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People Dancing's Summer School
Summer School 2020: reimagined for a different world
We've been working with our fantastic team of freelance artists and teachers to bring you a programme of online interactive webinars from April to July 2020. Retaining the spirit and themes of the original programme but delivered virtually these events are free for members of People Dancing to attend. If you have already applied for a place or a bursary – don’t worry! - we’ll be in touch with you directly to rearrange.

Events and recordings available in April to August 2020

The webinar and video content of this programme is available to People Dancing Members free of charge (live events subject to booking and availability). You will be asked to provide you membership number when booking, and you will need to use your Members Login to access the videos.

If you are not a Member, but would like to access the programme you can do so by joining here 

Please note that bookings for webinar events will open one week before the event is due to take place.

Dance and physical distancing in – and beyond – primary school settings with Louise Jaggard, Claire Pring and Jo Cone - online event on Thursday 6 August 2 - 3pm

No contact... no props... no idea how to deliver dance when physical distancing?

In this hour-long webinar, primary dance specialists Louise Jaggard, Claire Pring and Jo Cone will share insights and examples from their new book 'Making a Move' as well as support artists preparing to re-start teaching in the Autumn.

There may be elements of interaction and physical activity during this session so please make sure you have a safe space available.

There is a maximum of 40 places on this live webinar. Please use the booking form and book as soon as possible. Deadline for bookings: noon on Wednesday 5 August.

Please note: this online event is open to both People Dancing Members AND non-members.

This event is now fully booked.

Invitation to be Curious

A film made with Cecilia Macfarlane and Kirstie Richardson. Made in the first few months of lockdown, this film was created as part of People Dancing’s Summer School 2020 Reimagined programme, an offering of online live and recorded webinars, practice sharings and short films.

Please note: this film is available to both People Dancing Members AND non-members.

Artwork by Sally Cole.

Watch the film here

Collaboration with Louise Katerega - video available now

Including guest perspectives on working with community dance from Chris Benstead (music), Kwesi Johnson (digital) and Cat (Catherine) Harmer (staging and lighting).

Collaboration in community dance is – with apologies to William Shakespeare - sometimes born, sometimes made and sometimes thrust upon us. But what are the ingredients of a successful collaboration? How do we deal with or find them, match or blend them, stabilise them if challenges occur and see it all through to a satisfying conclusion?

And how do we take our community dance participants with us on this journey? With a new artform, idea, expert or context in the mix, how do we balance artistry and experimentation with support and duty of care?

In this recording of an online workshop, that was held on Thursday 16 July, participants were asked to take a trip through the collaborative process from initial idea to post-evaluation with People Dancing Associate Artist Louise Katerega, veteran of 25 years of collaborations with many artists, artforms and experts - wonderful, nightmarish and all the shades in between!

Power up your practice with the principles she eventually developed to set up any collaboration up for success –  in artistic, strategic and most importantly human terms,  centring the communication and interpersonal relationships at the heart of them.

A blend of sharing, coaching, moving, thinking, anecdote, instruction, listening, imagining and yes…collaboration (!) for those contemplating their first and seeking confidence in communication and organisation, those keen to advance into new collaborative territory or those with their own long experiences to process and share!

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Improving teaching skills for best practice in community dance facilitated by Geraldine Hurl – video available now 

In this recording of an online workshop, that was held on Wednesday 1 July, Geraldine aims to refresh your teaching skills and/or introduce you to concepts and principles which will help your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between learning and teaching – dance pedagogy.

Whilst COVID-19 is currently at the forefront of our concerns for developing practice, this session will not address teaching on-line directly but by understanding the principles of dance pedagogy, you may be able to draw on more resources to improve and adapt your teaching in any context and situation.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Developing creativity with older participants facilitated by Clint Lutes - video available now

In this recording of an online workshop, that was held on Thursday 18 June, Clint introduces techniques for encouraging and supporting creative development amongst older participants in a range of participatory dance contexts.

