Dance workshop: Music Through the Ages
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.