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Stanwell Events Multicultural Day Dance platform opportunity

Dance Woking is excited to be working with Stanwell Events to produce a community dance platform as part of Stanwell Events Multicultural Day which is already set to be bigger and better than ever! The Multicultural day is a celebration of diversity and community!

Stanwell Events Multicultural Day is on 2 June 2024, Long Lane Recreation Ground, Stanwell, TW19 7ER

Call-out for performing groups!

We are seeking local cultural, dance and performing arts groups from across Spelthorne to take part in our community showcase which will also include a performance of the incredible Folk Dance Remixed

There will be a fully operational P.A system to play backing music, and a large marquee and dance floor set up for performers on the day.

Help us to bring the community together and embrace our differences and build a stronger, more connected community.

Key dates to note:

Thursday 13 May      Applications close

Monday 20 May      Dancers name and sign-in sheets, Photo consent Forms

Tuesday 21 May      Final details (arrival/logistics) for Sunday 2 June to Dance Schools

Monday 27 May      Final Music to Dance Woking

Please complete the application form, accessible HERE

Folk Dance Remix, are back to lead their very popular ceilidh, with live music

If you have any further queries please contact us by clicking HERE

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Street Dance Club Sheerwater

A fun & creative dance club using urban dance styles

Thursday’s 5pm – 6pm

Open to children aged 10 to 14 years

Dance Woking’s new Street Dance Club will use different urban and street dance styles with a focus on having fun, learn some new moves and get fit in a creative weekly dance club.

Thursday’s booking 1 February until Thursday 21 March 2024

(No Club 15 February – Half Term)

Every Thursday for 7 weeks, it is hoped the group will perform at Dance Woking’s Surrey Schools SLAM on Tuesday 26 March 2024 at Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

The dance sessions will include warm up/cool down, choreography and also creative movement where dancers will be encouraged to get involved.

To sign up please use this link – to book a place follow this link: HERE

There is no set fee to sign up, we are asking for a donation, suggested £21.00 for 7 weeks dance club and performance opportunity

Dance Woking is partnering with Freedom Leisure and being supported by Shanly Foundation and Arts Council England

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LAKEVIEW COMMUNITY FUN DAY

Dance Woking is pleased to be joining with Lakeview Community Action Group to bring an exciting & fun dance element to the fun day. 2024 sees Dance Woking celebrate 30 years of dance related activities in Woking and we are pleased to be back.

This is a call out for dance groups who would like to join us on the day and perform in the dance platform

Saturday 13 July

11am – 4pm

Lakeview Community Centre & Hartshill Walk Green GU21 3AG

Come & enjoy the fun with Live Music, Community Dance Platforms, Maypole Dancing, face painting, Bouncy castle, BBQ, Food & drink stalls, plus lots more

Please can you complete the expression of interest if you’d like to join us this summer

Expression of Interest Form HERE

Key dates to note:

Monday 03 June     Applications close

Monday 24 June     Dancers name and sign-in sheets, Photo consent Forms

Monday 1 July        Final details (arrival/logistics) for Saturday 13 July to Dance Schools

Friday 5 July                        Final Music and any tech requirements to Dance Woking

Highlights from 2023

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Encounters 2024: Dance Woking celebrates 30 Years of Dance in Woking

Dance Woking is inviting Dance groups to join us as we celebrate this great anniversary and milestone

Saturday 22nd June, Jubilee Square, Woking

Please can you complete the expression of interest if you’d like to join us this summer

Expression of Interest Form HERE

Key dates to note:

Monday 17 May      Applications close

Monday 03 June     Dancers name and sign-in sheets, Photo consent Forms

Monday 10 June     Final details (arrival/logistics) for Saturday 22 June to Dance Schools

Friday 14 June        Final Music and any tech requirements to Dance Woking

Guide schedule for the day: 11am – 4pm

We will be able to share draft outlines in the next few weeks; here will be a schools dance platform in the morning, with Dance School Platform in the afternoon.

We also hope to host a few dance workshops and Maypole Dancing!

Some highlights from 2023:

Great audience support

Groups perform in Jubilee Square

Maypole Dancing

Dance Woking would like to thank our current funders and supporters Arts Council England, Community Foundation for Surrey, Active Surrey, Shanly Foundation, and Woking Borough Council, who until September 2023 regularly funded Dance Woking

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Dazzle Days

Dance Woking is delighted to be able to include DAZZLE DAY enrichment activity to our cross-curricular outreach provision this summer in local schools.

Dazzle Days are an ideal enrichment day activity, end of year celebration or a creative approach to curriculum learning. 

The workshop days can involve multiple groups or classes, all participating in short workshops based on a dance style of the school’s choice.

Dance Woking workshops aim to provide the following for your students:

  • Teach them new skills and ways of moving, using choreography and teamwork
  • Allow them to discover, share and gain insight into physical learning and creative approaches to topics and themes
  • Engage young people into the creative arts through dance
  • Widen access to all dance genres
  • Dazzles Days can be delivered between 9am – 3pm to fit in with the school day and your school’s timetable
  • A qualified Dance Woking Outreach team member will lead the sessions

Download Information Pack HERE

Dazzle days on offer for 2024:

Carnival Dances – Delve into the vibrant celebrations of Carnival Dance through 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. KS1, KS2, KS3
Living Oceans – A creative and contemporary dance day exploring life under the sea and the impact of pollutants such as plastics. Thought provoking with opportunity to link to curriculum projects. Includes interactive props. KS1, KS2
British Values – Championing historical folk dance and its accompanying music at the heart of cultural life across England. Experience some traditional English Folk and/or Morris Dances. Workshops includes claves and scarves. KS1, KS2, KS3
Maypole Dances* – A transportable Maypole will arrive at your school and participants will gain the unique opportunity to try Maypole dances. We can accommodate up to 24 participants per workshop. *Please note; this workshop requires two artists to attend and if indoors, a ceiling of minimum height of 4 metres is required.  KS2, KS3 (KS1 with staff support)

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. 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 member of Dance Woking’s Outreach Team.

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.

Cheerful preteen boys and girls having fun in group dance class, jumping

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 Holiday Clubs in Half Terms to Youth Dance Clubs in Secondary Schools, that can be linked to platform performances such as our Young Dancemakers Platform, Surrey Schools SLAM & Encounters. If you would like to join one of our programmes in 2024 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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