An infant school class in costume on World Book Day. Workshops are differentiated by age.

An infant school class in costume on World Book Day. Workshops are differentiated by age.

Bringing Books to Life dance workshops in Scotland 

Mon 16 - Fri 20 May 2016

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

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.

This has been a terrific experience for our children. The dance workshops are cleverly differentiated, allowing access for every age group, yet providing a level of challenge which leaves the pupils with a real sense of achievement... and it was FUN!
— Assistant Head, Anglesey Primary School

Book choices

For P1 to P3:

by Eric Carle

For P1 to P7 (differentiated by age):

by Maurice Sendak

by Simon Bartram

by Roald Dahl

For P4 to P7:

by David Walliams

We recommend that fewer books each day is better.

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

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: P1 to P7 (with Nursery versions of Where The Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

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

Photos on this page by Tony Kelly