U.Dance is back for 2021!


Applications are now open for U.Dance 2021 Regional Digital Platform for the East, presented in partnership between DanceEast and the University of Bedfordshire, taking place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2021.

What is U.Dance?

U.Dance is a national celebration of performance by young people aged 11 – 19 years, and up to 25 years for young people with disabilities. The Regional Platforms are part of the U.Dance programme, which is delivered in partnership with One Dance UK

The Eastern Region will host a sensational online showcase of dance from the finest youth dance groups, companies and schools. This weekend of activities, workshops and digital interaction will provide an opportunity for the region’s finest dance groups to come together and celebrate dance.

One Dance UK and U.Dance welcome dancers performing any style or genre and actively encourages inclusive groups to apply to dance at the festival – U.Dance is for everyone! Group leaders should fill in an application form which is available here.

This year, there will be two application routes to follow. U.Dance on Stage is for groups who are able to meet in person and create a piece in a studio. Alternatively, U.Dance on Screen is for groups who are meeting remotely and wish to develop a screen dance piece. Groups must submit film footage of the piece to be performed as part of the application process. Film footage should be supplied in a format which can be shared internally for shortlisting and programming purposes only, and saved into an online Dropbox folder. You will receive the link via email after submitting your completed application form.

Please note:

U.Dance 2021 Application Process

All applications will be considered by a panel of industry experts who will shortlist groups to perform at each Platform. We will contact groups in early March 2021 to inform them whether they have been selected to dance at one of the Regional Platforms. Two groups per event will then be chosen to be put forward to One Dance UK by an independent panel and ultimately one group will be selected to represent the Eastern region at U.Dance national digital festival, which will take place from 6 – 8 August 2021.

U.Dance is a fantastic experience. It is a wonderful celebration of young talent, and it also provides a chance for young dancers to connect, to take part in workshops and to learn more about the dance sector. Above all, it allows them to showcase their love of dance! This digital platform will be every bit as interactive, exciting and engaging as previous live events have been. We are working hard behind the scenes to put together the most exciting Regional Platform yet!

Before you apply, we would highly recommend you read the guidance notes supplied by One Dance UK. We want everyone to take part in U.Dance Digital 2021 in a safe and enjoyable environment, so participants must agree to abide by the following guidelines and instructions.

Upskilling Workshops

With U.Dance Regional Platforms taking place digitally in 2021, we want you to be equipped to best capture the talent and creativity of your piece. OneDance UK are providing two FREE Upskilling Workshops in December to give guidance and tips on filming your application. Join dance film experts for informal, interactive sessions; expect practical information on lighting, sound, creating atmosphere, angles and perspectives, editing software and tips, mobile phone recording tips and camera equipment, with time for a Q&A.

‘If you missed the Upskilling Workshop for Stage live on Zoom, you can access the webinar recording here.

To find out more and book your place for the Upskilling Workshop for Screen click here.

If you have any queries or would like help with your application, please contact Chrissie Moore and Vicky Cullum via email: u.dance@danceeast.co.uk

Good luck!


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