Line-up announced for summer celebration of youth dance, U.Dance 2019!

18 Apr 2019


U.Dance the national youth dance festival presented by One Dance UK, in partnership with the ISTD, returns to London’s Southbank Centre this summer with a line-up of youth dance groups from across the United Kingdom.  

Each year the U.Dance national youth dance festival showcases a selection of the best dance groups from all over the country in a range of performances and gives the opportunity for hundreds of young people to take part in workshops and masterclasses with dance industry professionals, inspire each other with a love of dance and develop their understanding within the dance sector.

This year, U.Dance partners with leading arts venue Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest centre for the arts. The festival takes place across various venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The Clore Ballroom, and other leading venues in the area including National Theatre, Rambert and BFI Southbank. The weekend-long event will present an exciting opportunity for youth dance groups to perform on-stage, hone their skills in professional dance workshops, and meet and work with other young dancers from across the country.

Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive of One Dance UK says:

“The U.Dance national youth dance festival is an important event on the dance calendar and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the ISTD to deliver this year’s event. From the regional platforms to the festival itself, U.Dance engages with more than 2,000 young dancers, encouraging them in the pursuit of excellence in dance and embarking on careers in dance, highlighting one of One Dance UK’s key aspirations – to raise the profile of dance teaching and practice in all its diverse forms.”

Rupert Thomson, Senior Dance & Performance Programmer says:

“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming One Dance UK, colleagues and participants from across the UK to  Southbank Centre this summer. The U.Dance events offer the opportunity for young dancers to celebrate their achievements together through a festival full of passion, energy and ambition. We look forward to welcoming everyone and ensuring that their time spent in London is truly memorable.”

Following regional platforms across the country, the groups selected are:

East Midlands
North East
North West 
South West
South East
West Midlands


Colchester Sixth Form
Next Door Youth Dance Company
iDance Studios
Sujata Banerjee Dance Company
TIN Arts
Dance Syndrome
Hampshire Youth Dance Company
Ceyda Tanc Dance Company
Our Lady & St. Chad Catholic Academy
Street Beat Elite


2019 sees the first year working with event partners ISTD. We are very excited to announce the 6 talented ISTD groups:

Live Love Dance
Del Toro School of Dance
Mayhew School of Dance
Highgate Ballet School Choreographers Collective
Drishti Dance
Srishti Yuva Culture

We are excited to welcome special guest groups taking part at U.Dance 2019:



Centre for Advanced Training – Trinity Laban
Centre for Advanced Training The Place
National Youth Dance Company Scotland