Schools Choreography Challenge

The Corn Exchange, Newbury and its local and regional dance partners will be running the annual dance project Schools Choreography Challenge for the third year running!

The project brings a professional dance practitioner to schools who do not usually offer dance within the curriculum, to a pupil group of their choice where they work together to create a dance piece which is then performed on the Corn Exchange stage to family and friends. This years’ choreographic challenge looks at the theme of HOME.


At the Corn Exchange we have a proven track record of using the arts as a tool to explore different aspects of life, learning and the self. We have seen first-hand the positive benefits of engaging young people with arts and cultural learning and we know that we can provide learning opportunities not accessible to schools.

“Dance education has important benefits for students’ social relationships, particularly among genders and age groups. Many forms of dance, including ballroom, are inherently social. They involve moving together in synchrony and empathy, with direct physical contact. In an evaluation of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, 95 percent of teachers said that as a result of dancing together, there was a demonstrable improvement in students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate.” Robinson, 2018

As we strive to ensure a great experience for all involved and to support participating schools to create high quality creative work to bring to the platform, all of our workshops are facilitated by experienced professional contemporary dance and education practitioners, including Luke Brown (Luke Brown Dance), John Darvell (NOCTURN), and Ellie Aldegheri (Lunas Dance Project).

72% of participants said they enjoyed school more because of the project (Feedback from Schools Choreography Challenge 2016)


  • Introduce contemporary dance within your school or to a new group of pupils
  • Raise the profile of dance as a fun and creative form of exercise
  • Develop basic dance skills such as balance, stamina, coordination, spatial awareness
  • Explore pupils’ creativity and choreographic ability
  • Increase knowledge of choreographic devices
  • Develop teamwork and communication skills
  • Empower pupils to contribute ideas to a group piece
  • Increase confidence in performing in front of an audience
  • Encourage dance as a creative outlet
  • Allow lead teacher time to observe their class learning and track progress
  • “Thanks for your hard work in organising what was a fabulous event- our parents loved it too.”
    K. Weller - The Ilsleys Primary School
  • “Thank you this was a great project. We were really please with the event, the workshop and the organisation.”
    D. Stacey- Trinity Secondary School
  • “Thank you for inviting us to the dance challenge last week, the children really enjoyed themselves and are still talking about it!”
    R. Lawrence- Enborne C of E Primary
  • “Thank you: for helping out so much; for asking us; and being so enthusiastic. We really enjoyed the whole experience.”
    K. Ardargh- Walter - Francis Baily Primary School
  • “We learnt to communicate with our team and to trust each other”
    Pupil Premium participant 2016
  • “I learnt that I had the confidence to dance in front of lots of people”
    Primary school participant 2016

To register your interest please contact:
01635 582 666