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Christmas Travelling Tea Dance

The Travelling Tea Dance team were certainly getting into the festive spirit when they met to create the Christmas Travelling Tea Dance programme last week!

We will once again be back on the road touring local care homes and community centres this December with our Christmas themed travelling tea dance. The event will feature a mix of dance performances and participation opportunities, inspired by the festive season, including nods to The Nutcracker, The 12 days of Christmas and Winter warmers.

The team have created a wonderfully festive programme and we can’t wait to start the tour in December.


The Travelling Tea Dance forms part of our work focusing on the older members of our community, to support their well-being through connectivity and supports five ways to wellbeing through the following:


• By connecting with others


• Being active


• Take notice through the themes and dance styles

• Learning through new dance steps and styles

• Give – through shared memories support

If you would like us to visit your venue or community centre, please contact us for more information.

This project is supported by The Shanly Foundation, Woking Borough Council and Arts Council England.

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Recruiting Holiday Club Assistants

Dance Woking is running a Christmas Hunky Dory Holiday Club in Woking & Stanwell over the Christmas holiday period in partnership with Active Surrey’s Club4 Scheme.

To deliver our programme of activity, we are recruiting 2 Holiday Club Assistants to join our team on a fixed term basis.

Dance Woking’s Hunky Dory Christmas Club is suitable for children in Primary School Years 4 to 6.

The club provides a fun and safe environment for all abilities, there will be a dance element each day, hot food, arts & crafts; with the focus on a fun, active and creative club for all participants!

Dates: Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd December and Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th December. Locations: Woking (19, 20, 21, 22 and 28 & 29 December) and Stanwell (27, 28, 29, 30 December).

Applicants must be available for an in-person training day on Tuesday 22nd November in Woking. Training will include at least one accredited online course on safeguarding (and depending on location food safety), in person training & planning to ensure the smooth delivery of the program.

Please note the assistant role does not require dance experience but an interest in working with children is essential, and dance desirable. This post requires you to have an enhanced DBS certificate.


For more information on the role, locations and a job description please email Ellie Dowling

To apply, please email your CV along with a covering letter detailing your experience and suitability for this role to office@dancewoking.com.

More information can be found on our opportunities page

Applications close on Tuesday 15th November at midday;

Interviews: Online on Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th November

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Sleuth opening night in Woking a hit!

Woking town centre was a hive of activity on Thursday 20 October, with a colourful and bright Diwali parade in Jubilee Square as well as being the opening night of ZoieLogic Dance Theatre’s Sleuth at Christ Church Nave, also in Jubilee Square. Dance Woking hosted Surrey Dance Networks first gathering, which was well supported and highlights the desire for dance professionals to come together to enhance and build on the strong dance community in Woking & Surrey.

Sleuth didn’t disappoint. The performance was humourous and highly engaging. The performers stylising their characters as if in the 1950’s with ease. The use of the set by the performers was really quite something, with dancers managing to maneuver around the space effortlessly. The ensemble pieces were highly explosive, with fast and furious fight scenes, just like in the comic strips of old. I enjoyed how the company allowed the audience to direct the sleuthing and dictate the direction, no two shows are the same.’ Sam McCaffrey, Artistic Director Dance Woking

Tickets are still available for Saturday 22 October to see this incredible show in an a highly unusual setting. https://www.dancewoking.com/event-category/zoielogic-dance-theatres-sleuth/

A highly enjoyable evening rounded off by a Q&A with Artistic Director Zoie Golding, who was recently awarded an MBE for her work in communities. The Surrey Dance Network were treated to some insights into Zoie’s world and work.

To learn more about Surrey Dance Network go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/surreydancenetwork

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Dance Woking Welcomes Zoielogic Dance Theatre’s SLEUTH to Woking

We are thrilled to announce that Zoielogic Dance Theatre will be bringing their touring production of SLEUTH to Woking this October.


Step into a world of intrigue, adventure, shifting shadows and rising crime, and guide a tough, hard-boiled detective through the shady streets of 1950s Britain to solve the crime of the century. Every choice he faces is yours to make .Whatever you decide will change how the story unfolds…

SLEUTH is an up-close dance theatre mystery show unlike any other, packed with dynamic movement, storytelling, high stakes and tricky characters – where you, the audience, are truly in control. SLEUTH is presented in 360 Vision – the audience sits on rotating stools to follow the action as it unfolds around them, voting on which clues from the story to follow.

“A one-of-a-kind show. Inspired by those thrilling ‘choose your own adventure’ books, where the reader decides which route the action takes. It’s an ingenious way of heightening the audience experience”

Southern Daily Echo

Zoielogic Dance Theatre challenge the perceptions of dance, who it’s for, where and how it is shown. They want as many people to experience dance as possible; to see it, be in it and help make it and make shows and projects for you and create unforgettable experiences with you.

SLEUTH will be an amazing experience and we cannot wait to bring this immersive dance experience to the town centre.

SLEUTH will be performed at Christ Church on Jubilee Square on Thursday 20, Friday 21 & Saturday 22 October. More details on the event can be found on our events page.

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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.

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Dance Woking’s Club4 Hunky Dory Summer Holiday Club

Places still available. Come with us on a journey of discovery around the world. We will be visiting USA, Africa, Brazil & India as our themes during this year’s summer holiday club. Suitable for 8 – 11 year olds; We are hosting 4 weeks in two different locations starting Monday 25 July; during the first week there will be a visit from professional dance company, New Adventures, touring their new Doorstep Duets pieces Ding Dong & High tide. For more details of the Holiday Club go to: Hunky Dory Summer Holiday Club