U.Dance is the national programme of dance events offering high-quality opportunities to young people led by One Dance UK.

Each year, our nation’s young dancers can:

  • Explore their creativity
  • Learn more about dance careers
  • Experience the thrill and sense of achievement of performing
This year, there will be two separate opportunities to be eligible for the U.Dance National 2022 event
‘U.Dance on Stage’ and ‘U.Dance On Screen’.

We welcome and encourage youth dance groups and soloists who create dance pieces in all genres, such as any and all street dance styles, jazz and theatre styles, ballet, South Asian dance, contemporary dance, dance of the African Diaspora, folk dance. No genre is excluded, U.Dance is for everyone. One Dance UK works with partners across the country to deliver and support the U.Dance events. We’re committed to offering young people performance opportunities and access to high-quality dance experiences.

We’re seeking applications that best reflect the commitment and creativity of your work. We invite groups and individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to take part. After such a turbulent period, working towards a performance opportunity like the U.Dance Regional Platforms and/or National Festival can hopefully provide you with a welcome sense of achievement for your dancers.

 

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U.DANCE ON STAGE

We at DanceXchange will be hosting a live U.Dance WM platform on Sunday 27 March 2022 at the Patrick Centre–Hippodrome Birmingham.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

  • Create a dance piece made for the stage –to be performed at ‘U.DanceWM on Stage’ live event
  • Ensure the dance piece is between 2 and 7 minutes long
  • Be based and involve dancers from the West Midlands
  • Submit a video of your finished dance piece, preferably with a costume and as closely related to the final work as possible.
  • There should be no more than 30 dancers
  • For dancers aged 11 to 19 years (as of 24 July 2022 and dancers with disabilities aged up to and including 25 on or by this date)

U.Dance West Midlands Good Practice Guide – 2022 – must read to ensure your application is successfully submitted.

U.Dance WM ‘On Stage’ Application Guidance 2022

APPLY HERE

 

U. Dance West Midlands is hosted in partnership with One Dance UK

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U.DANCE ON SCREEN

We at DanceXchange (Birmingham) and Dance4 (Nottingham) are delighted to announce MY Dance On Screen 2022, a celebration of youth dance on screen from across the Midlands.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

  • Create a dance piece made for screen –to be showcased at ‘U.Dance WM & U.Dance EM events and considered for the National festival 2022.
  • Ensure the dance piece is between 2 and 7 minutes long
  • Be based and involve dancers from the West Midlands & East Midlands
  • Submit a video of your finished dance piece
  • There should be no more than 30 dancers
  • For dancers aged 11 to 19 years (as of 24 July 2022 and dancers with disabilities aged up to and including 25 on or by this date)

MY Dance 2022 Good Practice Guide

MY Dance On Screen Application Guidance 2022 – must read to ensure your application is successfully submitted.

APPLY HERE

MY (Midlands Youth) Dance is hosted in partnership with One Dance UK and Dance4

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U.DANCE NATIONAL FESTIVAL

This all will lead to the U.Dance National Festival 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Glasgow from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July 2022.

Hosting a showcase of the UK’s youth dance talent, with groups selected from each regional platform along with special guests and incredible opportunities for young people to meet, learn from and dance with the country’s leading dance professionals.

We also plan to celebrate the best in youth screen dance by hosting showcases of U.Dance on Screenentries at the National Festival. Both ‘On Screen’ showcases and ‘On Stage’ showcases will be shown on the big screen at partner cinema locations.

Groups selected to attend the National will be responsible for funding their travel, food and accommodation to the U.Dance National Festival. There is a small support fund to help groups who might require assistance.

For more information, please read the U.Dance National Festival 2022 Guidance Notes

Landscape header image by Matthew Cawrey.

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