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Daniel Thurgood,

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Welcome to Essentially Dance



Relaunching in September 2014

Essentially Dance is an initiative to teach Ballroom and Latin American dance within schools' core Physical Education provision. It is the first training package to be launched in the UK that will train only school staff to teach students of all ages from Key Stages 1 to 5 and of all abilities - beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The programme, formed by dance professionals, including Championship winners Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, best known for their roles on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, and by Physical Education experts, will give every child in participating schools the chance to learn a new life skill whilst encouraging community engagement, intergenerational learning and physical activity.  The pilot programme, was developed alongside The Aldridge Foundation, and proved to be extremely successful, with an evaluation report by Roehampton University (available here to view online.)

Strictly Come Dancing has been a fantastic motivator for all generations and, until now, there has been a gap in Ballroom and Latin American dance provision. By providing teachers with the skills to teach this style of dance in schools, Essentially Dance has made a stereotypically expensive activity accessible to all, regardless of financial or social barriers. Ballroom and Latin American dance requires a certain level of etiquette and manners and promotes communication between youngsters and adults. When placed in a school setting, it also provides families and communities with an activity that they can enjoy together.

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Strictly Stars Share the stage with Essentially Dancers

Hundreds of schoolchildren and older people took to the dance floor at Huddersfield Town Hall with Strictly’s Darren and Lilia...


Hamble SSP 2009/2010 Project

The Hamble SSP is 1 of a number of partnerships that have signed up to the ‘Essentially Dance’ package this year.


Enfield students strut their stuff in Strictly Dance festival at Millfield Theatre

Enfield students strut their stuff in Strictly Dance festival at Millfield Theatre

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