Dancefest in Education 2018

Dancefest in Education Festivals

Dancefest in Education & Worcestershire School Games Festivals 2018
Following very successful dance festivals last year, we're holding festivals around the county again in 2018, in partnership with the School Games Organisers.

Access and Inclusion

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.

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.

The Communication Tree
7.30pm, Thursday 5 July, 1pm, Friday 6 July, The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR. Using dance, music, film and digital projection, this relaxed performance explores branches of communication and how we relate to the world in our own unique way. Performers include students from special schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Dancefest’s inclusive Jigsaw Performance Company, Elevate youth companies and The Music Pool.

Performances and Projects

infuseDANCE: Bodyguards education project
Dance performance project for schools in June and July for students Year 8 and above. They'll be working with infuseDANCE, creating work based on their Bodyguards piece, for performance in Worcester city centre on Saturday 21 July. infuseDANCE's Co-Director Mark Anderson has previously worked with Being Frank as part of the very successful Boys Dancing project.

Worcestershire Dancing
Tuesday 10 July, 7pm, Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1GN. Applications for Worcestershire Dancing 2018 are now open. Deadline to apply is Friday 23 March. This performance celebrates the hard work and excellence of dance taking place in county schools and colleges.

Saturday 14 July, 7.30pm, Artrix, Bromsgrove. Part of Dancefest’s youth dance programme, Accelerate is an evening of work created and performed by talented dancers from West Midlands-based youth dance companies.

Primary Performance Projects
We have two places left for schools in Mid and South Worcestershire who'd like to be part of our summer 1 project, involving Dancefest’s experienced dance leaders delivering workshops in your school over 5/6 weeks, with opportunities for CPD. The sharing is on Thursday 24 May at Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester at 12 noon (rehearsals 12.15-1.15pm, performance 1.30-2.30pm). Please contact Charlotte Hale if your school would like to be involved.

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

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

What we offer

A range of work for all Key Stages and H.E., INSET and CPD in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

After school dance clubs
6 or 12 week x 1 hour sessions.
Cost: £40 per hour + return mileage @ 45p per mile from Worcester or Hereford

KS3 choreographic projects
Create a class dance in 6 x 1 hour sessions.

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

GCSE and BTEC Dance
Workshops for GCSE and BTEC Dance students on choreography and performance units, focusing on technique, performance skills and ideas for solo, duo or group compositions.

School Sports Premium
We can advise how to use your School Sports Premium effectively. Find out more

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

"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

"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.