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

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 (Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz) to dance forms from around the world (African, Caribbean, Indian).

"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

Book your course

Always working in collaboration with teachers, we deliver weekly dance sessions in a number of schools which can be tailored to explore a topic or style of dance. We can provide dance activity for your school for the entire academic year, offering themed sessions for every half term, and are able to cater for students with additional needs.
Contact [email protected] or call 0151 7088810 for more information.

"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

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

  1. Stopgap Dance Company: The Enormous Room at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School and St Julies Catholic High School
  2. Mark Morris Dance Company: Pepperland at St John Bosco Arts College and Archbishop Blanch C of E High School
  3. 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 and inclusive environment, celebrating the work that takes place in education settings across the region. 

Book tickets to the next event on Thursday 28 March