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Applications are now open for U.Dance East – a showcase of the finest dance from youth dance groups, companies and schools from across the region, presented by DanceEast and the University of Bedfordshire.

Taking place across two weekends, each regional event will feature workshops, careers panels and performances, and will provide an opportunity for young dancers to connect, learn and celebrate dance!

U.Dance is a national celebration of performance by young people aged 11 – 19 (or up to 25 for young people with disabilities) and the regional platforms are part of the national programme, which is delivered in partnership with One Dance UK.

U.Dance East will take place at DanceEast on Saturday 10 February and the University of Bedfordshire on Saturday 2 March 2024.



U.Dance welcomes 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:

U.Dance East 2024 Application Form.

There are two application routes:

U.Dance on Stage (for groups who wish to submit a live performance that will be performed at one of the regional platforms)

U.Dance on Screen (for groups who wish to submit a dance film to be screened at the regional platforms)

Please note, you can apply to both if you wish to.

Groups must submit a 2-minute snippet of the piece to be performed, or film to be screened, as part of the application process. Your piece does not have to be completed but your footage should demonstrate the style and choreography you intend to perform at the U.Dance Platform. The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 20 October 2023.

Please note that all dancers must be UK based and aged 11 – 19 (or up to the age of 25 for dancers with disabilities/additional needs) at the time of the platforms.

All applications will be considered by an external panel of industry experts, who will shortlist groups to perform, and films to be screened, at each platform. Groups will be informed in early November whether they have been selected. Following the regional platforms, two groups from each platform and each category (Stage/Screen) will then be chosen by an independent panel to be put forward to One Dance UK and one group from each category will eventually be selected to represent the Eastern region at the U.Dance National Festival which will take place in July 2024.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page with more information about the U.DanceEast platform.

For further guidance surrounding the application process, please see the One Dance UK Application pack here.

If you have any queries or would like help with your application, please contact the U.Dance East team via email on:

Good luck!

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Photo credit: Alexander Ward


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