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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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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.