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Christmas Travelling Tea Dance

Dance Woking is delighted to announce we will be on the road in December touring our popular Travelling Social Tea Dance with a Christmas Special!

The Travelling Social 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

The event will feature 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. The Travelling Social Tea Dance is delivered indoors and gives you and your residents a chance to come together, enjoy some dance, music and movement and be part of a shared experience in the build up to Christmas festivities.

The Travelling Social Tea Dance is led by 2 professional dance artists, and a facilitator. The team bring resources related to the event theme to support participation.  The event lasts approximately an hour.

We have tested this format over the last 12 months, and from feedback it is about the right mix of participation, performance, fun and length. We believe it would be a highlight to any social calendar this December. If you are interested, we would urge you to contact us as places on this tour are limited and will be taken on a first come basis.

The tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday 13 December – AM & PM

Wednesday 14 December – AM & PM

Thursday 15 December – AM & PM

To find out more and to book your date on the Christmas Travelling Tea Dance please contact us.


This tour has been made possible following funding support from Arts Council England’s Project grant scheme and Woking Borough Council.

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Hunky Dory Christmas Holiday Club

Dance Woking is thrilled to be able to offer a Christmas Holiday club in collaboration with Club4. This Christmas we will be hosting clubs in 2 different venues in the Christmas holidays!

Come and enjoy a festive led holiday club with arts & crafts, baking and dancing for children in primary school years 4 to year 6.

The Hunky Dory Christmas Club will run from Monday 19 December – Thursday 22 December and Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 December in 2 venues:

Monday 19, Tuesday 20 & Thursday 29 December- The Maybury Centre, Board School Lane, Woking

Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 & Wednesday 28 December – Lakeview Community Centre, Hartshill, Horsell

The Christmas Club is suitable for children in Primary School Year 4 to Year 6 (8 to 11 year olds). Registration starts each day from 9.30am, with a jam packed day of activities until 2.30pm.

There will be creative dance activity, festive themed art & crafts, and a fun food demonstration that children will be encouraged to join in, at each venue. The focus is on children having enjoyable, active and creative sessions, with opportunities to make new friends. No dance experience required!

Our aim is to encourage and inspire every child to try new activities and to learn new skills in a safe, lively and disciplined environment.

A two course hot lunch will be provided, and parents will be able to choose from a selected menu with numerous options, including vegetarian.

At Dance Woking we believe in creating active and engaging opportunities to inspire the younger generation. Our Hunky Dory Christmas Club aims to promote health and well being whilst also allowing children to find new ways of expressing themselves. Our highly qualified and experienced team will lead a the activities.

Bookings can be made for 2 days at each venue for the first week and single days for week 2. If you require single days for week 1 please contact us


If you currently receive Free School Meals or are on Pupil Premium please contact us and we can offer you further support. Contact us for more information.

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 2022 holidays.  

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Stanwell Events Party in the Park with Dance Woking

The Jubilee weekend will see Dance Woking partner with Stanwell Events group to host a community party in the park to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Held on the 4th June, this special event held on Long Lane Recreation Ground will see Dance Woking facilitate 2 dance workshops throughout the day, a community flashmob performance with the Youth Club, local community performances and bring professional companies Folk Dance Remixed and MCDC (Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company) to perform for the local residents to enjoy.


Dance Woking Outreach team have been working with the Stanwell Youth Project over the last 6 weeks to device a community performance piece and this will be performed on the day at 2pm.


MCDC will perform Fish Out of Water which is a fresh, family-friendly outdoor dance performance using hip hop, interactive sculptures & responsive music to explore themes of belonging, otherness & migrancy. Follow the dancers as they find themselves in a strange new place and help them overcome bizarre, colourful obstacles. By the end of the show, you can help them build a home somewhere new and show them that whatever challenges we face, we are stronger together.

Fish Out of Water is the latest touring performance from MCDC Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company, known for bold visuals and her signature hip hop and contemporary dance style. Fish Out of Water is Co-commissioned by Applause and The Marlowe, with support of SELEP Ltd as a part of Catalyst For Culture and supported by Arts Council England.

