|I graduated from Trinity Laban in 2013 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and have since been working as a freelance dance practitioner across London and Surrey.|
I have experience in working with a variety of ages and abilities, including babies, toddlers, primary school children and older adults as well as children with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Originally from Germany, I choreographed, performed and toured my own dance piece ‘Zu zweit’ and was involved in several stage performances with the My Way-Ensemble, a German dance company for dancers aged 60 to 90. I also worked on their intergenerational dance project with primary school children in a deprived Hamburg area.
Since living in England, I have taught contemporary dance technique, creative dance & movement and performing arts for various organisations including Laban, Artis, ABC Ballet, Louise Klarnett and Stratford Circus. I have also worked as a project manager for the creative arts charity Create. Most recently I joined Dance Woking to work in their outreach team.
Now based in Staines, I recently set up ‘Impulse Dance’, my own community dance company currently teaching contemporary dance classes for adults with the aim to extend my classes to more age groups in the future.
Age Range: 55+
Diana Louise Towe
|I have gained many performing experiences; my biggest achievements being on the Tap World Championships stage in Riesa Germany (for the past 6 years 2014-2019) and BGT TV experience! I’ve also performed at big events such as Move It & corporate/charity events. My teaching experience is very broad, teaching ages from 3 yrs to adults. I teach various styles such as; Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Street Jazz, Commercial & Contemporary. I feel teaching many age groups and styles allows me to be creative with my choreography and makes my teaching technique versatile. Teaching at Tap Attack is very intense and fast pace as the students are at such a high level which presents a good challenge for me, I also train at Tap Attack as part of the main company which keeps me up to date with changing styles within tap! I think I should add as many strings to my bow as possible so I also have some cheerleading and gymnastics experience, with gymnastics I have been a coach in training previously.|
First Dance Studios
We opened in 2005 with one aim – to provide fun dance classes for adults. No syllabus work, no exams, no stress and no previous training necessary. Since starting out we have also introduced a wider offer including a choir, Pilates, Yoga and a Children’s Musical Theatre Academy.
We offer a fun and friendly environment to anyone that loves dancing or would love to learn to dance. Whether you learnt dancing as a child, or are just starting from scratch, there really is something for everyone here.
We cover all styles of classes for adults, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, yoga, pilates
We love what we do, we love our studio and we hope you will too.
We have also just moved Studio to Heather Farm, Woking, Surrey GU21 4XY
Established in 1994, Dance Woking is an innovative dance organisation that provides high quality opportunities to watch, perform and take part in dance, providing new experiences that inspire artists, audiences, participants and communities.
WHO ARE WE FOR?
Our work is primarily for Woking and the surrounding Surrey towns and villages.
We serve and support networks across the age spectrum from schoolchildren to students and recent graduates, to young people outside training and education, and the perennials.
Dance lovers across the county and into London rave about our regular live public performances.
And our pop-up and festival appearances in shopping centres and local parks bring our public spaces to life.
WHY DANCE WOKING?
Our work brings unexpected and lasting benefits through dance to real communities at grass roots level where it has lasting impact.
We are a thriving and nimble business firmly rooted in Woking and Surrey, soon entering our fourth decade of inspiring dance.
We’re alert to local collaborations and equipped to offer more, especially with our funding partners at the Borough Council.
We work with other regional agents in housing and health, in sport and in schools; and we have successful alliances with independent dance artists and choreographers, and with specialist dance schools and mainstream education providers.
To find out about our latest programme visit the Inspired Programme here
Woking Dance Space
We are a non profit organisation, providing dance and exercise classes for adults, no matter what their age, experience or previous training. Woking Dance Space is unique in that classes are offered for all age ranges, from young adults to senior citizens. We run classes in many dance disciplines, hold special events and performances and provide a forum for people to meet and explore what is both a creative and beneficial interest.
With ages ranging from seventeen to seventy, every ability is covered from complete beginner through to examination standards.
The studio also serves as a place for dance lovers to meet and arrange visits to local and London shows, master-classes and other performances. We offer a friendly environment for all, maximising the opportunity to enjoy dance. Whether it be to learn a new skill, revisit old times, or just get some exercise. With friendly, experienced teachers our studio is supportive and most importantly, fun! We run a biennial show and other opportunities for performance, with fantastic costumes and buzzing back stage atmosphere, but no pressure to take part.
My background is in Contemporary and Traditional African and Caribbean peoples dance and my expertise is in teaching inclusively and facilitating classes for dancers with and without disabilities. Starting my dance journey at the age of 16 I know the feelings of anxiety and not feeling confident very well. Therefore I strive to create all my classes for whatever group I teach to be open, down to earth, welcoming and accessible.
Most of my teacher training has been with Stopgap Dance Company where I have worked for them in a number of roles since 2015 but am currently their Community Engagement Artist and mentor Stopgap’s apprentice company Sg2 in all things creative learning and outreach work. I am also lead facilitator and choreographer for THRIVE Youth Dance Company. An intervention dance programme for young people living in Surrey who are aged 14-24 and not in employment, education or training, are young cares, challenging life circumstances and have additional support needs. The company provides a nurturing learning environment for vulnerable young people to thrive by using physical dance training and creative dance as a tool to develop key life skills; build trust with adults, their peers and themselves; implement stability and routine into their lives; and consider and reflect upon their ability to achieve and succeed. I regularly facilitate outreach education projects and have performed for various companies including; DAiSY, Casson and Friends, UNiT and The Dance Movement before it closed. I was also on the Artist Exchange Programme 2021 run by Danielle Teale.
Emily is a freelance community dance artist working across Surrey and West London, specialising in contemporary and creative dance for early years and older adults. Her sessions take place in a wide range of settings such as schools, community centres, care homes, sheltered housing, libraries and hospitals. She believes that dance is for everybody and works inclusively with all ages and abilities, with participants ranging from 6 months old to 96 years old!
Emily currently collaborates and teaches with many arts organisations and charities including Dance Woking, DanceWest, English National Ballet, The Place, Stopgap Dance Company, Polka Theatre, Age UK Richmond, CoDa Dance Company, Zambesi Dance Company and Inclusive Intergenerational Dance (iID).
She is really pleased to be one of Dance Woking’s Supported Dance Artists 2021/22 and is looking forward to developing her work with early year and families in Surrey later this year.