Youth Dance

We support young people to get into dance, helping develop skills and confidence, and providing opportunities to perform and collaborate.

Youth Dance Companies

Dancefest Elevate Junior Youth Dance Company (10-13) and Dancefest Elevate Youth Dance Company (14+) are for open-minded, motivated contemporary dancers. They're led by Janene Wyatt.

Hereford DFY (Dancefest Youth) (12-18)
7.15-6.15pm, Tuesdays, The Courtyard, Hereford HR4 9JR
Fun, structured dance sessions led by Janene Wyatt, incorporating contemporary technique and choreography. This class is taught by Janene Wyatt.

Worcester DFY (Dancefest Youth) (14+)
5.15-7pm, Wednesdays, The Angel Centre, Worcester WR1 3QN
A weekly technique class and performance group led by Josh Slater, dance lecturer at the University of Worcester.

Dancefest's Dance Development Leader - Young People

Clare Wood manages Dancefest's youth dance programme. Contact Clare if you'd like any information about youth dance in the region. 

Previous members of our youth companies have gone on to train at Trinity Laban and Northern School of Contemporary Dance and are now working as professional dancers and choreographers. See Shelley Haden's story here.

U.Dance 2017, the National Youth Dance Festival

Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 July, Birmingham Hippodrome

Coinciding with Dancefest’s Big Dance Fortnight, U.Dance demonstrates the talent of young dancers from across the country. Join us on our Dancefest youth social to watch Sunday’s performance. Contact Clare Wood if you'd like to come along.

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Youth dance opportunities

DanceXchange’s Centre for Advanced Dance Training is designed to nurture and support young dancers aged 11-18 with exceptional talent in dance.

Useful Resources

How to get into community dance

Placements and volunteering at Dancefest