Performances will be at 11.30am & 1.20pm


Folk Dance Remixed are a groundbreaking company creating unique fusions between Folk and Hip Hop styles with live music. Led by Artistic Directors Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani, the company rediscover old traditions through contemporary forms.

The Ceilidh Jam will get you on your feet for a funked up, unique, folky, social dance – a fabulous chance for all to dance! Using traditional callers to teach, we’ll be mixing folk formations, Street Dance, legendary moves and freestyle grooves – from the Soul Train Line to Lucky 7, Strip the Willow to the Electric Slide. The Ceilidh will be performed at 12.30pm & 2.15pm


Provisional Running Order is as follows:

11.00am Dance Workshop – led by Dance Woking

11.30am MCDC- Fish Out of Water

12noon Stanwell Community performances 

12.10pm Dance Workshop – led by Dance Woking

12.35pm Folk Dance Remixed – Ceilidh Jam

1.20pm MCDC – Fish Out of Water

1.40pm Stanwell Community performances

2pm Flash mob – Stanwell Youth Group and audience join in  

2.15pm Folk Dance Remixed – Ceilidh Jam

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Dazzle Days

Dance Woking is delighted to add DAZZLE DAYS to our expanding outreach provision in local schools. Dazzle days are ideal for an end of term or end of year enrichment day. They can involve multiple groups or classes all participating in short workshops based on a dance style of the school’s choice.

Dazzle days on offer for Summer Term 2023 To be advised

Carnival!: Learn all about the vibrant celebrations of Carnival Dance through dance, music and movement. Lively, fun and accessible workshops for all ages, including colourful props and shakers. The day culminates with the opportunity to try a carnival procession.

Ellie Dowling, Engagement Manager said “Dazzle Days are a fantastic opportunity to unite year groups or even the whole school in an immersive, cultural activity. An asset to any enrichment week, our Dazzle days have been extremely popular in the Summer Term with focus on Carnival and Jubilee themes. Participants often enter the workshops a little unsure but leave bursting with energy and excitement, only to be followed up with a confidence boosting group performance or parade at the end of the day

Dazzle Days take place between 9am – 3pm, timetables are bespoke and are led by a fully qualified Dance Woking Outreach Team member.

If you would like more information about our Dazzle days or to find out costs and a breakdown of a typical day please contact Ellie, Engagements Manager.

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Dance Woking Dance Clubs

Dance Woking Dance Clubs

Supports: Health & Wellbeing, Physical Activity, Dance
Suitable for Primary & Secondary schools, Colleges
Type: Curriculum and Extra Curriculum Workshops

Dance Woking Dance Clubs provide high energy, engaging after school dance clubs. We offer a range of dance styles and levels depending on the group. Additional options include taking part in Dance Woking performance Platforms and Events.

Our Dance Clubs have different formats and due to the different set-ups within schools we take a flexible approach as to how these are delivered and ensure they are inline with your other activity. Some schools access the Dance Woking Dance Club option using their Sports Funding budget. This is a great way to engage children in physical activity, in a fun environment, learn new skills, rhythm and team building, and engage those that aren’t engaged in team sports.

From our Hunky Dory Dancer Programme in Primary Schools to Evolve & Activate Intensives in Half Terms to Youth Dance Clubs in Secondary Schools, that can be linked to platform performances such as our Young Dancemakers Platform, Schools SLAM & Encounters.

If you would like to join one of our programmes in 2023 please contact us.

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Dancing to increase Resilience

Supports: Health & Wellbeing through Physical Activity, Dance & Mental Wellbeing

Suitable for all year groups and targeted via PHSE Team
Type: Curriculum and Extra Curriculum Workshops
Delivery: In person at your school

Dance Woking undertook a pilot project in 2021 working with Woking & Surrey Youth service team to offer dance and creative activities on school premises to address the issue of mental health and wellbeing in young people.

Dancing can make a person feel physically refreshed and improve their mood, tackling serious issues including anxiety and depression. Group dancing is a tool to release daily stress, a distraction from everyday worries and an outlet for imagination and emotion.

