U.Dance National Festival

Step onto the national stage!

The largest event of its kind, the U.Dance National Festival is a celebration of youth dance. Groups from around the country perform on professional stages, take part in workshops with leading dance professionals, and are offered inspiring dance careers information.

The U.Dance National Festival 2023 was held in Newcastle from 21-23 July, along with film showcases at BFI Southbank, London, and online.

This special event was presented by One Dance UK in partnership with Northern Stage, Dance City, Newcastle College, TIN Arts, BFI Southbank and NYDC (England). The event saw:

5 Showcases

7 Careers Talks

24 Workshops

61 Groups

500+ dancers

Thousands of audience members

Thank you to everyone who helped make the U.Dance National Festival 2023 such a success!

See you in 2024!

U.Dance National Festival 2023 Bronze and Access Sponsor:
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Groups who take part are normally selected via a U.Dance Regional Platform, held each spring across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Applications for 2024 will open in the autumn of 2023!

To get a taste of what the event is like, check out this video from the 2022 U.Dance National Festival, held in Birmingham and featuring hundreds of young dancers from around the country.

One Dance UK would like to thank U.Dance National Festival partners, advertisers, sponsors and supporters to make this special event possible.

U.Dance is the national programme of events offering high quality dance opportunities to young people from One Dance UK
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