photo Janet Marshall
Winner of Dr Frank Bates Dance & Musical Theatre Award as part of the 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards for my work in schools www.multiculturaldance.co.uk
26 Multicultural dance workshops available
Welcome to Norfolk based Multicultural Dance & Drama workshops for Schools throughout Uk, which are holistic in approach. My aim is to create a fun, flowing, creative, educational environment, encouraging each student to freely express themselves and explore their own creativity through world music, dance and drama, whilst learning about and hence, de-mystifying cultures and faiths perhaps beyond their everyday reach or experience. Therefore promoting tolerance, in an atmosphere of mutual consideration, respect and understanding. Each group learns aspects of a specific dance requested, using choreography, mime and drama, then they are given space to create their choreography, in small groups involving team-work, accessing their own innate abilities to create and express their own stories through movement
Two days at Tannery Drift School Royston teaching dances on painting of ‘Penelope with her Suitors, by Pintoricchio, at National Gallery London, as part of their Take One Picture courses for schools, Amazing work children, thank you to Beth Robins all staff and Mrs Greetham Headteacher
St Giles infant & Nursery School days workshops on Native American dances & Culture, visited this lovely school for 10 years thank you Mrs Garley
Always a joy to visit Mile Cross Primary to teach Ancient Egyptian dance workshop, to talented, enthusiastic and artistic pupils, thank you to Mr Starling, Miss Percy
& Mr Stuart Allen Headteacher
Firside Junior School Hellesdon Norwich teaching Welsh Dragon Dances, wonderful choreographies from Yr 3
Langley Prep at Taverham Hall. Feb 2017
Lorraine Theobald, our instructor for the morning, arrived with an absolute passion for her subject and this engaged the children straight away. She has spent 26 years working with children through the medium of dance and music, allowing them to immerse themselves in the culture of many different countries around the world. Lorraine talked the children through the history of Egyptian dance and the Gods who were known for their love of it. In addition, she spoke about the instruments, what they were made from and also their names. We even spoke a little Arabic to each other! Year 3 were amazing and some hidden dance talents were certainly revealed. We learnt ten different dance moves from traditional Egyptian dance and then performed a group dance, complete with clothing and music typical at that time.Lorraine’s company, Multicultural Dance was winner of the prestigious Dr Frank Bates Dance & Musical Theatre Award as part of the 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards. She commented very positively on the children’s behavior and engagement. Mrs Sarah Howe, Miss Jemma Holmes and Mr Adam Sayer were extremely proud of the way in which the children embraced this wonderful opportunity and were thoroughly impressed with the dancing that they saw. The morning was educational as well as great fun.
Southwood Primary School Dagenham Amazon Rainforest workshop Great work !
Clare School Norwich Chinese Dragon dances, delightful morning Thank you Haley Strivens
Stalham Guides dances of African Continent afternoon,wonderful work thank you to Hannah
St Francis of Assisi School Norwich Indian dance Reflections, year 3 amazing !
January 2017 Lutton School Lincolnshire, Dances of Madagascar & Amazon Rain-forest‘Thank you Lorraine, Its was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all the children and adults’
Swanton Morley Primary School : Beautiful work by such talented pupils Indian Dance reflections including vintage Bollywood
Whitton School, Ipswich, Indian dance Reflections & dances of the African continent, with focus on South Africa & Lesotho
Great work at Mile Cross Primary School, teaching dances of the Mayans & Ancient Greek dance, 10/10
Reflections on Indian Classical dance, Hinduism and vintage Bollywood
Sir Thomas Mills High School 2016
Thank you so much for coming to our school and running the fantastic dance workshops. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. One of the girls said that she loved how everything was so happy and they were making turtles, deer and birds for days after! They pupils not only got great knowledge and understanding from the session, it was also a very spiritual experience for them. Helen Lambert Religious Studies
September 2016 Morley memorial School Cambs Dances of African Continent always a special day at Morley Yorkswood Primary School Birmingham day of Mayan dances in Hola Mexico day, fantastic work of talented children Samba Carnival dance workshops in anticipation of Rio Olympics 2016, and dance workshops on indigenous people of the Amazon. Super day at Helmingham Primary School in Suffolk teaching Carnival Samba in preparation for the Rio Olympics
