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SLEUTH: Can you be a detective?

SLEUTH will visit Woking Town Centre this October and Detective Miller needs your help!

Immerse yourself in a world of intrigue and mystery, where you are in control. Sleuth is a dance theatre production where audiences vote throughout the show, deciding which clues the detective follows. This 45 minute work captures the essence of classic film noir. Set in the 1950’s, three male dancers bring to life a story of choice and it’s coming to Woking this October!

Zoielogic Sleuth Promotional Video

SLEUTH is now available to book via our events page. Book your ticket today using the code EARLYBIRD for a 10% discount on tickets!

SLEUTH is an up-close dance theatre mystery show unlike any other, packed with dynamic movement, storytelling, high stakes and tricky characters – where you, the audience, are truly in control. SLEUTH is presented in 360 Vision – the audience sits on rotating stools to follow the action as it unfolds around them, voting on which clues from the story to follow.

“A one-of-a-kind show. Inspired by those thrilling ‘choose your own adventure’ books, where the reader decides which route the action takes. It’s an ingenious way of heightening the audience experience”

Southern Daily Echo

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Dance Woking Welcomes Zoielogic Dance Theatre’s SLEUTH to Woking

We are thrilled to announce that Zoielogic Dance Theatre will be bringing their touring production of SLEUTH to Woking this October.


Step into a world of intrigue, adventure, shifting shadows and rising crime, and guide a tough, hard-boiled detective through the shady streets of 1950s Britain to solve the crime of the century. Every choice he faces is yours to make .Whatever you decide will change how the story unfolds…

SLEUTH is an up-close dance theatre mystery show unlike any other, packed with dynamic movement, storytelling, high stakes and tricky characters – where you, the audience, are truly in control. SLEUTH is presented in 360 Vision – the audience sits on rotating stools to follow the action as it unfolds around them, voting on which clues from the story to follow.

“A one-of-a-kind show. Inspired by those thrilling ‘choose your own adventure’ books, where the reader decides which route the action takes. It’s an ingenious way of heightening the audience experience”

Southern Daily Echo

Zoielogic Dance Theatre challenge the perceptions of dance, who it’s for, where and how it is shown. They want as many people to experience dance as possible; to see it, be in it and help make it and make shows and projects for you and create unforgettable experiences with you.

SLEUTH will be an amazing experience and we cannot wait to bring this immersive dance experience to the town centre.

SLEUTH will be performed at Christ Church on Jubilee Square on Thursday 20, Friday 21 & Saturday 22 October. More details on the event can be found on our events page.

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Innovate Platform 2022

Dance Woking is delighted to be hosting our annual contemporary led community dance platform Innovate’. This year we will be holding the popular platform at the purpose built theatre situated within Jubilee High. The stage enables teachers the exciting opportunity to choreograph ‘on the round’ and will see the return of a professional photographer as well as offering professional workshops, guest performers and VIPs attending on the night. It’s sure to be an immersive and enriching experience for all those that take part and we can’t wait to see local groups performing once again in this exciting space.

We are once again looking for local dance groups who would like to perform at our Contemporary Community Platform INNOVATE on Saturday 12 November 2021 at Jubilee High, Addlestone

Groups must be working mainly in Contemporary dance, all ages and abilities are welcome. Please note that there is a registration fee of £35.00 per piece performed.

This year we would like to focus on the theme ‘New Beginnings’.  

For your chance to take part, please complete the apply here. The deadline to apply is Monday 3rd October 2022.

For more information about our Innovate event and the amazing workshops we have planned please visit our events page


Dance Surrey Directory Members benefit from discounted rates to participate in our platforms. Dance Schools can become members of Dance Surrey Directory at anytime throughout the year. To find out more please visit our Dance Surrey Directory page

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Dance Woking and New Adventures announce the return of ‘Doorstep Duets’

Dance Woking and New Adventures is delighted to announce the return of ‘Doorstep Duets’ bringing back live dance to neighbourhood spaces including public performances on

Thursday 28 July 4.45pm

Westfield Common, Woking, GU22 9NS

(next to the playground)

Friday 29 July 12.30pm

Goldsworth Park (next to the new BMX bike track) Wishbone Way, Woking, GU21 3RT

Friday 29 July 4.30pm

Henry Plaza, Woking Town Centre (indoor space outside M&S)

“Doorstep Duets” was originally created in 2021 by New Adventures and Farnham Maltings as a response to social isolation caused by the pandemic and to make dance more accessible.

