Archiving Community Dance Project
De Montfort University (DMU) and People Dancing have received an Exchange Collaborative Research award (HEFCE and ACE funded) for a project entitled "The Museum of Us: Archiving Community Dance".
People Dancing is the UK development organisation for participatory dance. People Dancing create and develop opportunities for people to experience dance in all its diversity. They have a 30 year track record of delivering programmes at scale. Research partner, Jayne Stevens, DMU, has expertise in qualitative research methodologies, including techniques for developing grounded theory and interpretive research of professional practice. She is a passionate advocate for community dance with knowledge of the sector and its history as well as an experienced creator, evaluator and user of learning resources and archival materials.
Their collaborative project "The Museum of Us: Archiving Community Dance", will research issues concerning the capture, interpretation and dissemination of the community and participatory dance practices developed in the UK over the last 30 years, which have gained international recognition. Their long-term ambitions is to develop a 'living archive' for such practices. The project will run from September to December 2016.
People Dancing: The Foundation for Community Dance