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People Dancing are working with a number of partners to develop online learning programmes addressing a range of subjects that community dance practitioners may wish to learn more about. Each online learning programme provides dance practitioners with a chance to learn at their own pace, at a time and in a place to suit themselves.

Please scroll down the page to find out more information about our online learning programmes and how to purchase them.

 

Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People


Devised in partnership with Diane Amans, one of the leading dance practitioners in this field, the online learning programme stimulates thinking about what it means to grow old, what health issues may (or may not) have an impact on people as they age, and what issues dance practitioners should consider when planning dance sessions with older people. 

The programme consists of seven units which learners can work through in their own time and at their own pace. The programme is interactive and contains videos, quizzes and interactions to prompt thinking about the issues covered in each unit.

The programme covers a range of topics including:

  • Who are ‘older people’?
  • Language and labels
  • Health issues related to ageing
  • Contexts for dance practice
  • Approaches to leading dance with older people
  • Sessions aims, structure and safe practice.

Cost:

£55.00 (People Dancing members) 
£65.00 (Non-members)

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Discounts are available for group purchases for 6 people or more. Please email info@communitydance.org.uk for further information.

Listen to our podcast which features Diane Amans explaining why she finds leading dance with older people so rewarding.

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Developing income streams for participatory arts practice


This four-unit online learning programme provides participatory arts practitioners with key skills and information about where and how you might generate income for your work. It looks at commercial, subsidised and mixed-income models and pinpoints a range of key skills that help you generate income.

The programme covers a range of topics including:

  • Understanding and self-assessing your project needs
  • Creating a balanced budget
  • Raising money from commercial, individuals and public subsidy sources
  • Communicating with people about your work
  • Legal structures pertaining to funding models
  • Understanding timescales and grant-maker’s criteria.

Cost:

£55.00 (ArtWorks Alliance and People Dancing Members)
£65.00 (Non-members)

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Risk assessment online learning


This short online course, developed by People Dancing, aims to help dancers and dance practitioners understand their legal responsibilities in relation to health and safety at work and provides guidance on what to do in the event that an incident takes place in relation to their class, rehearsal or general practice. 

Comprised of factual information, scenarios, interactive questions and example risk assessment templates the course also provides a certificate of completion for those who successfully gain 65% or more in the optional online assessment linked to this programme.

Cost:

£15.00 (Non-members) 
£08.00 (Members)

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Preparing for Safer Dance Practice

This online course will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.

Featuring learning tools that allow the user to apply these principles to their own learning or working environment, the programme supports an effective and ideally injury free experience for all those who dance, whatever their age or experience.

‘Preparing for Safer Dance Practice’ will help dance practitioners:

  • Minimise injury risk and maximise the participants’ experience when leading dance sessions
  • Prepare for and engage in dance activities in a safe, secure and hazard-free environment
  • Manage working in less than optimum conditions while upholding principles of safe dance practice
  • Promote dancers’ safety and well-being, with attention to individual dancers’ health, varying abilities, experience and dance style
  • Become familiar with country-specific laws and regulations
  • Employ risk assessment techniques that anticipate and address potential negative effects on dance activities.

A partnership formed by People Dancing and Safe in Dance International (SiDI) has created an online learning programme called ‘Preparing for Safer Dance Practice’.

The course, aimed at dance practitioners, is built on four learning units: 
  • Preparing the Dance Space
  • Protecting the Dancer
  • Protecting the Dance Leader
  • From Preparation to Application (putting theory into practice and context).

 

Who is 'Preparing for Safer Dance Practice' for?

The programme is relevant to all dance leaders – teachers, directors and dancers – working at any level and in any context, from children to adults, beginners to professionals. It can also be applied to all styles or genres, from classical ballet and ballroom to hip-hop and Zumba.

‘Preparing for Safe Dance Practice’ can be used as a stand-alone learning resource or to support practitioners when registering for the Preparation for Healthy Dance Certificate (PHDC), which is administered by SiDI. 

Find out more about Safe in Dance International from its website here

How much does it cost?

 

£70 - Non-members
£63 - Members
£35 - Online assessment (optional)

 
If you are a member of People Dancing you must login to the website to purchase the online learning programme at the reduced membership rate.

Buy the 'Preparing for Safer Dance Practice' online learning programme here

This link will take you to the SiDI website which will take the payment for your purchase.
Introduction to dance for Parkinson's online learning programme


This eight-unit online course, developed by People Dancing, Dance for PD®, and Mark Morris Dance Group in association with the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, provides dance practitioners and others with core foundational knowledge about the safe, effective, and creative delivery of dance sessions for people with Parkinson’s. 

This course prepares dance practitioners for the practical, in-person introductory and advanced workshops that constitute the primary components of a comprehensive training programme offered by partner organisations around the world.


Find out more about the Introduction to dance for Parkinson's online learning programme.

Cost:

£65.00 (Non-members)

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£55.00 (Members)

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