Bringing Books to Life dance workshops
World Book Fortnight 2020 

Dance and movement workshops inspired by books

World Book Day Dance workshops

We have special arrangements for the period 24 February to 13 March 2020 to ensure that we can deliver high quality visits to many schools around World Book Day, Thursday 5 March 2020.

Our choreographer will work with each class, developing responses to the books through language, movement and dance.

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 workshop concludes with a performance moment, when the children perform aspects of their work to each other and to their teacher.

Book choices

Between Monday 24 February and Friday 13 March 2020 schools focus on up to three books per day from the following selection: 

(We can be super flexible with regard to our many other dance workshops and book choices in other weeks.)

Book List

Infants:

THE TROLL
by Julia Donaldson
For EYFS and KS1.
We can also give a 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

All Key Stages:

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
by Maurice Sendak
For EYFS, KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age.
We can also give a 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE
by Roald Dahl
For EYFS, KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age.

THE LORAX
by Dr. Seuss
For EYFS, KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age.

Juniors:

CORALINE
by Neil Gaiman
For KS2.

Preparation

Feedback and experience has taught us that children get the most from our visits if they are familiar with the books in advance. If it will be tricky to fit this into your busy schedule (we know you are busy!) then we recommend Where The Wild Things Are as the best choice for every Key Stage.

What you need to know

Workshop leader: A West End dancer and choreographer experienced in working with children.

Topics: Literacy, storytelling through movement, responding to stimuli, creation of simple dances, expressing feelings

Age range: Reception to Year 6.

Location: In your school hall.

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, 6 or 7 classes per day. Larger schools may need multiple days.

Typical schedule: A full day typically comprises either an assembly followed by six class by class workshops, or seven class by class workshops with no assembly. We recommend including the assembly as it is a fantastic shared start to a special and memorable day.

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly