At the end of December, People Dancing – the development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance – celebrated its 30th anniversary by awarding 30 Honorary Life Memberships to people who have made “an exceptional contribution to community dance”.
Among those honoured was Veronica Jobbins, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban. Having originally trained as a specialist dance teacher, Veronica was instrumental in the formation of the National Dance Teachers Association (now part of One Dance UK). As well as overseeing Trinity Laban’s wide-ranging learning and participation activity, she is an internationally respected authority on issues including access and progression, professional development and creativity in dance teaching.
Other alumni who also received People Dance Honorary awards include Karen Gallagher, Beverley Glean, Jane Mooney and Rosemary Lee - who is also a Trinity Laban Honorary Fellow.
Trinity Laban offers a number of outstanding educational and professional development opportunities in community and participatory dance, both for established practitioners and for dance artists looking to investigate or establish themselves in this area of work. These include our Postgraduate Diploma: Community Dance and our newly revised Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning. For more information, see the Trinity Laban website.