Led nationally by One Dance UK, U.Dance provides performance opportunities for young people aged between 11 – 19 and up to 24 if the young person has disabilities. Platforms are held in professional venues across the East Midlands and showcase the highest quality youth dance work progressing from county events to a national annual festival (optional).

Dance4 leads U.Dance in the East Midlands, working with partner dance development organisations and professional venues to deliver five county events each year. Partner organsisations and venues include Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Déda, Curve, The Core at Corby Cube, artsNK, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and Inspire Youth Arts.

All groups have now been selected for the U.Dance platforms. Information on how to buy tickets will be released soon.


U.Dance in the East Midlands 2019 events include:

Mass Movement, Leicestershire, Sunday 27 January 2019, Curve

N.Dance, Northamptonshire, Saturday 23 February 2019, The Core at Corby Cube

Interface, Derbyshire, Friday 8 March 2019, Déda

True Motion, Lincolnshire, Saturday 16 March 2019, Lincolnshire Performing Arts Centre

Episodes, Nottinghamshire,  Saturday 23 March 2019, Nottingham Lakeside Arts

In addition Xzibit Young Creatives 2019 is included as part of the U.Dance East Midlands selection process and will take place on Sunday 24 March 2019 at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

A panel of dance industry experts will attend the six events and choose two groups from each to be put forward to One Dance UK.  A decision will then be made as to which group from the East Midlands region will progress to take part in U.Dance 2019 national festival which will take place at the South Bank Centre, London on 20 and 21 July 2019.