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Mini Mela – A Community Dance Platform – Applications Open!

Dance Woking is hosting its first Mini Mela Festival – A Celebration of South Asian Cultures. 

The festival programme opens on Thursday 23 February with Striped Sari, and has been curated by Amina Khayyam Dance Company, who are well known in Woking for their work with South Asian Ladies groups. The programme created for the Mini Mela features work not performed in Woking before and includes a cabaret evening with live music and comedy on Friday 24 February, films at Nova cinema (dates TBA) and closes with a Double Bill on Saturday 4 March.

Community Groups Needed!

As part of this festival, we would like to invite community groups to join us as we celebrate South Asian dance and culture, from Bollywood, Kathak to Bharatanatyam in what we hope will be a jam-packed platform, showcasing the best of South Asian dance in Woking & Surrey. The event takes place on Saturday 25 February at The Buzz Studio, Peacocks Shopping Centre, Woking.  

Do you have a group that loves to dance and would like to take part or have more information on how to apply? If you are a South Asian inspired community group that would like to take part in this unique platform, or would like to know more please contact us and we can get the application process started. Additional information on the community dance platform can be found here

The closing date to apply to take part in the community dance platform is Friday 3rd February.

For a full festival line up please visit our Mini Mela Festival Event page.

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Mini Mela Festival Announced

We are delighted to announce that we will be facilitating the very first Mini Mela Festival in Woking this February. A celebration of South Asian Cultures, the event, in collaboration with Amina Khayyam Dance Company, will bring the best of new South Asian arts to the city centre in this exciting event.

Packed with head turning dance performances, comedy, film, music and talks & discussions – the festival will take place at The Buzz Studio, Woking from Thursday 23rd February – Saturday 5th March 2023.

With a jam packed itinerary, there is sure to be something that will appeal to all.

Events are still being added but the full list of events can be found below.

Amina Khayyam Dance Company

We are currently looking for community groups who are interested in performing at our Mini Mela Community Dance Platform. For more information on this event please visit our events page – Mini Mela Community Dance Platform

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Recruiting Outreach Team Members!

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 Spring & Summer 2023 where you will be responsible for teaching groups who may or may not have dance experience.

You will need to ensure that all students are engaged, motivated, and inspired through dance to build
their self-esteem and confidence. You will be expected to have a minimum of 12 months proven teaching experience with young people, in addition to a professional dance background or training. Dance Woking delivers a variety of different projects across Woking & Surrey that includes a variety of dance styles, and participants with a range of ages and abilities from 5 – 17 years.

We have a host of exciting events coming up and we would love some new outreach team members to help us deliver a successful programme of events.

For more information on the role, please visit our opportunities page

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Spring Travelling Tea Dance Announced!

Dance Woking is delighted to announce that we will be on the road in March touring our popular Travelling Tea Dance and are now accepting bookings!

The event will feature a mix of dance performances and participation opportunities, inspired by Spring and is led by 2 professional dance artists, and a facilitator. The team bring resources related to the event theme to support participation and last approximately an hour.

Now in it’s 2nd year of touring, We have tested the format under various themes and can’t wait to bring some Spring Fever back to the residents and brings the perfect mix of participation, performance, fun and length.

The Spring Travelling Tea dance will be held over the week commencing 13th March 2023 and we are now taking bookings. To find out more and to book your date on the Spring Travelling Tea Dance please contact us or visit our events page


The Travelling Tea Dance forms part of our work focusing on the older members of our community, to support their well-being through connectivity and supports five ways to wellbeing through the following:

  • By connecting with others
  • Being active
  • Take notice through the themes and dance styles
  • Learning through new dance steps and styles
  • Give – through shared memories support

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Spring Inspired Learning Term Commences

This week sees the Dance Woking team return to our partners schools and community groups to commence our Spring Inspired Learning programme.

We are currently working with 9 school groups and 4 youth groups, facilitating dance clubs that will benefit participants’ well being and fitness whilst also improving self confidence and their dance knowledge. Participants will be working towards our future platforms and festivals with a mixture of dance styles and creative outlets.

We can’t wait to see how the groups progress this term!


Dance Woking’s engagement programme is called Inspire and provides opportunities to take part, perform and watch. Young people get access to outstanding professional dancers and dance companies. Participation can be through a series of workshops culmination in sharing’s / platforms/ or personal development; Participants learn new skills and ways of moving and doing, choreography and teamwork. The projects may be linked to platforms and celebrations events taking place in a variety of different settings including indoor and outdoor settings.


If you would like your school or youth group to be part of our Inspired Learning programme please contact us. Alternatively, for more information on what we can offer, download our Spring Education Outreach Brochure.

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2023 Brings Exciting Plans for Dance Woking

Dance Woking is kicking off 2023 with some very exciting plans for you to watch, take part and perform with us throughout 2023.

After a busy 2022, we are continuing with our inspired learning and outreach programme in and around Woking. Plans are well underway and each event page will be updated as we get more information but in the meantime don’t forget to save the dates – we can’t wait to see you there!

