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Eileen Burrows with the Growing Older Dis(Gracefully) Dance company
Still dancing after 21 years
Date posted: 23 May 2018
88-year-old Eileen Burrows is one of the more senior members of the Growing Older (Dis) Gracefully Dance company, in Liverpool. With the group since 2003, the retired school nurse is about to perform in its ‘Coming of Age’ celebration of 21 years of dancing.
Claire Chritou (left) and Claire Tabraham celebrate their Arts Award of the Year
Viva Eastbourne!
Date posted: 21 May 2018
If you tuned into BBC Radio 4’s Listening Project, which profiled a number of conversations about ‘The Power of Dance’, you may remember the first podcast that featured two women who have devoted themselves to Eastbourne Dance Space
Danielle Teale. Photo by Sara Hibbert
Learning from Parkinson's
Date posted: 03 May 2018
Independent dance artist Danielle Teale, will co-lead an ‘Introduction to dance for Parkinson’s’ course at this year’s People Dancing Summer School. Here Danielle blogs on how dancing with Parkinson's has made a significant contribution to her dance practice... and her life.
Debbie Purtill, balletLORENT. Photo by Iolo Penri
Dance and community
Date posted: 24 April 2018
Debbi Purtill, Artistic Associate at balletLORENT, will lead a workshop at this year’s People Dancing Summer School (23-28 July). With a passion for dancing and for people, Debbi is most inspired when they come together… forming a creative community.
Alister O'Loughlin, UPGTeam
Taking 2PK to Norway
Date posted: 19 April 2018
Alister O’Loughlin will return to our Summer School this year (23-28 July) to introduce delegates to performance-parkour (2PK). Whilst blogging, Alister was at a festival in Norway, working with young people on a site-specific performance
Ruth Kent
Dancing a way of life
Date posted: 17 April 2018
We dance to express our lives. For some, this can be a life with Parkinson’s. Dance artist Ruth Kent explains how, in growing a dance class in Aberdeen, she wanted to shape content around real life experiences
Kate Swindlehurst
Completely tangoed: body and soul
Date posted: 10 April 2018
She began with ballet, took up tango and, despite her Parkinson’s diagnosis, dance artist and writer Kate Swindlehurst has continued to be what she’s been since she was four-years-old… a dancer
Glasgow conference 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Great value
Date posted: 29 March 2018
Join us to make the most of the insurance benefits included in our Professional Individual Membership for dance artists, teachers and leaders
People Dancing Music
Date posted: 23 March 2018
Curated playlists for dance practitioners including; Dance with Older People, Contemporary Dance, Dance for Early Years, South Asian Dance Styles, Lindy Hop, Dance for Parkinson's, Argentine Tango, Creative dance and Bollywood
People Dancing Podcasts
Date posted: 22 March 2018
The People Dancing podcasts are available for you to listen to online. Don't forget to follow us on Soundcloud and iTunes for future content!
11 Million Reasons to Dance, inspired by Chicago. Photo: Sean Goldthorpe
Inclusive images go digital!
Date posted: 16 March 2018
People Dancing, with funding from digital commissioning body The Space, has developed the online presence of 11 Million Reasons to Dance with a series of short films and enhanced images
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Jobs and careers
Date posted: 15 March 2018
Got a vacancy you want to fill? You can also post your vacancy online
Curious Shoes. Photo: Brian Hartley
Animated magazine
Date posted: 15 March 2018
Animated magazine Winter 2017/18 - current issues and practice in participatory dance
Jess Conneely
From a land down under...
Date posted: 02 March 2018
Some practitioners will go to the ends of the earth to pursue their passion for dance. Jess Conneely and Gail Hewton are set to travel to Leicester, England for People Dancing's 10th Summer School...
David Leventhal
Push came to shove
Date posted: 26 February 2018
The People Dancing Summer School will welcome one of the world's leading lights in the growing field of dance for Parkinson's. David Leventhal joins us from his Brooklyn studio - here's his blog on pushing the seemingly immovable 'flywheel'.
Vincent E. Thomas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Our natural instinct
Date posted: 18 October 2017
US dance artist Vincent E. Thomas took time out from his visit to People Dancing’s international conference, to explain his quest to recover something that’s in danger of being lost… our natural instinct to move.
