Thrive Dance Academy - an intervention programme for YP living in Surrey


Thrive Dance Academy 1
Graduates in October 2018

Project Information:

Why are The Dance Movement running Thrive Dance Academy?

Thrive Dance Academy is an intervention project for young people living in Surrey who are NEET (16-18 yrs and not in education, employment or training); at risk of exclusion from school or are excluded.

The first pilot of the project was delivered in October 2018 and served to test out the feasability of delivering a longer-time interventional programme for young people in need of a positive alternate educational experience that can help them build trust with adults, take part & commit to a process through which they might celebrate in their personal achievments & be celebrated by others. 

The second pilot is currently running and culminates this Friday 21st June, 7pm at Farnham Maltings.

Who is running Thrive Dance Academy?

Thrive is delivered by The Dance Movement, a registered charity ( 1177731) resident at Farnham Maltings.  Thrive has been developed with support from the Wessex Dance Academy (WDA), a successfully established interventional dance programme funded by Hampshire County Council based in Winchester.  WDA features as a case study of excellence in OFSTEDs alternative curriculum examples.  86% of students who graduate through WDA go on to re-enter education, training or employment.

What happens at the Academy?

  1. You will dance every day, this will include a daily morning dance class, fitness, and afternoon choreography sessions.
  2. You will be supported and nurtured by our exceptional team of dance artists.
  3. You will not be given up on.
  4. You will perform in your own graduation dance show at the end of the programme.
  5. You can work towards a Bronze Level Arts Award.

Additional Information

  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for the students.
  • Dance clothes, costumes for the performance and hygiene products will be provided if required.
  • Travel warrants can be organised through Surrey CC.


In order to participate in Thrive, young people must be referred on to the programme by a teacher, a youth worker, a case worker or a parent.  Referral forms are available from

This project is modeled upon the Wessex Dance Academy, who have very kindly held our hand through the setting up of our pilot programmes.