Group Leader Information Hub

Welcome to the dedicated Information Hub for group leaders participating in U.Dance National Festival 2022 – we’re so pleased you’ll be joining us! 

The U.Dance team has rounded up a selection of information for you below that may be useful when planning your group’s festival experience, as well as key dates for your diary and contact details you may find useful. Please click on the coloured tabs below to expand each section.

This page will be updated as more information is released so please check back here regularly. 

Upcoming deadlines and dates for your diary 

  • Mid June
    • Workshop menu sent to groups
    • Catering menu at MAC sent to groups
  • 12 June
    • Video Snapshot due

If you have any queries, the U.Dance team is here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to contact

We look forward to welcoming you to the U.Dance National Festival in July!

About the U.Dance National Festival 2022

The U.Dance National Festival 2022 is taking place on stage, on screen and online. It is the largest youth dance festival of its kind in the country and welcomes young dancers from all around the UK.

WHERE: Midlands Arts Centre (otherwise known as ‘MAC’), Birmingham B12 9QH. 

The venue sits right on the beautiful Cannon Hill Park which has a boating lake, cafes and even a zoo.

WHEN: 22-24 July 2022 

WHAT TO EXPECT: The U.Dance National Festival is a celebration of youth dance. This year’s event will be a weekend packed with performances, workshops, dance careers sessions and lots more. In due course you will have a full schedule provided to you.


The U.Dance National Showcases are held each evening, featuring the selected groups with some special guest performances. The showcases are different each evening and showcase a wide range of dance styles. 

The performance dates and times are:

  • Friday 22 July, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 23 July, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 24 July, 5:30pm

You will have been told whether your group is a FRIDAY performing group, or a WEEKEND performing group.

If you are a FRIDAY performing group, you are requested to attend the full day on Friday 22 July with a performance that evening, and are invited to attend workshops, careers sessions and other activity on Saturday 23 July.

If you are a WEEKEND performing group, you are requested to attend full days on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July. You will either perform on Saturday 23 July or Sunday 24 July and do workshops, careers sessions and other activity on the other day. This will be confirmed by 12 May. Your group is not required on the Friday, but depending on where you live your group might travel to Birmingham on that day and stay overnight. 


The U.Dance team is arranging a full menu of amazing dance workshops for participants.

In the coming weeks you will be sent your Workshop Menu and able to select from a range of sessions from a variety of dance styles from the UK’s best dance professionals.  

Careers Sessions 

As part of the U.Dance National Festival participants will hear from a range of professionals who work in dance but not just as performers. This is an opportunity for participants to learn about some of the wide range of dance career options, talking to leaders in their field.

Other activities 

The U.Dance National Festival will be a busy weekend filled with dance challenges, other performances, dance film screenings, a higher education marketplace and much more.

Further details on all activity will be made available in the coming weeks. 

Alongside the festival event you are attending, through the month of July there are U.Dance on Screen film showcases at cinema locations and online, and a range of free online dance masterclasses for all young people to view and take part in. All information on these elements of the U.Dance National Festival 2022 can be found on the main event page here.

Getting to the U.Dance National Festival

General information

You can find lots of useful information on getting to MAC by visiting our dedicated ‘Getting to the National Festival’ page by clicking the button.

Transport to and from MAC from accommodation

The U.Dance team is looking at some transport options for groups to travel between MAC and their accommodation on a case by case basis. More information will be provided in due course.

Please note that parking at the venue is managed by Birmingham City Council and there are charges. Parking information is here (including for buses/coaches)

Fundraising Ideas

The U.Dance team has collated some suggestions on how to fundraise to assist with your group’s costs accessing the U.Dance National Festival. 

Click to read Fundraising Ideas for U.Dance National Festival

Access Fund

One Dance UK has a small Access Fund to assist participants who may require additional funds or support to take part in the U.Dance National Festival. This is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Please contact Festival Manager Cameron Ball at for more information.


Key dates for the U.Dance National Festival 2022 are listed below.

