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Dance & Education During COVID-19


"We have loved having Cheshire Dance in school. They are professional and understanding of the current climate and are constantly providing unique ways to bring dance to life in school, whilst keeping safety as a priority. The children have made so much progress in dance and the teachers have valued the expert coaching to help inform their own teaching. Thank you!"

Grange Community Primary School, Winsford, December 2020


At Cheshire Dance we work with schools across the borough to enrich the learning and lives of young people through dance.  Our approach is inclusive and person-centred and our artists are passionate about delivering creative interventions that champion the health & wellbeing of students.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst Cheshire Dance has suspended the delivery of classes in schools, the team still remains committed to keeping young people dancing.

Not only is it running weekly live and interact ONLINE CLASSES, but to ensure the art form still forms an integral part pupils’ home education, it has created Dance Learning Resource Packs for KS1 and KS2. Find out more by clicking here.



Best Five Weeks of My Life. Amazing. Brilliant. Worth Waiting For. I Don't Want It To End. One Of The Best Experiences I've Ever Had.

Some of the words/phrases used by Year 5 Pupils to describe how they have felt about having Cheshire Dance deliver sessions in their school. (Dec 2020)



NOW Dance : Youth - 6th July 2018

Cheshire Dance NOW Dance series this year brings a youth platform on the 6th July at Winsford Academey, Grange Lane, Winsford. To find out how your group can be part of this opportunity then go here


Call out for Young People interested in Dance and Film

Are you 7-19 years old?
Do you love dance? Do you love film?

Would you like to be involved in a project at Chester Zoo.

Go here to find out more


Street Dance session in Northwich for ages 7-11

Break It Down is on every wednesday from 4-5pm in Northwich at the Memorial Court (Term time only). The session includes styles such as Popping, Locking, Old School Hip Hop and Street Dance.

To find out more and to read about Carli Trigg who will be delivers the session then go here

DOPE Development

Cheshire Dance DOPE Male Performance Group for boys aged 11-17. Click here for more information about this group for young people who want to have opportunities to perform and to improve their technique in street and break dance.

Read All About Jack Robinson

Click here to read all about Jack Robinson in this months edition of Participate - The People Dancing newsletter.

To celebrate People Dancing 40th anniversary year they invited other organisations with milestone birthdays to partake in the issue. As part of our 40th birthday celebrations 23 year old Jack talks to Leanne Cardill, Creative Producer for Cheshire Dance and looks back over poignant moments in Jacks dance career.

Celebrating 40 years of Dance in Cheshire

Cheshire Dance is supporting HomeGrown Dance Theatre to produce Dancing Stories, 11th July 7.30pm, Chester Cathedral.


Takeover 2017

If you are aged 13 - 25 and are free on the 31st May - 2nd June then come and be part of this years Takeover in Ellesmere Port..

Go here for information




Takeover 2016 - What we got up to

For three days Action Transport Theatre and Cheshire Dance invited a group of young people to TAKEOVER– giving them unlimited access to every room in the 150 year old Whitby Hall and the massive park surrounding it - exploring the beautiful building with street dance, drama games, mask workshops, dance workshops, writing scripts and any other ideas they brought with them!

For an insight into what happened during the three days from Lauren Tucker who was the dance artist working on the project then click here



Northern Children and Young Peoples Dance Network (NCYP)

We are helping the Children and Young People's Dance Network canvas for more page likes and members. Visit their facebook page here and following this link to get on the mailing list. The network was developed following publication of A New Canvas for Dance.

U Dance 2015 North West Regional Platform

Take a look at our DOPE boys at the the Youth Dance England U Dance, if you haven't got time to watch the whole film you can see our boys at 13.30 minutes. If you want to develop your technique in various street dance styles then there are still places available on Dope Development, click here to register your interest


Calling all Teachers
Are you ainterested in:

  • improving your skills and knowledge in supporting dance
    activities with an inclusive and child-centred approach?

    developing creative content and good practice in dance
    and health ?

    developing ways to connect to the community ?

    discovering links to Arts Award and Artsmark ?

Then please get in touch with leanne@cheshiredance.org.

Cheshire Dance Youth Performance Company and D.O.P.E. (Dancing Outside Performing Energetically)

  • D.O.P.E through to U:Dance regional platform
    D.O.P.E performed brilliantly at The Lowry on Sunday (23rd March) as NorthWest Dance played host to the region's largest youth dance festival.

  • Over two nights, youth dance companies from all over the North West showcased their very best talents in an exhilarating evening of exciting and varied dance. From Contemporary to Break dance, Bharata Natyam to physical theatre, and a fusion of everything in between, there really was something for everyone.

  • Over the weekend the dance companies tok part in a varied programme of workshops at The Lowry, before they donned their costumes ready for the big performance.

  • Click here to visit the U:Dance website.

  • Congratulations to Youth group members Helena and Alex on being selected to be part of Ludus and YDE's Young Creatives Programme: Young Visionaries.

  • The young visionaries project will enable th eyoung people to work with and be montored by professional dance makers and performers in the North West. The young choreographers from across the programme in all four regions (SW,NW,NE, & M) willcome together at The Royal Ballet School in London next Easter as part of a residential programme at their iconic Whit Lodge building in RIchmond Park and will go on to share their work on the stage of the Clore Studio Theatre in the prestigious Royal Opera House.

  • Click here to visit the YDE website.


Cheshire Dance delivers a phenomenal range of opportunties for young people. We support regular classes across the area, a comprehensive dance in education service (ConfiDance), as well as a host of performance opportunities and support for young people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and gifted and talented young people.

Download our ConfiDance Leaflet with details of our education offer and stay in touch by getting Blazin' on email.

Please contact us with any queries. We are ready to support individual teachers, whole classes and indeed whole schools and school clusters in their dance work with young people.

We can support Arts Award projects at all levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Explore and Discover and support your school to achieve Artsmark.

Cheshire Dance can support anything from a one-off workshop or after school club to INSET programmes and support for OFSTED. And we are ready to support early years, special needs, all key stages, GCSEs, AS and A levels, FE and HE right through to post-graduate research.

“Was a fantastic process to be involved with, couldn't have done it without the support offered. The children had a fantastic time preparing and performing and it helped me to develop dance as an aspect of my teaching! Thanks!”
Abi Beddow, Winnington Park Primary School

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