Blog Multicultural Dance in schools uk

St Edmunds Catholic Primary school Bungay teaching Indigenous people of the Amazon Forest dance workshop, thanks to Mrs Rogers, fantastic work children and lovely welcome at school Forncett St Peter School teaching Ancient Egyptians workshop, lovely time thanks to Mrs Theobald and delightful pupils Costessey Junior School teaching Ancient Egyptian dance workshops, super work thanks to Miss McGrath, Mr Simon, and Miss Davis and all their super supportive staff Fulbourn Primary School workshop covering aspects of Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism, we danced some Bhangra, Gidda, Indian Classical, and Tibetan Sacred dance Just finished six week at Bishops school in Thetford, we covered Japanese Fan dance, Australian Aboriginal, South African dance, Indian dance, and Ancient Egyptians. Samba Carnival dance workshops in anticipation of Rio Olympics 2016, also dance workshops on the indigenous Indians of the Amazon rainforest Lovely day at Wistaston Academy teaching Morris dance & Traditional British Folk Dances Thank you to Ms Linda Davis Principal Great Time this term, teaching dances in Primary schools and Junior Schools in uk dances of Amazon Rainforest, Dances of the Ancient Egyptians, Indian Dance and Drama, & Divali, Greek dance & Drama, dances of the African continent, Native American dance, Dances of the Mayans, New Zealand Maori Haka dance, Chinese Shang Dynasty Teaching about Chinese Dragon yesterday at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, in the Crome Gallery on behalf of Norfolk Museums. Lots of enthusiastic children traversing therotunda at Norwich Castle with my 25ft Chinese Dragon, playing drums and cymbals, thanks to Anna McCarthy Chinese Dragon Dances at Fleet Infant School Hampshire thanks to Clare Curtis teacher, delightful enthusiastic children Whitton Primary School in Ipswich Chinese Dragon dances, fantastic work of year 5 children creating their own dances really beautiful, thanks to Headteacher Mrs L Allison, Mr Richards music teacher and Mrs Moody Indian dance at St Francis Of Assisi School – lovely work children and super supportive teachers thanks to Edwina Knowles and Brian Slack 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 Big thanks to the work of 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, Norfolk Jan 2016

Successful dance day at Dereham Junior School teaching Chinese Dragon dances, and Ermine primary school Lincoln teaching Mayan dance and culture Thank you so much for the fabulous 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 Lovely day in Wix Essex, teaching Native American dances, Dances of Africa, the New Zealand Maori Haka, and dances of the Aztecs Hello Lorraine, We had a fantastic day. Here are some comments from other teachers in the school for you.
‘ An absorbing lesson the children were captivated! It was age appropriate and fun.’
‘Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Pupils all engaged enthusiastically.’
Many Thanks
Dear Lorraine,

Firstly, thank you for coming to Linton Heights Junior School yesterday. The children had a brilliant day, in which you played a significant part. The structured discussion at the beginning of the session helped to place dance within the Mayan context. The physical dancing was great fun and much loved by all. Whilst the girls were bound to love it, I was delighted to see every single boy join in with such enthusiasm, inspired by tales of hunting or being a jaguar or quetzal. The greatest accolade was surely from my partner teacher, Mr Wilson, who promptly asked you if you would come again next year!
Many thanks to you, Lorraine, for such successful Mayan dancing

Sue Faircloth
Year 5 Class Teacher
Linton Heights Junior School
Mayan Dance: Thank you so much for today the children really enjoyed it and have written some great recounts this afternoon.
Thanks again and hopefully will be in year 6 again next year so we can do it again!! Miss Musselwhite Mile Cross Primary School Norwich Norfolk uk
Lovely dance workshop teaching Dances of the Mayan’s to Mile Cross Primary School Norwich ; Dance gets you into the Zone, if you are stressed, JUST DANCE! ‘ Tyla
Hi Lorraine,
I would just like to pass on our thanks for a really lovely afternoon, last Wednesday. We will hopefully see you again for some more dancing!!!!
Regards Gill Boyd

At St Mary’s School Colchester teaching Chinese dragon dances, and focus on the Shang Dynasty of China ‘Wonderful workshops Lorraine’ thank you Mrs Boyd head of year 4.

