Winter Intensive 2024: Roots and routes

Saturday 17 February

Join us this Winter, in the beautiful Cornwall, for People Dancing’s Winter Intensive 2024, with Akosua Boyake and Jreena Green.


People Dancing Winter Intensive is a minature haven of inspiring, creative courses and workshops, over two days, with artists from the leading edge of community and participatory dance, modelled on our summer intensives, which have been running since 2009.

This event is:

  • Suitable for all career stages – often encouraging an effective blend of them for mutual learning and co-mentorship – for students, teachers and leaders of community and participatory dance and other performing arts specialists with an interest in the field.
  • Focussed time to fill up on inspiration for the year to come by deepening your current practice or exploring new avenues.
  • Cost-conscious, with an Early Bird price and fee reductions for Members of People Dancing, hosted in an accessible venue.
  • A chance to network with peers as passionate as you from near and far, the welcoming People Dancing team and a general emphasis on respite, refreshment, and the joy of being together!

Join us at Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, in beautiful Cornwall this February for day two of People Dancing’s Winter Intensive 2024.

Day Two will give you the chance to meet some of the People Dancing programme leads, find out what the organisation offers, to tell us what you need and to network with each other OR to enjoy Roots & Routes, a chance to experience the African Diasporic dance styles that link across history from their origins via the jazz age to hip hop.

This is a ticket for the Roots & Routes: How African diasporic dance forms conquered world stages with Akosua Boyake and Jreena Green course.

Roots & Routes: How African diasporic dance forms conquered world stages with Akosua Boyake and Jreena Green

This one-day course is ideal for both early career artists and more experienced artists considering developing a specialism in this area of work.

Join Akosua Boyake BEM from AkomaAsa Arts, dance leader, lecturer and West End casting co-ordinator and Jreena Green, dance historian and choreographer for adverts, film and tv, for the journey of thousand lifetimes in a day!

In a relaxed, positive and welcoming atmosphere, this is an opportunity for anyone with any level of experience or interest in Black dance forms to engage in informed, fun and physical ways with some vital yet frequently under-explored dance history. It also offers insight into Akosua’s decades of youth dance practice which is now manifesting in the development of England’s first Black dance-based Centre for Advanced Training scheme (CAT) hosted by The Place and proudly supported by People Dancing.

With lively commentary, the day moves literally step by step from West African dance fundamentals across the Atlantic through authentic jazz dance and ends in our own living rooms with a better understanding of the ‘urban’ dance styles which dominate our screens from MTV to adverts, to the inclusion of Hip Hop in the 2024 Olympics.

This is a broad-based course for anyone seeking to improve their understanding and allyship with Black Dance, as well as for experienced artists and dance leaders interested to better honour and articulate the roots of Black Dance forms.

Please note, this event includes practical elements so you will need to wear comfortable clothing and bring along refreshments, as well as your lunch.