U.Dance Writing Challenge

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We want to showcase the best of the UK’s youth dance talent during the U.Dance National Festival 2021! 

In these unprecedented times the U.Dance Writing Challenge provides an opportunity to get creative and have your dance writing showcased on a national (digital) stage. We are inviting young writers who are passionate about dance to take part. Applications are open to those aged 11-19, or up to 25 for those with a disability.

The Challenge

Submit a piece of original writing of up to 500 words (not including the title) in one of the following styles:
Biography: Write a short biography of a dancer, teacher or choreographer who inspires you. Perhaps it’s someone famous, or a teacher or dance leader you know personally. Where has dance taken them? What is their story? What is it about their work that makes them inspirational?
Essay: Write a reflection entitled ‘Where Dance Takes Me’. There are many ways this can be interpreted, for example: How does it feel to dance? How has dance impacted you, your friends, your community? How has dance influenced other aspects of your life?


10 shortlisted entries will be showcased on the One Dance UK U.Dance website for one month and will be promoted on One Dance UK social media channels. 

One entrant will be invited to write a review of U.Dance 2021 for One, the One Dance UK magazine Autumn 2021 edition, and to publish a post of their choice on the One Dance UK Dance Ambassadors Blog. 

U.Dance 2021 warmly invites applications from individuals with a disability (up to the age of 25). If you require additional support in making an application, please email u.dance@onedanceuk.org

Please ensure you have read the Guidance Notes before submitting your application. Good luck!

The power of dance is profound and as a transient live artform writing about dance is an essential means of sharing the experience. I encourage those taking part in the U.Dance Writing Challenge to be creative, inquiring and expressive. 
Open your heart, open your eyes, think about what you receive and then let your passion for dance, or those who have inspired you to love dance, be shared with others.”

Graham Watts OBE
Chair, Critics’ Circle Dance Sections
U.Dance Writing Challenge Guest Panellist

Watch our highlights video of U.Dance Digital 2020 below