Whether you're new to working with older people or want to expand an existing practice, this practical session will discuss perceived barriers to developing creative approaches to dance; deliver tools for developing others’ creative practice and encourage you to explore and expand your own creative practice.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Using video / online presentation in your dance practice with Michael Joseph - video available now

In this recording of a live webinar that was broadcast on Thursday 28 May Michael gave participants the tools needed to present dance, live and recorded, in front of a camera for their dance practice. Using different methods to capture live dance material as well as using editing software; this online course is ideal for those new to using video with dance in their teaching or creative practice.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Developing a communications plan to support income generation (Part B) with Ruth Bates Lee - video available now

In this recording of a live webinar that was broadcast on Wednesday 27 May Ruth supported participants to generate ideas, utilise networks and create a communications plan to support developing income streams. The session was supported by the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Innovation Fund and participants were also able to access an online toolkit to support communications campaigns.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Leading dance with older people practice sharing facilitated by Diane Amans - video available now

Diane Amans hosted this live, online practice sharing webinar on Friday 22 May for practitioners leading dance with older people via online delivery. Diane highlighted safeguarding issues, explored examples and ideas for working creatively via remote delivery, and facilitated discussion around key considerations for working with this group remotely. There was also time to reflect and to consider ways of working post-lockdown.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) practice sharing and Q & A session facilitated by Liz Clark and Oksana Tyminska - video available now

In this recording of a live webinar, that was broadcast on Wednesday 20 May, Liz and Oksana followed-up on a Q&A opportunity where viewers were invited to submit questions about artistic practice and issues arising from the content of the Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) practice sharing video that explores how dance artists can use everyday household objects to create dance and movement environments to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Developing your Income (Part A) with Ruth Bates Lee - video available now

In this recording of a live webinar that was broadcast on Wednesday 13 May Ruth, with dance artists that participated in the live session, developed ideas around income generation including budget setting, creating a financial model appropriate for practitioners and understanding and engaging with the ‘market’. As an introduction to the webinar participants were encouraged to look at People Dancing’s ‘Developing income streams for participatory arts practice’ online learning programme – Part A.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Please also see Developing a communications plan to support income generation (Part B) of Ruth’s programme above.
Safer dance practice for remote online delivery (in association with Safe in Dance International) with Charlotte Tomlinson (Independent Artist, co-author of Safe Dance Practice: an Applied Dance Science Perspective and Associate of Safe in Dance International) - video available now

In this recording of a live webinar that was broadcast on Thursday 7 May Charlotte, with dance artists that participated in the live session, explores safe delivery for dance practitioners providing online classes, with a particular focus on class structure, warm up and cool down, as well as time for questions.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

(If you are a SiDI candidate please contact Safe in Dance International for information about how to access the recording of this webinar.)

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Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) practice sharing facilitated by Liz Clark - video available now 

This filmed session explores how dance artists can use everyday household objects to create dance and movement environments to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination. It includes lots of practical starting points and how to create movement invitations online to help children under 4 to explore, discover and dance with the help of their parent or carer.

There is also a follow-up Question and Answer opportunity with Liz on Wednesday 20 May 2020 (see below) and viewers are invited to submit questions to Liz about her artistic practice and issues arising from the content of the film to info@communitydance.org.uk by Wednesday 13 May. Please mark the subject line ‘Questions for Liz’.

This video will also be made available to members of the Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) who are not members of People Dancing - more information about this will be sent  by email.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Working with children and young people practice sharing facilitated by Mel Knott - video available now

In this recording of a live webinar that was broadcast on 24 April 2020 Mel Knott, (Lecturer in Community Dance Practice at De Montfort University and Associate Dance Artist at Curve, Leicester) and dance artists that participated in the live session explore a range of issues including safeguarding for online dance sessions when working with children and young people; setting creative online tasks during lockdown; teaching styles and strategies suited for online delivery and using online feedback and evaluation mechanisms.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: People Dancing Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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Small Dances: leading dance with individuals and small groups with Diane Amans and participant John Worsley - video available now

In this short film, Diane Amans shares the practice of Small Dances, offering ideas for leading dance with individuals or very small groups of people. Diane talks about how she has used Small Dances in her own practice, gives example activities, and offers ideas for how the practice can be adapted by those currently leading dance via online delivery.

The video recording of this session will be available for People Dancing members until 1 September 2020.

Please note: Members need to be logged in to the website to view this film.

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One-to-One Support Surgeries

During this current period of social distancing, People Dancing are offering free one-to-one support surgeries to members.

People Dancing staff will be available for members to book a support session with between 3 - 4pm each week day starting Wednesday 1 April 2020. Topics covered include: fundraising, business continuity, teaching and leading and safeguarding.

Staff available to support you include; Shelley Trevelyan (Membership Development Manager), Ruth Bates Lee (Director of Development), Chris Stenton (Executive Director) and Louise Katerega (Associate Artist). Staff available will vary from day-to-day and we ask you to bear with us whilst we allocate your surgery to the most appropriate member of the team.

Follow this link to book a session on Google Forms:

People Dancing One-to-One Support Surgeries

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."

Course participant

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

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

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"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."

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