Dancefest in Education 2018

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. Dance and live music in a relaxed performance about how we communicate. Performers include students from schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Dancefest’s inclusive Jigsaw Performance Company, Elevate youth companies, The Music Pool and The Courtyard's Youth Theatre.

Dancefest in Education & Worcestershire School Games Festivals
A performance platform for class or club work from students in primary, middle, high and special schools. Around 1,700 children and young people took part in 16 festivals in 2018 and 16 schools have been chosen to take part in the School Games on Tuesday 3 July and a further 9 schools will be performing at Worcestershire Dancing, and plans are underway for 2019.

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. 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.

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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

Primary Performance Projects
Dancefest’s experienced dance leaders delivering workshops in your school over 5/6 weeks, with opportunities for CPD. 

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 solo, duo or group compositions.


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.