Learning & Participation

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance has been delivering high quality dance education programmes in the UK for over 20 years. We aim to encourage and promote excellent dance practice in schools, colleges, universities and community groups through understanding and appreciation of the dance vocabulary and choreography of Shobana Jeyasingh.

Our exciting and creative Learning and Participation programme is focused on promoting individual creativity and is inspired by our company’s unique choreographic process. We offer workshops, masterclasses, CPD training and projects in schools, colleges, universities and community groups all around the UK. All our sessions are delivered by our company dancers and dance educators who have worked extensively with education groups and our company team.

To make a booking/further information, please contact:
Alice Odin
Learning and Participation Manager
(Please note I work part time)
+ 44 (0)20 7697 4446

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Schools, Groups and Higher Education


We offer sessions inspired by Shobana Jeyasingh’s work to all age groups and abilities. Our workshops usually include an introduction to Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance techniques, learning company repertoire and taking part in creative tasks while approaching our unique choreographic process.

We also offer masterclasses, professional development days, INSET for teachers and mock auditions for Higher Education students. Participants will learn company repertoire and expand their skill base and understanding of contemporary dance.

All our sessions can be tailored around your organisation or group’s schedule, and usually last from two hours to a full day (or more!). They can take place anywhere in the UK, provided travel and accommodation can be arranged for our teachers.


Whenever possible, we ask for a contribution towards the delivery of our activity to help cover costs only.
Thanks to our current funding, we are able to offer subsidised sessions to organisations meeting our free sessions criteria. Get in touch to find out more about our workshop fees.

Click here to find out more information about our Faultline workshops.

“It was different to anything I had done before.”
DANCE student


We are always seeking new schools and groups interested in dance to work with us on our short term or our long-term projects. These offer an insight into Shobana Jeyasingh’s work as a choreographer and how artists turn research into creativity. Participants are encouraged to use Shobana’s research and choreographic processes to create their own work in dance or in other art forms.We have established fully funded projects and we are looking to recruit schools or community groups to work with us on the following projects:

  • Concepts of Movement

    In partnership with The Courtauld Gallery, investigating the depiction of movement both in the visual arts and in dance.
    Start date: Autumn 2016

  • Bayadère – Dancing the Ninth Life

    Exploring the themes of cultural differences and stereotypes.
    Start date: Autumn 2016

  • Contagion

    Engaging participants with choreographic research and development based on a new site specific work currently in development.
    Start date: First two weeks of September 2016

“The workshop was challenging, fun and inspiring”
Dance student

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The Place, Easter Dance Course – Intensive (Level 3)

During the Easter break, join company dancers Avatâra Ayuso, Estela Merlos and Wayne Parsons as they offer participants at The Place a fascinating insight into the company’s practice and unique choreographic process. Participants will explore current works such as Material Men…

The Place, Easter Dance Course – Intensive (Level 2)

During the Easter break, we will be offering participants at The Place a fascinating insight into the company’s practice and unique choreographic process. Participations will explore current work such as our 2015 piece, Bayadère – The Ninth Life. As part…

Previous Projects

Mulberry Blooms

In November 2013 four students from Mulberry School for Girls worked with a company dancer artist on a residency project exploring Shobana’s research starting points for Strange Blooms.

Investigating the topic of flowering plants as determined, adaptable and intelligent life forms, the students chose their own point of focus from this research, and developed dance material as solos and duets, and directed other students using Shobana’s choreographic techniques. At the end of the week, they shared their work with their teachers through performance and verbal presentation. Their creative journey was documented as a film of the project.

“I am proud to look back and say: I created a dance piece!”
Participant, Mulberry School for Girls


In July 2012, Shobana Jeyasingh worked with Mulberry School for Girls to create a new dance work, specifically for Arnold Circus. An energetic and playful performance, strata explored the levels and layers of the unique garden in the heart of East London. Students worked with company dancers to explore themes of layers, levels and divisions and the Olympic and Paralympic Values. The students worked with dance artists intensively for one week, then performed the piece for a public audience on the Friday evening.
The project was delivered in partnership with local arts venue Rich Mix.

Faultline Workshops

Faultline is a set professional work on the AQA GCSE Dance specification; it is also an ideal work to study for BTEC and A-Level. We have a range of resources to support the study and teaching of the work. These include a free resource pack, Faultline DVD, music and CD-ROM.

BITEF residency. Photo: Jelena Jankovic

“The workshop was fantastic!”
School teacher

Enquiries and Bookings

To make a booking or for more information on our Learning and Participation programme please contact:

Alice Odin
Learning and Participation Manager
(Please note I work part time)
+ 44 (0)20 7697 4446