Dance Woking is offering this programme to schools during 2022/23

Benefit to participants: By being involved in a group activity, such as learning a dance routine, the participants learn the importance of teamwork and develop the ability to work successfully in a group environment. The process also helps a young person learn patience, listening and leadership skills as they start to help each other with learning and practicing the steps. They also learn to accept vulnerability; that it is okay not to be able to do everything first time and that you should feel confident enough to ask for help, either from the teacher or from another student. Dancing encourages children to experiment and find different paths to solving problems. It is vital in a young person’s development to learn the importance of trial-and-error and that, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. The sense of success and accomplishment they will experience when they have mastered a series of steps will encourage them to transfer this ambition into other aspects of life. The club will provide a safe environment within which the participants can blossom and grow, practicing important life skills and becoming confident risk takers.

If you would like a series of workshops or an Enrichment Day in the Spring Term or Summer terms, please contact us.

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Dance Woking’s Rotate

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.

October 2015 saw Dance Woking partner with Woking Borough Council, Sportivate, Woking Gymnastics Club and The Urban Playground Team to deliver ‘Rotate’ a new performance parkour workshop every Friday evening at Woking Gymnastics Club from 8pm – 9.30pm. The session was very very well attended by young people aged 11plus and with further funding from Thames Valley Housing Association, Dance Woking was able to continue to deliver workshops in the Spring & Summer of 2016.

In May Half Term 2016, Thursday 2 & Friday 3 June, at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre in central Woking and this time with additional support from Arts Council England’s Grants for The Arts Scheme, participants from Rotate worked with performance parkour specialists Alister and Miranda from The Urban Playground Team in a two day intensive on a ‘metal structure’. This structure was the ‘carriage’ of a train and following the two-day intensive enabled the group to perform in STEAM at Party in the Park on Saturday 9 July 2016 in front of record crowds. A fantastic opportunity and experience for the Rotate group.

Woking & Addlestone Youth Centres

Dance Woking hosted weekly parkour sessions in Woking and Addlestone.

Unfortunately, with the rapid progress and impact of COVID-19 we are unable to proceed with our planned Summer activity and regular weekly clubs.

As we adapt and adjust to the new reality the welfare of our artistes, team, audiences, community remains paramount. Over the coming weeks we will be getting in touch and updating our website and ways of working and look forward to working with on a new way of working and what we can offer.

You maybe interested to read about the very successful Boys Platform.

LINK: https://www.dancewoking.com/newslisting/boys-take-centre-stage/

image by Jake Samuels

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Rotate Performance Parkour

Fantastic session with Alister & Miranda from Urban Playground Team; we are looking to start a weekly session in January 2018; please contact Kate via email office@dancewoking.com if you are interested in taking part. The sessions are likely to be on a Monday early evening.

For an insight into what the group achieved see below:

October Half Term – Rotate – Performance Parkour Special

Alister & Miranda from The Urban Playground Team led the session; participants had the opportunity to use a scaffold frame to develop technique and performance skills as well as work on small group choreographies and sequences. Lots of high energy was required!

For an insight into the Autumn term go to: Mannequin Challenge

About: The Urban Playground Team perform and teach Performance-Parkour or 2PK . Their teaching is inclusive with an emphasis on ability, not disability working with students of all ages, specialising in working with young people at-risk of social exclusion. Performance-Parkour or 2PK is the integration of Parkour’s movement principles and core values within a performance for an audience, whether live or recorded. It can be considered a choreographic language. Critical to Performance-Parkour is the aim of communicating beyond the skill of the discipline and creating a dialogue with and within its practitioner community and audience. It does not describe a display or demonstration of Parkour.

For an insight into the performance of STEAM go to:

https://www.dancewoking.com/casestudy/dance-wokings-rotate/

The Urban Playground Team at Party in the Park 2016
The Urban Playground Team at Party in the Park 2016 with STEAM

To find out more about Rotate go to Rotate case study

 

 

 

 

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