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23 Oct 2017


Following four days of youth dance celebrations in Birmingham earlier this year to mark One Dance UK’s U.Dance 2017, it was revealed that DanceEast will host the national event for the first time in 2018.

DanceEast will also be hosting the eastern regional platform, which forms part of the selection process for the festival, on Sunday 18 February 2018 at the University of Bedfordshire. Applications for youth dance groups to take part are now open.

Each year the U.Dance national festival showcases a selection of dance groups from all over the country, as well as providing young people with the chance to take part in workshops and masterclasses with dance industry professionals, and inspire each other with a love of dance. The 2018 festival will run in July, at DanceEast. It will enable young dancers from both schools and youth dance groups to participate in classes, workshops, careers sessions and social activities during the three and half day residential.

Youth dance and school dance groups are invited to apply to perform as part of the regional platform, in a bid to be part of the national festival in the summer of 2018. Applications are welcome from across the entire eastern region and groups working in any dance genre are encouraged to apply. Dancers need to be aged between 11 to 19 (or up to age 25 for dancers with additional needs). Applications for the regional platform are open on DanceEast’s website, closing on Friday 24 November.

Working in partnership with One Dance UK, DanceEast is excited to continue to champion youth dance in all its forms. DanceEast’s base at the Jerwood DanceHouse has played host to regional U.Dance heats since 2012 as the East of England partner organisation, heading to the University of Bedfordshire for 2018.

Download the application form here:

Watch the U.DANCE 2017 Highlights Film