Dancing Books 2017-2018

Dancing Books is a Community Dance project created and produced by DanceWest. Supported by Arts Council England, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The project offers free dance classes in Libraries for pre-school children and their families. Children's books are nominated and then used as the inspiration for the classes. Dancing Books encourages the development of literacy skills and inspires storytelling. Dancing Books - encourages everyone to get on their feet and get inspired about reading! Taking place across Tri-borough libraries the programme offers free dance classes to pre-school children and their families. Dancing Books encourages the development of literacy skills and inspires storytelling.


Past events - Dancing Books Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster

Monday 25 September - Monday 8 December 


  • Church Street Library - 10.15-11.00 

  • Chelsea Library - 14.00-14.45 


  • Queens Park Library - 10.15-11.00 


  • Victoria Library 10.15-11.00 


  • North Kensington Library 10.15-11.00 


  • Brompton Library 10.15-11.00 

Past events - DanceWest & Peabody Partnership - 2017

DanceWest is offering taster sessions in partnership with Peabody. Offering the chance for residents to try a Dancing Books session in their local Peabody Community Centre. Beyond the taster sessions DanceWest will support the families to connect to their local library and the ongoing programmes nearby. 

Past events - Dancing Books Pilot - 2016

Supported by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Dancing Books is a community project bringing dance to new environments and new audiences. Launching the project on World Book Day, the libraries asked their users to nominate their favourite book for under 5's. The winning titles have been used as an inspiration for creative dance classes. 

Dancing Books is an innovative project from DanceWest, a community start up for West London, bringing dance to local libraries and using literature and book materials as an inspiration and stimulus for the creation of movement activities.

Dancing Books pilot project was funded by the Hammersmith and Fulham Council under its Small Grants programme, and was delivered through free weekly one hour sessions over six weeks in April and May 2016 in Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith Library.

Dancing Books pilot reached over 120 families and engaged children from 6 months to 4 years and their parents and carers. The key to successful delivery of the pilot was the collaboration between DanceWest and participating libraries as well as active engagement with dance community and library users. 

Feedback from the pilot project

Fun and interactive, great both for children and adults.

It is very interactive, involving children and carer at the same time. Choreography is very clear, creative and easy to do.  

Stimulating, fun, different from usual rhyme sessions. I believe it will help my child’s learning and creativity.

Dancing Books is a great concept of bringing books to life, get little ones involved in storytelling. And it is a great way for children to start their adventure with books.

 I think it’s well worth the funding, it’s a great programme for children, babies, mums and carers. I would definitely recommend this to other mums.







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