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February

March

April

May

June

  • Enrichment Activities – Dazzle Days were extremely popular last Summer term – find out more about what we can offer here.
  • Surrey Youth Games – Saturday 17th June will see our SYG group perform at the Surrey Youth Games

July

  • Encounters Outdoor Festival – 1st July – We return to Woking with our fantastic outdoor festival. Want to perform? – click here for more information
  • Enrichment Activities Continue

Want to hear more? Make sure you join our mailing list for the most up to date information!

Events for the rest of the year are also in progress – please keep checking our website for more information on our November platform week at Rhoda McGaw Theatre.

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Club4 Christmas Club

Dance Woking were once again thrilled to be able to offer a holiday club provision over the festive season in collaboration with Active Surrey’s Club4 scheme.

The Hunky Dory Christmas Club was a roaring success with participants learning festive party dances, creating tree decorations, making Apple Berry Crumble for pudding and learning some well-being skills to keep in their toolkit for future use.

The Club4 Scheme requires attendees to be provided with healthy meals, physical activity and enrichment opportunities. As part of the enrichment side, we used snack time as an opportunity to create Christmas themed rice cakes with wise choice toppings (apple slices as eyes, pretzels as ears etc). The participants got incredibly creative and turned rice cakes into snowmen, pokemon and even Christmas trees!

The sessions before Christmas culminated in a mini Christmas party complete with temporary tattoos, face paint, dancing, games and disco lights. After Christmas, the provision focused on postive affirmations for a New Year Calendar and Winter Olympic themed dances!

It was wonderful to see some new faces join us from the local community whilst also seeing previous attendees return to develop their love and knowledge of dance.

We are currently preparing our Easter Holiday Club provision. If you’d like to hear more, please visit the Hunky Dory Easter Club page.


This programme is possible as a result of funding from Surrey County Council. Club4 is Surrey County Council’s (SCC’s) response to the government’s Holiday Activities and Food initiative, designed to provide healthy meals, physical activity and enrichment opportunities to children and young people in receipt of free school meals during longer holidays. Coordinated by Active Surrey for SCC, free places will be provided during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.  

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Dance Woking Collaborates with Stanwell to bring some festive fun!

Dance Woking once again collaborated with Stanwell Events Community Project to facilitate the activities on their Christmas project Fit and Fed.

Over the course of 4 days our Outreach Team danced, created artwork and had lots of fun with the local residents.

The activities were Circus and Winter Olympics themed with the participants learning basic circus skills, creating New Year Affirmation Calendars and learning all about the Winter Olympics.

A circus horse arts and craft example

The sessions were well attended and we can’t wait to return throughout 2023 – starting with a very exciting Tuesday Night Youth Project!

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Christmas Travelling Tea Dance

In the lead up to the festive season, Dance Woking went back on tour with our Christmas Travelling Tea Dance.

Over 3 days, we toured residential homes in the local area, giving residents a chance to watch, interact and move with a little added festive spirit.

The event featured a mix of dance performances and participation opportunities, inspired by the festive season, including nods to The Nutcracker, The 12 days of Christmas and Winter warmers. Halfway through the sessions, tea and cake were served and allowed all participants to interact with each other.

Residents were thrilled to have the team visit again with some commenting “I am full of admiration for what you are doing. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”  and another remarking “The dancers make it look easy, but all this movement takes a lot of effort. I feel like I have really worked and earned my cake!”

Ellie Dowling, Project Manager and Engagements Manager for Dance Woking said “The Travelling Tea Dances are a wonderful, essential provision that provide a different style of activity for Care Homes due to the interaction and participation involved. Care homes staff fed back that they often have musicians and singers come in – the residents listen and enjoy it – but the Travelling Tea dances encourage and stimulate memories, responses, laughter, bonding with fellow residents and in many cases, much needed communication and companionship. “

Thank you so much to the venues and residents that allowed our tour to visit them. We hope they all enjoyed it and can’t wait to visit again soon.


We are now in the process of booking venues for out Spring Travelling Tea Dance Tour. If you are a local residential home or community centre that would like us to bring our tour to you this Spring, visit our Travelling Tea Dance Event page for more information or contact us.

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Young Dancers Triumph at YDM 2022

Tuesday 29th November saw students from nine schools showcasing the culmination of 8 weeks of creative dance work at Jubilee High School to a sold out audience.

More than 100 students took to the stage presenting their interpretation of Rhythm Storm. The young dancers, many of whom had not danced on stage before, came from schools Horsell Junior School, Horsell Village School, Broadmere Academy, New Monument Academy, Westfield Primary School as well as visiting groups from Richmond Upon Thames College, Woking College and Kings Academy Binfield. We also had a very special performance from Zoielogic’s Youth Group Fuzzylogic.

The dancers were encouraged to use their imagination and develop their own creative movement to non verbal music, giving them more scope and freedom to be original.

A huge congratulations to all the students and schools who took part and to our Outreach teachers for helping them to create such amazing and varied choreography.