Teaching in Lincolnshire school this week, Native American dances to wonderfully talented children thanks to Lee Armstrong at Cherry Willingham Primary School
Egyptian dance workshop today at school in North Norfolk, covering Ancient Egyptian dance music and authentic Egyptian instruments and costumes, the children and staff loved it, super time.
Teaching Indian dance at in Dunmow Essex , lovely work, freedom of expression and boundless creativity
Great Morning at Steeple Morden Primary school Herts teaching Indian dance, they are getting ready for show dancing story of Ram and Sita
Loving the Rugby World Cup England V Wales tomorrow
Great day at Morley Memorial Primary school Cambridge teaching African dance super
Attended Magna Carta exhibition at British Library, it was amazing! Knights of old taking to task the errant King John 1st
Getting interest in new workshops on Chinese Shang Dynasty.
Happy Creative Autumn Term in School Uk 2015
Multicultural World Dance & Music workshops available for Norfolk schools, Suffolk schools, Cambridgeshire schools, Lincolnshire schools, Essex schools, Bedfordshire schools, Hertfordshire schools, in the following
Traditional British, Caribbean, Jamaica, Haiti, India Classical & Bollywood, Brazilian Carnival Samba, Aztecs, Inca,or Mayan, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, dances from African Continent, Tibetan sacred dance, Biblical lands and times music and dance, Chinese dragon, Ancient and modern dances from Greece and Italy, Ancient Rome dance, Folk dances of Spain, New Zealand Maori Haka, Australian Aboriginal dance, Native North American dances, Dances from Ireland, Japanese fan dance, South American Dances from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, dances from Tahiti,
Indian dance at Whitton Primary Ipswich Suffolk beautiful dances they created. St Francis Primary school Norwich Chinese Dragon dances , super morning.
Ghost Hill Primary School Taverham, Spanish Folk dance and Indian dance, thank you to staff and delightful children
Great Egyptian dance workshop in Norwich taught Shaabi and Baladi style at Limelight Studios on behalf of Norfolk Oriental dance.
Lovely day Millfield Primary School North Walsham teaching Japanese mime dance thank you to Mr Robin Smith, staff and pupils, great work
Been working in Lincolnshire at Ancaster Primary School, workshops on Native American dances, Chinese Dragon dances & Samba Carnival dances what way to end the week.
And finished off with attending NOD’s inaugural Hafla organised by
Lovely afternoon, well done
NOD presents a special, long-awaited Egyptian dance workshop by Lorraine Theobald: Earthy, Lively Shaabi.
Lorraine will be leading a thorough warm-up and starting the class initially with earthy folk styles, perfecting the Egyptian walk and camels with punctuating hips. The range of music used will include Hossam Ramzy’s Baladi Plus and the songs of Ahmed Adaweya. Students are requested to come prepared with sticks and veils just in case (spares will be available to borrow) as Lorraine has a spontaneous style and likes to have scope to go with the flow.
Tickets cost £20. Reserve your place soon as numbers are limited! contact
Looking forward to Half term break after a very satisfying and successful few months
Workshops to look forward to Egyptian dance as in Ancient, The Maori Haka dances, Native American dances, Chinese Dragon dance, Dances of South American continent, Indian dance,
Working with children in schools across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge, Herts and Lincolnshire
May 2015
Dunmow St Mary School Great Dunmow Essex great time teaching Indian Classical dance and Bollywood Dance thankyou
Have taught wonderful pupils at
Recreation Road Infant School Norwich, African & Indian dance including Bollywood, thank you to Jenny Lewis and Mrs Dixon.
Bishops School Thetford Samba Carnival wonderful choreographies they created, thank you to Mrs Batty and Mr Taylor
Dunmow St Mary’s School another super morning teaching Indian dances thank you to Mrs Kathy Thompson.
Hempnall Primary School project on Ancient Egyptian Dance thank you to Mr Smith and Headteacher Mrs Miriam Elston
April 2015 Dance workshops in Norwich and Thetford this week, Indian classical & Bollywood dance and Brazilian Samba Carnival dance great pupils thank you
March 2015
Thank you for a wonderful day, we all really enjoyed it! I just wish I could have stayed and watched and joined in all day! The sharing at the end was great and very much appreciated.
Kind regards and thank you for brightening up our week! Mrs Reeves Shenley Primary School Herts
Lovely day at Shenley Primary School Herts teaching sacred dances of Tibet and Islamic civilisations, beautiful performances well done
St Francis of Assisi School Norwich teaching Aboriginal dances and traditions great work thank you to Miss O’Kelly & Mrs Kelly
Mile Cross Primary School Norwich workshops on Amazon Indians dance – fantastic work from year 4 as usual
Millfield Primary School North Walsham workshops on Chinese Dragon super pupils and Dragons
February 2015
Super day last Saturday at teaching mini workshops on Ancient Egyptians dance, music and instruments
Great day last week teaching Ancient Egyptians, dance, music and instruments at Toftwood Junior School Dereham Norfolk uk
Bracebridge Infants Lincoln Samba Carnival and Indian dance
Chinese Dragon Dance
Thank you for all your hard work today the children had a great time
Mrs Lesley David
Assistant Head West Raynham Primary School Norfolk
Dear Lorraine thank you for such a wonderful morning of Chinese Dance. It really completed our week of Chinese New Year celebrations perfectly. The children were entranced by your stories, captivated by your passion and hugely inspired to be creative themselves. They were all so focused, and it was truly wonderful to see some of the struggling learners blossom and show a new talent.
We hope to see you again next year.
Kathy (MS Riviere)
Kathy Riviere


