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People Dancing is the development and membership organisation for community and participatory dance, driving forward inclusion and excellence through professional development, resources & safeguarding services, specialist programmes & networks. It supports a UK-wide network of members - dance artists, practitioners and organisations - who make great dance happen in all its diversity.

People Dancing offers a range of memberships for individual dance artists, teachers and leaders, and for organisations of all sizes.


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POP look back and survey
POP look back and survey
Assistant Producer, Perspectives on Practice, Ciara Lynch looks back at the first season of People Dancing's programme of events, learning opportunities, discussion, networks and spaces for dancers, teaching artists, community practitioners and organisations to gather, (re)connect and share.
Perspectives on Practice
Montage of images taken from the POP programme - please see individual images for credits
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.
Forging communities
Krystal S Lowe. Photo: Sleepy Robot Photography
Forging communities
In the midst of difference, dance artist, choreographer and writer Krystal S Lowe finds ways to forge different communities with countless cups of coffee and focused debate. Here, Krystal writes about finding the best ways to support each other no matter how unconventional that support may look.
Wales Wide Training Programme
Wales Wide Training Programme event. Photo: Paul Whittaker.
Wales Wide Training Programme
The WWTP creates and connects a network of 19 organisations and 300 individuals working across Wales. Tracey Brown, Mentoring, Training, Development Leader at Rubicon Dance explains how the programme has responded to the pandemic and that there have been achievements that wouldn't have been possible pre-COVID.
Diverse opportunities
Melissa Pasut, Returning By Katherine Betteridge and Sioned Roberts. Photographer: Matt Dean.
Diverse opportunities
Whilst looking for alternative ways to navigate a lockdown, freelance artist, Melissa Pasut, discovered the Wales Wide Training Programme. Here she reflects upon her expectations, connections found and virtual interaction that removed geographical boundaries.
Creative practice reflection
Image credit: Cai Tomos.
Creative practice reflection
Independent dance artist and arts psychotherapist Cai Tomos addresses the physical, emotional and psychological demands brought by a pandemic and reflects upon finding spaces of connection and gaining perspective by being together with support from the Wales Wide Training Programme.
Coming of age?
Heidi Wilson. Photo: Bill Hart.
Coming of age?
A personal perspective from dance practitioner Heidi Wilson on the development of dance with people living with Parkinson’s in Wales through the Wales Wide Training Programme.
Action and trees
Bounded in a nutshell
Freelance Dance Artist Adam Benjamin reflects upon his practice being hoovered up by a pandemic, saving the planet sliding off his agenda and the vitality of touch. He also offers a view into a wilderness, funded by dancers, that reflects a commitment to diversity - a dancers forest.
NEW! Online learning
People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry
Improving your teaching skills for community dance practice
This seven-unit online course, developed by People Dancing and co-authored by the Urban Playground Team, aims to support participatory artists to improve their teaching skills.
Individual artists toolkit
Proof of the Pudding cover image
A resource for artists to help them demonstrate the value and impact of participatory arts and develop partnerships for funding work - including a Marketing & Communications pack and a set of Case Studies.
Marcia's story
Marcia Edwards.
Knocking on doors with biscuits
People Dancing Associate Artist Louise Katerega in conversation with dancer and choreographer Marcia Edwards about her transition from dancer to setting up her own community dance company.
New skills, new normal?
Peter Laycock
Moving, in and out of lockdown
Arts participation specialist Peter Laycock offers some thoughts around our new ability to deliver digitally and asks us to imagine what we could achieve in the future without the restrictions of lockdown