Dance Woking Trustees and CEO statement

Children watching a performance

In response to the recent announcement in the local and national press regarding the funding cuts enforced by Woking Borough Council, Dance Woking maybe forced to close in March 2024. The loss of Woking Borough Council’s funding has a significant impact on the sustainability of the charity’s future; we will continue our activities until March 2024  made possible by funding from Arts Council England, Surrey Community Foundation, Active Surrey (Club4) and Shanly Foundation who value the breadth of Dance Woking’s work.

Dance Woking has been providing dance led opportunities since 1994, over the years we have changed our approach to support our evolving community. Our work is essential to the physical and mental wellbeing of the thousands of people we engage and empower. With the funding we received from Woking Borough Council, we raise a further 60% plus of match funding to ensure we can deliver the opportunities and support that the Woking community needs through Trusts and income raised from individuals through workshop fees and ticket sales.

Over the next six months we will continue to seek additional sources of funding and ways to diversify our income to become more sustainable. We are acutely aware of the impact our closure would have on the local community and the team of highly qualified and experienced dance artists and professional companies we employ and work with to deliver our programme.

Through our work Dance Woking reaches thousands of individuals throughout the town’s diverse communities, from young people considered ‘hard-to-reach’ and ‘under-privileged’ to refugees and those living with dementia; our support goes beyond dance class provision.

Dance in Woking is vital; it is an extremely versatile activity. For over 29 years our work has supported the local community’s mental health and wellbeing; improved their fitness; and engaged and empowered Woking’s diverse communities. By providing this support on their own turf, we’ve reduced social inequalities through watching, engaging and performing dance, that without Dance Woking are out of reach for many people. Through our work we make a difference to the lives of individuals. This summer we delivered a project with Woking based SEN School The Park, which resulted in multiple profound benefits, the impact on one student, was described by his teacher: “The power of dance offered to this young man in a safe, nurturing environment, had developed his confidence, helped him to regulate his emotions, involved his whole family and invoked a huge sense of pride in them all.”

In the past week we have worked with the over 65s at Kingsley Care Home and Brockhill Residential Centre as part of our Travelling Tea Dance Tour. The impact of this work on individuals is felt on multiple levels, one attendee said “I have MS. I can go out, it takes a lot of effort and planning… I also realise I can focus on what I can do, other than what I can’t. I can join in here in my own way” another said “My husband died two weeks ago. I felt really down this morning, not having a good day. This activity has picked me up a bit. I feel slightly lighter.” 

We also delivered an enrichment day at Knaphill School to inspire, educate and boost confidence through dance as they start the new term. The day promoted teamwork, resilience and new experiences for the young people involved. In the last 12 months almost 4000 individuals participated in a Dance Woking led activity.

If you are interested in the work of Dance Woking and would like to offer your support during these uncertain times please get in touch, we’d love to hear from individuals, as well as organisations looking to collaborate. We can accept donations online if you are interested in volunteering or joining our board of trustees please complete the contact form on our website:

Main Photo: Dance Woking on the road with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Doorstep Duets, in July 2023. Widening arts access, enabling high quality, inspirational and impactful arts to reach and engage local communities.


Fantastic Fun at Lakeview

Dance Woking had a fun filled day of action at Lakeview Fun Day on Saturday 12 August supporting the entertainment field bringing community dance, participation and professional dance to the event. Despite the bouts of torrential rain that threatened to disrupt the day, the local community turned out in support of this great event. Featured photo: Mayor of Woking, Cllr M Ilyas Raja

Opening the event and introducing the first community dance group was event organiser Lorraine Golli on behalf of Lakeview Community Action Group (LCAG). Amala, a modern fusion style Bellydance Troupe, delighted the audience with their coordinated outfits and colourful skirts and percussion. Performing an improvised piece they were well received and set the tone for the rest of the day. If you are interested in taking up belly dancing new members for the start of their new season in September are welcome: To find out more enquire HERE

Amala with their modern fusion Bellydance

Time for action, Dance Woking’s Maypole expert Nicky led the first Maypole dancing workshop of the day, with participants, made up of performers and some willing residents showed off their coordination and dancing skills. Sam McCaffrey, CEO & Artistic Director Dance Woking said, ‘We have been working at Lakeview Community Centre for a number of years now including bringing dance to various Youth Groups, including Young Carers. More recently and this summer we have been delivering our Hunky Dory Holiday Dance Club for children aged 8 to 11 years old, supported by funding from Club4 managed by Active Surrey. We have really enjoyed the opportunity to partner with LCAG to bring inspirational dance activity to the local community and join other users of Lakeview Community Centre to highlight the opportunities and support for residents that is available locally‘.

