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Dance n’ Chat is an 8-week programme of support for 11-16-year-olds with mild to moderate emotional problems.  

The sessions are co-facilitated by a professional dance artist from Pavilion Dance South West and a wellbeing practitioner from Dorset Mind. 

The sessions are fun and informal and use dance to implement the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

How to join us: 

Dance n’ Chat is currently only available to students at The Cornerstone Academy. If you are a student at this school and wish to join us, please complete the below referral form and return via email to 

Provided that parental consent is given, referrals are accepted from: 

  • CAMHS 
  • Schools 
  • Parents/carers/guardians 
  • GP 
  • Any other professionals (social worker, support worker, teacher, counsellor, etc.) 
  • Self-referrals 

Referral form: Dance N’Chat registration form PDSW

Feedback from Dance N’Chat Students:

I’ve learnt that…

I can express myself through dance and that I love dance”

I can express my emotions and not have to feel restricted”

I can feel like never before”


Connected Minds: Dance is a partnership project between Dorset Mind and Pavilion Dance South West, supported by RIO: Cultural Education Challenge.

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