East Surrey Dance Festival

Join One of Surrey's Best Dance Events

We invite all the schools in East Surrey to join us at the East Surrey Dance Festival. The prospect of thousands of children dancing on a professional stage is awesome!

The East Surrey Dance Festival is an annual event, which is held at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill in March each year. Star Steppers were asked to take on this project in 2010 following the East Surrey School Sport Partnership funding cuts. The festival has proven very popular with local schools and students come from all over East Surrey to perform on the professional stage for their friends and family.

Anyone who has been involved with this wonderful event will know how much the participants benefit from taking part and this is why we are so keen to keep this annual event up and running!

All the schools in East Surrey are invited to enter groups of up to 30 students to perform a 3-5min dance piece.

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The East Surrey Dance Festival by Numbers

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the number of shows we put on throughout the festival
the number of school groups performing in the festival each year
the number of seats in The Harlequin Theatre
the number of performers dancing each year
the year we began running the dance Festival
Find out more about The East Surrey Dance Festival

On a physical level, dance has been shown to improve balance, coordination, muscle strength and flexibility. It also relieves stress, helps keep you fit, builds self-confidence and offers a creative outlet allowing you to express yourself freely. Research shows a strong link between involvement in the arts and increased educational achievement. It is for all these reasons that dance has become so popular in schools today.

One of the best things about the dance festival is that it is open to ALL children. Some schools bring children who may have never been to a dance class before let alone danced on a big stage in front of 500 people! Some children arrive feeling like there is no way they can do it but walk out the stage door at the end of the evening on cloud nine – so full of joy and pride – energised and empowered by how they overcame their fears and were part of something so electric and special!

Another super thing about the festival is that only miss half a school day to be part of it all. You will rehearse in the morning or afternoon and then perform in the 5.00pm or 7.30pm show in the evening. Younger groups and schools located furthest from Redhill are scheduled to perform in the earlier shows.

The Festival was set up by the East Surrey School Sport Partnership (E.S.S.S.P.), a government-funded organisation providing tuition and support, and actively encouraging students to take part in sporting activities. Sadly the E.S.S.S.P. fell victim to spending cuts. So in 2011 we were asked to continue the annual event and ensure students continued to receive the physical and creative education they need and deserve. And the rest is history!

If your school would like to be part of this magical event then please get in touch info@star-steppers.com / 07810 808 228

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Schools who have taken part in The East Surrey Dance Festival

– Charlwood Village Infant School
– Audley Primary School, Caterham
– Burstow Primary School
– Earlswood Junior School, Redhill
– St Matthew’s Primary School, Redhill
– Hamsey Green School, Warlingham
– St Mary’s Junior School, Oxted
– Whytleafe Primary School
– Salfords Primary School
– Reigate Priory School
– St Catherine’s Primary School, Bletchingley
– St Joseph’s Primary School, Redhill
– The Beacon School, Banstead
– St Bede’s School, Redhill
– The Warwick School, Redhill
– Oakwood School, Horley
– Reigate College
– Yattendon Junior School, Horley
– Essendene Lodge, Caterham
– Warlingham Village School
– East Surrey College
– Banstead Community Junior School
– Banstead Infant School
– St Stephen’s School, Godstone
– St John’s Junior School, Caterham
– Langshott Infant School, Horley
– Reigate School
– Walton-on-the-Hill Primary School
– Kingswood Primary School
– Meath Green Junior School
– Furzefield Primary School, Merstham
– Reigate St Mary’s School
– Woodfield School, Merstham
– Woodlea Primary School, Caterham
– Godstone Village School
– Reigate Parish School
– Horley Infant School
– Manorfield Primary School, Horley
– Merstham Park School
– Holmesdale Community Infant School, Reigate
– Brooklands School, Reigate
– Carrington School, Redhill

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Get involved with The East Surrey Dance Festival

Thank you for your interest in the East Surrey Steps Up Dance Festival. The festival takes place in March. Please complete the registration form to secure your place in the Dance Festival at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey.

You may not know the answers to all of these questions yet but try to give as much information as possible to ensure you are put into the most suitable performance groups. By letting us know your music choices now we can make sure any double-ups are not in the same shows. And by giving us an idea of how many performers you have in your group we can ensure you will all fit in the dressing rooms backstage!

We are thrilled that you will be joining us for the dance festival this year and look forward to seeing the results of all your hard work in March!

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact us on 07810 808 228 / info@star-steppers.com

Best wishes,
Hannah & Anna