Participatory Programme

Dance North’s Participatory Programme was established in August 2015 with the engagement of our Dance Development Officer to offer regular classes, one-off workshops and performance opportunities across the length and breadth of Moray. Our Participatory Programme offers primary school aged children,  young people, older people and people with additional support needs new opportunities to experience and take part in dance.

If you would like to hear more about our Participatory Programme, or speak to us about providing dance and movement activities for your group, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01309  691661 or

Dance North Youth (ages 7-19)

Dance North Youth is aimed at young people aged 7-19 who want to explore dance and performance as a recreational activity. As well as benefiting physical health and fitness, participation in dance and movement can also help to increase a young person’s confidence, supporting the understanding of one’s own physical ability and promoting a positive body image. Encouraging creativity and expression, the weekly classes provides young people with the opportunity to hone their technical, choreographic and performance skills, learning from both professionals and peers from diverse backgrounds. A Youth Dance Summer School is also run in Elgin each July.

Classes cost £3 per session and take place each week at:
Elgin Academy, Thursdays, 16.00-17.30 read more
Fochabers Public Institute, Mondays, 16.00-17.00 (age 7-11) and 17.00-18.15 (age 11+) read more
NEW GROUP at Forres Community Centre, Tuesdays, 16.15-17.30 (age 11+) read more

Our Dance and Movement Group is a weekly group for young people aged 8-14 with additional support needs that encourages creativity and self expression through dance and movement in a supportive environment. Classes take place each week in Nairn Community and Arts Centre, Tuesdays, 16.30-17.30 read more

All Dance North Youth classes are open to all levels of experience and new people can join at any time – first session is free!

Older People (aged 55+)

The Dance Development Officer works closely with the Older Persons Development Team at the Moray Council to provide dance and movement activities to Be Active Life Long groups, as well as the Elgin, Lossiemouth and Buckie Sing, Exercise and Tea groups. Adapting content to suit the needs and capabilities of those participating, dance is mixed with gentle standing and seated exercise to increase mobility, strength and fitness. Find out how to join in

The demand for such activity has been particularly high and the Dance Development Officer has also provided activities for those living in Sheltered Housing and Residential Care Homes across the region.

People with Additional Support Needs

At Dance North, we’re keen to develop new and creative ways of working with people who have additional support needs. As well as dance being an enjoyable and creative way to develop overall health and wellbeing, it can also positively impact a person’s communication, expression and sociability. Working in partnership with local authorities, social care services and organisations that exist to support people with additional needs, the Dance Development Officer has a strong level of expertise and interest in this field. Since the establishment of our Community Dance Programme in 2015, the Dance Development Officer has delivered dance and movement activities in day care centres, for charities, to community groups and as one-to-one private sessions for people with additional support needs across Moray.