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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!

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

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.

Save the dates - more details to follow soon 

  • Tuesday 9 November, 15:30 -17:00: An artist's transition to board - Jeanette Bain Burnett
  • Tuesday 16 November,10:30 -12:00: Unleash your inner Swashbuckler! with Swashbuckling Cornwall
  • Thursday 25 November, 14:00 - 15:30: Political Movement with Linzy Na Nakorn and Gina Ricker
  • Tuesday 7 December, 10:00 - 11:30: 11MRTD Network Event.
Tuesday 28 September 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Whose class is it anyway?

Photo credit: Beth Ackroyd.

Dance Artist Claire Pring leads this practical and part discussion based workshop alongside a number of other artists to create the opportunity to meet colleagues, gain inspiration and reaffirm 'identity' as a dancer. Claire will be exploring key thoughts around how as a community artists do we navigate our own way.

With the primary function of technique class being to move in the style of the teacher as preparation for performance, how do we feel confident dancing 'our/your' way? The workshop will explore a number of provocations that support dance practice.

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

Book your place here

Booking deadline: Thursday 23 September 2021. 

>   About Claire Pring

I graduated from Middlesex University in 1990 with a B. Ed (Hons) in Dance. I taught in London until 1994 when I headed north to join Cheshire Dance as Dance Animateur for Macclesfield. I was with Cheshire Dance for eight exceptionally happy years & this was where I began to deliver INSET under the guidance of Veronica Lewis & Julia Williams.

Since 2002 I have worked as a freelancer along with part time teaching at... Buxton Community School, Derbyshire Poynton High School, Cheshire Biddulph High School, Staffordshire (where I gained my AST status).

In 2005 I completed my MA in Dance Studies. I am currently the lead practitioner for Dance for Derbyshire; part of the Create & Dance team at the Royal Opera House & I devised and presented the dance content for BBC Teach 'Step by Step' as well as devising some of their podcasts for 'Let's Move' & 'Time to Move'. I also produce resources for Oak National Academy, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cheshire County Council & Derbyshire County Council.

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 6th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s


Photo: Ewen Weatherspoon.

Applying inclusive dance practice to dance for Parkinson’s.

In this online session Louise Marshall will lead practical activities inspired by her experience of working with diverse groups. The session will illustrate how the same approaches Louise uses for Inclusive Dance can be applied to Dance for Parkinson’s and may offer the opportunity for reflection and extension to familiar practice.

Participants will be invited to discuss how class content can be devised and communicated to be fully inclusive and will be invited to create and share a short activity with the group. 

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Book your place here

Booking deadline: Monday 4 October 2021.

>   About Louise Marshall

Louise Marshall has been professionally involved in the world of participatory and community dance for over 25 years. Building on her own experience of community projects in Liverpool, she went on to work as a free-lance dance artist in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, delivering projects that included in specialist hospitals, adult education centres, schools, care homes and village halls. Louise is currently in her final year of a MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Since 2001 Louise has led on dance engagement at Eden Court in Inverness. As well as regular classes within the venue has developing and delivering Highland-wide projects for all ages and abilities. Through this work she has been able to Charleston at Dunvegan, Salsa in Fort William, flashmob at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and bring hundreds of people together to perform on the Empire Stage as part of The Big Dance Show.

Current projects include Dance for Parkinson’s; a multi-generational and inclusive Community Dance Company; developing young talent with the Eden Court Young Dance Company and SQA Higher Dance qualification; creating performance work with local immigrant communities.

Friday 8 October, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Less is More


Join Anna Daly, Vicky Frayard and Anne O’Connor in this session which shares deep and reflective learning from their wide breadth of experience of working with young children and babies, based on their Baby & Me workshops. Baby & Me was an online project in Spring 2021 and focused on families who had babies in lockdown. 

Anna, Vicky, and Anne offer an introduction to proprioceptive and vestibular senses and how movement play supports attachment and important aspects of early physiological/sensory development.  

This workshop advocates how dance artists (experienced in knowledge of the body, play and creativity) can support collective well-being in the simplest methods as we continue to create new ways of being together during a pandemic. 

This session includes a mix of presentation, discussion, and some movement activities to connect to early years material. Participants will consider how to pare back to the essentials of the approach to early years dance. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice and potential partnerships for this kind of work. 

Themes: partnership working, perinatal health, supporting early years wellbeing. 

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

Book your place here

Booking deadline: Wednesday 6 October 2021. 

>   About the artists


Anna Daly

Anna is an independent community dance artist with over 20 years community practice in the North West. Developing a specialism in design and delivery with young children and their grown ups over the last decade. Dedicated to advocating for more movement play for our youngest children and the impact on learning, creativity, health and wellbeing. Fascinated in understanding the part movement plays in early years development and attachment, founded ‘Primed For Life’ with Anne O’Connor and even wrote a book together!

