About U.Dance

U.Dance is a national programme of events which creates opportunities for young people to experience dance by watching, learning and performing.

Each year, the U.Dance regional events showcase a selection of the best youth dance groups from all over the country. Typically applications for U.Dance regional platforms open in the Autumn, with platforms taking place the following spring. Regional platforms are hosted by partner organisations across the country. We welcome teachers and group leaders to register for further information on an event near you by emailing u.dance@onedanceuk.org

The U.Dance National Festival takes place each summer in a different host city. The festival celebrates the UK’s most exciting youth dance companies and groups, selected to attend the festival via the regional platforms, for an inspiring weekend of dance. Participants can expect workshops with leading dance professionals, choreography sessions, interactive careers talks, networking opportunities and pop up performances, all culminating in a major performance alongside other leading youth dance companies.

The U.Dance National Festival Team

Laura Nicholson

Head of Children and Young People's Dance

Laura is proud to lead One Dance UK's strategy and operations to ensure all young people have access to high-quality dance provision, both in and out of school. She previously worked in the mainstream secondary education sector as a dance teacher, Assistant Headteacher and dance education consultant.

Cameron Ball

Festival Manager

Cameron has always worked in the performing arts, currently editing dance publications and managing large projects for One Dance UK. Alongside his work editing, producing and programming, he teaches and lectures at leading arts colleges and schools around Europe. Prior to this he appeared in the West End and worldwide in productions such as Cats, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line and Fiddler on the Roof.

Dann Carroll

Project Manager

Dann is a producer, marketer & performance artist based in Birmingham and is Project Manager for Once Dance UK. After training at Falmouth University, Dann previously worked for international touring theatre company Kneehigh and alongside organisations including Shakespeare's Globe, New Zealand Festival, Birmingham Rep and Liverpool Everyman.

Lauren Hewett

Festival Assistant

Lauren is currently a BA(Hons) Dance student at the University of Surrey. In April Lauren completed her placement year with One Dance UK and is now Projects Assistant for U.Dance Digital 2020. Lauren was accepted as a School Programs Intern at Jacobs Pillow and hopes to become a successful choreographer in the future.

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SIR RICHARD ALSTON

Champion of U.Dance

Having been involved with the U.Dance National Festival for many years, I have seen the inspiration it gives young dancers from across the country to meet others who as passionate as them about dance. This year, we have to find a way for you to share with others your passion to achieve great things. Now more than ever, we must make it possible through the help of technology to enable you to create and learn more about the thing you love. Join us!
About U.Dance


We would like to thank all those involved with U.Dance Digital 2020 for generously giving their time and knowledge and supporting this event.
Dance Ambassadors
We would like to thank our 2019-20 Dance Ambassadors for their assistance.Find out more about being a 2020-21 Dance Ambassador here.

Greggory Phillips

Hannah Tully

Jodie Nunn

Jordan Sheard

Katie Taylor

Kian Crabtree

Leanne Welland

Lucy Dyson

Lucy Jarman

Martha Scholefield

Nicola Scholefield

Olivia Richards

Paige-Brooklyn Kennedy

Phoebe Mills

Poppy Barnes

Rachel Li Yan Ting

Rebecca Runchman

Sally Hendry

Sophie Emilia Halford

Sumi Xiaomei Cheng

National Partners
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