Offering high-quality dance experiences and opportunities to young people all around the UK


U.Dance is the national programme of events offering high quality dance opportunities to young people. Each year, our nation’s young dancers can experience the thrill and sense of achievement of performing! 

One Dance UK works with partners to deliver and support events all over the country. Since its inception, the programme has reached over 200,000 young people. You find out more about it on our dedicated U.Dance website.

To register for updates on U.Dance events, please email u.dance@onedanceuk.org
young people mixed genders and races dancing together with big smiling faced waving brightly colour scarfs.

The largest event of its kind, the U.Dance National Festival is a celebration of youth dance every summer. 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 2024 will be held in Liverpool on 13-14 July 

Groups who take part are normally selected via a U.Dance Regional Platform, held each spring across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


U.Dance Regional Platforms, which take place across the UK, offer exciting performance and workshop opportunities to thousands of young dancers each year. Regional Platforms are hosted by a network of partner organisations and take place each spring, showcasing the talents of the region’s young dancers. 

Regional Platforms take place in the spring each year and form part of the selection process for the U.Dance National Festival. Groups and individual dancers of all dance styles are able to enter, aged 11-19, or up to 25 for disabled dancers! We can’t wait to see your incredible work this year!

U.Dance Regional Platforms 2024 take place from February-May 2024. 


U.Dance First is a re-imagined and re-branded version of our U. Dance Local programme. U.Dance First platforms are performances presenting dance work featuring children and young people from more than one school or group aged 5-11, in communities up and down the UK. This new strand places emphasis on providing performance opportunities for primary-aged children, helping to address the current lack of specific dance provision and high-quality non-competitive platforms for younger children. During the 2023/24 academic year we will be establishing U.Dance First platforms in each of the U.Dance regions, before opening applications for platforms more widely in 2024/25.

Watch highlights from a previous U.Dance National Festival below!

Young people dancing in an outdoor warm up, central dancer is a white female smiling. Wearing a mix of coloured outfits.

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