxi will take 5-10 minutes cost between £4-£8. 

Car: There is no car parking at Tramway. Visitors who intend to drive here are recommended to park at the Shields Road Subway Car Park. Walking distance to Tramway is just under a mile.

Travelling via Glasgow Airport

The main airport in Glasgow is served by direct flights from:
  • All London airports with connections to the rest of the world
  • Scottish Islands and North of Scotland
  • Other UK airports: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derry, East Midlands, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay, Southampton
  • International airports across Europe, North America and Asia. Find a full list of direct destination and origins here.
The airport is around 10 miles from the city centre. Estimated journey times and costs via the various transport options are:

Taxi: 20-30 minutes, set fares of £15-£20 
Taxis are available outside the terminal building in a managed taxi rank. Most taxi companies offer set fares to Glasgow City Centre. Some accept card payments, but often will accept cash only.

Uber: 20-30 minutes set fares of £12-£22 are available via the Uber app
The low-cost taxi app is active in Glasgow. Users should download the app and register before their first journey. The airport pick up point will be indicated by the app, but will not be in the main airport taxi rank.

Bus: 20-30 minutes £7.50 single, £10 return
The Glasgow Airport Express, bus number 500 departs from Stand 1 outside the arrivals terminal. Buses run 24 hours per day, up to every 10 minutes, but less frequently late at night or early in the morning. Tickets can be purchased on the bus by cash or card, or booked online in advance here.

Glasgow Central Train Station

As the main train station in Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow Central is served by direct trains from:
  • London, with connections to the all stations in the South East of England
  • Penzance, Plymouth, Bristol with connections to all stations in the South West of England
  • Birmingham, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent with connections to all stations in the West Midlands
  • Derby with connections to all stations in the East Midlands
  • Preston, Manchester and Carlisle with connections to all stations in the North West of England
  • Sheffield, Leeds and York with connections to all stations in Yorkshire
  • Newcastle with connections to all stations in the North East of England
  • Most towns and cities in Northern, Western and Eastern Scotland
  • Edinburgh with connections to all other stations in Scotland