Photo: Brian Slater.


Vicky Frayard

Vicky Frayard is the Producer from made With Many responsible for the creative programme in Corby, Northamptonshire. Made With Many is the Creative People and Places programme delivering community-led arts and cultural programmes across Corby and Wellingborough. Vicky’s background is in Dance, both as a Producer and facilitator, working specifically in community and health settings. She has previously worked for Ludus Dance, YMCA London South West and London Broncos RL Foundation as well as many years as a freelance artist.



Anne O’Connor

Anne is an experienced early years teacher, consultant, trainer, conference speaker and writer with a passionate interest in the physical and emotional development of young children, their families and those who work with them. Working with Anna reawakened her interest in movement and dance and provoked her to move more freely as she dances to the radio in her kitchen.

Tuesday 19 October, 17:00 - 18:30

Perspectives on Practice: Object-Movement improvisation jam

Photo: Dominic Farlam.

Object-Movement is an online practical improvisation jam that explores contemporary dance alongside classical music instruments.  

Participants will be led by contemporary dance artist Pui Yung Shum to explore the movements and textures of their bodies in relation to different objects. Musicians, Janice Kit-ying Tsui and Karen Wong will respond to the tasks and participants through live musical accompaniment. 

This jam is a process of recognising how different stimuli inspires movement and how this changes how we look at different objects. Participants will have the opportunity to respond with objects from their surroundings that they feel a personal association with. Everyone is invited to respond with movement in whichever way suits their body. 

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

Bookings for this event open 5 October.

Booking deadline: Thursday 14 October 2021. 

>   About the artists


Pui Yung Shum (Dance Artist)

Pui Yung is a contemporary dance artist who explores object-oriented ontology through creative movements. Pui Yung began her ballet training in Christine Liao School of Ballet (Hong Kong) at the age of five. She was awarded distinction from the RAD in Ballet examinations (Advanced 2 and Grade 8) and was invited to participate in The Genee International Ballet Competition in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2019, she completed her M.A. in Contemporary Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Photo: Steph Yau.


Karen Wong (Flautist)

Hong Kong-born flautist Karen Ka Wing WONG is a devoted chamber and orchestral player, currently pursuing Masters in Orchestral Artistry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is studying flute and piccolo with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Christopher Green. She has worked with several Guildhall Orchestras and toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra.

In 2021, Karen won 2 nd Prize in the British Flute Society Young Artist Competition and was winner of the Flute Flight Online Competition 2020. She has given solo performances in London, New York and Berlin. She is supported by Help Musicians.

Photo: Phoebe Lo.


Janice Kit-ying Tsui (Pianist)

Janice Kit-ying Tsui is currently pursuing the Master of Performance degree in Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a scholarship. She is specializing in piano accompaniment under the tutelage of Pamela Lidiard. Janice also participates in vocal projects directed by Julius Drake, Eugene Asti and Roderick Williams respectively.

Since June 2019, Janice has been collaborating with the Hong Kong Harmonica Association and performed in Heilongjiang China and Blagoveshchensk Russia for the 10th Sino-Russia Culture Fair. She has been invited often to collaborate with a harmonica player and a Chinese instrument Sheng player as a trio for the “Afternoon Series-Noon Performance” in Taikwun Hong Kong.

Janice completed her Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in piano under the tutelage of Julie Pun-Man Kuok. She has won the first runner-up prize in Asia·Aegean Sea Piano Competition held in Taiwan in August 2017. In August 2018, she ranked sixth in Antonio Vivaldi International Competition Vienna. She was a keyboard player in the Chung Chi Orchestra, the Chung Chi Wind Orchestra and the Chung Chi Choir in her alma mater. She was also a former pianist of Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus.

Photo: Kurt Chan.

Wednesday 20 October, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: Open sesame – what does it mean to be accessible? 

Photo: Cal Banville-Winter.

This session encourages discussion around making work truly accessible for all needs – is this notion a pipe dream? What steps can we honestly take? How can we properly articulate what we can offer? How can facilitators with no accessibility needs overcome their personal sensitivities and concerns about 'getting it right'?

Focusing primarily on online practice and using Moving Memory Dance Theatre’s recent investigation as a starting point, we will consider measures that need to be in place to ensure effective practice. We invite participants to explore their own experiences, ideas and approaches and join an open and fruitful conversation aimed at establishing a more nuanced and honest offer. We are seeking to establish the parameters of good practice and invite you to be part of identifying the key building blocks and tools for creative spaces that are genuinely accessible.

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

Bookings for this event open 6 October 2021.

Booking deadline: Monday 18 October 2021. 

