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Past projects

Past projects by our Arts Development team.

Loughton Youth Theatre (LYT) was performing arts group for young people aged 9 to 16 years in Loughton. It was run by a 3-way partnership between Epping Forest District Council, Ignite (St Mary’s Church Community Group) and Community Arts at Roding Valley High School. The popularity of LYT grew that other smaller groups came to be. A backstage crew started to meet weekly to design and make the set, props and costumes for each performance. Musical Theatre played a big part of LYT too, with productions of Annie Junior and Seussical the Musical taking to the stage.LYT has developed a lot over the last few years and is now run as Epping Forest Community Theatre.

This project ran over 2 years and involved a wide range of groups and individuals across the district in a number of different art activities. The project was inspired by the ethos of post war make do and mend. Participants joined in with fashion workshops; changing old into new, Big Draw events, jive, lindy hop and swing dance classes and music workshops.All aspects of the project came together on display as an exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey.Groups involved: Way 2000, Jessops Court, Limes Farm Youth Club, Loughton Youth Club, Oral History Participants, and Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The Meeting Point was made up of 2 different parts - an intergenerational project and to raise awareness of a conservation area in Chipping Ongar. Pupils from Chipping Ongar Primary School and residents of Finch Court, Ongar came together in a number of workshops to create a dance piece and film. Ideas for the dance came from poems the year 5 class had written about Cripsey Brook, Jubilee Nature Reserve. The project ended in a family fun day, run by our Countrycare team with a performance from the school and a screening of the film.Groups Involved: Chipping Ongar Primary School, Finch Court – Ongar, Ongar Town Council, and Countrycare.

Between 2011 and 2012 our Dance Development Artists, Vanessa Gayton and Vicky Quirke and musicians from Drake Music worked with over 700 people across the district, of all ages and abilities, to create an en-masse dance performance with a unique soundtrack.Participants included primary and secondary school classes, residential homes for older people and those with learning and physical disabilities and afterschool dance clubs.The final dance was performed at Waltham Abbey Town Show on 24 June 2012, as part of the London 2012 celebrations, Sparks Will Fly.Groups involved: Missy Movers (now All Saints) - Chipping Ongar Primary School, Healthworks Street Dance, PopDance UK, West Hatch High School, Shelley Primary School, Woodredon House, Nazeing Primary School, Finch Court, Epping Forest College, Flash Dancers and Mini Flash Dancers - Ivy Chimneys Primary School, Hereward Primary School, Upshire Primary School, Hyde Mead House, Pelly Court Evergreen Group.

Works Like a Charm was inspired by the artefacts from touring exhibition ‘China in the East’ at Epping Forest District Museum. The collection included many objects used for luck which became the basis for the art work of Works Like a Charm.The project was based at the Limes Farm estate, Chigwell to involve as many people (groups and individuals) from the area to have their input into the new community centre being built. Good luck sayings, actions and objects were transformed in to art pieces and installed in various parts of the hall. Look out for tiles, footpaths, boxes in the walls and words on the windows.Groups involved: The Eclub Youth Club, Limes Farm Infant School, Limes Farm Junior School, The Open Group – Craft group, Residents at Wickfields Home, Limes Farm Synagogue, The ESOL Group, Residents at Sherrell House, Limes Farm Youth Group, Tru Stars Parents & Toddlers Group, and Residents of Limes Farm estate.

As part of the Make a Move legacy, Map the Move was created as a digital community dance project. Groups learnt different routines (seated, basic or advanced) and filmed their performance. All the short films performances were edited together by videographer Erato Tzavara. The film takes you around the district to watch a small clip of each group perform their piece, including one from council staff!Groups involved: Finch Court, Shelley Dance Stars, Epping Forest College – Skills for Life group and Dance students, VAEF Befriending groups – North Weald and Buckhurst Hill, Flashdancers, EFDC staff, Woodredon House.

Transitions Epping Forest (Transitions EF) was a continuation of ‘Transitions’ a year-long development programme which happened from July 2007 to July 2008. The project paired artists and schools together to explore their own creativity, develop creative projects for their schools and explore new ideas.Transitions EF worked in the same but artists were paired with staff from Care Homes; activity coordinators and care assistants to develop creative ideas and activities for residents (focusing on those living with dementia)  to take part in.Each activity was referred to as a ‘recipe,’ as the activity could be adapted to fit the needs of those participating and was made into a recipe book.Groups involved: Ashlar House – Epping, Marcris House – Theydon Bois, Paternoster House – Waltham Abbey, VAEF Befriending Group – Buckhurst Court, and Buckhurst Hill.

Our Lopping was a week long festival with activities and events to raise the profile of the hall. Festival events included; behind the scene tours, lectures on the history of the building, film screenings for adults and children, art installations, creative workshops and performances from Loughton Amateur Dramatics Society, White Rabbit, Epping Forest College Dance and Music students and an open mic night. Plus an exhibition of art work relating to the hall by Epping Forest College Art Students was displayed in Loughton Arts Centre.Groups involved: Epping Forest College – Fine Art, Photography, Music, Dance Students, White bridge Primary School, Loughton Amateur Dramatics Society, White Rabbit, and Loughton Arts Centre.

Transitions Essex followed the same set up as Transitions Epping Forest; pairing artists with care home staff to develop a range of activities for older people, focusing on those living with dementia. We worked more closely with Essex County Council on Transitions Essex, seeking advice on which care homes to work with. Homes within the Basildon area were selected and ‘journeys’ (each different activity) were made.Groups involved: Anisha Grange - Laindon, Beech House – Basildon, Evelyn May House – Langdon Hills, and Woodbury Court – Laindon.


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Current projects

Current and regular projects by our Arts Development team.

