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Our AWARD WINNING programme ‘Interactive Family Dance’ (Essex Prize Challenge winners April 2017) has proven a reduction in social isolation with parents and carers with children between the ages of 0 -5 years of age and an increase in general health and well-being. We are delighed to be continuing this legacy with our Active Families classes in Barking.  

Our classes welcome you to explore movement and dance as a family with your child/children under the age of 5 years. You will take part in sessions delivered by our team of artists that are designed to encourage creativity and independent thinking, nurture individual expression in the participant’s own movement, as well develop a memory for movement. All activity will creatively build the children’s strength, balance, coordination and encourage healthy physical development and bonding for both child and parent. 

Each week after the sessions we will also allow time to socialise and interact with families providing refreshments, healthy snacks and a place to talk. We are also inviting local providers from health & community settings to attend social times, for families to find out how to access services and engage in their local community.


Previous experience in dance is not required, eagerness to enjoy moving yourself and playing with your child and supporting their inquisitive minds, is a must. Older siblings are also very welcome to attend.

 Classes are split into two age groups:

1. Families with children 1-4 years old

2. Families with children 4-5 years old: Children must be starting Primary School in September 2020, as this class will be part of a research project, tracking how creative dance benefits learning & development of children.


Classes are currently FREE of charge at the Maples Children's Centre (Gascoigne Children's Centre, The Coverdales, Barking IG11 7HQ) with thanks to The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Children's Centre for their support. 


Book your places and find out class dates by clicking below:





Spaces are limited to 10 families per venue so please make sure you book in for your sessions as places will be taken on a first come first served basis. 


Please note these sessions are part of a research programme, therefore, our Dance Science evaluator Elsa Urmston will also be in attendance at selected sessions.