Community Workshops


Nonsuch has an unrivalled reputation for delivering community adult education programmes, in many formats and locations.

It provides regular historical dance workshops through adult education colleges such as Morley College and evening classes at the Central School of Ballet, alongside its own classes and summer schools, which are open to interested people of all ages and levels of ability. Many of the performing company began their association with us through participating in classes and workshops.

We also have worked on workshop event programmes with partnership organisations, typically heritage sites, where we work with the specific communities associated it. At the period Victorian old Music Hall, Hoxton Hall, we provided a day of presentations and classes in Victorian quadrilles and cotillions for family audiences to celebrate the history of the building. We worked with Ham House, Richmond (National Trust property), the Old Naval College Greenwich, the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and at Nonsuch Park on Family Days involving costumed demonstrations of dance to complement their own education and outreach programmes, and with the Geffrye Museum to deliver a 1950’s day where we provided demonstrations and classes in Jive and Rock and Roll as part of their wider remit to access the older members of the community.

Nonsuch actively seeks out project partners to deliver its community education programme, and can provide organisations with activities that are entertaining, educational, accessible and interactive, for all ages and abilities. As part of Big Dance week, Nonsuch worked with the London Festival of Architecture to deliver Moving Architecture, a street dance event for all, involving medieval line dancing and the Tudor Hokey Cokey!

As well as short or day long events and classes, Nonsuch also develops longer term programmes. To mark Chipping Norton’s celebration of its 1607 charter, Nonsuch provided a week long residency which combined schools workshops and adult evening classes which culminated in a costumed Tudor evening of dance for the whole community.

We can also provide lecture sessions on Historical Dance, such as our recent collaboration with art historian, Sian Walters, Dance in Art, presented at the National Gallery, and beyond through NADFAS.

We are part of the national body for historical dance, the Early Dance Circle, and as such, are regular performers at many festivals which also deliver accessible and informative historical dance events.

Nonsuch has extensive experience in creating bespoke events and workshops for the wider community, and works on a national basis. If you would like further details about our work please contact us via the contacts page. We’d be delighted to discuss your potential projects further.