CPD for professional dancers

Dance Woking is delighted to be hosting a CPD workshop led by Akademi Dance in conjunction with their highly acclaimed performance Plastic Drastic Fantastic created for children and their families

Venue: Buzz Studio, 1st Floor Peacocks Shopping Centre (next to Nail bar), Victoria Way, Woking, GU21 6GH

Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm

Fee: £20.00 includes a 2 hour professional dancer CPD & a ticket to see Plastic Drastic Fantastic

Plastic….is it friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Helpful or harmful? Dance Woking is pleased to be able to present Plastic Drastic Fantastic a contemporary dance theatre work for children and their families created by Akademi Dance. This has been made possible following funding support received from an Arts Council England Project Grant.

For more information and to book your place click HERE


Dance Woking is recruiting

Various roles including Project Coordinator, Dance Teachers, Holiday Club Assistants

Freelance Project Coordinator, up to £13.50/hour

This is a key role working alongside the Engagement Manager.  This position is offered on a fixed term freelance basis to help enable Dance Woking to build its audience base and raise its profile within the local community through both community bespoke and targeted community engagement interactions. It is suitable for an enthusiastic, passionate and personable individual to support Dance Woking’s audience development programme, this role will work across both community engagement and marketing. More information

Freelance dance Teachers, up to £30/hour

Dance Woking is looking for experienced dance teachers and community practitioners to join our outreach team on a freelance basis. The focus for this work will be to join the delivery team, working in schools and in the local community for the Autumn & Winter 2023/24 where you will be responsible for teaching groups who may or may not have dance experience. More information

Holiday Club Assistants, Minimum wage

Dance Woking is looking for holiday club dance assistants to join us on a part-time basis to support our Autumn 2023 programme of activities. The focus for this work will be to join our experienced delivery team, working in the local community where you will be responsible for assisting in all elements of the programme. More Information

Trustees, no renumeration

Dance Woking is seeking new Trustees to join its Board. Interested in a new opportunity to lead and influence a dance charity?  

It’s a challenging time for Dance Woking as we develop and create a new strategic direction following changes in funding. We are looking for new trustees to support the organisation as we change and adapt to meet the changing needs within the community and environment.   We are seeking candidates with experienced in fundraising, corporate social responsibility, environmental, health, financial management, social media, marketing, education, entrepreneurial enterprises, IT, legal, the local community. more information


Dance Woking Trustees and CEO statement

Children watching a performance

In response to the recent announcement in the local and national press regarding the funding cuts enforced by Woking Borough Council, Dance Woking maybe forced to close in March 2024. The loss of Woking Borough Council’s funding has a significant impact on the sustainability of the charity’s future; we will continue our activities until March 2024  made possible by funding from Arts Council England, Surrey Community Foundation, Active Surrey (Club4) and Shanly Foundation who value the breadth of Dance Woking’s work.

Dance Woking has been providing dance led opportunities since 1994, over the years we have changed our approach to support our evolving community. Our work is essential to the physical and mental wellbeing of the thousands of people we engage and empower. With the funding we received from Woking Borough Council, we raise a further 60% plus of match funding to ensure we can deliver the opportunities and support that the Woking community needs through Trusts and income raised from individuals through workshop fees and ticket sales.

Over the next six months we will continue to seek additional sources of funding and ways to diversify our income to become more sustainable. We are acutely aware of the impact our closure would have on the local community and the team of highly qualified and experienced dance artists and professional companies we employ and work with to deliver our programme.

Through our work Dance Woking reaches thousands of individuals throughout the town’s diverse communities, from young people considered ‘hard-to-reach’ and ‘under-privileged’ to refugees and those living with dementia; our support goes beyond dance class provision.

Dance in Woking is vital; it is an extremely versatile activity. For over 29 years our work has supported the local community’s mental health and wellbeing; improved their fitness; and engaged and empowered Woking’s diverse communities. By providing this support on their own turf, we’ve reduced social inequalities through watching, engaging and performing dance, that without Dance Woking are out of reach for many people. Through our work we make a difference to the lives of individuals. This summer we delivered a project with Woking based SEN School The Park, which resulted in multiple profound benefits, the impact on one student, was described by his teacher: “The power of dance offered to this young man in a safe, nurturing environment, had developed his confidence, helped him to regulate his emotions, involved his whole family and invoked a huge sense of pride in them all.”

In the past week we have worked with the over 65s at Kingsley Care Home and Brockhill Residential Centre as part of our Travelling Tea Dance Tour. The impact of this work on individuals is felt on multiple levels, one attendee said “I have MS. I can go out, it takes a lot of effort and planning… I also realise I can focus on what I can do, other than what I can’t. I can join in here in my own way” another said “My husband died two weeks ago. I felt really down this morning, not having a good day. This activity has picked me up a bit. I feel slightly lighter.” 

We also delivered an enrichment day at Knaphill School to inspire, educate and boost confidence through dance as they start the new term. The day promoted teamwork, resilience and new experiences for the young people involved. In the last 12 months almost 4000 individuals participated in a Dance Woking led activity.

If you are interested in the work of Dance Woking and would like to offer your support during these uncertain times please get in touch, we’d love to hear from individuals, as well as organisations looking to collaborate. We can accept donations online if you are interested in volunteering or joining our board of trustees please complete the contact form on our website:

Main Photo: Dance Woking on the road with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Doorstep Duets, in July 2023. Widening arts access, enabling high quality, inspirational and impactful arts to reach and engage local communities.