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 are now open.

Application deadline is: 12AM (Midnight) on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

To apply: Please read the U.Dance 2020 East Midlands Guidance Notes. U.Dance in the East Midlands are supporting good practice in youth dance work and have created a U.Dance in the East Midlands Good Practice Guide and a U.Dance Good Practice Video (see below). We request that those applying to U.Dance in the East Midlands opportunities reads the document and watches the film prior to submitting an application.

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

Mass Movement, Leicestershire, Sunday 26 January 2020, Curve

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

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

Interface, Derbyshire, Friday 27 March 2020, Déda

Episodes, Nottinghamshire,  Sunday 29 March 2020, 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 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 is midnight Wednesday 20 November.

Group leaders interested in submitting New Dimensions work or U.Dance on Screen work to be consideration to be part of the U.Dance 2020 national festival will then need to apply directly to ODUK, full details of the deadlines for the national opportuinty 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 thier own choreography across the region. In 2020 there is an opportuinty 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 held on Saturday 28 March 2020 at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

There is a seperate 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 remotley mentored by professional choreographers as part of a national programme. Details of how to apply directly for this oppportunity will be available soon through ODUK.

For any help or advice with any of the opportunities above please contact: Rebecca or call 0115 9242016.

Appliction Guidance notes 2020..

U.Dance Good Practice Guidance

Other U.Dance opportunities in 2020

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