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Young Dancemakers 2022

A Schools & Colleges Dance Platform

Local schools and colleges have been using 2022’s theme of ‘Rhythmn Storm’ as their stimulus to create imaginative and dynamic dance pieces. This showcase includes Primary, Secondary and higher education students. The schools have been working with Dance Woking’s Outreach team for 8 weeks to create their work.

This platform gives students the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre. As well as being encouraged to develop and input into the making of the piece, the students will experience the excitement of being backstage, with pre-show nerves, waiting to perform, the joy of the performance and the preparations in advance such as the dress and technical rehearsals. The choreography, costume and lighting design has all been the responsibility of the young dancers with some help from the Dance Woking team

Performance Groups Include:

Westfield Primary School, Horsell Village Infant School, Horsell Junior School, New Monument Academy, Broadmere Academy, Kings Academy Binfield, Guildford College and Woking College


Tickets are now available to purchase.

Doors open at 6.15pm for refreshments, Theatre doors open at 6.45pm with the show commencing at 7pm

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Innovate 2022

A Contemporary Style Community Dance Platform

Dance Woking is delighted to be hosting our annual contemporary led community dance platform Innovate’. This year we will be holding this popular platform at a purpose built theatre situated within Jubilee High in Addlestone.

Join us as we celebrate local dance schools at this contemporary dance platform.

This year we are thrilled to welcome, Illume, Zambesi Dance Company, First Dance Studios, Richmond College, Cremona School of Dance, Alexandra Dance Company, Integr8 Dance, Dancayers, Vital Signz Dance, Leanne Edwards School of Dance and KJ Theatre Arts.

Doors open at 6.15pm for refreshments, Theatre doors open at 6.45pm with the show starting at 7pm.

Please contact office@dancewoking.com if you have any access requirements.


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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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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/

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