This year there are two brand-new Doorstep Duets: “Ding Dong” and “High Tide”, offering free opportunities for people to enjoy world-class performances in their local neighbourhood and through community-based organisations.

Dance Woking will be working with local organisations to take performances to the doorsteps of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing residents at Westfield Common, Pleiades Leisure, Woking Borough Council, Victoria Place Shopping Centre; Stanwell Events, Staines; as well as performing for clients of Woodlands House, Kettlewell House, Mayford Grange Village, Kings Lodge Care Centre, Hale End Court, Greenview Hall, Dance Woking Club4 attendees & Woking Women’s Liaise Centre.

Performances in Woking are part of a wider tour where New Adventures and House Theatre are working with several venues and organisations across the Southeast of England including: Farnham Maltings; Surrey County Council; Dance Woking; The Old Market, Brighton and Hove; Sussex Dance Network; Margate Pride; Gulbenkian, Canterbury; The Alex, Faversham; Mercury Theatre, Colchester; Dance Network Association; Watford Borough Council; Dacorum Community Dance; BEEE Creative and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF).

The creation of these two pieces has been overseen by New Adventures Take Part Creative Director, Kerry Biggin and New Adventures Associate Artistic Director, Etta Murfitt MBE: “We have an ambition to reach even more people with Doorstep Duets this year and I can’t wait to see how the audiences connect to the work.”

Escape from the everyday and immerse yourself in the stories, which in true New Adventures style, are lively, characterful, and full of happiness.

“Ding Dong” by Sophia Hurdley, is a touching duet that tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two detached individuals during unprecedented times.

Sophia Hurdley joined New Adventures in 2002 and most recently starred as ‘Irina’ in “The Red Shoes” in 2019/20. She is a workshop leader for the company and works on the company’s outreach programmes and talent development schemes. Sophia’s choreography credits include: “Happy Prince Musical” and “The Place”.

“High Tide” by Daisy May Kemp invites you to come to the water’s edge to follow five people’s journeys as they navigate life’s choppy waters. If someone is all at sea we help them back on board, adjust the sails and continue together. No person is an island.

Daisy May Kemp joined New Adventures in 2005 and most recently starred as ‘Queen Candy’ in “Nutcracker!” and ‘Netta Longdon’ in “The Midnight Bell”. She has taken on the roles of Dance Captain, Assistant to Tour Director, Resident Artist and Resident Practitioner, as well as working on New Adventures outreach programmes. Her choreography credits include Assistant Choreographer for La Traviata at Glyndebourne and for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ENO.

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Dance Woking’s Club4 Hunky Dory Summer Holiday Club

Places still available. Come with us on a journey of discovery around the world. We will be visiting USA, Africa, Brazil & India as our themes during this year’s summer holiday club. Suitable for 8 – 11 year olds; We are hosting 4 weeks in two different locations starting Monday 25 July; during the first week there will be a visit from professional dance company, New Adventures, touring their new Doorstep Duets pieces Ding Dong & High tide. For more details of the Holiday Club go to: Hunky Dory Summer Holiday Club

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Funding Success from Shanly Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in a funding application to Shanly Foundation Group . Shanly Foundation aims to support causes that help individuals and benefit the local community, including support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the homeless, those with mental health issues and people with physical disabilities, injury or life limiting illness. 

The donation will go towards helping to prevent elderly people from feeling isolated through the provision of our Travelling Tea Dance.


Expanding on our very successful Easter Travelling Tea dance, Katie & Michaela will be leading interactive dance sessions in 5 assisted living settings around Woking providing a chance for residents to watch, interact and move. The Summer Travelling Tea dance will be a celebration of all Summer events, including the Jubilee, Wimbledon and Summer Holidays!

Our travelling tea dance aims to support the 5 ways to wellbeing by:

  • 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

We have a wonderful Summer programme planned and we can’t wait to share it with the residents of the locations we will be visiting – more information will be revealed soon!

This project has funded in collaboration with Shanley Foundation, Community Foundation for Surrey and Woking Borough Council as part of our ambition to improve dance provision for the over 65’s.

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Take Part Tuesday – Dance Directory Summer Schools

As part of our ambition to create a thriving local dance community we wanted to showcase some of the excellent holiday clubs that the schools on our Dance Surrey Directory will be running this Summer.


Flipside Dance are running what looks to be an amazing week of dance from the 8th – 12th August that will see professional choreographers cover Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Acro to culminate in a performance at the end of the week. There are half days available for 4-6years and full days for 7-18years. Every participant gets a Summer school t-shirt and full access to the photos and footage from the week. Click on the link below to take you to Flipside’s Directory listing where you can email them directly.