Maypole Dancing with Dance Woking

Inbetween the dance platforms highly talented local musicians performed. They hailed from St Andrews Church, Goldsworth Park, music club nights. The morning sessions saw Matt Kitsell & Friends perform followed by Serious Skittle.

MCDC performed their highly acclaimed and entertaining piece ‘Fish Out of Water’

This family-friendly outdoor dance performance used hip hop, interactive sculptures & responsive music to explore themes of belonging, otherness, displacement & migrancy.

Graham Kirby-Smith & friends performed next on music stage followed by Global Grooves, Langton in full African headgear supported by MCDC’s wrapper.

Audience members had the opportunity to join in the performance with African drums and shakers.

Bellytricks, a local belly dance group based in Brookwood, performed to a lively piece of music, entertaining the crowds with their coordinated movement and colourful costumes. If you’d like to try this fun dance form, the group are seeking new members. To find out more enquire HERE

NIcky was back in action with the second Maypole workshop. This time it was an intergenerational affaire, with the sun making a welcome appearance.

Alex (Spacific) Brown took to the music stage followed the amazing beautiful voice of Jackie Cohen.

MCDC’s second performance had a surprising guest, Mayor of Woking, Cllr M Ilyas Raja, join the participation element to the delight of those watching.

Closing the event, following the grand prize draw (and there were lots of amazing prizes), by Lorraine Golli (LCAG) supported by leader of the Council Cllr Anne-Marie Barker, were highly acclaimed band Cajun Boogaloo. With over 300 local people supporting the event it was a truly great day out. Dance Woking was able to attend the fun day following funding support from Surrey Community Action, Sparks Fund; Arts Council England’s Project Grants Fund and Woking Borough Council.

Further elements of the day were captured by Studio Thirteen and can be seen by following this link: Lakeview Community Day (LCAG) by Studio Thirteen Media (


Holiday Club Bookings open

Dance Woking is delighted to be a chosen partner to Club4 to deliver Dance led activity this summer.

We will be delivering high quality dance led holiday clubs at three different locations this summer:

Mon 24, Tue 25 & Wed 26 July – Lakeview Community Centre, GU21 3AG

Tues 1, Wed 2, Thus 3 August – The Maybury Centre, GU21 5HD

Wed 9, Thus 10, Fri 11 August – Horsell Village Hall, GU21 4SS

Wed 16*, Thus 17*, Fri 18** August – *Lakeview Community Centre, GU21 3AG, **Horsell Village Hall, GU21 4SS

9.30am – 2.30pm

Suitable for ages: 8 to 11 Years (Primary School Years 4 to 6)

Book now

The Hunky-Dory Summer Club provides a great way for children to have fun, make new friends, eat well and get creative. Our experienced and friendly team will lead a range of activities including creative dance, arts and crafts. There will be a creative food session during the three days, wellbeing activities and lots of fun games. The club encourages children to find new ways of expressing themselves.

Lunch will be provided, you will be able to choose from a selected menu, special dietary requirements can be catered for.

For those on free school meals or pupil premium please visit the Active Surrey website:

The club is open to all levels and abilities. Where applicable children will be split by age. If you have any questions on this holiday club and the activities, we will be providing please contact

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. Co-ordinated by Active Surrey for SCC, free places will be provided during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.  


Amazing Day at Stanwell

Dance Woking partnered with Stanwell Events to support their fun filled multicultural family day on Sunday 4 June on Long Lane Recreation Ground. The event saw local residents enjoy the live entertainment and array of stalls, arts & crafts, soft play, face painting and refreshments. The ice-cream van proved a big hit on this hot sunny afternoon. Dance Woking led two Maypole workshops which were well received, and a popular activity for the whole family, participants joined in with energetic and enthusiastic dancing.

Maypole Dancing with Dance Woking

Sonia Sabri’s The Peacock & The Princess

Ceilidl led by Folk Dance Remix


Stanwell Multicultural day hosted by Stanwell Events Community Project

Sunday 4 June from 11am to 3pm

A fun filled day for all the family! Performance and workshop with Dance Woking and Stanwell Youth Club, a fun ceilidh led by Folk Dance Remixed plus Sonia Sabri Company in the Princess and the Peacock walkabout. There is also free arts & crafts, a soft play area and Big performance tent

Venue: Long Lane Recreation Ground, Stanwell TW19 7ER