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Power up your practice: Community dance superpowers
Sundays 07, 14 and 21 July 2024: 2:30pm - 4:00pm, with Claire Pring

When was the last time you took time to reflect on the qualities, skills and values that underpin and inform your unique offer?

Whether you are working in community and participatory dance as freelancer or working with a company, often many of us lack a sense of direction or we have a feeling of just ‘treading water’ wondering how to move forward.

As a dance artist, YOU are your greatest and most valuable resource, you need to care for and nurture your practice to ensure it continues to serve you and those you work with.

Join Claire Pring, independent dance artist, accessor, author, educator and BBC Dance and Movement Content Creator for three online workshops. These will help you understand where you've been, where you are and where you're going in your career - with an option, afterwards, to gain a People Dancing Professional Qualification Level 3 Award in Professional Practice for Participatory Artists.

  • Workshop One (07 July) – Where have you been? Reviewing and renewing your confidence in your skills and specialisms, reflecting on and reinforcing your identity as an artist
  • Workshop Two (14 July) – Where are you now? Thinking about your passion and vision honing them in supportive conversation with your peers
  • Workshop Three (21 July) – Where are you going? Supported time to carve out a personal plan to enable a long, successful and satisfying career.

Inspired by People Dancing’s Professional Code of Conduct and drawing on People Dancing's Development Needs Analysis (DNA) tool this course leads to the People Dancing Professional Qualification, Level 3 Award in Professional Practice for Participatory Artists - for further information please contact

By taking this course you will learn:

  • To consider the range of skills utilised when working in participatory arts and reflect upon personal strengths and areas to develop
  • To appreciate how our values and core career skills connect and complement.
These online workshops are ideal for both early career and more experienced artists who wish to develop their practice and learn from each other.

Above image credit: People Dancing Summer Intensive. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

£30 People Dancing Members / £57 Standard

Book your place here

Standard price tickets include People Dancing Associate Individual Membership for one year with the joining fee wavered. To find out more about the benefits of this membership please click Associate Individual Membership.

Quotes from previous Summer Intensive participant about this workshop:

“I felt empowered through participating. I learned a lot particularly through the experience sharing I enjoyed being in the presence of the other dancers outside of my usual network and the keenness to share - everyone was really happy to share their experiences and it made it so much more special. Lots of food for thought and things to contemplate!”

Claire Pring B.Ed (Hons), M.A., A.S.T.  graduated from Middlesex University in 1990 with a B. Ed (Hons) in Dance, taught in London until 1994 then headed north to join Cheshire Dance as Dance Animateur for Macclesfield.  She was with Cheshire Dance for eight happy years, where she began to deliver INSET under the guidance of Veronica Lewis & Julia Williams.

Since 2002 she has worked as a freelancer along with part time teaching at Buxton Community School, Derbyshire, Poynton High School, Cheshire and Biddulph High School, Staffordshire where she gained AST status. In 2005 she completed an MA in Dance Studies.

She is currently the lead practitioner for Dance for Derbyshire and part of the Create & Dance team at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where she 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' & 'Ten Pieces'. She has produced resources for Oak National Academy, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cheshire County Council & Derbyshire County Council and co-authored a book in lockdown, ‘Making A Move’. Claire is an ArtsMark Partner & Advisor + a Quality Assessor for the Arts Council of England.

Image credit: Selfie, Claire Pring.