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People Dancing's Summer School
Summer School 2019

Come and be part of the 11th People Dancing Summer School at De Montfort University in Leicester from Monday 22 to Friday 26 July 2019.

There's something for everyone whether it's learning to lead dance for Early Years, working with new styles such as Caribbean carnival dance or refreshing your creative practice with Rosemary Lee.
With a range of morning technique classes, world-class course tutors and free business skills development advice it's a week that's not to be missed. You can apply for a day, for a series of courses or for the whole week.

We look forward to seeing you in the summer!



Deadline for applications: Friday 12 July 2019. Your place at the Summer School is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from People Dancing and have paid in full.

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:

Pathways through the Summer School

People pathway

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


Health and wellbeing pathway

If you're interested in delivering dance in relation to the health and wellbeing agenda you may be interested in taking the following pathway through the Summer School:



Creative practice pathway

If you're interested in working with a focus on your creative practice you may be interested in taking the following pathway through the Summer School:

Course fees
  Early Bird (until Friday 26 April 2019) 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

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

An introduction to leading dance for Early Years online learning programme: reduced Summer School fee: £55

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 support materials, lunches and refreshments.

Bursaries available

People Dancing are delighted to have teamed up with Parkinson’s Equip, One Dance UK and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to be able to offer a number of bursaries for the 2019 People Dancing Summer School.

Four different bursary schemes, each worth £48.00, are available and you can apply for more than one bursary, if you meet the criteria, but only one bursary will be awarded per applicant:

5 bursaries for young people aged 18 to 26 to attend any of the People Dancing Summer School courses
3 Parkinson’s Equip bursaries for people wishing to attend the Advanced course: Leading dance for people with Parkinson’s
2 EFDSS bursaries for EFDSS or Folk Educator Group members interested in attending any People Dancing Summer School course
4 One Dance UK bursaries for people wishing to attend the Teaching Dance in primary schools course.

All bursary deadlines have now gone.
Online non-bursary application form

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.


People Dancing Summer School 2019 non-bursary application form

We will contact you by email within 14 days to let you know whether you have been successful in your application.

Accommodation, parking and travel information


Leicester has plenty of accommodation options for you to choose from, however if you wish to, we have arranged for some student accommodation, 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 this on your application form.

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


Regrettably we cannot provide parking during the Summer School, however it is possible to park cheaply in Leicester.

For information about most car parks in Leicester, visit:

Getting there

Car and public transport information can be found here.

Finding us
Previous participants' thoughts...

"At the end of a years teaching its 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 2018 

"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 2018

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

Course participant 2018

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

Course participant 2018

"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 2018