Please note this is subject to change

Mid June 2022

  • U.Dance National Festival Workshop Menu to be shared with group leaders
  • Catering menu to be shared with group leaders

22-24 July 2022 

  • The U.Dance National Festival 2022 takes place!  
Video Snapshot

Video Snapshot
Before your performance we will project a title slide listing the group name, region, piece name, choreographer name etc. We would also love a short Video Snapshot introducing your dancers and telling the audience a little bit about the group. This can be as creative and dynamic as you like! It can be quite informal – filmed on a phone is absolutely fine. 

A few Video Snapshot guidelines:

  • Maximum 1 minute in length
  • Must be LANDSCAPE alignment (horizontal)
  • Film in a quiet space with people well-lit from the front
  • No music underneath
  • Open your Video Snapshot answering the following prompts:
    • Hello U.Dance National Festival! 
    • We are … ___ (group name)
    • We are a … ___ (info about the group)
    • We come from … ___ (home town/region)
    • We meet and rehearse … ___ (info about when you meet, how you rehearse)
    • Then tell us why you love to dance! 

Once you have filmed your Video Snapshot, please upload here
This information will be on the Group Leader Information Hub too. 
Note: parts of this film may be used on One Dance UK social media channels to share news about the event, so please get in touch if you have issue with this.

Please complete your Video Snapshot by 12 June

Forms to Complete

Forms GL1, GL2, GL3 and GL4 to be completed by the Designated Group Leader.

  • Form GL1 to be completed as soon as possible if you haven’t done so
  • Forms GL2, GL3 and GL4 by as soon as possible if you haven’t done so

Form P1 to be completed as soon as possible by each Participant (if over 18), with their parent or guardian (if under 18).

Accommodation and Food

All activity at U.Dance National Festival 2022 is free for participants to take part in, and groups are responsible for their own travel to and from Birmingham, food and accommodation. The U.Dance team is working with partners to secure the most cost-effective options for groups. This section has information on accommodation and catering options.

Accommodation for groups attending U.Dance National Festival 2022 

Groups are responsible for organising accommodation and travel for the U.Dance National Festival. The U.Dance team has compiled a list of suitable options based on age ranges of your group.  

Please be aware that as the Commonwealth Games are taking place in Birmingham the following week, availability in hotels will change as we approach the festival, so we would recommend booking sooner rather than later.  

We would also recommend booking via a third party website, to get the best available rates as some hotels may inflate their prices if you call directly. Try which collates the best prices from all major booking websites. Most hotels do have a group booking system for larger groups, however the quoted costs may be more than what is offered via third party sites.   

As Birmingham is so centrally located, groups within an hour or so drive from the city may wish to consider commuting as a cost-effective alternative. Parking will be available close to the MAC on the weekend of the festival.  

Accommodation suggestions are listed below with distance from the MAC by taxi.  

For groups aged 18+ 

Premier Inn have the best rates currently, however all rooms must be occupied by at least one person aged 18 or above. This would be the best option for groups with older participants and for parents or guardians looking to come along.  

Premier Inn Bridge Street, B1 2JR (9 min drive) 

Premier Inn Broad Street, B16 8AL (11 min drive) 

Premier Inn Waterloo Street, B2 5PG (13 min drive) 

Premier Inn New Street, B2 4NH (13 min drive) 

Other hotels that have an 18+ policy on guests in rooms include: EasyHotel, IBIS Styles, IBIS Budget, Hilton.  

For groups aged 16+ 

Travelodge and Jury’s Inn both have a policy that allows for attendees in rooms aged 16+, as long as the group is accompanied by an adult chaperone.   

The U.Dance team has secured a limited allocation of rooms at a fixed rate at Travelodge Central Newhall Street.

To book, please use this link:

All bookings made via this link must be completed no later than midday on Friday 13 May. Our special allocation is held until then and any cancellations made after this date cannot be refunded.

Travelodge Birmingham Central Bullring, B5 4SG (8 min drive) 

Travelodge Birmingham Central Broad Street, B15 1AY (10 min drive) 

Travelodge Birmingham Central Newhall Street, B3 1PW (12 min drive) 

Travelodge Birmingham Central Moor Street, B4 7SS (13 min drive) 

Jury’s Inn Birmingham, B1 2HQ (10 min drive) 

For groups with participants under 16 

The U.Dance team has secured an allocation of rooms with Conference Aston Hotel for the nights of 22 & 23 July. The hotel is an 11 min drive from MAC.

