U.Dance 2016 National Festival

U.Dance 2016 took place 8-10 July, at The Lowry, Salford, showcasing the best dance talent from around the country.

The 2016 festival was presented in partnership with The Lowry, North West Dance, The National Youth Dance Company, UTC Media City, the English Folk Dance & Song Society and the University of Salford. The involved around 450 young dancers and 50 group leaders from around the country.

Each year the U.Dance National Festival showcases a selection of dance groups from all over the country in a range of performances. But U.Dance is not just about performance – it’s a chance 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’s festival included:

  • Over 450 dancers
  • Over 50 group leaders
  • 23 Groups
  • Foyer and site specific performances
  • 38 Workshops
  • Careers Talks
  • U.Dance on Screen films
  • 3 performances

Film by the English Folk Dance & Song Society featuring Folk Dance Remixed and young dancers from across the North West in a specially commissioned dance piece for U.Dance 2016

From hip-hop to ballet, from contemporary to South Asian dance, U.Dance featured an exciting mix of dance styles. Footage of the U.Dance 2016 performances will be available to watch via our YouTube channel soon.

We’re already planning for U.Dance 2017, to be held 13-16 July in Birmingham! Get involved here.

U.Dance 2016 was supported by:

The Boparan Charitable Trust Logo Transparent - LargeHarlequin files-images-ahlogogranada logo CMYKArts Council EnglandEnglish Folk Dance and Song Society Logo


Marina Kleinwort Charitable Trust

Robert Gavron Charitable Trust