13th/14th & 20th/21st November 2021
Interested in taking part?
Here's the answer to some frequently asked questions about the Festival.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO TAKE PART?
To take part in YSDF21 you'll need to complete our registration form. By submitting the form, you'll be completing the first stage of registration. We'll schedule your performance slot and then send an invoice for £140. This will need to be paid before your place is confirmed. Once we receive payment we'll confirm your place in the festival.
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL STAGED?
The 2021 festival will take place across the weekends of the 13th/14th and 20th/21st November.
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL STAGED?
Our venue is Central Hall, the University of York. A glorious 1200 capacity venue that perfectly accommodates the Festival and allows performers to see the entire event. Find out more.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
The Festival is open to primary, secondary and specialist schools, colleges/FE providers as well as community dance settings that have an inclusive admissions policy (ie no audition or requirement for previous experience). All ages and abilities are welcome.
Our youngest dancer has been 4 years old and our oldest 19. Groups are limited to 50 children/young people.
IS IT A COMPETITION?
Definitely not! This is an opportunity for children and young people to share their creative talents and have the opportunity to understand how they might progress their skills/interest in dance. Primaries get to see secondaries, secondaries get to see FE provision and FE get to learn about University/HE options. It's all about progression!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Taking part in YSDF21 costs £140 per performance group.
The fee includes:
Participation in YSDF
Free places on a twilight training session for teachers/coordinator
Online support in the run up to the event
Free tickets for supervising staff at the event
Free tickets for performers
Access to news and special offers from our partners (Yorkshire Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and One Dance UK)
A certificate of appreciation to mark your school/group's involvement in the event
Some schools utilise their PE & Sport Premium Funding to cover costs. Read more.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY?
We're making some changes for 2021 to ensure the experience for performers, staff and audience is as safe as possible. On each day we'll stage two Festivals - at 12pm and 5.30pm.
Schools and groups will be asked to arrive at 8.30am. Between 8.30am and 11.30am you'll have a 20 minute tech and dress rehearsal in the auditorium as well as having the opportunity to take part in workshops and to watch dance performances. You'll also have the opportunity for some last minute rehearsals. At 11.30am we'll gather together for a warm-up and to practice the Festival finale.
We anticipate that the Festival will finish at approximately 1.15pm.
Schools and groups will be asked to arrive at 2pm. Between 2pm and 5pm you'll have a 20 minute tech and dress rehearsal in the auditorium as well as having the opportunity to take part in workshops and to watch dance performances. You'll also have the opportunity for some minute rehearsals. At 5pm we'll gather together for a warm-up and to practice the Festival finale.
We anticipate that the Festival will finish at approximately 6.45pm.
The auditorium doors will open 30 minutes before the Festival begins.
Groups will have the opportunity to see the entire festival on each day as they're seated in the auditorium.
WHAT KIND OF PERFORMANCE?
We place no restriction on performance content (other than it being suitable for a family audience in terms of:
content, costume and music choice.
The content and style will more often than not be determined by the ages and ability of your group.
Each performance should last no longer than 5 minutes.
We are unable to monitor the content of the performance ahead of the day but, if during rehearsals, we feel that changes need to be made, we'll ask you to make necessary alterations.
IS THERE A THEME?
The theme for 2021 is 'The Power of Together'. Where you take it is entirely up to you - all we ask for you to consider the appropriateness of content to a family audience.
We arrange a twilight training session with a professional dancer/choreographer. As well as offering new ideas on approaching choreography and dance development, the session will give you some ideas about how the theme might be interpreted.