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Hunky Dory August Summer Club

Dance Woking are delighted to be offering a 4 day summer club in August.

The Hunky Dory Summer Club will run from Tuesday 3rd August – Friday 6th August Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9.45am* – 3pm, Friday 9.45am – 4pm

Check if you are eligible to come to this exciting holiday club for FREE contact us The club will provide a fun and safe environment for all abilities and whilst there will be dance each day, the focus is on us providing a fun, active and creative week for all participants! No dance experience required!

The Summer Club is suitable for children in Primary School Year 4 to Year 6. Registration starts each day from 9.45am*, with a jam packed day of activities starting from 10am. Extended days (9.00am drop off) are available on request and on Friday we’ll be extending the day to 4pm for more fun, games and a performance. We are also excited to be able to provide Hot food each day to all participants from a specified menu which includes both vegetarian and meat options, plus we can cater for other dietary requirements.

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. A highlight of the week is sure to be that of our BAKE OFF style challenge in which we will provide the ingredients for the whole family to get involved in learning some skills in the kitchen.

Bookings can be made for the full 4 day block or for individual days (although we encourage you to book all 4 days so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!) and places are limited.

Discounts are available for block bookings and those eligible for Free School meals.

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

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Introduction to Fundraising with Fern Potter

Introduction to Fundraising

This workshop will provide an overview of the different types of fundraising available to those working in the Creative Industries sector. It will cover funding avenues for individuals approaching trusts & foundations, statutory and corporate. Fern will provide an overview of the different approaches required for each of these avenues. Learn how to communicate more effectively for a greater chance of fundraising success and how to make a powerful ‘case for support’. Fern will also offer skills development around proposal writing and how legal structures impact on how and where you can go for funding. To maximise this opportunity we suggest that you come prepared with an idea of an actual project that you are seeking funding for and can use as part of this practically based workshop.

Who is it for?

• Independent artists and sole traders who are new to fundraising or wish to top-up their learning from this area of income generation

What will the workshop cover?

This workshop will include digital resources and handouts and cover:

• Ideas generation and the development of a strong ‘case for support’

• Responding to various funders’ criteria

• Legal structures for fundraising

About Fern:

Fern’s expertise is in fundraising, having raised millions for arts organisations, primarily dance over more than 25 years, most recently for Birmingham Royal Ballet. She is passionate about sharing her expertise with others through her teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring, and regularly delivers training for the dance sector. She currently mentors for the Chartered Institute of Fundraisers’ RAISE programme and Mercury Creatives. She is a regular trainer for Arts Funding and Philanthropy programmes, and lecturer in fundraising for City, University of London’s MA Cultural Management. Fern is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraisers and is currently Chair of Viviana Durante Company.

Exclusive Creative Industry Insight sessions for Dance Surrey PRO & Dance Surrey Directory Members; see Dance Directory for membership details.

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Practical In person how to get started in Seated Dance with Kate Finegan

Part of the monthly Dance Surrey PRO & Dance Surrey Directory CPD series to support the local dance community.

A practical workshop giving tools and insights into delivering creative seated dance classes. This is an ideal CPD for those wishing to gain knowledge and confidence to deliver a seated dance class and how to work with older dancers. For those already delivering in this sector it is a useful refresher workshop and networking opportunity. Kate will also talk about safe practise working with the ‘older body’ and additionally give guidance on delivering classes for those with dementia.

About Kate:

Kate completed her training with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Laban followed by a City and Guilds Level 3 in Teaching Certificate in Adult Education. After many years teaching contemporary technique and choreography in higher education, 2014 saw Kate change her focus to teach dance in a freelance capacity, specialising in contemporary dance and creative movement within community settings. Kate has a particular interest in Dance for Health for older adults and people living with Dementia and Parkinson’s, working in care homes, community centres and sheltered housing projects. For Dance Woking, Kate has delivered across a broad range of Dance Woking’s Outreach programme, including leading the Seated Dance section of the regular Social Tea Dances, creating dances within school settings, collaborating with participants for the Young Dance Makers Platforms, Party in the Park, Encounters, Refugee Week and the Boys Only platforms. to name but a few.

Exclusive Creative Industry Insight sessions for Dance Surrey PRO & Dance Surrey Directory Members; see Dance Directory for membership details.

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Dance Woking GOLD

DeVyne Dancers

Dance Woking GOLD is an online dance course that takes place each season in Summer, Autumn/Winter & Spring. It is suitable for any active adult aged 55+. 

The course runs in blocks of ten weeks, with a combination of dance styles and teachers throughout. 

The Summer Term 2021 course has included contemporary dance, The Charleston and South Indian dance. 

Each class contains a warmup, technique, choreography and/or creative work and a cool down.

