On Saturday 20 November, the Rhoda McGaw Theatre was full again, this time with 159 dancers from 12 community dance schools from some of the best local dance groups in Woking & Surrey, joining them were guest groups from London Contemporary Dance School, Berkshire, Isle of Wight & Oxford.
Local groups included Flipside Dance School, Cremona School of Dance, Zambesi Dance Company, Hoe Valley School, First Dance Studios, Vital Signz Dance and guest groups Illume Dance Company, Ryde Dance, Betty Bloom Dance, Scatter Dance, Shuffle Dance Company and Shift Dance Company.
Chair of Dance Woking, Alan Sutherland said ‘This is the first time I have attended Innovate Dance Platform and was blown away by the standard of the work. There was a diverse mix of age groups on stage, the atmosphere was electric, it was happy, it was supportive and exciting, a joy to watch. The support Dance Woking has from the Dance community is visible and the feedback I heard on Saturday about how important this has been for the students’ mental health and wellbeing confirms that we must continue to offer these opportunities in the future. The platforms work on so many different levels.’