Mind+Movement for Schools

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 has been undertaking a pilot project 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.

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 an Enrichment Day this Summer Term, July 2021, please contact us.


MoveMe 2016


‘In the summer of 2015 Dance Woking was first introduced to Bert Roman’s MoveMe. As an organisation that is extremely interested in getting more people to dance and combining participation with performance Bert’s MoveMe was the ideal concept for us.

MoveMe’s vision is that dance unifies, contributes to a healthy life and that anyone can participate.

MoveMe stages participatory dance events best described as ….’dance meets party‘. MoveMe’s events place the audience at the centre of the action. Using a storytelling method to take the audience on a journey through an irresistible music track, a professional dancer teaches a routine in just 30minutes. Once the learning is over the dance floors erupts with shared fun and movement. It is communal yet structured to make dance accessible and fun for both participant and spectator. It can be used either indoors or outside on a variety of scales as either an independent event or within a programme of activity.

Bert made such an impact at last year’s Party in the Park Dance Woking felt we would like to engage with him and his team further and see how we could develop his concept to have a greater impact in Woking. At the end of May 2016 Bert taught some of Dance Woking’s freelance Dance teachers routines to T Rex ‘We Love to Boogie‘ and James Brown ‘I Feel Good‘. The Dance Woking team then set out to teach Bert’s moves to both community and school groups in Woking as part of Dance Woking’s outreach programme.

Taking part at Party in the Park this year were Woking College, National Citizen Service (NCS) Dance Woking group, Westfield Primary School, Horsell Junior School & Surrey Vyne Ladies group. All joined Bert at Woking Park on Saturday 9 July and had a fabulous time taking part in his performance and encouraging others to do likewise.

Dance Woking and MoveMe are teaming up later this summer to head to CarFest South where for the first time the event will be hosting dance activity. More details to follow later this summer…

MoveMe at Encounters Stage Party in the Park 2016 leading T Rex ‘We Like to Boogie’ interactive performance
Bert’s workshop in full swing
MoveMe workshop Encounters Tent Party in the Park
Bert takes his interactive performance to the Main Stage at Party in the Park

For more information on how we can help you please contact us.


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 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:

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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