This 3-year pilot project took place between 2012 and 2015, and brought together teachers and dance artists to explore innovative ways to use dance and movement to deliver curriculum learning. Following this work the principles of Discover Dance have been used for Continual Professional Development (CPD) training sessions and to be the focus of a Summer School held at iC4C in 2017.

The Three Principles of Discover Dance:

Watching dance in a theatre
• Expanding students’ appreciation and understanding of dance as an artform
• Supporting a visit to a professional dance show in a theatre
• Strengthening links between dance organisations, professionals and schools

Live professional dance in the classroom
• Delivering the curriculum in an exciting way
• Investigating curriculum material through professional in-school performance
• Raising the value of dance within and outside the school

Using dance to explore curriculum topics
• Developing critical thinking skills through dance
• Using dance to solve problems in key curriculum subjects
• Providing professional development opportunities for teachers

You can see Discover Dance in practice here including examples of students performance work made in response to curriculum topics such as angles, food chains and magnets.

Past workshops have included Connecting with Dance Performance including:
Park by Jasmin Vardimon Company delivered by company dancer David Lloyd at Northampton School for Boys, Northampton
Dreaming in Code by 2Faced Dance Company delivered by company dancer Luke Rigg at North Kesteven School, Lincoln
What The Body Does Not Remember by Ultima Vez delivered by dance artist Hannah McBrien at South Nottinghamshire Academy, Nottinghamshire
Mixed Programme 2015 by Phoenix Dance Theatre delivered by dance artist Tara Baker at Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester

and Dance in the Classroom: planning and delivering cross curricular workshops.

CPD workshops for teachers shared approaches to delivering cross curricular sessions and took place at Manor School Sports College, Wellingborough; Tuxford Academy, Nottinghamshire; and North Kesteven School, Lincoln.


“The sessions so far have been fantastic and they allow dance teachers to gain new ideas, skills and approaches.
The sessions are extremely informative and the dance4 representatives are innovative and inspirational.
The sessions also give teachers the opportunity to network and to gain new contacts and resources to support their practice.
Looking forward to the next CPD dance session!”

Curtesha Matthew
Leicester Lead Practitioner Dance

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