For more information or to sign up for a free trial, contact us

Please only participate in our classes if you are fit and healthy to do so. The content of this online classes is suitable for all levels, but you need to have at least 1m by 1m space to move around safely. Whilst the teachers will ensure you are warmed up and ready to exercise, your Health and Safety is your own responsibility. Anyone taking part with this online class does so at their own risk. Dance Woking takes no responsibility for injury to yourself or other/or damage to property by taking part in our online digital dance classes. The Dance Sessions will be filmed for Monitoring, Evaluation and Safeguarding purposes only and in signing up to take part in the Tea Dance, you are confirming consent to be filmed. The video footage won’t be shared on any of our social media platforms.

You might also be interested in our Online Social Dances, date for the next one will be in September, details coming soon.

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Encounters 2020 Highlights

encounters 2019

Dance Woking would like to thank those of you who have already applied to take part in Encounters. Unfortunately with the rapid progress and impact of COVID-19 we are unable to proceed with our planned Summer activity.

Woking Borough Council has advised ‘in light of the Coronavirus and the emerging national picture. Underlying what we do is the safety and well-being of the community and the safety and well-being of our staff. Whilst we aspire to “business as usual” the reality is that it cannot be.

The “Celebrate Woking” activities have been terminated.  This means that the key activities which used Council resources or facilities will not be programmed or permitted during 2020. The only event that remains programmed is Remembrance Sunday on 8 November.’

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.

Encounters Highlights 2019

Thank you to all our supporters – it was an amazing event and very colourful.

2019 signified a number of celebrations at Encounters and Party in the Park, a record number of people attended, with over 20,000 at Party in the Park. 2019 saw Dance Woking start its 25 Years of Dance in Woking celebrations, this milestone was celebrated with a carnival style parade, helping us mark this great dance legacy.

2018 saw over 11,000 people enjoy the free family festival days Party in the Park and Encounters; Dance Woking curated the dance programmes with performances from a diverse range of dance groups within the borough and surrounding areas.

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Party in the Park 2020 highlights

PITP 2019

Dance Woking would like to thank those of you who have already applied to take part in ‘Party in the Park’. Unfortunately with the rapid progress and impact of COVID-19 we are unable to proceed with our planned Summer activity.

Woking Borough Council has advised ‘in light of the Coronavirus and the emerging national picture. Underlying what we do is the safety and well-being of the community and the safety and well-being of our staff. Whilst we aspire to “business as usual” the reality is that it cannot be.

The “Celebrate Woking” activities have been terminated.  This means that the key activities which used Council resources or facilities will not be programmed or permitted during 2020. The only event that remains programmed is Remembrance Sunday on 8 November.’

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.

Highlights from 2019

2019 signified a number of celebrations, both Encounters and Party in the Park were used to highlight and showcase the variety of dance in Woking and Surrey as well as some of the community projects and activities we were running. 2019 saw Dance Woking start our 25 Years of Dance in Woking celebrations using a carnival style parade to get the party started.

Party in the Park 2019

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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 Dance Clubs in Secondary Schools, that can be linked to platform performances such as our Young Dancemakers Platform in November, or not.

If you would like to join one of our programmes this Autumn Term September 2021 please contact us.

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Imagine Kantha

Imagine Kantha

Supports: Culture, Nature, Art and Fitness through Dance

Suitable for Primary Schools – KS1 & KS2: Years 3, 4, 5
Type: Curriculum based workshop – Video Dance Delivery
Delivery: Online & In person at your school

Imagine Kantha gives cultural insight into historical arts practices (dance, movement, drawing and embroidery) from India. Re-designed during lock-down to offer opportunities via video link this project includes an art pack for every child, video lesson tuition from Visual Artist Bhajan Hunjan, Kathak Dance with Professional Dance Artist Amina Khayyam and Contemporary Dance with Dance Woking Professional Dance Artist Laurie-Ann Price*.

The project can be delivered through a blended offer using a mix of pre-recorded videos, which schools can take part during curriculum time as well as in-person for the dance delivery. It is ideal for Enrichment Activity, Art lessons and PE lessons.

If you would like to join the programme this Autumn Term September 2021 please contact us.

*This element can also be delivered in-person and links the dance and cultural elements through nature.

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Hunky-Dory Dancer Programme

Hunky Dory Dancer Primary Party in the Park 2018

Supports: Fitness through Dance, Health & Wellbeing

Suitable for Primary Schools – KS1 & KS2: Years 3, 4, 5
Type: Curriculum, Extra-curriculum
Delivery: In person at your school

The Hunky-Dory Dancer Programme has been put together by Dance Woking and is designed to emphasise dance as a form of fitness and wellness, as an outlet for fun and enjoyment through movement and as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. Included within this programme is a focus on healthy living including healthy foods and lifestyle.

This is a ten-week programme of dance that can take place either before or after school; or during curriculum time and is ideal for children in years 3, 4 or 5. As a potential follow on from this programme, Dance Woking also has a number of performance participation events throughout the year that Hunky Dory Dancer groups can progress on to.

If you would like to join the programme this Autumn Term, September 2021, 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 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 a series of workshops or an Enrichment Day in Autumn Term, from September 2021, please contact us.