A fun and creative activity devised by our Dance Development Artists to address health and wellbeing for Key Stage 1 pupils, during weekly assemblies. Messages about healthy eating and exercise are delivered through playful movement. Pupils of Shelley Primary School designed their own logo for this project, which were used as inspiration for the final design. Roydon Primary School is helping to develop the scheme to include a project pack for other schools.

An exciting partnership project with The Red Balloon Family Ltd offers top quality performing arts activities for children and young people in the district. Working on original drama productions devised by the group members for public performance.

  • Loughton Children’s Theatre & Loughton Youth Theatre

For school years 3 to 6 and 7 to 9. Meetings are on Mondays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Grosvenor Hall, Grosvenor Drive, Loughton, IG10 2LD.

  • Epping Youth Theatre

For school years 3 to 9. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at St. John’s Church, St. John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN.To register or to find out more visit or call 020 3086 8186. Subsidised spaces are available through the Pupil Premium scheme at their school.

eNgage is a youth and community dance show comprising of a variety of groups, dance styles, ages and abilities. Groups from the Epping Forest district and further afield are invited to perform for 1 night in a professional theatre.
Motiv8 is an annual dance show giving groups within the district a chance to perform over 2 nights at the Epping Forest College in Loughton. The dancers range from the age of 5 to 18 years old and perform different style of dances.Performers include those from afterschool groups, stage school, local dance groups and primary, secondary and higher education. We work closely with the college to deliver this show, working in partnership with Epping Forest College of Performing Arts. Students design the flyer and programme, take official photographs and film, give technical support, create theatrical make-up and hair. Student Ambassadors help backstage and students studying dance open and close the show.

There are 3 music schools in the district - Epping, Loughton and Ongar. They are run by Essex Music Services and offer a variety of lessons as well as the opportunity to take part in different ensembles.

During this project, Arts Development artist, Helen Morse Palmer, has been working with residents and staff from Norway House, hostel for homeless people, to create a large scale, site specific art piece for the main ‘officers’ mess’ hall in the building.The artwork reflects the connections of Norway House to both World War I and World War II, when it was an officers’ mess and provided housing for pilots from all over the world, in particular from Norway. It also incorporates quotes from residents about their experiences at Norway House.

This project is to support and develop singing within primary schools by placing a trained singer to assist with existing choirs or help set up a new one. Schools that have been involved include Chipping Ongar Primary School, Moreton Primary School, Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School.

Our Community Services bring a wide range of activities and events to the district every summer from the end of July to keep children and families entertained. The Arts Development team offer creative workshops i.e. drawing, colouring, dancing, model making, animation and music. We visit various locations across the district during this time to bring the fun to you!

Throughout the year, be on the look out for our children’s theatre shows. Previously we have worked with companies such as Bangers & Mash Theatre Company, Blunderbus Theatre Company, Freehand Theatre and Long Nose Puppets who bring characters to life like Charlie Bear, Elliott the Dog, Plop the Barn Owl, Dotty the Dragon, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Shoe Baby and Penguin.




Motiv8 is an annual dance show giving groups in the district a chance to perform over 2 nights at the Epping Forest College in Loughton. The dancers range from the age of 5 to 18 years old and perform different style of dances.

Performers include those from afterschool groups, stage school, local dance groups and primary, secondary and higher education. We work closely with the college to deliver this show, working in partnership with Epping Forest College Performing Arts. Students design the flyer and programme, take official photographs and film, give technical support, provide theatrical make up and hair. Student Ambassadors help backstage and students studying dance open and close the show.

Presented by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Epping Forest College, Performing Arts. Motiv8 is part of the U.Dance network of events which is a national programme that aims to provide every child and young person with the opportunity to take part in a dance performance each year.

Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 March 2018 7.30pm

Doors open 7.10pm

Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SA

Motiv8 is themed for 2018: Celebrating Different Cultures in Epping Forest. Tickets on sale now! 

Tickets are now fully booked. No spaces available for either day. 


Motiv8 2017 took place on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March. Click here to view some photographs from the show.



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Workshops and classes

All year round, we provide a programme of activities consisting of classes, workshops, performances and events.Details of current and upcoming events can be found in our events calendar whilst here you can find further details of some of the established groups that we work with to provide opportunities around the district.

An exciting project supported by Epping Forest District Council. The Red Balloon Family Ltd offers top quality performing arts activities for children and young people in the district.For further information visit or call Luke on 020 3086 8186.
Epping Forest Music Schools are run by Essex Music Services. Each music school offers a variety of lessons and the opportunity to take part in different ensembles. If you are interested in learning more about what each school offers please contact the Teacher In Charge, details as listed below

St. John's Music School

St. John's School, Bury Lane, Epping, Essex CM16 5JBTeacher in Charge - Julia Williams - email 

Roding Valley Music School

Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 3JATeacher in Charge - Robert Wickes - call 07802 866829 

Ongar Music School

Chipping Ongar Primary School, Greensted Road, Ongar, Essex CM5 9LATeacher in Charge - Chris Burn - call 01277 362416 Concessions are available through the Essex County Council Voucher Scheme. For more details please contact the Teacher in Charge.

Our youth dance programme is widening the opportunities available to children and young people, getting them involved in dance and helping them to get fitter whilst having fun. We work in partnership with a number of schools, providing after-school dance clubs for their pupils.

Dance Your Socks Off

If you are, or are about to be, a qualified dance teacher who enjoys teaching children of all ages or specialises in a particular style of dance then we want to hear from you!For more information on teaching opportunities contact our Dance Engagement Officer on 01992 716882 or email

Dance Mapping Project

The dance mapping project is a database of different dance clubs and classes for all ages in the district. It helps us to identify what other classes are needed in the relevant areas and helps residents to find the right class for them.If you run a dance club and would like it included in the project, please contact us on 01992 716882 or email

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