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Over the academic year 2017/18 the Challenge 59 team invited primary schools from across East London to explore and tackle health & wellbeing issues with their pupils through the use of dance and film in the classroom. The project provides schools with a dance-in-education framework for KS1 & KS2 exploring the physical, emotional and psychosocial impact of bringing more movement into the school curriculum through embodied learning.

Schools can get involved by attending a Teacher Training session through which they gain access to our comprehensive Teacher’s Resource. Schools are also given the opportunity to work with our team over a longer period of time or more intensive periods of time through Artist Residencies and Bespoke Workshops.

Teacher Training

This is a Half-Day/Twilight Workshop led by Challenge 59 Artistic Director Jo Rhodes. Teachers will be taken through cross-curricular learning methods to utilise dance to promote healthy living and wellbeing as well as given techniques on delivering dance & film lessons with confidence in the classroom. Furthermore, the training session will offer an introduction and access to our comprehensive Teacher’s Resource.

Teacher's Resource

Accessible online and in print to teachers who have attended a Teacher Training Introductory Workshop, this fun, user-friendly resource includes a 6-week scheme of work for Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 together with creative games/activities which not only link to physical activities but also to psychosocial wellbeing and explore Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual health components. Besides a brilliant foreword by Sir Ken Robinson it features:

  • 6-week Lesson Plans for Years 1-3 & Years 4-6
  • EYFS - Lesson Ideas
  • 4 x Dance Tutorial Videos & Music Tracks
  • 1 x Pack of Challenge Play Cards
  • 1 x Emoji Poster
  • 1 x Value List
  • 1 x Reflective Wheel

Dance Tutorials

Schools who take part in Challenge 59 have access to four Dance Tutorial Videos online for a Thinking, Feeling, Relating and Being dance. Each dance is 59 seconds short and is accompanied by commissioned music by composer Alex Paton. The dances can be used as a ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ activity, for warm-ups to PE, a flash mob activity in the playground, a stimulus for associated lesson plans and as movement breaks in between classroom activities.

Bespoke Workshops

The Challenge 59 team understands the differing needs and aims of schools, their teaching staff and pupils. We offer bespoke workshops to accommodate your requirements such as:

  • Twilight Sessions
  • Artist Residencies
  • Performance Workshops
  • Creative Workshops
  • Staff Development Sessions (one-to-one)

Please contact us to discuss more.


As well as a final film premiere event where children come to watch their final 59 second films, we also offer family creative dance workshops with a live musician. In addition, last year we were commissioned by East London Dance and HeadStart Newham to lead an intensive Easter residency for children at risk of developing mental health issues.