Nelson Infant School

Norwich Two days teaching Chinese dragon dances at Suffield Park Infants Cromer Norfolk, lovely time with lots of delightful Chinese Dragon’s Thank you

Teaching Native American dances at Monks Abbey Primary School Lincolnshire, great pupils and teaching staff thanks to Theresa Peacock
January 2015
Returned welcome visit to Beaumont Primary today Hadleigh suffolk to teach Mayan dances, at the end of which Miss Cox’s pupils got into groups and devised their own dances and then shared them . Brilliant ! Mrs Chisholms class learned British dances covering Big set, Sailors Hornpipe, Farandole, and the pupils created their own dances recounting the story of St George and the Dragon again Brilliant work and lovely day, thank you to Mr Shin
Teaching dances of the Mayans at Ermine Primary academy, Lincoln yesterday, fascinating dance and very well danced by the pupils also
Worlingworth Primary School Suffolk Samba Carnival
Stalham Infants and Nursery School Norfolk sessions on Chinese Dragon dance, all great
Ancient Sumerians Dance & Music workshop’ fun-filled wow day to introduce our new topic. The children really enjoyed themselves. Rebecca Rocha Shenley Primary School Herts
Lovely day at Cove Infants School Hampshire, Native American, Aboriginal and Chinese Dragon dances, thankyou to Jan Sampson Headteacher
African dance workshops

Hi Lorraine

Thank you for coming and for your lovely comments. The children had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed the dancing.
Mrs Lesley David
Assistant Head West Raynham Primary School
Recent Schools visited teaching Indian dance Carleton Colville Primary school Suffolk, Carleton Rode Primary School Norfolk, Steeple Morden Primary School Hertfordshire, Whitton Primary School Ipswich Suffolk and Holt Primary School Norfolk all teaching Indian dance, great pupils and staff.
Endeavoring to promote SMSC in schools, Spiritual Moral social & Cultural awareness
Redbourn Infant and Nursery school Herts teaching Indian dance, and Handford Hall Primary School Ipswich teaching Indian dance lovely work great pupils and staff
Teaching Ancient Romans dance workshop at Bignold Primary school Norwich, delightful morning with super talented pupils, thank you to Mr Whitton and Mrs Basnett
Super morning at Mile Cross Primary School teaching Ancient Greek Dance to some very talented pupils
Lovely day yesterday at Morley Memorial Primary School teaching African dance, a range of story telling dances from African continent. The children were amazing and staff very supportive, thank you
Multicultural dance workshops for schools 2014/2015
Traditional British, and Ancient Britons, English folk dances including step dance or times of Boudicca : Caribbean Reggae or Afro-Caribbean Folk dance : India Classical and Bollywood: Brazil : Carnival samba: Meso-America: Aztecs, Inca or Mayan: Egypt : Ancient Egyptian: Mesopotamia: Ancient Mesopotamian dances: African Continent: Tibetan Sacred dance: Biblical Lands and Times: China :Chinese Dragon: Greece: Ancient Greeks including dance of the Labyrinth by Theseus: Italy: Ancient Rome and Italian folk dances: New Zealand : Maori Haka: Australia : Aboriginal: North America: Native North American Indians: Ireland: Ancient Celtic and folk dance: Japan: Japanese mime 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
Teaching Ancient Egypt and modern day Egyptian dance at Hapton Primary school Norfolk uk this morning, all lovely thank you
Super morning teaching Japanese fan dance to Catton Grove Primary school Norwich/ and Garrick Green Infants School Norwich Aztec dances & musical instruments, masks & face paints
Teaching Ancient Egyptian and modern day Egyptian dance workshop covering instruments dance & costume at St Andrews Primary school North Lopham great time had by all thanks
Teaching Aztec music & dance at Kettering buccleuch academy last friday, and today at Queens Hill Primary school getting ready for the World Cup teaching Brazilian Carnival Samba
Excellent day at Icknield Primary School Sawston Cambridge, teaching Indian dance, at the end of each session the children devise their own compositions, what they achieve in 10/15 mins is truly amazing Thank you to all staff and to Head Mrs Sarah Robbins and Vicky Zarate
Gave a talk on Egyptian dance, ancient and current to Bowthorpe Women’s Institute, and then a mini lesson, there were some very feisty ladies !
Back in business after trips to Ireland and Iona, visited Iona Primary school Scotland lovely school
Great morning teaching workshop on Ancient Egypt dance music & customs at Mile Cross Primary School Norwich wonderful pupils and staff thank you
‘thank you so much for the lively and exciting Native American dance workshop you delivered at our school on Friday.
The children really enjoyed it and I know they learnt a lot too. We were really pleased with the content and hope that you will come back and work with us again in the future.’
Best wishes,
Anna Spencer and year 5
(Kelvedon Academy)

