U.Dance National Festival

Step onto the national stage!

U.Dance National Festival

Presented by One Dance UK, each summer the U.Dance National Festival invites you to experience the country’s biggest celebration of youth dance. During this unique event, groups from around the country perform on the biggest stages, take part in workshops with leading dance professionals and are offered inspiring dance careers information. 

The U.Dance National Festival 2022 will be held in Glasgow, 22-24 July. The event promises to be a celebration of youth dance, on stage and on screen, presented with partners Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Ballet and YDance.

The U.Dance National Festival returned online for 2021. From 16-18 July, 2000 young people took part in national showcases, toolkit Q&As and masterclasses with leading professionals from a wide variety of dance styles.

Visit the U.Dance website for all the latest information, and check out all the facts and figures from the 2021 festival:

Interested in taking part? 

There are lots of ways to get involved with the U.Dance National Festival and to find out more about a career in dance. Groups who take part are normally selected via a U.Dance Regional Platform, held each spring.

To apply for a U.Dance Regional Platform in your home region, find the info here.

Check out our Further Learning page (link below) for information on the amazing companies involved in the 2021 festival, as well as a Careers Guide for Dance and a link to One Dance UK’s Careers Hub!

U.Dance Challenges

The U.Dance Challenges showcased the nation’s most creative young dancers and dance enthusiasts, offering an opportunity to get featured and win some amazing prizes!

Check out the winning entries by clicking the links below.

U.Dance National Showcases 

The U.Dance National Showcases were streamed as part of the U.Dance National Festival 2021 on One Dance UK channels on 16-18 July.

Talented youth dance companies and individuals from around the country were selected by the U.Dance National Panel to represent their region. Hundreds of groups provided dance film entries – the range of styles, skills and creativity was extraordinary – congratulations to all who took part!

Catch up here:

Friday U.Dance National Showcase 2021 

Saturday U.Dance National Showcase 2021 

Sunday U.Dance National Showcase 2021

Congratulations to the Selected Entries for the U.Dance National Showcases 2021!

Watch a highlights video of U.Dance Digital 2020 

2020 saw the launch of U.Dance Digital, the first time the festival has been hosted online. This celebration of youth dance comprised of 30 sessions over 3 days, 17-19 July, all for free. Sessions included online masterclasses with some of the top dancers and dance companies in the country, industry Q&As, dance showcases and a special online premiere from Rambert2. The weekend saw over 5000 young people register for sessions and have their talents showcased.

Previously, the U.Dance National Festival was held in a different host city each year, offering young people from around the country the opportunity to perform on a prestigious stage, take workshops with leading professionals and gain incredible industry and careers guidance. We expect to return to a ‘live’ festival format in 2022.

Click HERE to see other past U.Dance Festivals

To register for updates on U.Dance events, please email u.dance@onedanceuk.org.  

U.Dance is supported by Arts Council England.

Arts Council England