Led nationally by One Dance UK (ODUK), U.Dance provides performance opportunities for young people aged between 11 – 19, and up to 24 if the young person has a disability, in professional venues across the UK.

Dance4 leads U.Dance in the East Midlands, working closely with the U.Dance East Midlands Steering Group members to deliver five county events each year.

The U.Dance Steering Group Members include:
– Hayley Arthur (Dance4),
– Jess Ashley (Dance4),
– Jon Bevan (Inspire Youth Arts),
– Emma Bouch (artsNK),
– Andy Dawson (Inspire Youth Arts),
– Mel Knott (DMU),
– Clare Limb (Déda),
– Rebecca Streets (Dance4) and
– Lindsey Warnes- Carroll (The Core at Corby Cube) .

The U.Dance county events showcase the highest quality youth dance work from across the region. A panel of dance industry professionals attend each of the county U.Dance events and select two groups from each to be added to the regional shortlist. Each event is filmed, and a compilation film of the regional shortlisted groups is sent to a national selection panel led by ODUK. The national panel then choose one  group from the East Midlands region to take part in U.Dance 2020 national festival which will take place in Glasgow between the 17 – 19 July 2020 in partnership with YDance, Scottish Ballet and Tramway.

Professional venue partners include:  Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Curve, Déda and The Core at Corby Cube.

Applications for the U.Dance 2020 East Midlands region was midnight Wednesday 20 November and has now passed.

U.Dance in the East Midlands 2020 county events include:

Mass Movement, Leicestershire, Sunday 26 January 2020, 4pm matinee and 7.30pm evening show Curve,

N.Dance, Northamptonshire, Saturday 7 March 2020, 6pm, The Core at Corby Cube

True Motion, Lincolnshire, Saturday 14 March 2020, 7.30pm Lincolnshire Performing Arts Centre

Interface, Derbyshire, Friday 27 March 2020, 7:30pm Déda

Episodes, Nottinghamshire,  Sunday 29 March 2020, 7.30pm, Nottingham Lakeside Arts


Other U.Dance opportunities in 2020 include:

New Dimensions which offers the opportunity for youth dance groups to work towards longer pieces of the choreography of between 7 – 15 minutes in length.
U.Dance on Screen which offers the opportunity to showcase work beyond staged performances.

In the East Midlands, we are encouraging groups who are interested in New Dimensions and U.Dance on Screen to apply to showcase this work at a county event. To apply to either of these opportunities follow the U.Dance East Midlands Guidance Notes and select ‘New Dimensions’ or U.Dance on Screen on the application form.

Application deadline for New Dimensions and U.Dance on Screen East Midlands was midnight Wednesday 20 November and has now passed.

Group leaders interested in submitting New Dimensions work or U.Dance on Screen work to be considered as part of the U.Dance 2020 national festival will then need to apply directly to ODUK, full details of the deadlines for the national opportunity will be available soon.



In addition, Xzibit Young Creatives (XYC) is a young choreographers programme curated by Gareth Woodward, delivered across the East Midlands. When funding has been secured XYC 2020 will include a variety of opportunities for young people to create and present their own choreography across the region. In 2020 there is an opportunity for one young choreographer who takes part in XYC to progress to ODUK’s national Young Creatives programme and be part of the Royal Opera House’s Young Talent Festival.

In Nottinghamshire, Xzibit Young Creatives live event will be held on Saturday 28 March 2020 at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

There is a separate application process with different deadlines for XYC more details available here.


Young Creatives (led by ODUK) is a programme for young choreographers from across the UK to be remotely mentored by professional choreographers as part of a national programme. Details of how to apply directly for this opportunity will be available soon through ODUK.

For any help or advice with any of the opportunities above please contact: Rebecca or call 0115 924 2016.

Appliction Guidance notes 2020..

U.Dance Good Practice Guidance

Other U.Dance opportunities in 2020

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