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An introduction to dance for Early Years
Wednesday 26 July 2023, hosted by Liz Clark with Louise Klarnett
A one-day course in the studio for dancers, teaching artists and community practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with Early Years children (aged 4 years and under).
£95 Members/£145 Non-Members (plus £40 online course cost if required)


You will also be introduced to People dancing’s  Early Years Network (EYDN) and opportunity to  stay connected to us and fellow course participants beyond the day. EYDN meets both online and in person for practice, discussion and advocacy for dance in the lives of children under-4 and their families.

By taking this course you will:

  • Gain creative, inclusive practical dance and movement ideas and ideas for music
  • Acquire new content for EYs practice through an example session
  • Gain a better understand how dance and movement can support a child’s sense of safety
  • Gain a better understanding of the importance of touch though experiential learning
  • Gain an appreciation of children’s individuality and expression through your own body ‘listening’
  • Identify and relate skills to your own individual practice.

To gain the most from this course we ask that participants have completed (ideally) or commenced the Introduction to Leading Dance for Early Years online programme designed for those who want to rise to the challenge of working creatively, sensitively and respectfully with Early Years children through dance. If not already completed, the cost of this for course participants is £40, purchased at the time of booking.

All attendees are also warmly invited for refreshments and a FREE lecture-demonstration with Anusha Subranyam on the development of the practice around her hit Early Years show ‘Choogh, Choogh’ which depicts a train journey through India.

About Liz Clark

Liz is People Dancing’s Associate Artist for Early Years. She is also a dance artist, trainer and consultant with over 25 years experience of working in dance in early years and with children with special educational needs. Liz also leads a coaching programme for Early Years Practitioners which was shortlisted for a 2022 National Day Nurseries Award for its work to supporting children with SEND. She blogs thoughts and ideas about dance and creativity at and is passionate about enabling other people’s creativity to blossom, the power of dance to transform relationships and making dance accessible and inclusive.

She is Artistic Director of Turned On Its Head, a dance company making dance theatre for 0-4’s. From 2020-21 she was also the lead artist on the Talent 25 arts research programme at De Montfort University working with babies aged 0-2:

Image credit: Liz Clark. Photo: Ruth Taylor.

About Louise Klarnett

Over the last 24 years Louise has developed an extensive dance and movement practice working with young babies through to ninety-plus year olds. She frequently works with those facing challenging circumstances, such as health issues (cancer/ brain injury), trauma, economic deprivation, special educational needs and profound and multiple learning disabilities. Her work takes place in children’s centres, nurseries, schools, colleges, day centres, sheltered housing, hospices and hospitals as well as more traditional arts and cultural settings.

Throughout her career Louise has worked in early years and enjoys developing significant relationships with settings. Current settings are in their 13th, 5th and 4th years. Louise works at Chelsea & Wesminster Hospital with Cai Tomos and The National Hospital Neurology for Rosetta Life, for whom she is an associate. She is dance artist: participation for Dance Art Foundation and dance artist in residence for 3 EYs settings, including The Magpie Project - for women affected by homelessness and their children under 5. Louise has been involved with Emily Jenkins’ Move Dance Feel since 2019. She has worked on numerous projects for Scottish Dance Theatre, led workshops and training at conferences and events including Scottish Ballet’s Moving Minds on behalf of People Dancing, Y Dance Scotland, Hofesch Schecter, Dance Umbrella, Barbican Guildhall, Dance Network Association and numerous London Boroughs. She was a Critical Friend of the Royal Opera House supporting the development of their EYs Dots programme and has led intergenerational workshops for the V&A museum and for Wilderness Festival.

Louise is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist with a qualification in ‘Living Anatomy’.

Image credit TOP and ABOVE: Louise Klarnett. Credit: Alice Underwood.