Wonderful day at St Francis of Assisi school Norwich before Easter teaching Indian dance, just received some beautiful letters from the pupils, inspiring. thank you to Felicity Hope and Mrs Knowles, comments to follow…….. Roman dance at Bignold Primary School Norwich, African Dance at Swanton Abbott Primary School Norfolk And Indian Dance at St Francis of Assisi School Norwich, all positive educative creative experiences….thank you to wonderful children and teachers Teaching days at Wickham Market primary school, dances taught were Chinese Dragon, Dances of Egypt, African dance, New Zealand Maori Haka, Caribbean dances, Brazilian Carnival Samba Lots of great work with super staff and children Two lovely days teaching Indian dance at Suffield Park Infants and Nursery School Cromer Norfolk Great evening giving talk on history of Egyptian dance Ancient & and current, then super class with enthusiastic Sprowston W.I. Great Fun Multicultural World Dance, Music and Ancient History workshops in 2014 Celebrate Chinese New Year in Norwich Norfolk with Lorraine’s amazing Chinese Dragon dance, learn about the many aspects of Chinese Dragon and find your own inner Dragon………… Celebrate Chinese New Year in Norwich Norfolk with Lorraine’s amazing Chinese Dragon dance, learn about the many aspects of Chinese Dragon and find your own inner Dragon………… African Continent : – Africa : South Africa : Senegal : Gambia: Rwanda: Ghana : Kenya: Malawi :Tanzania : Ethiopia: Morocco : Uganda : Madagascar including Benin (West Africa) c. AD900-1300: Egypt Traditional Folk Dance Includes authentic costumes & instruments scarves and sticks for the bedouin dance Europe – Traditional British – Ireland – France- Poland – Greece – Spain – Italy – Turkey Asia – Indian Dance – Bollywood and Classical – Tibet – Learn the sacred Buddhist dances :China : Chinese Dragon dance : 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 ANCIENT DANCE & HISTORY Ancient Egypt – Ancient Britons -Ancient Greece – Ancient Rome – Sumer – Ancient Mesopotamia- – The Indus Valley – Shang Dynasty of Ancient China – Music and Dance in Biblical times – Old and New Testament – Phoenicians –Ancient Israel & Palestine Judaism & Christianity Great Day at Holt Primary School, Norfolk, teaching workshops on Aztecs and Spanish Folk dance. Super children thank you to all. Egyptian dance classes in Norwich and Norfolk is always a great favourite for Ancient Egyptian days to Arts weeks and Festivals. Looking forward to teaching at Holt Primary school Norfolk next week, teaching Aztec Folk dance and Spanish Folk dance to year 3. One lovely New Year’s present ‘We are one’ a Celebration of Tribal peoples created and edited by Joanna Eede in recogition of Survival International’s work. African dance: Dances of the African continent in schools for children My journey in multicultural dance printed in Association of Dance of the African Diaspora by Laura Dodge from Dance UK Focusing on African dance ie Dances of the African continent, taught in schools Lovely Ancient Egyptian dance days at Caister Junior School and Toftwood Junior School, amazing pupils. Multicultural dance workshop for adults at St Lukes Church Norwich, covering Armenian dance, Greek dance and Egyptian popular, really good fun. and All Ancient dance workshops in schools most popular now…….. Ancient Egypt, Ancient Sumer, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Indus Valley, Ancient China, Super evening last night giving talk on my journey with Egyptian dance through being introduced by my Mum, studying Ancient Egypt and providing workshops to adults and in schools. I brought along costumes scarves and instruments, and the Neatishead WI joined in a mini class, great fun had by all

African dance workshop
Monday was fantastic – both classes had an amazing time and have been buzzing from it ever since……… was a pleasure to see everyone lose themselves to the music and dance!
Thanks again
Jo Mc Ritchie Morely Memorial School Cambs

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