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People Dancing's Summer School
Summer School 2020

Come and be part of the 12th People Dancing Summer School! This year's Summer School takes place Monday 27 - Friday 31 July 2020 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

A unique professional development opportunity for dance artists and practitioners, offering a diverse programme of one and two-day courses with internationally respected course leaders. Practical courses provide learning and skills development, connection with peers and time out for reflection, plus morning technique classes, evening seminars and networking. Suitable for people at different stages of their career wishing to learn with others in an inspiring, supportive and creative environment.

New to this year's Summer School are four Practice sharing days where you have the opportunity to contribute an activity providing content for all those taking part to experience and subsequently discuss. These days are designed to enable you to gain insights into other people’s practice and contribute suggestions, activities, observations and ideas and explore diverse approaches that will help to develop your dance practice.

Bursaries available: People Dancing are delighted to have teamed up with Parkinson’s Equip and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to be able to offer a number of bursaries - see below for further information.

Programme 

Other programmes

 
Applications for the Summer School are open until Wednesday 15 July 2020.
The deadline for the young people bursaries (see below) is Sunday 26 April 2020.
The deadline for all other bursaries (see below) is Sunday 29 March 2020.

If you need an alternative way to apply for the Summer School or you need any information in alternative formats please contact the People Dancing office:

Telephone: +44 (0)116 253 3453     Email: info@communitydance.org.uk

Inspiring pathways through the Summer School

Pathway 1

If you'd like to explore new practices you may be interested in taking the following pathway:

Pathway 2

If you're interested in working with different groups of people you may be interested in taking the following pathway:

Pathway 3

If you're interested in delivering dance in relation to older people you may be interested in taking the following pathway:

Pathway 4

If you'd like to focus on developing your core skills you may be interested in taking the following pathway:

Course fees

Payment options: You can pay by card, send us a cheque or pay by bank transfer. If you have any questions about these payment options, please let us know.

Please note: Course fees include all morning technique classes, support materials, lunches and refreshments.

  Early Bird (until Sunday 26 April 2020) Standard
  Members Non-member Members Non-member
 One day  £95  £135  £115  £155
 Two days  £180  £260  £220  £300
 Three days  £255  £375  £315  £435
 Four days  £320  £480  £400  £560
 Five days  £375  £575  £475  £675
 Practice sharing contributors  £45  £50  £55  £74
 Practice sharing participants  £50  £55  £61  £84
 Advantage of Age facilitated by Cecilia Macfarlane  £10  £10  £10  £10
 Serendipity workshop led by Thomas Prestø  £85  £85  £85  £85

Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People online learning programme: reduced Summer School fee: £40

Introduction to dance for Parkinson's online learning programme: reduced Summer School fee: £40

An introduction to leading dance for Early Years online learning programme: reduced Summer School fee: £40

Improving your teaching skills for community dance practice online learning programme (available April 2020): reduced Summer School fee: £40

Further information about the reduced online course fee can be found in the application forms.

Application form (non-bursary)

Please view the list of courses and make your choice before completing an online application form as the online form cannot be saved and you will need to complete it in one sitting (you will not be timed out). On completing the form press the 'Submit' button.

Application form (non-bursary) 

We will contact you by email within 10 working days to let you know whether you have been successful in your application.


Bursaries available

People Dancing are delighted to have teamed up with Parkinson’s Equip and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to be able to offer a number of bursaries.

Four different bursary schemes are available and you can apply for more than one if you meet the criteria, but only one will be awarded per applicant:

  1. Ten bursaries each worth £48.00 for young people aged 18 to 26 to attend some of the Summer School courses
  2. Four Parkinson’s Equip bursaries each worth £70.00 for people wishing to attend the Dance for people living with Parkinson’s practice sharing day
  3. Four Parkinson’s Equip bursaries each worth £150.00 for people wishing to attend the two-day Introduction to dance for people with Parkinson’s course
  4. Two EFDSS bursaries each worth £48.00 for EFDSS or Folk Educator Group members interested in attending some of the Summer School courses. Please note: no prior recipients of an EFDSS bursary at a People Dancing Summer School may apply for either of these bursaries.
Please also note: Ten travel bursaries will be awarded, each worth £30, for people attending the Advantage of Age open forum for artists 60+. 
 
If you wish to apply for a bursary please apply for the Summer School via the relevant bursary application forms - see link below.

Further information about bursaries and bursary application forms
 
The deadline for the young people bursaries is Sunday 26 April 2020.
The deadline for all other bursaries is Sunday 29 March 2020.    
Accommodation, parking and travel information

Accommodation

Leicester has plenty of accommodation options for you to choose from, however if you wish to, we have arranged for some student accommodation in The Glassworks, if you would like to stay there. These are private Standard En-Suite rooms with showers (you will be provided with bedding and a towel) including access to a shared kitchen, all situated within a flat. Please note that this is basic self-catering student accommodation and you will be provided with lunch as part of your course but will need to cater for your own breakfast and dinner.

Accommodation costs £34 per person per night.

We have reserved a few fully accessible rooms, and these will be allocated as required on an individual basis. Please mark any access requirements on your application form and we will contact you separately.

If you would like to stay at The Glassworks, then please indicate which days you would like to stay on your application form.

You do not need to let us know if you will be arranging your own accommodation.

Parking

We cannot provide parking during the Summer School and encourage contributors and participants to use public transport whenever possible. For information about most car parks in Leicester, visit: www.parkopedia.co.uk.

Getting there

Car and public transport information can be found here.


Finding us
Previous participants' thoughts...

"At the end of a years teaching it's easy to feel tired and stagnant. People Dancing's Summer School never fails to reassure, enrich and provide inspiration for the year ahead."

Course participant 

"All the content very useful, stimulating & enjoyable. Wonderful to have live music on loud. Vocal work especially valuable for me."

Advanced Dance for Parkinson's course participant

"Amazing opportunity for artists in all stages of career – particularly empowering for myself as a recent dance graduate! Thank you!"

Course participant

"Incredibly well run and organized course, the quality of the training was excellent."

Course participant

"The course was a great way to re-energize and be inspired. I loved the collaborative elements and will give me a number of activities to use in my own practice."

Course participant