The largest event
of its kind in the UK
Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival
The event was first staged in 2012 and is presented annually in York. We aim to:
Get young people dancing!
Raise the profile of dance provision in schools
Celebrate creative achievement
Produce a prestigious, large scale performance opportunity for children and young people
Promote progression in dance
Provide training and professional development
opportunities for staff
Be a voice for dance at regional and national level
The Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival is an annual event that celebrates, supports and promotes dance in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges/FE providers and community dance groups.
Across two weekends around 1200 young dancers perform from 58 groups perform to an audience of over 2500. Performers range from just 4 to 19 years of age.
The event is non-competitive. All ages, experience and dance styles will be on show. Each school/group will choreograph and perform a 5 minute dance piece in response to our annual theme.
We see fresh new performances that showcase the creative talents of children, young people and their teachers/dance leaders. No two performances are the same!
Watch our films below to give a taste of what we're about and what you can expect.
About the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival
A look back to 2017
A look back to 2016
A look back to 2015