Cremona School of Dance have a week of Ballet, Musical Theatre and Jazz planned over the 1st – 5th August at Trinity Methodist Church in Horsell. There are sessions for pre-school to Years 7 + and will culminate in a performance on the Friday. Prices start at just £12 per day (preschoolers) and will focus on learning various styles of dance each day. The sessions are open to non students as well as students and will give the perfect opportunity for new students to try something new. Click on the link below to take you to Cremona’s Directory listing where you can email them directly.


Dance Shack have a fun filled week of Street Dance, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Drama and MUCH more planned throughout the Summer at their venues. The West Byfleet venue will run 25th – 29th July and participants will work towards a performance on the last afternoon. Their holiday clubs are extremely popular and offer students and non students alike the chance to experience the fun side of dance and performing. Click on the link below to take you to Dance Shack’s Directory listing where you can email them directly.


Dance Surrey Directory is a NEW refreshed platform-listing site designed to help the dance community increase their reach and for those seeking dance classes to find out what’s on offer in Surrey. With new search options this is a comprehensive tool which we hope will help promote dance classes and encourage new sign-up.

Are you a local dance school and would like to benefit from being showcased on our platform? You can find out more about the listing service and member benefits here

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Encounters – Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Thank you for visiting our Encounters page – here you will find lots of information about the day itself, what Dance Woking do, more information about the local groups performing, and a chance to sign up to our mailing list. Just click on the buttons below for more information.


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We hope you enjoyed today’s event – we value your feedback – if you have a moment we’d really appreciate you filling in our survey.

Dance Woking has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Surrey Community Foundation – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

Dance Woking would like to thank it’s supporters Arts Council England, Woking Borough Council, AKIKO Design, PPL PRS, Victoria Place and Community Foundation for Surrey.

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Amina Khayyam Joins Encounters Event!

Amina Khayyam will be kicking off our Encounters event on Saturday 11th June with a wonderful workshop for all to attend! They will be leading dance skills workshops in Kathak and Bollywood Dance styles as well as performing a short piece. Come and check them out at 10.30 & 1pm in Victoria Place, Woking on Saturday 11th June.

AKDC perform in Woking Town Centre, September 2021

Amina Khayyam Dance Company is a professional international touring dance–theatre company that uses the south Asian form Kathak as the core narrative in making new work in collaboration with the marginilised female voice, adding to it other media and forms such as theatre, live art, and technology. 

AKDC treats Kathak as a contemporary form and thereby transcends any ‘classical’ or ‘modern’ precepts to its approach. It believes the dance form is evolving with progressions demanded by the contemporary zeitgeist, in the same way it did so from the demands of the Mughals, the last time it took a major step forward. At its heart, Kathak is a storytelling form. With its rich history, it is uniquely placed and equipped to tell new and urgent stories of global importance. 


For more information on our encounters event visit our events page.


Dance Woking has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Surrey Community Foundation – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

Dance Woking would like to thank it’s supporters Arts Council England, Woking Borough Council, AKIKO Design, PPL PRS, Victoria Place and Community Foundation for Surrey

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Join our Summer Outreach Team!

Dance Woking are thrilled to be offering a 4 week holiday program over the Summer and in order to facilitate this we are currently recruiting for a Summer Outreach team.

We are recruiting one Holiday Club & Dance Lead and two Holiday Club Assistants to join our team and help us deliver a fun and dynamic Summer holiday provision.

Dance Woking’s Hunky Dory Summer Club is suitable for children in Primary School Year 4 to Year 6. The club will provide a fun and safe environment for all abilities and whilst there will be dance each day, the focus is on us delivering a fun, active and creative week for all participants!

Applicants must be available Mon to Thurs from Mon 25th July to Thurs 18th August (Excluding, Fri, Sat, Sun). Training will be provided on week commencing 18th July (date tbc)*. *Training will be a mix of accredited online courses (safeguarding, food safety – if needed), and in person training & planning to ensure the smooth delivery of the program.


Job descriptions can be found on our Opportunities page to register your interest please email Ellie Dowling and she will forward you a job specification & criteria. The assistant role does not require dance experience.

We will prioritise applicants who can commit to the 4-weeks required; however if you are only available for at least 2-weeks or more please still apply indicating the dates you can do. Applications close on 21 June at 5pm; interviews w/c 27th June.