Mass Dance

Over the past 6 years dna has been hosting our annual mass dance programme built on the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Designed to fulfil the dance element of the P.E. curriculum for primary and secondary schools, while fully accessible and enjoyable for dance and community groups of all ages and abilities, our mass dance programme aims for 1 day, 1 dance, 1000 dancers. However, over the past two years our participant numbers have grown significantly.
We expect between 2000-2500 you people to be involved in the programme this year.

With funding support from Arts Council England, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD), Essex County Council and Active Essex to 'Keep Dance Alive', since 2015, we have danced with 15,000 young people, supported 280 teaching staff in over 200 schools and community groups, worked with 100 volunteers and performed to audiences of nearly 30,000 at more than 15 events!

dna’s mass dance programme has a proven history of building confidence, increasing health & fitness, instilling a sense of fun whilst developing dance and movement skills.
This project offers all ages and abilities a creative dance experience not usually available in school or community settings.

Working with local dance artists to devise and create the choreography and dance captains from local colleges and universities, to support younger children, and Essex Music Education Hub and University Centre Colchester Essex based composers creating bespoke music compositions, we have created a holistic programme from grassroots training, volunteering and employment opportunities.

With projects taking inspiration from great sporting, creative and cultural events and performing at local sporting events and locations across Essex and LBBD including Essex Cricket Ground, Colchester Football Stadium, Jim Peters Stadium, our dancers have entertained crowds at international cricket games, national football games and school games.

​In 2022 we are celebrating the Queens Baton Relay, 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, creating unique dance choreography inspired by these two huge cultural events. Essex based dance facilitators, Sam Blayney and Nic Smith, have researched, created and choreographed the 2022 Primary and Secondary choreography and will continue to support the programme up until the performance day.

Also in 2022, we see the programme opening up to involve the Early Years for the first time!
As a continuation from our Early Years Programme in Barking & Dagenham in 2021/22, Early Years Dance Artists, Rachel Newby and Lucy Brown have crafted a creative dance edition of the choreography. These wonderful artists will also be offering bespoke workshop support to a few of the Early Years settings, to ensure that the programme is accessible to all.

Each year the package of support includes:
- Digital resources including:
- Choreography & Resource Book – Contains step-by-step guide to teaching and delivering the dance, curriculum enrichment activities, word banks, references and context to the event.
- Bespoke music on an MP4
- Online tutorial videos, breaking down the dance, section by section.
- Teacher Training Day
- Opportunity for bespoke workshop support
- Unique opportunities to perform at events across Essex and/or Barking and Dagenham
- Option to participate in-person or online

If you would like to use these dance resources in your setting but do not live in Barking and Dagenham, you can purchase them from our online shop.

Costs for 2022
- £150 Basic Package (Resource booklet, video tutorials and music)
- Additional Costs £10.00 T-shirt per student/ teacher / volunteer

If you have any questions about the project, simply email

For schools in Barking & Dagenham only (2022)
- Autumn 2021: Creation of dance
- March 2022: EMPOWER Teacher training Days ( 1 LBBD)
- May 2022: ENGAGE LBBD Mass Rehearsal
- June 2022: EXCITE LBBD Mass Performance (usually at Quad Kids school sports event)
- July 2022: Release of digital film

Previous projects have included:
2019-2021 - Let’s Go, Tokyo! (Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games)
2018-2019 - World Cup Fever(Football World Cup)
2017-2018 - The Great War Centenary (World War 1)
2016-2017 - Bard to Bollywood (Year of Culture)
2015-2016 – Dance Rio (Rio Olympics)

Why not head over to our Video Library and check out this years performances from Barking, Dagenham and Essex!