FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Want to find a different way to engage your students?

We tailor the dance workshops to suit your school and the student’s needs. So take a look at the FAQ’s below or get in touch if you have other questions about what Zest Dance Workshops can do for you…


  • How long are the workshops?
  • What should the pupils wear?
  • Sound system?
  • What music do you use for the workshops?
  • DBS/CRB checks?
  • Can we do different styles of dance in one day?
  • How many children per class?
  • Costumes?
  • Can we take photos or film?
  • Is there teaching material left behind?
  • Can the children perform?
How long are the workshops?

The workshops can vary in length: We recommend from 30-45 mins for Nursery and Reception classes, 45 minutes for Key Stage 1, and 1-2 hours hours is suitable for key stage 2 and above. We are happy to fit in with your timetable, so if you want to fit in lots of different classes in one school day we can shorted all the lessons to around 30-40 minutes each. Please contact us for more detailed information on the your specific dance workshop.

What should the pupils wear?

We suggest that the children wear their PE kit as they will get hot and sweaty and need to wear loose clothes. But we do realise that this is not always practical, especially for very young children or if the sessions are only 30 minutes long. If this is the case, then school uniform and bare feet is fine, tights off for the girls though to prevent them slipping, or plimsolls or trainers for everyone.

Sound system?

We require a CD player when we visit your school. Please let us know if this is going to be a problem so we can arrange to bring our own to use.

What music do you use for the workshops?

We only use music that is suitable for young impressionable ears with no swearing or inappropriate lyrics, (which is not easy to find these days!). We work hard on finding music which represents each style of dance and each country it is from. Music is a valuable teaching resource when studying a particular country – so we leave you a copy of the music so you can continue the dance after we have gone.

DBS/CRB checks?

All Zest teachers have current DBS or CRB certificates and dance insurance which covers pupils in their care. Let us know if you want us to send you a copy in advance.

Can we do different styles of dance in one day?

You can do as many different dance styles in one day as you like!

How many children per class?

We teach up to 30 children in a class to one Zest teacher. If there are a few more that’s ok, just let us know in advance. We do require another member of your staff to be present, especially with Key Stage 1 classes. We can’t take more than this amount of children to one Zest teacher as it becomes unsafe and not a good learning environment for students or the teacher.

If you have a large number of children we can send in multiple Zest teachers (an added cost) who can work with all the children in one large group if required.

Costumes?

Zest believes it is good to give children a visual picture of the dance style before the dance has even begun, as this is often what sticks in their mind most. If you are having a cultural dance workshops our teachers will dress up in appropriately themed outfits. These will give a flavour of the country, but will not be full on costumes as we need to dance all day so it has to be practical for us too. If you are having many different styles in one day it may not be possible to do multiple changes.

For our Bollywood, African and Carnival dance workshops we bring some costumes for the children to dress up in too.

Can we take photos or film?

It is great for schools to have a record of their children dancing and having fun, so putting up photographic displays or using video footage for parents evening etc is perfect. The code of practice keeps changing in schools as to whether you can take footage or not, it is up to the individual school policy. As far as Zest are concerned we are happy to be in your photos and film!

Or if you are happy to share your pics or videos with us please let us know so we can write a blog about our time in your school.

Is there teaching material left behind?

We can leave a copy of the music, notes on the workshop we have taught, or suggestions on how to continue the dance after we have gone. Please let us know what you require and we will make up a pack to leave you on your chosen dance style.

Can the children perform?

Yes! At Zest we feel that performance is a very important part of the dance workshop and something everyone should experience. The performance could be at the end of the class, in assembly at the end of the day or a larger performance at a later date. Please see our Workshop page for further details.



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