Teaching Dance to Primary Schools, Summer School 2016, photo by Rachel Cherry
Student Membership
Date posted: 03 October 2016
Open to all UK students of dance or education and training at any level. Join anytime during your course of study and get up to 3 years' brilliant benefits for just £18.
Summer School 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Summer School 2018
Date posted: 18 April 2016
People Dancing's Summer School runs from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 July 2018 at De Montfort University, Leicester. There are eleven inspiring courses to choose from, with world-class artists and teachers.
Photo shows Natasha Britton, Magpie Dance
No barriers
Date posted: 23 February 2018
Inspired by artistic director Avril Hitman and all the Magpie Dance team, Natasha Britton explains her passion to achieve "a world where a learning disability is no barrier to personal and artistic success in dance"
Jo Rhodes at People Dancing Summer School 2016
Summer School blog
Date posted: 08 February 2018
The People Dancing Summer School will cover a range of dance styles. Jo Rhodes, who will lead a session on Youth Dance, draws on her dance experience to show the power of dance to move young people…
Kiki Gale - Director, Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK. Photo by Rachel Cherry
What's in a name?
Date posted: 27 November 2017
With a change of name to The Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK, the former Dance for Parkinson’s Network is now well positioned to support the collective ambition to give everyone in the UK living with Parkinson’s the opportunity to engage in the creative, dynamic and aesthetic experience that participation in dance can offer, blogs Kiki Gale...
Steff Streat
Dance for Parkinson's
Date posted: 20 November 2017
From a cuppa and a chat to doing a Haka – Steff Streat, who has lived with Parkinson’s for 10 years, blogs on the difference going to a dance for Parkinson’s class makes to her quality of life





Big Dance Shorts India. Photo: R&D
Dance on screen
Date posted: 15 November 2017
Two three-minute films, both winners under the Big Dance Shorts programme, will be screened by Channel 4’s Random Acts strand on 16 & 23 November. Two other winners – Cuppa and But Where Are You From? – will be available to watch online from 30 November.
Ruth Pethybridge
Capturing creativity
Date posted: 24 October 2017
Ruth Pethybridge, co-author of Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance draws breath to explain why she wanted to make a short film as well as the book...
Gladys Agulhas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Voice and Presence update
Date posted: 19 October 2017
Launched last spring to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the influence on participatory dance of women of the African Diaspora, People Dancing’s Voice and Presence edged past its half-way point, in October 2017.
Alison Williams and Julia Melton at the Edinburgh dance for Parkinson's class
In praise of... "bird-scarers"
Date posted: 12 September 2017
A conference panel speaker, Dr Alison Williams, who is currently working with the University of Edinburgh, teamed up with a fellow member of her dance for Parkinson’s class, Julia Melton, to blog for us in praise of volunteers...
Louise Wildish - Producer & Director, 11 Million Reasons to Dance
Jonnie Peacock on Strictly
Date posted: 05 September 2017
Paralympian Jonnie Peacock featuring on this year's Strictly will reflect a more truthful representation of our society, blogs People Dancing's Louise Wildish, Producer & Director of our strategic touring programme 11 Million Reasons to Dance...
Alister O'Loughlin, The Urban Playground. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Inclusive beauty of Parkour
Date posted: 08 August 2017
People Dancing caught up with Performance-Parkour (2PK) specialist Alister O’Loughlin at this year’s Summer School, following his session as part of the Exploring different dance techniques for your practice course.
Nathan Geering - Artistic Director
Made in Sheffield
Date posted: 03 August 2017
It was a special time for Artistic Director Nathan Geering as he prepared to stage one massive Olympic show in his adopted home city of Sheffield…
Miriam Early, Scottish Ballet. Photo by Christina Riley
Learning & Parkinson's
Date posted: 26 July 2017
Dance practitioner Miriam Early has always loved what she does yet admits to going a bit sulky whenever it came to any serious self-analysis of her craft. But that’s now changed… and she’s discovered a beauty she never thought she’d find.
Meara O'Donnell-Webb on the Isle of Skye
Delivering a dream job
Date posted: 06 July 2017
Meara O’Donnell-Webb is one of three shortlisted for the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. We profile Meara's work with children and young people on the Isle of Skye…
Charlotte Tomlinson
Congratulations, Charlotte!
