Dance workshop: Music Through the Ages

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Please note that we are not currently delivering this workshop due to some of the choreography referencing Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We plan to update this workshop but in the meantime recommend Dance Around Our World.

Our choreographer will work with each class, giving them a chance to explore music and dance from the 1920s to the present day. The workshop includes the 1940s Jive, 1950s Rock n' Roll and 1970s Disco.

The children will be inspired by the dances which evoke the different periods in history, many of which also appear on Strictly Come Dancing!  We use a range of techniques and music, and customise each session to suit the interests and age of the children.

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

Music and dances included in the workshop:

1920's  -  CHARLESTON  -   Paul Whiteman - Happy Feet

1930's/40's  - JIVE   -   Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing

1950's - ROCK & ROLL -  Bill Haley & the comets - Rock around the clock

1960's - MASHED POTATO/TWIST/FUNKY CHICKEN  -  Twisting the night away - Sam Cooke

1970's - DISCO  - The Hustle - Van Mc Coy

1980's - THRILLER - Michael Jackson

PRESENT DAY - LITTLE MIX - Wings

What you need to know

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

Topics: The whole process of creating and performing a dance piece. Storytelling through movement, basic performance skills, responding to music, creation of simple dances.

Age range: Reception to Y6

Location: In your school hall

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


The workshop was well presented and themed well to my Year 1 Class. The children were engaged and involved throughout. The choreographer had a good presence with the children offering the right balance of positive praise and behaviour management.
— Year 1 Teacher, Dogsthorpe Infant School