All aboard! TVH funded dance project collaborates on innovative performance piece

A group of young dancers from the Thames Valley Housing (TVH) funded Dance Woking project have teamed up with The Urban Playground Team for a special performance this month at Party in the Park.

Steam: Local Line is a fast paced locomotive ride through time – from the days of the Wild West to inner city commuting, with a stop at the First World War along the way.

Dance Woking, which receives funding from TVH’s Community Chest initiative, is a project for local people of all ages that champions and celebrates dance as a socially and culturally relevant force. Performance parkour specialists The Urban Playground Team have been running regular teaching sessions with local teenagers at Dance Woking over the last year, culminating with the performance at Party in the Park on Saturday 9th July in Woking Park.

Alister O’Loughlin, a founding member of The Urban Playground Team said: “Dance Woking approached us with the idea to collaborate on a project as we both share a vision of creating work that is inclusive of young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in performance.”

Jonathan Buck, Community Investment Officer at Thames Valley Housing, said: “It’s great that our Community Chest can fund projects like Dance Woking, that provide young people in the local area with the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their confidence in the process.”

Editors notes

If you would like more information about Thames Valley Housing, please contact Gavin McNee, Communications and Campaigns Officer, on 020 8607 0622 or email him:

You can also find out more about TVH by going to Follow TVH on Twitter @ThamesValleyHA

About Thames Valley Housing Association:

Thames Valley Housing is based in Twickenham, West London and delivers housing for a wide range of people. Founded in 1966, the association manages and administers over 15,000 properties in London, Middlesex, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. Thames Valley Housing aims to meet the aspirations of all our customers and residents, helping them to get the home they want or need at the outset, providing further opportunities to move or buy later should they wish.  It provides affordable rented homes, shared ownership, and key worker accommodation, including the staff accommodation for eight NHS Trusts.

In order to generate a profit to help fund our social purpose, we also have a market rent business called Fizzy Living; and a joint venture to build housing for sale, called Opal.

To find out more about Dance Woking, please visit

Further information about The Urban Playground Team can be found at


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