Date posted: 04 July 2017
Charlotte Tomlinson is the winner of the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. Here we profile Charlotte's award-winning work with children and young people in the East Midlands...
Adam Rutherford. Photo by Aimee Spinks
Awards shortlist for Adam
Date posted: 04 July 2017
Birmingham-based Adam Rutherford is one of three shortlisted for the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner award, sponsored by People Dancing, under the inaugural One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards. We profile Adam's work with children and young people across the globe...
New online learning course
Date posted: 17 May 2017
An online course that will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.
Louise Katerega. Pic by Benedict Johnson
Voice and Presence
Date posted: 12 May 2017
Louise Katerega is producer of Voice and Presence, the first collaborative project as an Associate Artist of People Dancing. Voice and Presence sets out to acknowledge, amplify and celebrate the voice of women of colour in participatory dance...
Raquel Meseguer
Dancing through chronic pain
Date posted: 21 April 2017
Raquel Meseguer, Co-Founder of Lost Dog, reflects on her journey from professional dancer, through injury, to developing projects that explore chronic pain in performance.
Alison Williams
'Laughter, feeling lovely, joy'
Date posted: 11 April 2017
Alison Williams, of Edinburgh University, describes herself as ‘a late-onset academic’ having got her Doctorate at 66, just after her Parkinson’s diagnosis, in 2012. To help mark Parkinson’s Awareness Week (10-16 April) we asked Alison to blog for us on the importance dance plays in her life with Parkinson’s…
Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's, Summer School 2016. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Living with Parkinson's?
Date posted: 10 April 2017
We've created a map featuring Dance for Parkinson's classes that take place across the country. Find your nearest one here...
Paula Turner
A democracy of dance
Date posted: 24 March 2017
People Dancing's Chris Stenton shared a post show discussion panel with Paula Turner, artistic director of Grand Gestures Dance Collective at Leap 2017. Paula likes to push the boundaries of dance, especially dance made by older dancers...
Dance for health & wellbeing - Photo by Rachel Cherry
Dance partners in health
Date posted: 22 March 2017
One Dance UK and People Dancing have joined forces to raise the profile of dance and make dance more widely available in response to the government's health and wellbeing agenda.
A spark starts a prairie fire
Date posted: 15 March 2017
Anthony Peppiatt reflects on initiating the community dance project at Ludus Dance in the early 1980s, and how his radical politics had been central to this. Christopher Thomson introduces.
11 Million Reasons to Dance. Strictly Ballroom. Sean Goldthorpe
11 Million Reasons to Dance
Date posted: 10 March 2017
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with a disability. Our 11 Million Reasons to Dance initiative came out of People Dancing's commitment to support and celebrate all those who dance, or want to dance.
People Dancing Annual Report 2014-2015
Our Annual Report
Date posted: 20 December 2016
People Dancing's latest Annual Report made its debut appearance at our 30th anniversary event, held at the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in London, on 13 December 2016.
People Dancing 30 Honorary Life Members
Our 30 names for 30 years
Date posted: 14 December 2016
Prestigious awards made at special celebration event hosted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society...
Members' insurance cover
Get insured - join us
Date posted: 24 November 2016
If you're a dance teacher, artist or leader, join People Dancing as a Professional Individual Member and enjoy insurance cover as a key member benefit.
The Museum of Us
Date posted: 15 November 2016
Support our fundraising campaign to create an accessible online archive
Older people's dance activities  Photography Helen Murray
Older people's dance survey
Date posted: 07 November 2016
A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016...
Cecilia Macfarlane
Dance without touch?
Date posted: 28 October 2016
The author of our very first People Dancing blog is the renowned community dance pioneer, Cecilia Macfarlane. We’re grateful to Cecilia for getting our blog off the ground, especially as she penned it on a plane en route from Japan to San Francisco!
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Any Age. Any Body...
Date posted: 19 September 2016
A dancer who started her own dance classes for children 30 years ago has put her experience into a new book for others to share.
11 Million Reasons
Date posted: 24 June 2016
A photography exhibition inspired by iconic dance moments from film, re-imagined by Deaf and disabled people who dance.
Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group. Photo: Johan Henckens
Dance and Parkinson's
Date posted: 20 April 2016
People Dancing and Dance for PD® have, with the assistance of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, created an online learning programme...