Dancefest in Education 2017/18 academic year

"The children were all engaged throughout the 5 weeks and given the opportunity to take ownership of the dance and use their ideas. Several of the quieter children improved in confidence throughout the programme." KS2 teacher

We offer a range of work for all Key Stages and in Higher Education throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as well as INSET and CPD for teachers 

Find out about projects throughout the 2018 by clicking on the links below

Spring 2018
Summer 2018

Dancefest in Education Festivals

Dancefest in Education & Worcestershire School Games Festivals Spring 2018
Following very successful dance festivals in spring 2017 we're holding festivals around the county again in 2018, in partnership with the School Games Organisers. Please express your interest by Friday 15 December.

Dancefest in Education Herefordshire Festival
Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, HR1 1LU, Monday 12 February
Secondary and FE dance festival bringing together young people from across Herefordshire to share and be inspired by dance.

Come Travel with Me
A day of participatory movement and visual arts that takes place in and around a specially constructed dance ‘yurt’. Based on the book ‘We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt’ by Steve Metzger, Come Travel with Me explores the world of trees - how do trees help us to live, what lives in them, where do we find them? What might we find in our local woods, or a rainforest?


Circuit youth dance performances
Tuesday 20 March, 7.30pm, Spires Theatre, HOW College, Worcester, WR1 2JF, Wednesday 21 March, 7pm, Hereford College of Arts, College Road Campus, HR1 1LT. Performances packed with dance by youth companies, schools, colleges and dance schools.

Worcestershire Dancing
Tuesday 10 July, 7pm, Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ. A dance performance celebrating excellence in dance in education throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Dance Teachers Networks
Regular networking meetings for teachers with responsibility for dance, undergraduates and dance practitioners.

Big Jigsaw - Access and Inclusion
Big Jigsaw is Dancefest's access and inclusion project and aims to challenge, surprise and push boundaries in integrated dance, working with disabled and non-disabled performers of all ages.

Primary Performance Projects
6 x 1 hour weekly workshops with CPD
Worcestershire borders, sharing host Tenbury High Ormiston Academy, 8 January-16 February
North Herefordshire, host Queen Elizabeth Humanities College, Bromyard, 26 February-29 March
Redditch hosted by RSA Academy Arrow Vale, 26 February-29 March
Worcester City and Mid/South Worcestershire, host Nunnery Wood High School, April-May

School Sports Premium
We can advise how to use your School Sports Premium effectively. You can find out more here.

We can offer

After school dance clubs
6 or 12 week x 1 hour sessions, subject to availability throughout the academic year.
Cost: £37 per hour + return journey mileage @ 45p per mile from Worcester or Hereford

KS3 choreographic project
Create a class dance in 6 x 1 hour sessions. Available throughout autumn and spring 1.

Cost: £40 per hour + return journey mileage @ 45p per mile from Worcester or Hereford

GCSE and BTEC Dance
We offer workshops in schools for GCSE and BTEC Dance students working on choreography and performance units, focusing on technique and performance skills or inspiring ideas for solo, duo or group compositions.

Get in touch

If you'd like to find out more about any of our work in education, please get in touch with our Dance Development Team: 

Education Mailing List
If you'd like to receive information on opportunities for school and colleges in the region, join our education email list

You can browse or download Impulse to Move, Dancefest's Education Menu (PDF)

"I have seen our children grow in confidence - and feel quite comfortable with performing in front of others. They always have fun and are totally engaged - and that's vitally important." Vicky Hancock, Headteacher, Shobdon Primary School

“Dancefest have been working with us for several years now. Their performances provide inspiration to both the boys and girls. Their well organised and stimulating workshops keep pupils of all ages and abilities engaged and achieving.” Jackie Langer, Earl Mortimer College, Leominster

"It was fantastic to be able to interpret a story into a dance - with our own ideas. It's not just a 'girlie' thing and that's important!"  Year 5 pupil

Useful guide - Dance Education, a guide for Governors and Trustees
A useful guide developed in partnership with Arts Council England, One Dance UK and the National Governors Association.