This unique style of dance originated in the South African gold mines during the oppressive apartheid laws. The black miners used to work for up to three months in total darkness under terrible conditions. The mines frequently flooded with water, and the authorities decided it would be cheaper to issue all the miners with Wellington boots (known as gumboots in South Africa) than to drain the mines. As the miners were forbidden to talk to each other, they used boot slapping as an alternative way to communicate. Outside of the mines this developed into gumboot dancing. 

This workshop is adapted to be suitable for students from Key Stage One to Key Stage Three.


Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Learn a piece of dance using a variety of body movements inspired by South African gumboot dance
  • Learn about the historical context of gumboot dance
  • Develop rhythmic skills
  • Develop ability to work in an ensemble
  • Develop confidence, leadership, communication and social skills through creating and performing together

Access and space requirements

This workshop requires:

  • Participants need to wear P.E. clothing and wellies
  • A large classroom or hall with a large cleared space

Suggested length of sessions

Maximum 30 participants per group.

Foundation Stage: 20 minutes per session
Key Stage 1: 30 minutes per session
Key Stage 2: 1 hour per session
Key Stage 3: 1 hour per session
Key Stages 4 & 5: Half day/full day - please contact us.

£375 Full Day (maximum 5 hours)
£275 Half Day (maximum 3 hours)

Plus travel expenses and VAT.