Our dance event "WORK it OUT" premiered in 2018 as ERIH's main contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Due to its success and popularity, it has since become an annual event.

The event is aimed primarily at young people (children, teenagers and young adults from school classes, sports clubs, dance and fitness studios...) who can consciously experience industrial culture and its sites and discover their significance for their own past, their relevance for the present and their potential for the future. Of course, the young at heart of all ages who want to get moving can also take part.

All over Europe, on the day of the event at 3 pm, dancing will take place in front of, in and even on imposing industrial sites, making industrial heritage an attractive place to experience.

The easy-to-learn 'WORK it Out' dance can be practised in advance using a You Tube tutorial. The music, which includes elements of Beethoven's European anthem 'Ode to Joy' in electronic dance style or as a rap version, is newly composed each year, as is the specially developed choreography, which translates the hand movements and gestures of work from the past into modern movements.

Photos and videos will be taken during the training and, of course, during the performance, and posted using our hashtag #erihworkitout.

Social Wall "WORK it OUT"    
"WORK it OUT" on YouTube 

"WORK it OUT" 2024


This year's 'WORK it OUT' dance event will be held on 8th September 2024.
The music is already complete while choreography and video tutorials are currently being created; you will shortly find both here and on our WORK it OUT channel on YouTube.

If you want to be part of it, you can register now

For those who are still undecided or simply need more information and have questions about the event, the format, social media marketing, video taking, contest etc., we are offering an Online information event on Wednesday, 15 May 2024 at 11 a.m. CET.
At this event, we will introduce the idea and the organising team and answer your questions. For this event you can also register via the Google form. Please fill-in the form by 13 May 2024.


REVIEW: "WORK it OUT" 2023

The WORK it OUT dance event 2023 took place on 10 September

It was that time again: the 2023 WORK it OUT dance was performed at numerous ERIH sites across Europe.

The following links will take you to the recording of the live stream of the event as well as to our YouTube playlist with the videos of the participating sites:

Recording of the Live Stream 
Videos of the participating sites 



"WORK it OUT" 2022

In these uncertain times ERIH once again set a sign for European cooperation and danced together. The 5th edition of WORK it OUT happened on Sunday 11 September 2022.

As in the previous year, there was decentralized dancing at many locations in Europe at 3pm and, in addition, a live stream waspresented from our Anchor Point Hendrichs Drop Forge LWL Industrial Museum in Solingen (D). Besides the live stream of the dance there were  interviews with partners on site, live broadcasts and video recordings of preparations and rehearsals.

The dance was also recorded on video again at the locations and then will be published on YouTube, our social wall and Facebook by ERIH. ERIH will again produce a video compilation of all participating locations.

Recording of the Live Stream 
Videos of the participating sites