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1200 dancers ✅ 55 performance groups ✅ Celebrating dance across Yorkshire ✅

We're delighted to announce the full line-up for the 2021 Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival.

1200 children and young people from 55 schools, colleges and community groups across the Yorkshire region will perform across the four festival days - Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November.

As well as welcoming back many groups that have taken part before, we're delighted that 2021 will see nine groups new to the event take part: Camblesforth Community Primary Academy, Derwent Dance Company, Hanson School, Carlton Keighley Academy, Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, Queen Mary's School, Leeds City College, Clapgate Primary School and Union of Dance Youth; welcome to the YSDF family!

There'll be two smaller Festivals on each day - 12pm and 5.30pm. This means we'll be able to make sure that social distancing is in place alongside other Covid risk management measures to make the event as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

YSDF21 is sponsored by Yorkshire Education Recruitment. Their continued support has enabled us to extend the reach of the event still further. Read more about their sponsorship.

Each Festival will see a mix of primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and community dance company performances. Groups will create a dance piece in response to our 2021 theme, ‘The Power of Together’. The theme forms part of our support of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament.

RLWC2021 will be happening in October/November 2022. YSDF21 will be a fitting pre-event to celebrate the theme of unification and connection thorough children and young people's dance. We welcome all ages and abilities and look forward to seeing a range of performance styles.

Tickets available through the Festival website.


Saturday 13th (12pm)

Knavesmire Primary School

Melbourne Primary School

Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy

St Aelred's RC Primary School

St John Fisher Catholic High School

Carlton Keighley Academy

York College

Saturday 13th November (5.30pm)

Derwent Dance Company

E. K Galaxy Cheer & Dance

Hanson School

Hempland Primary Academy

Lord Deramore's Primary School

Mechanics' Performing Arts

Sutton Upon Derwent CE Primary School

Sunday 14th November (12pm)

Burton Leonard CE Primary School

CAPA College

Haxby Road Primary Academy

Naburn CE Primary School

Rodillian Academy

Ryburn Dance Company

St Barnabas CE Primary School

Sunday 14th November (5.30pm)

Camblesforth Community Primary Academy

CAPA College

Scarcroft Primary School

St. Wilfrid's RC Primary School

Westfield Community Primary School

Yearsley Grove Primary School

York Youth Dance

Saturday 20th November (12pm)

Greatwood Community Primary School

Hymers College Junior School

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Skipton Girls' High School

Tadcaster Primary Academy

Tockwith Primary Academy

West Yorkshire School of Performing Arts WYSPA

Saturday 20th November (5.30pm)

Clifton Green Primary School

Dunnington CE Primary School

Leeds City College - Explosive

Osbaldwick Primary Academy

Queen Mary's School

Ralph Butterfield Primary School

St Peters School 8-13

Sunday 21st November (12pm)

Clapgate Primary School

Manor CE Academy

Outwood Academy Ripon

Pannal Primary School

Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy

St Lawrence’s CE Primary School

Union of Dance Youth

Sunday 21st November (12p

Appleton Roebuck Primary School

CAPA Juniors (Trinity Academy Cathedral)

Carr Junior School

Northern Dance Academy

Selby High School

St Oswald's CE Primary School

St Paul's CE Primary School


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