MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

Dance in Schools

MDI has a fantastic range of opportunities for young people to access high quality dance provision both in your school and within the wider community.

“Studying cultural education subjects, such as… dance… sparks creativity across the curriculum, encouraging young people to be inquisitive, disciplined and determined. Wherever children start in life, a high quality cultural education in every school should be a right, not a privilege.”
Darren Henley OBE
Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Due to its position within the P.E. curriculum primary schools are able to pay for dance activity using the P.E. pupil premium.

We provide bespoke workshops and classes developed for the needs of our partner schools and colleges from that link to curriculum areas reinforcing and furthering the learning that has taken place in the classroom.  Our workshops cater for all ages from Foundation to KS5. 

Utilising a wide pool of local talent we can offer sessions in a range of dance styles from theatrical dance styles (ballet, contemporary, jazz etc.) to various dance forms from around the world (African, Caribbean, Indian etc.).

Working with schools we have delivered regular weekly dance sessions for sustained periods of time. These sessions can be tailored to explore a topic or style of dance over a half term. We can provide dance activity for your school for the entire academic year offering sessions for different classes per half term.


Working with professional dancers and companies from across the UK we able to offer exclusive performance and workshop packages with companies when they visit Liverpool. Recent workshops include: 

Stopgap Dance Company – The Enormous Room at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School and St Julies Catholic High School

Mark Morris Dance Company – Pepperland at St John Bosco Arts College and Archbishop Blanch C of E High School 

Boy Blue Dance Company – The Studio School

School's Platform

Our annual dance platform for schools allows young people from across Liverpool City Region the opportunity to showcase their work to one another in a non-competitive inclusive environment celebrating the work that takes place in education settings across the region.


“The day was well planned and implemented and all the children regardless of their special needs, were encouraged to participate. The music was engaging and the dances encouraged participation from pupils.”
Mrs L.Tunna, Orrets Meadow Primary School, Wirral

“The large amount of historical/factual information about styles and eras of dance meant the children were not only learning how to dance but also about the historical context of each style and how these were influenced and developed. I would definitely recommend this workshop in future.”
Year 6 Teacher Kensington Primary School, Liverpool

“Children thoroughly enjoyed the dancing. Subject knowledge was impressive and children were very engaged.”
Mrs D Costello, Anfield Rd Primary School, Liverpool