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Workshops: City

Wychwood Festival workshops—dance

Workshops are a great way to learn to learn new dances and are good fun too! Learn a lively and expressive dance like Bhangra or just take pleasure in boosting physical and mental wellbeing through the movement of morning yoga.

City is action packed with world class dance for all the family helping gain a fun and richer experience of different cultures of rhythmic movement guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.

Wychwood Festival Professor Elemental

Professor Elemental’s Rap Workshop

Following his Big Top Show, Professor Elemental will run an interactive rap workshop. He has been a freelance workshop facilitator for the last five years, working with every age and ability imaginable. Give him an hour and he can get anyone writing and performing a rap.

Run by Professor Elemental

Wychwood Festival – Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

Modern Cautionary Tales for Children

From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time.

A mixture of fun poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling and a touch of pants making for a hilarious and positive thought provoking experience. A raucous, silly, scary, funny, poignant and enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem in a ground-breaking show… written and performed by one of the UK’s foremost performance poets.

Run by Murray Lachlan Young

Wychwood Festival Samba


Try your hand at samba drumming! Learn to play the authentic instruments and rhythms used in the Rio Carnival with expert tutor David Walter from Olá Samba. Expect loud, high-energy drumming and to be able to put on a performance by the end. Earplugs provided!

Run by Stroud Samba

Wychwood Festival Charleston Dance

Charleston Dance

The world’s most famous and popular dance craze. Charleston started almost 100 years ago and it is still going strong. Whether you are new to dancing or experienced this fun class will have you grinning from ear to ear. No partner required and all are welcome.

Run by Gloster Swing Dance

Wychwood Festival Swing dance

Swing Dance

Swing dancing started 90 years ago in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem NYC. It emerged along with the big bands of the era such as Glen Miller and Benny Goodman. The Dance has seen a huge rennaisence in the last 20 years or so and now we have our own big bands to dance to such as Ray Collins' and the Speakeasies.

This class will show you the basics of this great fun partner dance. No experience needed and if you have two left feet—bring them both—no problem! No Partner required.

Run by Gloster Swing Dance

Wychwood Festival Shim Sham Dance

Shim Sham Dance

At the Savoy Ballroom, some Lindy hoppers did the ”Shim Sham“ as a group line dance. A bunch of dancers would just jump up and start doing the Shim Sham on the side of the ballroom and then everybody would join in.

In the mid-1980s the Shim Sham was re-introduced at New York Swing Dance Society dances. This version—The Frankie Manning version—of the Shim Sham has really caught on, and it's now done at swing dances all over the world.

Run by Gloster Swing Dance

Morning Yoga


Sharing Yoga is a great way to start a festival day. Come and enjoy a good stretch, some good breathing and some quiet time for you. Yoga will bring balance to your body and mind and help give you a positive perspective to your life. The theme this year will be Peace. The session will be safely suitable for all. Please bring something to lie on.

Run by Jane Rotheray

Wychwood Festival Belly Dance For All

Belly Dance For All

Come and join Carol (MIRAGE) and her troupe AURORA and learn a simple Belly Dance choreography to bring out your inner Goddess and impress your friends. Open to all, children to be accompanied by an adult.

Run by Syren/Mirage

Wychwood Festival Belly Dance With A Twist

Belly Dance With A Twist

Come and join SYREN and learn Belly Dance moves with attitude. Open to all, children to be accompanied by an adult.

Run by Syren/Mirage


Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex manoeuvres, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.

Run by Instructor Lua

Musical Theatre For All The Family

Learn song and dance numbers from popular Musical Theatre shows. Learn new skills whilst getting fit and having fun!

Run by Cameo Stars