For formal moves or freestyle fun, there’s a group for you in our fully accessible dance workshops.
We use dance as a way of expressing ourselves, connecting with others and keeping physically active.
Our Dance Director, Andrea leads sessions that are fun, collaborative and designed to allow all members to participate and thrive.
If you want to show off your movement skills there’s also the chance to bring your dance moves to our theatre productions and showcases.
WATCH BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR EPIC DANCE DRAMA, DEGAS
Co Founder & DANCE DIRECTOR
I co-founded the company with Viv Colvill over 30 years ago when we were tutors at The Dorincourt Centre in Leatherhead and have been involved in nearly every production since in one way or another.
With a background in music as well as dance, I was, in the early days, the Freewheelers music teacher teaching singing, keyboard and recorder. I added dance to the curriculum shortly after. When we became an independent theatre company in 2006 the popularity of the dance sessions led me to decide to concentrate on developing those workshops.
My dance training and background as choreographer has involved me teaching many different styles of dance and it is this diversity of technique which I like to bring to the sessions. In the weekly dance sessions the dancers learn ballet, contemporary and jazz technique in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. Along with this dancers may learn everything from Charleston and Waltz through to Samba and Jive and it is also really important that the dancers can impart their own ideas through improvisation. A combination of these form the pieces performed at the annual productions.
I have been so blessed to have been able to see the Freewheelers evolve over the last 30 years. It is more than just a theatre company – it is a group of wonderful people who, whether as performers, tutors, volunteers, ‘behind the scenes grafters’ or support network, come together to share their skills, passion, kindness, empathy and love. The result is a unique company who reach for the stars and produce the highest quality work and most importantly, are so amazing to spend time with.