Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) is committed to delivering unique, inclusive, high quality educational experiences, which range from workshops in nursery, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities for dance and theatre students, museums and memorial halls to creative activities for elderly people in residential and day care homes, and professional development opportunities for artists.
To nurture participants’ self-belief and confidence in dance;
To offer enrichment experiences that go beyond dance - supporting those with mental wellbeing issues;
To support schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey.
It is important to ESD to cultivate strong working relationships with education providers. Our engagement opportunities can be tailored to suit participants of all ages and abilities, so when you book, we encourage you to let us know any special requirements and/or preferences so that we can create a bespoke experience.
To book or discuss please contact us via
Choose between various options to build your own workshop experience with Eliot Smith Dance!
Choose Your Objective from our repertoire click here>
Choose Your Theme:
• Storytelling in dance
• Developing character in dance
• Behind-the-scenes: choreography and the creative process
• Dance technique and developing professional practice
Choose Your Focus:
• To experience learning from and dancing with ESD
• To use the engagement opportunity as part of your Artsmark journey
• Bespoke – Please let us know your requirements and we can tailor workshops to match your specific objectives.
Eliot Smith Dance is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.
Perform on stage and open the show for ESD!
Enjoy working closely with ESD either during an intense and education-rich 1-day intensive or spread over 4 1.5 hour workshops, plus a rehearsal with the company.
Technique Class — An introduction to the Smith Method
Creative Class — Choreography and improvisation
Rehearsal — Learn your performance choreography for your 5 minute curtain raiser.
During the intensive you will get the chance to meet Artistic Director Eliot Smith and the ESD company dancers, develop your performance and choreographic skills, and experience performing as part of a professional theatrical production.
Community cast: people from the community taking part in professional productions;
Open public dance classes.
Many of our community outreach are open to those with no prior dance experience.
See the NEWS page for announcements.
Intensives (Winter and Summer): open to professional dance artists;
Work Placement: open to students in their final year of training or have graduated from vocational training programmes. Work with ESD for one academic term, including the opportunity to perform professionally on stage at least once with the company;
Open Professional Class: Open to professional dancers and those soon to graduate. Take Class with the ESD Company dancers;
Private Tuition: ESD Dancers are available to personally deliver 1 hour to termly packages in dance technique, choreography, directing and fitness.
See the NEWS page for scheduling and availability.