Creating opportunities for young people to perform


Participants performing the finale at U.Dance 2019, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Photo: Brian Slater

U.Dance is a national programme which seeks to increase the number of performances involving young people and support those who organise them. It raises awareness of the events that take place right across the country. The framework aims to provide dance performance opportunities for every child and young person in the country.

The U.Dance National Festival celebrates the talent and creativity of the next generation of dancers and dance makers. Each year, the most exciting youth dance companies and groups from around the UK are selected to attend the festival for an inspiring weekend of dance.
Participants can expect workshops with leading dance professionals, choreography sessions, interactive careers talks which explore the range of opportunities dance provides, networking opportunities and pop up performances, all culminating in a performances alongside other leading youth dance companies.

2020 sees the U.Dance National Festival take place in Scotland for the first time. The festival will be held 17-19 July in Glasgow, in partnership with YDance, Scottish Ballet and Tramway.

U.Dance 2020
17 – 19 July 2020

In partnership with

Discover the highlights of a previous U.Dance National Festival below:

U.Dance is supported by Arts Council England.

Arts Council England