Education

Dancefest in Education 2017/18 academic year


"The teaching was brilliant. The children were all engaged throughout the 5 weeks and were given the opportunity to take ownership of the dance and use their ideas. The children loved it, especially the children who sometimes struggle to engage with others. Several of the quieter children improved in confidence throughout the programme and this was really pleasing to see." 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 

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

Find out about projects throughout the 2017/2018 academic year by clicking on the links below

Autumn 2017
Spring 2018
Summer 2018


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

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.

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 the 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. Contact Clare Wood for more information.

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


Dancefest in Education Primary Performance Projects
Creative Curriculum Dance KS1 and 2 projects - 6 x 1 hour weekly workshops, creating a class dance on a curriculum linked theme, with added opportunity of CPD and bespoke projects. Sharings hosted by local secondary schools.

  • Worcester area schools – sharing host Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College - w/b 30 October - 8 December 
  • Hereford City – sharing host The Hereford Academy - w/b 30 October – 15 December
  • Worcestershire borders – sharing host Tenbury High Ormiston Academy w/b 8 January – 16 February (spring 1)
  • North Herefordshire – sharing host Queen Elizabeth Humanities College, Bromyard - w/b 26 February – 29 March (spring 2)
  • Redditch hosted by RSA Academy Arrow Vale w/b 26 February – 29 March (spring 2)
  • Worcester City and Mid/South Worcestershire - sharing host Nunnery Wood High School, from April – May (summer 1)

Dancefest in Education Herefordshire Festival
Hereford Sixth Form College, February 2018 (date tbc)
A KS2-5 focused dance festival for Herefordshire, showcasing quality dance from across the county.

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.