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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.

The New Adventures company dancers who will perform both pieces are:

Sam Archer created the title role of “Edward Scissorhands” in 2005 and more recently the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario “Boris Lermontov” in “The Red Shoes” in 2019. He has also starred in “Cinderella”, “The Car Man” and “Play Without Words”.

Isaac Bowry was a member of young ensemble in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014. He joined New Adventures for the 2018/19 UK tour of “Swan Lake”. He performed in “Doorstep Duets” in 2021 and most recently the “The Car Man” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Madelaine Brennan joined New Adventures in 2003. She has starred in numerous productions including the original cast of “Edward Scissorhands” in 2005 and most recently the original cast of “Romeo and Juliet” in 2019.

Cameron Flynn was a member of the young ensemble in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014. He joined New Adventures in 2019 as part of the original cast of “Romeo and Juliet”. He most recently starred in the “The Car Man” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Savannah French was a member of the “Romeo and Juliet” young cast in 2019. She is making her professional debut and New Adventures debut in “Doorstep Duets” having completed her training at Oundle School of Ballet.

Ashton Hall was a member of the of young ensemble in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014, and “Romeo and Juliet” young cast in 2019. He is making his professional debut and New Adventures debut in “Doorstep Duets” having completed his training at Trinity Laban.

Luke Murphy joined New Adventures in 2006, and most recently starred in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014. He has also performed in “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Car Man”, “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker!” and “Sleeping Beauty”.

New Adventures partners are Farnham Maltings and house. This programme is supported by Arts Council England. For more information please on public performances across the Southeast this summer please visit:https://new-adventures.net/take-part/communities#doorstep-duets

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Hunky Dory Summer Holiday Club

Following the success of our Easter Hunky Dory Club, Dance Woking is thrilled to be able to offer a Summer club in collaboration with Club4. This summer we will be visiting different cultures around the world, with a new one each week.

And this time we will be hosting a 4 day, 4 week program at 2 different venues!

The Hunky Dory Summer Club will run from Monday 25th July – Thursday 18th August (Mon-Thurs) in 2 venues:

w/c Monday 25 July & w/c Monday 1 August – The Maybury Centre (week 1 & 2)

Week 1: USA! Cheerleading, Line dancing, hip hop & walk of fame
Week 2: Africa: African dance, Borborbor, rhythms and drumming

w/c Monday 8 august & w/c 15 August – Lakeview Community Centre (week 3 & 4)

Week 3: Brazil: Carnival time, samba, creating head dresses

Week 4: India: Bollywood, Kathak, creating tea-light holders

9.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Thursday each week

There will be creative dance activity and art & craft themed on culture Around the World, plus a food demonstration each week, during one of the 4 days. The focus is on you having a fun, active and creative week, where we hope you will build new friendships. No dance experience required! Our aim is to inspire every child to try new activities and to learn new skills in a safe, fun 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.

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

*Extended hours available on request. Please contact us for additional information and charges.

At Dance Woking we believe in creating active and engaging opportunities to inspire the younger generation. Our Hunky Dory Summer 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 range of creative activities including daily dance sessions and arts and crafts activities.

Bookings can be made for the full day block or for individual days.


Discounts available for those eligible for Free School mealscontact us for more information


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. For a leaflet Dance Woking Holiday Club

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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Encounters – Featuring Community Dance Platforms

On Saturday 11th June, Dance Woking is delighted to be showcasing local community dance groups as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, taking place in Victoria Place, Woking.

Performing at the dance platform are local dance groups:

Dance Shack, Cremona School of Dance, Flipside Dance and Woking College

We are incredibly excited to have the dance schools join us to showcase local talent.

11am Dance Platform will feature Dance Shack

1.30pm Dance Platform will feature Cremona School of Dance, Flipside Dance & Woking College

For more information on Encounters – please visit our events page

Dance Woking was awarded a grant from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund. The Let’s Create Fund was made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a huge range of projects throughout England. 44 community foundations have been awarding grants across the country

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

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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.

Current dazzle days on offer for Summer Term 2022 are: ‘Carnival!’ and ‘Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!’

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.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Celebrate this wonderful cultural event with a series of dances put together that encompass the Queen’s life and reign, the Commonwealth and British Cultures. Props include flags and hula hoops.

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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Encounters – Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Dance Woking is hosting Encounters to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday 11 June with a day of dance in it’s many forms in Woking Town Centre! 10.30am – 4pm

During the day we are combining community performances from dance schools and school groups and professional performances from Folk Dance Remixed and Amina Khayyam Dance Company.

Folk Dance Remixed perform Step Hop House a fresh, quirky, colourful,  high-energy, theatrical professional performance offering a unique remix of Maypole, Clogging, Ceilidh, Street, House and Breakdance with a hint of African & Bollywood to a live soundtrack of fiddle, bass, percussion & beat boxing. Performed by a diverse cast of 6 dancers and 3 musicians it’s a folk and street dance performance like you’ve never seen before.

Folk Dance Remixed perform Step Hop House (photo Steve Eggleton)

Following the performance there will be a ceilidh for you the audience to join in and have a go and Maypole dance workshop (places limited, booking recommended).

Amina Kahyyam Dance will be leading dance skills workshops in Kathak and Bollywood Dance styles as well as performing a short piece.

At 11.30am and 2.15pm there will be two very special performances; the first at 11.30am performed by over 150 school children from eight schools: Woking High, Kingfield Primary School, Horsell CofE Junior School, Broadmere Primary Academy, New Monument Primary Academy, Sythwood Primary School, Beaufort Primary School and Dance Woking’s Sports Youth Group (Sheerwater Youth Centre). the second at 2.15pm by the Dance Schools performing in the platform

Encounters starts at 10.30 and is FREE to attend. Please do come and support us and all the dancers performing on the day.


Following their performance Folk Dance Remixed will be hosting a FREE Maypole Workshops and a Ceilidh Jam!

Join in the fabulously fun funky social dance Ceilidh Jam and a Street Dance the Maypole workshop where you will be shown how to create wraps ‘n ripples mixed with waves ‘n breaks around a contemporary designed, bespoke ribboned, maypole… all to live music with remixed twists!

A chance for all ages to get their hands on the maypole and dance together with a funky street dance routine mixed with folkie maypole moves, such as the Chrysanthemum Wrap and The Ripple.

Suitable for 8yrs and up, if younger they must be accompanied by an adult.

Folk Dance Remixed are a ground-breaking 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.

Street Dance the Maypole was a brilliant visual focal point, filling the space with colours and energy. The teachers were quick to adapt the level of the workshop to the ability of the participants … everyone really enjoyed themselves!” Lina Johansson, Joint Artistic Director of Mimbre

Folk Dance Remixed lead a Maypole workshop (photo Steve Eggleton)

Workshops are for 8yrs+ (unless accompanied by an adult). Workshops will last a max of 30minutes.

Whilst these workshops are FREE to attend we recommend you book your place on the 12.30 or 3.15 workshop. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE



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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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 starting in April 2022 please contact us.

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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 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 in the Summer Term 2022

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 Summer Term, in July 2022, 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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MoveMe 2016

Bert

‘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.