Friday 22 October and/or any day of your choice!

Perspectives on Practice: Tree Time 

Helen Poynor in the bluebell woods. Photo: Annie Pfingst.

An invitation to give yourself time to experience your relationship with trees in a new way, guided by a written score.

Helen Poynor has provided People Dancing with a written score, that has emerged out of her work with movement in natural environments, which dancers are invited to undertake outside in an environment which Helen describes. Dancers may choose to follow the score on their own, either at the same time as other dancers or at a time of their own choosing.

This is a non-digital activity as part of the Perspectives on Practice programme. The aim of the activity is to enable dancers to:

  • get in touch with the natural environment
  • explore new ways of moving / thinking / feeling
  • dance at the same time in different locations / settings / environments / parts of the world
  • share their experiences (if they choose to do so).
As a way of reaching across time and space and of being in each other’s company while participating in the score, People Dancing are inviting you to participate at a time of your own choosing or on the following date:
  • Friday 22 October.
If dancers do wish to do so they can share their experience of participating in Tree Time by emailing People Dancing with drawings, or extracts of writing that they made at the end of their experience. These will only be shared with other participants via People Dancing's website as they become available. Further information about how to contribute will be sent to you once you have registered.

These events are free of charge to all.

To access the score and to take part please register here 

>   About Helen Poynor

Helen runs the Walk of Life Workshop and Training Programme in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement. As a teacher, director and performer Helen specialises in movement in natural environments, site-specific, autobiographical and improvisatory performance, and cross art-form collaborations with installation, film and the visual arts.

An independent movement artist whose approach has evolved over 40 years of professional practice, Helen’s early intensive training with Anna Halprin at the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop/Tamalpa, and Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java, served as the foundation for her unique approach to non-stylised and environmental movement and performance practice. She was recognised by Suprapto as a teacher and is a guest associate teacher for Tamalpa UK.

For many years a Visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University, Helen is a mentor for established and emerging dancers, performers and practitioners. She is a Registered Dance Movement Therapist (ADMP UK) and a Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA) working with individuals in private practice.

Thursday 4 November, 10:30 - 12:30

Perspectives on Practice: An introduction to Makaton for dance

Photo: Emma Jones.

Dance artist and Makaton Tutor Emma Jones will lead this session which will upskill practitioners by teaching dance-specific Makaton knowledge and vocabulary. Makaton is a language programme that uses a combination of speech, non-verbal signs and symbols to communicate. Makaton passes on meaning by adding visual cues while speaking to help clarify the meaning of the words.

The session includes an overview of Makaton and information and tips about how to support communication. Alongside this you will learn Makaton signs and symbols for dance actions, compositional elements, vocabulary that represents different parts of a session (e.g., warm up/cool down) and some functional everyday language to support those you work with.

The session will leave participants better placed to support basic communication and language skills, understanding, social interactions, relationships and independence, equal opportunities. This session is suitable for anyone who works in dance; whether you work in early years settings, formal education, for private dance schools, with older adults or individuals with additional needs or disabilities, Makaton is proven to support speech, language and communication.

Please note:

  1. This session involves movement which can be participated from either a seated or standing position as well in restricted spaces
  2. Throughout the session, Emma will provide guidance so that everyone can perform the Makaton signs accurately. We therefore encourage everyone, where possible, to participate with their camera turned on so that Emma can appropriately support everyone.

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

Bookings for this event open Thursday 21 October 2021

Booking deadline: Tuesday 2 November 2021. 


>   About Emma Jones

Emma Jones is a freelance dance artist, educator and Makaton Tutor based in the North West. She is passionate about inclusive and creative dance, learning through dance, dance education and communication.

Emma has been using Makaton for 15 years and qualified as a licensed Makaton Tutor 5 years ago. She delivers a range of standardised workshops on behalf of the Makaton charity. In the time since becoming a Tutor Emma has been developing and delivering workshops for those who work in dance settings to ensure resources are relevant to their needs.

Friday 5 November 2021, 13:00 - 15:00

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 7th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s


Photos: Amy Mallett.

Co-creation, the Covid Chronicles and lessons learnt.

CARVE coLAB have been co-creating an opera with people living with Parkinson’s based on the true story of Margaret Catchpole. We know so much about her because of letters that she wrote as her former employer unusually taught her to read and write.

This work was originally going to be performed at the Royal Opera House in 2020 but due to the pandemic had to be taken online. In this session, join Amy Mallett and Nicola Wydenbach of CARVE coLAB to explore how they work collaboratively with people with Parkinson’s, how this positively evolved due to COVID-19 and their plans for the future.  

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Bookings for this event open 22 October 2021.

Booking deadline: Wednesday 3 November 2021.