Bringing Books to Life: Dance Workshops


Dance and movement workshops inspired by books

Our Bringing Books to Life dance workshops give children a unique insight into books by using dance and movement to tell stories. During the dance workshop our choreographer will work with each class, developing responses to some of our most beloved children's books through language, movement and dance. Schools can choose a mixture of books for the dance workshops at no extra cost.

The children will be inspired to use their imaginations as they explore the chosen book in a new and vibrant way. We use a range of techniques and music, and differentiate each session to suit the interests and age of the children.

Each dance workshop concludes with a performance moment, when the children perform aspects of their work to themselves and to their teacher.

Learning Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the chosen story by recreating the narrative from start to finish. 

  • To gain confidence in physical literacy and explore how physical vocabulary can express emotion.

  • To develop creative ownership and the imagination by working alongside a professional dancer-choreographer.

  • To collaborate with classmates by creating a shared retelling of the story.

Book Titles Available:

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Title Author EYFS KS1 KS2
Handa's Surprise Eileen Browne X X
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle X X
The Troll Julia Donaldson X X
Tiddler Julia Donaldson X X
The Gingerbread Man Mairi Mackinnon X X
Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish Michael Foreman X X
How to Catch a Star Oliver Jeffers X X
Man on the Moon Simon Bartram X X X
Pinocchio Carlo Collodi X X X
The Lorax Dr. Seuss X X X
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown X X X
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll X X X
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak X X X
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl X X X
The Enormous Crocodile Roald Dahl X X X
The BFG Roald Dahl X X X
Gangsta Granny David Walliams X
The Butterfly Lion Micheal Morpurgo X
Kensuke's Kingdom Micheal Morpurgo X
The Arrival Shuan Tan X
The Iron Man Ted Hughes X

Related Workshops:

Title EYFS KS1 KS2
The Ramayana: The Diwali Dance Workshop
Explore the most popular story behind Diwali
X X X Read more here
George and the Dragon: Dance Workshop
Based on books by Louis Stowell (KS2) and Chris Wormell (KS1)
X X X Read more here
Poetry in Motion: Dance Workshop
Choose from poems by Edward Lear or Lewis Carroll
X X X Read more here



In one school day a professional West End dancer/choreographer can lead up to seven sessions of up to 30 children from Reception to Year 6.


Storytelling through movement, responding to stimuli, creation of simple dances, expressing feelings.


All in your school hall!

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