Groovement Project

Footwork In Flow: Make A Show In A Day!

Ages 12+
Thu 6 Apr
Workshop: 10am - 11amMaking the show & rehearsals: 12pm - 5pm/6pmPerformance: 7pmThere will be regular breaks throughout the day
10am - 8pm

Make A Show In A Day!

If you are a professional or pre-professional dance artist, or someone that is taking their dance and performance training to the next level, then this performance opportunity is for you.

Footwork in Flow will be a dynamic show that is part theatre, part Cypher, part jam session. Inspired by Chicago footwork, rhythm tap dance and electronic music, this performance opportunity is open to dancers from all movement styles that have an interest in rhythm, freestyle, improvisation and musicality. You must have a minimum of 3 years performance experience in any dance style.
You will take part two workshops during the morning. Jess Murray will lead a session about ways to work with rhythms and improvisation inspired by the tap dance culture known as Hoofin’. Then Drew Shears will introduce you to Chicago Footwork skills as you learn about the culture of this dance and music practice.
In the afternoon, Jess will take you through a KinaeSonic Co lab approach to creating dance and music improvised performance. Working with Jess and electronic musician Alex Kearney, you will develop material for the evening performance developing improvisation scores and creating improvised performance systems based that bring movement, music, and interactive lighting technologies together.


Workshops 10am - 12:30pm
Break 12:30pm - 1pm
Making the show 1pm - 6pm
Break 6pm - 6:30pm
Performance in show 7pm - 8pm


All workshop & performance participation places are FREE.
If you'd like to make a donation to support our work with young and emerging artists and creatives in the city you can do so after you have added your ticket to your cart.
To book tickets to watch the performance please click here

What is Footwork In Flow? 

Footwork in Flow is a day and evening of workshops and a performance inspired by Chicago Footwork, rhythm tap dance, and the improvised conversations between dance and music.
There are lots of ways to be involved, whether you come along to the performance and join the cypher, take part in an open level Chicago Footwork workshop, or get involved in the performance opportunity to be a part of show.
Audience guidance / trigger warnings / safe space
Age Guidance: suitable for ages 14+
Emotional / trigger warnings: non exepected.
Health warnings: this will be a very physical day so please wear loose, comfortable clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water / fluid to drink. The performance will feature flashing lights and possibly some haze smoke effect. If you have any questions about the content of the workshop please email us
Barbican Theatre and venues we make use of of are a safe space - safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender, identity, or sexual orientation.
All places are FREE.
If you'd like to make a donation to support our work with young and emerging artists and creatives in the city you can do so after you have added your ticket to your cart.
Venue Info, Accessibility & Seating
Barbican Theatre
Castle Street
The Barbican
Situated behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre just off the main Barbican road (opposite the 'Prawn' and Mayflower Steps.
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We have step free access from when you arrive at Barbican building to access the bar, theatre, studio, offices and accessible toilets.
More access info here
If you have any specific access requirements (for example wheelchair access) please leave details in the comment box when placing your order or email our team at and they will arrange this for you.


Reserved seating is in place for this performance.
Seats B5 & B7 are wheelchair accessible, if you require these seats please add 'access member' (here) to your account and you will have access to these. Please let us know of any access requirements you may have, including whether you would like the seat removed.
Both rows A & B are level access
What is the seating like? 
The seating in the raked area (rows A-O), the seating has arms. Seat - 17in/43cm Wide, 18in/46cm Long. Back - 20in/51cm Wide, 19in/48cm Long
Please get in contact if you do not think this seating will work for you and we can explore options.
If you are seated in 'the pit' (rows X & Y) the seats often do no have arms, they are not fixed seating and are added for each event with maximum 140 seat capacity.
About your workshop leaders

Drew Shears

Drew is known as one of the major figures for the South-West Street Dance scene since teaching in the region from 2009.
As well as teaching nationally and internationally, he currently runs ‘The Groovement Project Dance Company’ alongside Ellen Coulton, which has now grown to be one of the most successful dance companies in the U.K after being founded in 2013, and now has a growing global reputation after being widely praised in the international dance scene.
Since October 2020, Drew has also been a member of the world-famous Chicago Footwork crew ‘Creation Global,’ which is led by King Charles. He is one of just two members based in the UK, and is currently one of only a few leading ambassadors for the whole of the European Chicago Footwork scene.
As a result of this he was hand-picked as a dancer by the world-class director Cole Bennett to showcase this dance style in Central Cee’s ‘Doja’ music video (2022), and also recently worked with Dizzee Rascal for his latest music video in December 2022.
As well as Chicago Footwork, Drew is very well rounded in the Street Dance styles, in addition to Choreography, but has also built up a very strong reputation through house dance.
As well as being the current ‘World Of Dance’ UK House Battle Champion and being chosen to represent House in the UK for the world battle event ‘Red Bull: Dance Your Style amongst a mass of battle credits,’ he was the first dancer in the South-West to teach a regular House Dance class in 2010, and since then the South-West built on this, progressed and has become a major hotspot for House Dance in the UK; especially known for bringing through the next generation of House dancers in the UK as well as creating the prestigious ‘House Of Groove’ collective in 2013.
As a teacher, Drew has also helped to train and choreograph for G.P.D.C’s award-winning crews; racking up a staggering 47 wins since 2015, with this being unmatched at any other UK dance company.
This is in addition to training the next generation Street Dancers at The Groovement Project; picking up a mass of prestigious individual titles and achievements.
Drew also trained in Los Angeles in 2015, 2017 and 2022 alongside some of the finest dancers and teachers on the planet; taking groups from The Groovement Project to receive world-class training. Whilst there he also performed at the world famous Universal Studios in Hollywood as well as Disneyland California; choreographed by himself and other teachers at The Groovement Project, as well as being the choreographer for many other projects and performances all over the UK.
As well as being the Co-Director of the very successful ‘Groovement Project’ Dance Company, he continues to spread his knowledge all over the South-West in particular, at dance companies in Devon and Cornwall as well as numerous local schools to inspire and nurture the next generation of dancers in the region. Drew also taught a House Dance masterclass at the prestigious ‘Headway Dance Studios’ in Malaga, Spain in 2018 and has also shared his knowledge internationally online since the Covid pandemic.
Whilst pushing on a strong foundation in the Street Dance styles as well as Choreography, Drew also has a strong emphasis on encouraging individuality and pushing boundaries in dance, and is now actively trying to grow and spread Chicago Footwork as a leader in the UK and European scene, whilst also strongly pushing the growth of the south-west Street Dance scene.


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