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Professional Individual Membership

Open to all individuals in the UK involved in community and participatory dance at a professional level, this membership is designed for dance artists, dance teachers and dance leaders providing community and participatory dance – either as a main focus or as part of a broader portfolio of work. 

Why join?

Professional Individual Membership offers some brilliant benefits, which are all about supporting you in your work:

Insurance benefits included in Professional Individual Membership:
  • Civil Liability: A unique suite of insurances comprising; Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance of up to £10Million, Legal helpline, and Personal Accident insurance. 
  • Employer's Liability insurance: For employing extra help for your work
  • Pilates teaching cover: For occasional Pilates teaching
  • Equipment cover of up to £500
  • Public Liability cover for an indemnity of £10Million in respect of professional performances for earnings from this up to £15k per annum.

Insurance benefits include cover for dance teaching work either in person or online such as; virtual, live, pre-recorded classes (subject to the usual risk assessments and general conditions of the policy).


The above insurance benefits are subject to exclusions. Important: We are unable to provide short-term insurance through membership. 

For full details of cover visit: Insurance benefits.

Professional practice
  • Professional Code of Conduct: All Professional Individual Members are required to sign up to the People Dancing Professional Code of Conduct, which translates the core values of community dance into standards of ethical and responsible practice
  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks: People Dancing can provide an Enhanced DBS check for your work and/or those working for you in a DBS eligible position. Fees are explained here
  • Dance for Parkinson's Partnership (DfPP): Support for artists and practitioners developing and leading in work for dance for people with Parkinson's, through introductory courses, continuing professional development events and workshops.
Access to information
  • Animated magazine: Two issues of the community dance magazine, plus access to an extensive online library and back issues. View online anytime, and choose to have issues delivered by post
  • e-newsletters: Receive a regular jobs e-newsletter and the latest news from People Dancing
  • Reduced fees for People Dancing Summer School
  • Reduced fees for our courses & events
  • A Certificate of Membership, and People Dancing Professional Member logo for use on your publicity
  • Access to fact sheets on a range of subjects, and compliance information.

Professional Individual Membership fees

Please note the following before joining:

  • Insurance is included as a benefit of Professional Individual Membership of People Dancing. Insurance is not offered as a stand alone product
  • Professional Individual Membership runs from the date joined up to 31 March
  • Fees are based on an annual turnover of up to £50,000
  • Fees are inclusive of VAT, where applicable.

Joining between the following periods runs up to 31 March 2022

  • Joining between 1 April 2021 - 30 June 2021: £82
  • Joining between 1 July 2021 - 30 September 2021: £72
  • Joining between *1 October 2021 - 31 December 2021: £62

(* as of 1 April 2021, may be subject to change)

For further information on joining and payment options, cancellations and refunds, please see below.


Joining and payment options

Online: Join online using a debit/credit card or PayPal account. You'll be directed to a page to complete your details and payment. You will then receive a receipt and confirmation via email.

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By Phone: Call us and speak to a member of the team to join over the phone: 0116 253 3453. Office hours: 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

Monthly Direct Debit instalments: Please email Daryl Kirkland, Programme Coordinator: to request a Direct Debit mandate to complete and return to us. We'll then set up your payment schedule and send confirmation to you.

In order to complete the joining process you will need to read and agree to our Terms & Conditions, a copy of which will also be sent to you when you join.

What next? When will I receive my Evidence of Cover?

Your membership and insurance will start on the day we receive payment and you will have instant online access to benefits. We will process your membership within seven to ten working days of receiving your application. Membership confirmation and an Evidence of Cover note will be sent to you via email. If choosing to pay by Direct Debit, a payment schedule will be sent by email.

Any questions?

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of membership, we'd be happy to hear from you. Call us on 0116 253 3453 between 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri or leave a message on the People Dancing answerphone - we promise to get back to you. You can also reach us by email at:

Cancellations, refunds and changing your Membership during the period 1 April - 31 June 2021:

Following renewal of your Professional Individual Membership during this period you may opt to cancel at any time and you will receive a refund, as set out below:

  • Cancel during the period 1 April - 31 June 2021 and you will recived a refund of £37
  • Cancel during the period 1 July - 30 September 2021 and you will received a refund of £27
  • Cancel during the period 1 October - 31 December 2021 and you will received a refund of £17
  • Cancel during the period 1 January - 31 March 2022 and you will received a refund of £7.

These refund amounts are updated quartely and will be published here as applicable.

Additionally we will, with your permission, change your membership type to a free Associate Individual until 31 March 2022. You can change your membership back to Professional Individual at any time during this period, with just the refunded amount payable for this. However please note that you will not be insured through membership of People Dancing from the point of cancellation and for the period of the cancellation.