You can book by visiting Select your rooms, and enter the promo code ONEDANCE0722 to access to rate and rooms will be booked within our allocation. If you have issues booking, call 0121 204 4300.

General information on Conference Aston Hotel, B4 7ET 

Holiday Inn hotels allow for “school groups” as long as there are an appropriate number of chaperones staying on the same floor as the young people. They have a group bookings system, however booking online may offer you the best rates as some of these hotels are in use for the Commonwealth Games.  

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, B5 4EW (9 min drive) 

Holiday Inn Express Snow Hill, B4 6HY (10 min drive) 

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre, B1 1HH (8 min drive) 

Holiday Inn Express Star City, B7 5SB (15 min drive) 

Holiday Inn Express Snow Hill, rooms offered at a corporate discounted rate in the city centre: 

Larger groups with participants under 16 may want to get in touch with the U.Dance team to see what other options we may be able to help with. Contact  

Food and Drink at U.Dance National Festival 2022

All groups are responsible for their own food at the U.Dance National Festival 2022.  

Groups should have breakfast before arrival for each day’s activity.

Please note that while snacks and light refreshments are allowed in MAC, main meals eaten on site must be purchased from the venue. If your group would like to arrange for outside catering/delivery, you are very welcome to eat at the beautiful Cannon Hill Park. 

Catering at MAC 

More details on food, including menus, costs and payment information, will be provided in due course. Please see some general information below.

The U.Dance team are working with MAC’s food and beverage team to provide low cost catering options for participants. Meal packages will include lunch and dinner on each day, with the exception of Sunday which will be lunch and an afternoon meal due to the earlier performance time.  

Groups can either opt in or opt out of the meal packages and must select their option as a group. The MAC food and beverage team will endeavour to cater for a wide range of dietary requirements and if there are very specific needs, please contact the U.Dance team to discuss at

Snacks and additional food  

Participants are welcome to bring snacks and refreshments for break times or after their performance.  

MAC has a range of cafes with excellent options (see here). 

A four minute walk from MAC there is a large Aldi supermarket which is open 8am-10pm Monday-Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sundays. 

Safeguarding and Child Licensing 

The safeguarding of all participants in the U.Dance National Festival is the top priority. The U.Dance team will work with the MAC team, group leaders and Birmingham City Council to ensure that the event is safe and accessible. 

Group Leaders and Supporting Adults Information

Group Leaders and Supporting Adults agree to have read the Group Leader and Supervising Adults Guidelines and agree to meet these guidelines. This information is below, and is found on Form GL4: Safeguarding and Group Leader Information which must be returned by 8 May.

View the U.Dance Group Leader and Supervising Adults Guidelines here.

Box Office Information

Tickets for the U.Dance National Festival Showcases went on sale on 12 May 2022.

Ticketing will be handled by MAC Birmingham. You can book online 24 hours a day, and either have your tickets posted to you, or you can collect your tickets in person.

Click to book tickets via MAC Birmingham.

The MAC Sales & Events team are able to deal with queries from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Bookings can also be made by post, with a cheque or postal order made payable to MAC.

See MAC’s full Terms & Conditions for more information.

Participant Code of Conduct


It is essential that all participants abide by the U.Dance Participant Code of Conduct when taking part in the U.Dance National Festival 2022. This is written on the Participant Information Form which is completed by participants with parent or guardian supervision.

View the U.Dance Participant Code of Conduct here.

Key Contacts


Main U.Dance email contact: 

U.Dance Festival Manager Cameron Ball: 

Head of Children and Young People’s Dance and Head of Safeguarding Laura Nicholson:  

General One Dance UK enquiries: 

Membership enquiries: 

Midlands Arts Centre: (please state department in subject header) 

Phone numbers 

One Dance UK: 0207 713 0730 

Midlands Arts Centre: 0121 446 3232 

The countdown to the U.Dance National Festival 2022 is on!

A series of 8 illustrated young dancers of varied genders and ethnicities, dancing in a variety of styles. Some perform ballet, contemporary, kathak, breaking and some use mobility aides such as a wheelchairs or chairs.