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 and wider community settings

  • 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 and the wider community.

Across two weekends around 1200 young dancers from 58 schools/groups perform to an audience of over 2500. The dancers range from just 4 to 19 years of age.

The event is non-competitive. All ages, experience and dance styles are on show.  Each school/group choreograph and perform a 5 minute dance piece in response to an 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!

We believe passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love of dance.

Between 2012 and 2019 we've worked with 102 schools/groups and over 5700 young dancers. 

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


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