Dance Woking are recruiting Freelance Dance Teachers!

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Freelance Dance Teacher – Community Youth Group

Dance Woking is looking for a confident and engaging dance teacher who has at least 12 months experience working with teenagers, open to teaching a variety of dance styles to help participants use this opportunity to gain a skill towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to start in January 2019.

Application Deadline: Monday 14th January 2019

Freelance Dance Teachers – Summer Project

Dance Woking are also looking for freelance dance teachers to assist with our schools and community outreach programme in Summer. We are looking for trained dance teachers who have had experience teaching 5 to 17 year olds. You will be working with groups towards our outdoor performance parade in June and July; outreach starting in April 2019.

Application Deadline: Monday 11th February 2019

Please provide your CV detailing previous teaching experience and two references (must have DBS issued in the last two years)

Please send to Kate Finegan at

More Information:


Dance Woking get mentoring support from Michael Kaiser

Dance Woking is delighted to announce that we were selected as one of 25 arts and cultural organisations throughout England to take part in The Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Programme funded by Arts Council England.

The learning and consultation programme is designed to assist with long-term planning and development, with a focus on financial resilience and fundraising. As part of this 18-month programme Sam McCaffrey, Executive Director, Dance Woking and the Board chaired by Louisa Bartlett-Pestell, will be mentored by Michael Kaiser, Chairman of Arts Management International and previously CEO of Royal Opera House.

We are thrilled to have been selected to go on this programme, which features intensive weekend face-to-face sessions as well as long distance learning; as a small organisation this is ideal as it enables us to participate fully; the regularity of the sessions gets us to focus on our strategy and Board development and keeps us focussed on progress and action. Having Michael Kaiser, as our mentor is a great privilege, he is very open to sharing his experiences and how they can translate in scale to Dance Woking. We are using some of the skills and tools already and hope that there will be some good impact on the way we deliver our work. Sam McCaffrey – Director Dance Woking

The programme aims to provide learning, insight, expertise, skills development and resources that can be shared and used more widely to increase resilience across the sector. Dance Woking will receive one-on-one consultations from Michael Kaiser, attend group seminars, complete strategy planning prompts, and participate in a series of online master classes between seminars. Dance Woking is really excited to be a part of this programme working with Michael Kaiser.

Michael Kaiser

About Michael Kaiser: Michael Kaiser oversees Arts Manager International’s training and consulting programmes, both in the United States and around the world. Mr. Kaiser was President of the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., from January 2001 through August 2014. During his tenure, he expanded the educational and artistic programming for the United States’ centre for the performing arts, oversaw a major renovation effort of most of the Centre’s theatres, and led the nation in arts management training.

Mr. Kaiser previously served as the Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, the largest performing arts organisation in the United Kingdom. During his tenure with the Royal Opera House, it erased its historic accumulated deficit, completed a £214 million redevelopment of the facility, created an endowment fund, and greatly increased its level of support from the private and public sectors.

The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

To find out more about Dance Woking visit

We are looking for additional Board Members that have skills within fundraising, marketing or higher education, please email Sam McCaffrey at for more information.


Dance Woking is looking for more Board Members!

We are looking for more people to join our Board!

We are particularly looking for people with skills in one of the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Higher Education

Dance Woking is a company limited by guarantee and with registered charitable status. It has six Trustees. All directors of the board are the members of the company and act as the trustees to the charity. The board members provide leadership, strategy and direction to the festival and embrace its vision, values and culture. Find out more about Dance Woking’s current Board here!

If you or someone you know may be interested then we would love to hear from you.

Please get in contact with Sam McCaffrey at


Dance Woking at local Youth Centres!

Did you know we offer weekly dance classes for two youth centres in Woking?

Dance Woking have been working with Sheerwater Youth Centre and Lakers Youth Centre in partnership with Surrey County Council since September 2017 to facilitate creative and exciting weekly dance classes. The classes develop technique, develop improvisation skills as well as bring out the creative artist within, all whilst maintaining a fun and supportive atmosphere!

At Lakers Youth Centre we are supporting young people including young carers who meet every Monday evening. Laurie-Ann Jeffery, Dance Woking Artist, has been teaching them since September and is looking forward to developing their skills this term.

‘This term we are encouraging the young people to lead a section of a class. We are also looking at the purpose of their dance classes; for fun, to build fitness and to focus their mind on something creative!’ Laurie-Ann Jeffery

At Sheerwater Youth Centre the classes are for an all-girls group, for young women aged 11-19. They meet every Tuesday evening and this term both youth groups will be working towards their Sports/Dance Leadership Awards Level 1! We are excited to see how they all get on!

To join our youth groups please email Georgie at More Information on these classes here. 

We are on the hunt for a new teacher for our Sheerwater classes – please see here for how to apply!


Volunteer Call Out!

Dance Woking relies on its dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to support us throughout the year. We are so lucky to have so many fantastic volunteers, but we need some more help!

This summer we are aiming for the dance programme for Encounters and Party in the Park to be even bigger and better and we would love your support to make this happen! Check out footage of last years festivals here to see what you could be a part of!

There are many roles both in the office and at the events available including:

– Steward
– Dance Assistant
– Marketing Assistant
– Team Leader

I have had a lot of fun volunteering with Dance Woking. I have met lots of lovely people and have been with them through moving offices a few times. If you like music and watching performers perform, and you love the theatre – like I do – then this is the job for you. It’s great to get involved with all the different events they put on and you feel like you are part of their team. Dawn, Current Volunteer

If you are looking for experience working at events and have an interest in the arts and dance, this could be for you! Further details on these roles and volunteering can be found here!

If you are interested please email Georgie O’Hare, Volunteer Coordinator at to discuss how you can volunteer with Dance Woking this Summer!

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