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 will be held in Newcastle from 21-23 July!

This special event is presented by One Dance UK in partnership with Northern Stage, Dance City, Newcastle College, TIN Arts and NYDC (England).

There are four vibrant showcases of youth dance talent which all form part of the U.Dance National Festival in Newcastle this summer: 

Spotlight on the North East  

A special opening ceremony showcase featuring incredible dance talent from across the North East region.


Dance City – click for venue information


Friday 21 July, 7:30pm

Click to view the Spotlight on the North East lineup
TIN Arts 
Aoife Baines, TeesDance Young Choreographer Programme
Liberdade Youth Dance 
Annabel Livesey, TeesDance Young Choreographer Programme
Darlington Hippodrome Youth Dance 
Division Dance Company 
Dance City Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Graduates 
Boundless Over 55+ Company  
Dance City Adult Ballet Improvers  
Dance City Over 55’s Show Tap Class 
Dance City Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Students 

U.Dance National Showcases  

Groups from across the UK represent their home region or nation in dynamic, creative pieces in a wide range of dance styles, including guests performers the National Youth Dance Companies of England and Scotland and National Youth Dance Wales.


Northern Stage – click for venue information


Saturday 22 July, 7:30pm 

Sunday 23 July, 5:00pm 

Click to view the U.Dance National Showcases lineup

Saturday 22 July – U.Dance National Showcase 1

Shift Dance Company London  
Rodillian Dance Academy Yorkshire  
Lothian Youth Dance Company Scotland  
4D Dance East England 
Chhaya Youth Dance Company South West England 
Momentum Boys Yorkshire 
Sterran Touring Company West Midlands 
Ground Breakers North East England 
Kalakunj South East England 
Danscentre Scotland  
National Youth Dance Wales Wales 
Northampton School for Boys East Midlands  

Sunday 23 July – U.Dance National Showcase 2 

TIN Arts Young People’s Creative Group North East England
Nic and Aoibh North West England 
Belfast Boys Northern Ireland 
National Youth Dance Company of ScotlandScotland
Dope Male Performance Company North West England 
Shiamak Davar InternationalEast Midlands  
National Youth Dance Company (England)  England

Young Creatives Showcase

Witness dynamic, bold new works by the next generation of dance makers, who have been mentored by acclaimed professional choreographers.

Includes special Curtain Raiser performances from invited youth groups.


Dance City – click for venue information


Sunday 23 July, 2:30pm

Click to view the Young Creatives Showcase lineup

Dance City Youth Company Curtain Raiser Performance  

Dance City Senior Youth Dance Company Curtain Raiser Performance  

Young Creatives Maximus Mawle

Young Creatives Amber Griffiths-Rowe

Young Creatives Blythe Hood

Young Creatives Bobbi Walker

Young Creatives Esme Peal

Young Creatives Isabel Ava Hancock

Young Creatives Esther Carr

Young Creative Chloe Olivia Fear

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.

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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