Bringing Books to Life dance workshops
World Book Day 2019 

Dance and movement inspired by books - differentiated for each year group

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We have special arrangements for the period 25 February to 14 March 2019 to ensure that we can deliver high quality visits to many schools around World Book Day, Thursday 7 March 2019.

Our choreographer will work with each class, developing responses to the books through language, movement and dance. Schools can choose a mixture of workshops covering up to three books with up to seven classes in the same day 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 workshop concludes with a performance moment, when the children perform aspects of their work to themselves and to their teacher.

Book choices

Between Monday 25 February and Thursday 14 March 2019 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


by Oliver Jeffers
For EYFS and KS1.
We can also give a 30 minute nursery class workshop based on this book.

All Key Stages:

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.

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

by Ted Hughes
For EYFS, KS1 and KS2, differentiated by age.


by Michael Morpurgo
For KS2.

We recommend that fewer books each day is better, with an absolute maximum of three, across up to six or seven classes per day depending on the schedule.

To get the best out of our visit the children should be familiar with the books in advance.  This is particularly the case with longer, more complicated books where we wish to avoid spending time explaining the plot.

If you have not had these visits before we recommend Where The Wild Things Are as the best choice for every Key Stage.

To read more than 25 outstanding testimonials from other schools and teachers please visit our testimonials page.

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 (with Nursery versions of Where The Wild Things Are and the Infant book options)

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.

We felt that if Ofsted had watched any of the sessions they would have judged them as Outstanding. The children were totally engaged and produced a high level of work.
— Deputy Head, Stanburn First School
Photos on this page by Tony Kelly

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly