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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...
Liz Lerman at Glasgow 2017. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Sounds of Glasgow 2017
Date posted: 23 November 2017
People Dancing’s international conference, held in Glasgow in early October, attracted dance artists, teachers, organisations and managers from 15 countries across the globe. In case you couldn’t be part of this global gathering of community dance, we captured some of the quality and diversity of the presentations and debate with a series of People Dancing podcasts.
Dance City: Photo by Adam Widdrington
North East claims reimagined images
Date posted: 22 November 2017
11 Million Reasons to Dance, an exhibition of photographs by Sean Goldthorpe, commissioned by People Dancing, will return to Dance City for permanent display from January 2018, following a successful national tour.
Steff Streat
Tea and creativity
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.
Border Tales - Protein. Photo ©Jane Hobson
People Dancing: Together
Date posted: 14 November 2017
Dance partners announce new programme of participatory dance, culminating in an annual international performance.
Photo by Sara Teresa
Parkinson's workshop
Date posted: 07 November 2017
A two-day workshop is being presented in Leeds, next spring, by Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK and People Dancing, with Yorkshire Dance.
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.
Louise Katerega with Remzije Sherifi. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Voice and Presence survey
Date posted: 19 October 2017
People Dancing Associate Artist Louise Katerega introduces ‘Untold Value?’ It's an important new survey just launched under the Voice and Presence partnership
Alister O'Loughlin, Urban Playground
Parkour at Summer School 2017
Date posted: 19 May 2017
One of the tutors at People Dancing Summer School 2017 (25-28 July) will be Alister O’Loughlin, of Urban Playground. Alister will introduce delegates to the exciting world of parkour and performance-parkour, known as 2PK…
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...
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...
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.
Summer school 2016. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Summer School 2017
Date posted: 12 March 2017
The 9th People Dancing Summer School will be held at De Montfort University, Leicester on 25-28 July 2017. Here's a round-up of its full programme of one and two-day courses.
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.
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...
People Dancing Programme - Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Autumn/Winter Programme
Date posted: 06 November 2016
The latest issue of People Dancing's Programme of events and initiatives is out now!
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.
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...
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...
Vincent E. Thomas. Photo by Rachel Cherry
Reclaiming our natural instinct
Date posted: 18 October 2017
US dance artist Vincent E. Thomas took time out from his recent flying visit to Glasgow, where he joined us for People Dancing’s second international conference, to write our latest blog. Here he explains his quest to recover something that’s in danger of being lost… our natural instinct to move.
People Dancing International Event 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Glasgow 2017
Date posted: 06 October 2017
People Dancing’s second international conference was held at Tramway, Glasgow, on 3-5 October
Alison Williams and Julia Melton at the Edinburgh dance for Parkinson's class
In praise of... "bird-scarers"
Date posted: 12 September 2017
At People Dancing’s International Conference, in Glasgow on 3-5 October, one of the three conference themes will be ‘Dance for people living with Parkinson’s’. 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
Dance, 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...
Kloé Dean
Summer School tutor announced
Date posted: 12 June 2017
Kloé Dean, who was a professional cast member of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, is to lead a hip hop workshop at People Dancing Summer School 2017, on Thursday 27 July.
New online learning course...
Date posted: 17 May 2017
Preparing for Safer Dance Practice - an online course that will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.
Chloe Wilmot
"Try something new"
Date posted: 26 April 2017
Dance practitioner and People Dancing member Chloe Wilmot attended her first People Dancing Summer School, last year. Here Chloe blogs to explain why she’s booked herself on for three training sessions at Summer School 2017 (25-28 July)…
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. She asks: “Can dance benefit people with chronic pain?”
International Conference 2017
Date posted: 13 April 2017
Call for Contributions! We would like to hear from people working in community and participatory contexts from across the world, for our next conference taking place in Glasgow 3-5 October 2017. Deadline: Wednesday 10 May at 17:00 (GMT)
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…
Paula Turner
A democracy of dance
Date posted: 24 March 2017
The latest People Dancing blog comes from Paula Turner, artistic director of Grand Gestures Dance Collective (GGDC). People Dancing's Chris Stenton shared a post show discussion panel with Paula at Leap 2017, in Liverpool. Paula likes to push the boundaries of dance, especially dance made by older dancers...
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.
The Museum of Us
Date posted: 15 November 2016
Support our fundraising campaign to create an accessible online archive
Cecilia Macfarlane
BLOG: 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!
Dancer image
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.
International conference - Nov 2017
Date posted: 28 June 2016
People Dancing's international event is back - this time at Glasgow's Tramway, in November 2017. Take a look at the presentations and performances from our 2014 event here.
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.
Come and join us!
Date posted: 19 June 2016
Membership of People Dancing is open to all who support, engage with or have an interest in community and participatory dance.