About the the largest event of its kind in the UK
The Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival is an annual event that celebrates, supports and promotes dance in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and in wider communities.
Staged across two weekends and presented annually at the University of York, 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 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
Watch the 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 2019
A look back to 2017
A look back to 2016