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Encounters, Saturday 1 July, 2017

Jubilee Square, Woking Town Centre, Woking, GU21 6YG

12noon – 4pm

Hosted by Dance Woking, Encounters is an exciting taster event leading up to next Saturday’s Party in the Park, to delight shoppers and encourage attendance to Party in the Park on Saturday 8th July, taking place at Woking Park.

There are opportunities to take part, perform and watch.

So polish up your dancing shoes and join us – and if you fancy it dress to impress, the theme this year is 1960’s & 1970’s but its not compulsory!

Dance Woking are looking forward to the return of The Ragroof Players with their fantastic new show Happy Feet – PROGRAMME DETAILS COMING SOON – See below for 2016 programme

Dance Woking Participation

Encounters, Saturday 1 July, 2017

Jubilee Square, Woking Town Centre, Woking, GU21 6YG

12noon – 4pm

Hosted by Dance Woking, Encounters is an exciting taster event leading up to next Saturday’s Party in the Park, to delight shoppers and encourage attendance to Party in the Park on Saturday 8th July, taking place at Woking Park.

There are opportunities to take part, perform and watch.

So polish up your dancing shoes and join us – and if you fancy it dress to impress, the theme this year is 1960’s & 1970’s but its not compulsory!

Dance Woking are looking forward to the return of The Ragroof Players with their fantastic new show Happy Feet – PROGRAMME DETAILS COMING SOON – See below for 2016 programme

Dance Woking Participation

Dance Woking Showcase Community Dance Platform

Start times:

12 noon & 2.15pm

Running Time: 20 minutes

Performance Area :

This is a mini showcase to give you a taster of what’s to come on Sat 9 July at Woking Park where over 30 groups will be performing at Party in the Park. This afternoon sees performances from First Dance Studios, choreographer Amy Astley; Francesca Louise Dance Company, Street Dance UK – led by Laci Strike and Chinese Association Woking – Ladies group

Amina Khayyam Dance Company (AKDC)

Start times:

12.25pm & 2.40pm

Running Time: 10 minutes

Performance Area :

Amina Khayyam Dance uses Kathak, a story telling dance form.
Using props and original music this is an enchanting and inspired dance piece.

Sci-Fi Flash mob – workshop

Start times:

12.35pm & 2.50pm

Running Time: 20 minutes

Performance Area :

Get into the spirit of the sci-fi led theme and join Dance Woking and learn a fun dance routine to a
medley of sci-fi inspired music.

Commotion Dance – Little Artiste Big Painting

Start times:

12.55pm & 3.10pm

Running Time: 25 minutes

Performance Area :

Join Commotion Dance in a world of magical movement and daring dance.

Watch as the dancers create a visually striking, larger than life painting through a colourful mixture of dance, paint and music. This playful and intriguing dance has been made especially for the outdoors.

Little Artist: Big Painting offers children and families a unique experience at each festival. Live dance, installation and audience participation will together create a unique experience.

There is an opportunity after each performance for the audience of little artists to create their own big painting with the dancers.

Small Wonders Commission

Commotion Dance is Supported by The Point, Eastleigh

MoveMe with Bert Romans

Start times:

1.35pm & 3.50pm

Running Time: 40 minutes

Performance Area :

Suitable for all ages

Love to dance, but rarely get the chance? A dance class meets party, MoveMe has animated the streets of the nation and is now back right here in Woking to get you boogying! MoveMe will take you on a journey using irresistible music and moves created for both dance lovers and those convinced they have two left feet...

MoveMe with Bert Romans

Last summer Dance Woking was first introduced to Bert Roman’s MoveMe. As an organisation that is extremely interested in getting more people to dance and combining participation with performance Bert’s MoveMe was the ideal concept for us.

MoveMe’s vision is that dance unifies, contributes to a healthy life and that anyone can participate.

MoveMe stages participatory dance events best described as ….’dance meets party‘. MoveMe’s events place the audience at the centre of the action. Using a storytelling method to take the audience on a journey through an irresistible music track, a professional dancer teaches a routine in just 30minutes. Once the learning is over the dance floors erupts with shared fun and movement. It is communal yet structured to make dance accessible and fun for both participant and spectator. It can be used either indoors or outside on a variety of scales as either an independent event or within a programme of activity.

Bert made such an impact at last year’s Party in the Park Dance Woking felt we would like to engage with him and his team further and see how we could develop his concept to have a greater impact in Woking. At the end of May 2016 Bert taught some of Dance Woking’s freelance Dance teachers routines to T Rex ‘We Love to Boogie‘ and James Brown ‘I Feel Good‘. The Dance Woking team then set out to teach Bert’s moves to both community and school groups in Woking as part of Dance Woking’s outreach programme.

Taking part at Party in the Park this year were Woking College, National Citizen Service (NCS) Dance Woking group, Westfield Primary School, Horsell Junior School & Surrey Vyne Ladies group. All joined Bert at Woking Park on Saturday 9 July and had a fabulous time taking part in his performance and encouraging others to do likewise.

Dance Woking and MoveMe are teaming up later this summer to head to CarFest South where for the first time the event will be hosting dance activity. More details to follow later this summer…

MoveMe at Encounters Stage, Party in the Park 2016, leading T Rex 'We Like to Boogie' interactive performance

MoveMe at Encounters Stage Party in the Park 2016 leading T Rex ‘We Like to Boogie’ interactive performance

Bert's workshop in full swing

Bert’s workshop in full swing

MoveMe workshop Encounters Tent Party in the Park

MoveMe workshop Encounters Tent Party in the Park

Bert takes his interactive performance to the Main Stage at Party in the Park

Bert takes his interactive performance to the Main Stage at Party in the Park