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People Dancing in the Summer

Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 July 2022

De Montfort University, Leicester

From £75 per day / £40 per half-day

A unique professional development opportunity for dance artists and practitioners, offering a diverse programme of pathways and short courses led by outstanding artists and teachers, designed to refresh and reignite.


Tuesday 26 July 2022

-> Roots and routes: How African diasporic dance forms conquered world stages (one day course) with Akosua Boakye and Jreena Green

-> Community dance practice: Core career skills (half day course) with Claire Pring, Laura Jones (Stopgap) and guest Anna Leatherdale who will outline the new Participatory Arts Qualifications – morning only (repeats Wednesday morning)

-> Community dance practice: The superpowers of reflection & evaluation! (half day course) with Claire Pring and George Fellows – afternoon only (repeats Wednesday afternoon)

-> Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s: Finding flow...  (one day course) with Dr Sophia Hulbert, Heidi Wilson and Dr Sara Houston (repeats on Wednesday).

-> Co-creating Opera: What for? An online talk with community artist & writer François Matarasso (17:30 - 19:00)


Wednesday 27 July 2022

-> Wellbeing in practice and practise: Your needs, my needs, our needs (one day course) with Jane Chan, Shivaangee Agrawal and Meera Patel

-> Community dance practice: Core career skills (half day course) with Claire Pring, Laura Jones (Stopgap) and guest Anna Leatherdale who will outline the new Participatory Arts Qualifications – morning only

-> Community dance practice: The superpowers of reflection & evaluation! (half day course) with Claire Pring and George Fellows – afternoon only

-> Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s: Finding flow...  (one day course) with Dr Sophia Hulbert, Heidi Wilson and Dr Sara Houston.


Thursday 28 July 2022

-> People, places and unusual spaces! (one day course) with Luca Silvestrini (Protein).


This three-day event offers practical courses providing learning and skills development, connection with peers and time for reflection. There will also be optional morning classes, evening online panel sessions, lunchtime performances, and opportunities to network - all designed to enrich your experience.

These courses are suitable for dance artists and practitioners at different stages of their careers wishing to learn with others in an inspiring, supportive and creative environment.

In addition to the above courses, you can also attend the optional early morning practical sessions on Wednesday and Thursday and the online speaker sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, as well as the lunchtime networking and performances. Those attending a half-day course only will also be invited to attend a 90-minute peer sharing and advice session on the same day, which is included in the cost. Visit individual course pages for more information about these sessions.

Each course will start with a morning talk at 10:00-11:00, with practical from 11:30.

Individual course timetables will be shared closer to the time, but please refer to the schedule below for an overview of the event.

The event will take place in the PACE Building on De Montfort University campus. PACE is an accessible building and we have provided information about getting to the venue below.

People Dancing in the Summer has been programmed by Louise Katerega, Associate Producer for Change, and Yaël Owen-Mckenna, Programme Director, Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s. Click below to read a few words from Louise about the event.

>   Here’s what Louise Katerega says about the event

Louise Katerega - our Associate Producer for Change and the main programmer of People Dancing in the Summer:

“Welcome to People Dancing in The Summer! As those of you who are long-time members will see, in some ways it’s a departure from our former one-week intensive summer school, last held in the sweltering heat of 2019. We hope, though, that as you pick and choose activities below, you still feel the same values and sense of being valued in this new leaner, more agile model, developed with your needs in mind for our post-pandemic world.

Now more than ever, we are aware how important it is to try and place joy and access at the heart of what we do. We have endeavoured to keep things light on your recovering purses, your recovering bodies, hearts and minds. We want to reignite your imaginations with new information and re-ignite your confidence in yourselves and your own practice journeys with plenty of ‘breath’ in your days for rest, reflection, conversation and connection.

We are delighted to offer you the range of courses and depth of learning these courses offer with both familiar faces and new ones among their leaders – at the beautifully appointed accessible studios and campus of our partner De Montfort University.

Whilst we’ve taken a refreshed approach to the programme and organisation of this year’s event, one thing that hasn’t changed is that it will be YOU who complete the picture. It is you we hope to connect with, not only for three days in July but longer-term as members to keep you involved in the work we do. (Check out our pricing guide for the way membership leads to better value and more benefits over time).

Most of all though, we hope you will enjoy – as so many of us have been prevented from enjoying over the past two years – each other!

You always tell us it’s the sense of community and respite from the loneliness of the long distance freelancer that makes our summer gatherings. We agree and, whilst you will notice elements of courses are also available online to offer you greater flexibility with your travelling needs, energies or caring responsibilities, as a staff, we can’t wait for you to join us in person in July!”

Applications for People Dancing in the Summer are now closed.

Course fees
 Early Bird (until Monday 27 June 2022)Standard
 MembersNon-memberFee + Membership*MembersNon-memberFee + Membership*
 One day £75 £125 £112 (save £13) £95 £145 £132 (save £13)
 Two days £125 £200 £162 (save £38) £145 £225 £183 (save £43)
 Three days £200 £285 £237 (save £48) £220 £320 £257 (save £63)
  Half day** £40 £60 £77 £50 £90 £87 (save £3)

*Includes Associate Individual Membership of People Dancing at £37.

**Half day fees apply only to the Community dance practice courses. If you attend both of these courses on the same day, the one day fee will apply.

Please note: Course fees do not include lunch or accommodation. Water, tea and coffee will be available at the venue.

Payment options

You can pay by:

  • card over the phone
  • sending us a cheque
  • bank transfer.

If you have any questions about these payment options, please let us know. If you prefer to spread your payment, a £30 deposit (non-refundable after 13 June) is payable to secure your place. The remainder will then be due in two instalments (50% of the remainder paid by Monday 13 June and 50% paid by Friday 4 July). You can pay in full earlier than 4 July if you wish. We regret that if these amounts are not made by the specified dates, we will release your place to someone else.


If you need to cancel your place:

  • by 13 June, a full refund will be given
  • from 14 June to 4 July, a full refund will be given, less the £30 deposit
  • from 5 July to 19 July, 50% of your total fee will refunded
  • after 19 July, no refund will be given. If you need to cancel your place after 19 July due to COVID-19, please speak to us directly.
Our approach to managing COVID-19

Whilst all legal restrictions have now been lifted, we encourage the following to minimise the risk of COVID-19 for all:

  • wearing a face covering whilst moving around the building (e.g. in between sessions) if you would like to
  • washing hands and/or using hand sanitiser regularly (hand sanitiser will be available at the venue)
  • doing a lateral flow test before arrival (we may be able to provide a test during the event if you think you might have symptoms).

For additional information and guidance you can also read about De Montfort University’s Health and Safety measures and the Government’s COVID-19 guidance and support

Parking, travel and accommodation


Parking is not provided, but do let us know on your application form if you are a blue badge holder and require a space.

We encourage contributors and participants to use public transport whenever possible. For information about most car parks in Leicester, visit:

Getting there

Car and public transport information can be found here: Travelling to De Monfort University (DMU)


This event is not residential or catered. To find accommodation for your stay in Leicester, we recommend the 'where to stay' pages on the Visit Leicester website, as well as the major travel websites, such as

If you require the postcode of the PACE Building when searching for nearby accommodation, it's LE2 7BQ.

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