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Don’t just read books – dance them!

Every day this autumn, libraries across West London are coming to life with dancing books.

It’s all part of a community dance project created and produced by DanceWest, a local dance company based in Hammersmith.

Dancing Books offers free dance classes in libraries for pre-school children and their families. Children's books are nominated by families, and then used as the inspiration for movement, dance and kinaesthetic storytelling.

It helps the development of literacy skills, inspires storytelling and encourages families to dance together.

“It’s like the words are popping out of the page” says Ann Cooper, Area Manager for Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries.

With National Lottery funds through our Grants for the Arts programme, the project was developed with the Tri-borough Culture and Libraries team (covering Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster). It builds on a successful pilot delivered over six weeks in Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith Libraries in 2016.

Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said:

“Libraries have always been places of discovery. Dancing Books is a great example of how the arts and culture sector can work with libraries to help more people have fantastic cultural experiences. It enriches families, brings communities together and introduces young children to the joy of movement and the love of libraries.”

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