Hi Lorraine, Just wanted to say thank you again for a fabulous morning on Tuesday. All the children thoroughly enjoyed it, as did us staff. We were so inspired that we are going to be showing off some storytelling and dance in assembly next week…………they were amazing with you, as your calmness, good humour and enthusiasm seemed to instantly transform them, thank you for inspiring me and my class. We will definately welcome you back next year, and I have recommended you to other staff
Swanton Morley Primary school
Indian dance :Thanks for a great day, everyone who took part in the workshops had a brilliant time and really learnt a lot too. It was really impressive that you were able to deliver such a high quality of learning to such large numbers. We used what the children learnt in assembly to do an Indian dance and they showed just how much they had retained. Many of the adults who were helping to supervise said how they really liked your sessions and it was lovely for our ‘visitors’ to see such creativity too! My headteacher actually recommended you, based on one of your previous sessions and I would definitely ask you to come in again.Many thanks : Vicky Zarate Icknield Primary School in Sawston near Cambridge Indian Dance and Drama March 2016 Swanton Morley Primary school Mrs Madeley !0 years of teaching Multi Dance at Suffield Park Infants,most recently dances of the African Continent, great work children and supportive staff thanks to Ros Hele Workshop on Amazon Rainforest February 2016 Dagenham
Hi Lorraine A big thank you for an amazing day today! The year 2 children had an amazing experience with the rainforest dancing, face painting instruments and masks! I don't know how you managed to fit so much in! Children were all so engaged and inspired! As a one woman show you did an amazing job! Thank you and hopefully we would love to have you again in the future. Tahmina #southwood primary Dagenham With a big thank you to the work of www.survivalinternational.org
Thank you so much for the fabulous Ancient Greek dance workshop you held for us at Forncett at the very beginning of December. I was so impressed with your teaching style and the way you engaged the children in the workshop from the very beginning. This was especially evident in the small group storytelling dance and drama. thank you Liz Chubbock Dec 2015
Dear Lorraine…We love having you here…you really inspire the children and encourage them to participate in dance moves they have never even thought of doing before! All your amazing instruments really bring it all to life for them. Jacquie and I both feel it is brilliant to have such a professional dance specialist in, who we know can deliver the goods. We know we can rely on you Thanks again for a smashing morning. Sara Frost Swanton Abbott Primary School Jan 2016
I have taught dance in schools successfully in over 800 schools throughout the East Of England for 25 years to thousands of school children, covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hamphire: Hertfordshire & Oxon. Fully CRB checked
Dance, Drama, Music and Ancient History workshops: plus musical instruments
African Continent : – Africa : South Africa : Senegal : Gambia: Rwanda: Ghana : Kenya: Malawi :Tanzania : Ethiopia: Morocco : Uganda : Madagascar including Benin (West Africa) c. AD900-1300: plus North Africa Ancient Egypt & current Traditional Folk Dance Includes authentic costumes & instruments scarves and sticks for the bedouin dance: Ancient Mesopotamia : Sumerians Europe – Traditional British: Ancient Celts – Ireland – France- Poland – Greece Ancient and modern -Turkey- Spain – Italy- Ancient Romans – Armenia Asia – Indian Dance – Bollywood and Classical +Indus Valley: Musical Instruments + costumes Tibet – Learn the sacred Buddhist dances : China :Chinese Dragon dances : With Beautiful authentic Chinese Dragon plus instruments and face paints Japan: Japanese exquisite mime fan dance North & South America : Native American Indian : Aztec Dance – Inca – Mayan – Mexico- Peru – Chile – Brazilian Carnival Samba – Argentina – Amazon rainforest : Tahiti: Caribbean Islands: Reggae, Soca, Calypso or back in time to discover the Afro-Caribbean folk traditions of Haiti, St Lucia, Jamaica Australasia Australia : Australian Aboriginal dance: New Zealand : Maori Haka : Papua New Guinea Religious Education workshops for schools uk: please ask for details : All workshops are cross curricular suitable for KS1 – KS2 – KS3 – KS4 -KS I also offer workshops for adult Inset training days and staff well being and ladies groups such as WI. Click here for the interactive map! Recent Testimonials… or click to testimonials page Monday was fantastic – both classes had an amazing time and have been buzzing from it ever since, it was a pleasure Thanks Jo McRitchie Morley Memorial Cambs.
For more recent testimonials, please take a look here…Great fun and challenges for all with Norfolk’s teacher of teachers at Lorraine Theobald’s masterclass: Earthy, Lively Shaabi – Egyptian dance workshop. Miriam Gita Spacek Norfolk Oriental dance.