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Perspectives on Practice

Perspectives on Practice is People Dancing's online programme of artist-led events and learning opportunities, discussion and debate, networks and spaces to gather, (re)connect and share. Perspectives on Practice runs throughout 2021 as our profession and the communities we work with focus on recovery, and beyond to rejuvenation.

Find out more below!

Further information

  • Closed captioning (CC) / live transcription is available at all our online events and will display speech as text on the screen, as it occurs. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to access closed captions during the event you are booking onto
  • If you have booked onto an event but can no longer attend we ask that you let us know so we can release the place to someone else as our events sell out and we run waiting lists. No-shows at three events means that in future we reserve the right to prioritise others on any future booking you make.
Tuesday 18 January, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Older people dancing - moving beyond perceptions

Photo credit: David Severn.

Dance Artists Karla Jones and Anne Sheldon will lead a selection of movement creation from the Moving Beyond Perceptions* exhibition in which they challenge the public’s perception of older people dancing through movement and photography using the local environment. 

The practical and discussion-based session will explore ideas from the exhibition and how working locally can inspire creativity in your own practice. Participants are invited to take the action outdoors where they will have time to take stills or recordings of moving in a different space using the Moving Beyond Perceptions stimulus. Participants will then have the opportunity to share their creative discoveries with the group and discuss how our creativity can be used to move in unusual spaces in unusual ways.

*Moving Beyond Perceptions exhibition was created by Movement for All, in collaboration with photographer David Severn.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Book your place here

Booking deadline: Noon Monday 17 January 2022

>   About Karla Jones and Anne Sheldon

Karla Jones (Dance Lead)

I’ve been involved with Movement for All since its creation in 2009, first as a support artist then as lead artist from 2012. I work with older dancers across the East Midlands having previously led sessions at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre.

I have lectured at Lincoln and Leicester Universities training students in best practice when working with older people. I trained with Diane Amans, a world leader in older people dancing, and Dr Richard Coaten specialising in making sessions dementia friendly. Movement for All is committed to proving that creativity and expression doesn’t end at 60, for some of us it begins.


Anne Sheldon (Chair of the Committee for the group)

I joined Movement For All as a volunteer, when it was a small community project, funded by Broxtowe Borough Council. Over the years I became Chair and main fundraiser, seeing the group grow to over 30 people and gaining charity status.

My background in health and education has enabled me to forge partnerships and make successful funding bids. Keeping a watch for studies into positive aging, and linking this to our groups philosophy, has resulted in exciting and fulfilling projects. Working with dancers, providers and community groups is why I love our group and believe dance is for everyone, regardless of age.

Tuesday 25 January 2022, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: The importance of touch in dance and art-making

Photo credit: Dina Robinson.

Dina Robinson will lead participants in a tactile workshop and discussion exploring isolated modes of touch and how its inter-subjectivity impacts our relation to making art. This workshop will examine a variety of tactile scores and experiences in relation to creative engagement, composition and the development of artistic identity. This involves working as individuals and investigating how to be ‘in touch’ at a distance. A short dance film will also be shown.

This delivery will be suited to individuals who work with or are interested in somatic embodiment, contact improvisation and / or who wish to discover a tactile relationship with their independent body and the environment. The movement enquiry will be suitable for any space and will provide new approaches in socially engaged online practices.

Please note: this session involves movement - please have:

  • water nearby
  • a clear space
  • a chair if necessary
  • Please note: headphones or a good speaker will be required if possible - to experience the dance film at its full potential due to low frequency sound.

Special thanks to videographer Connor Elliman who created the dance film that participants will view during the session.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Book your place here

Booking deadline: Thursday 20 January 2022.

>   About Dina Robinson

Dina Robinson is a contemporary dance artist and visiting lecturer delving into the field through choreography, performance, teaching and research. She is particularly interested in body-mind integration which defines her authentic practice revelling in the phenomenology of the sentient being augmenting individual moving identity, bodily listening and spontaneous experimental play. 

Photo credit: Ryan Holland.

Perspectives on Practice: event archive

If you would like to see information about our past Perspectives on Practice events, please follow the link below to browse the archive.

Perspectives on Practice: event archive

Perspective on Practice survey

If you attended a POP event during April 2021 – July 2021 we would greatly appreciate your feedback and thoughts by taking part in our short end of season survey:

Perspectives on Practice Survey

We also continue to encourage feedback from participants. Please get in touch with