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

Elevate Junior Youth Dance Company (10-13)
A junior youth dance company for Herefordshire that meets on Mondays at 4-5pm at Hereford College of Arts, College Road Campus, Hereford, HR1 1EB

Elevate Youth Dance Company (14+)
Elevate is a contemporary youth dance company for Herefordshire-based dancers aged 14+. It meets on Mondays, 5-6.45pm, Hereford College of Arts, College Road Campus, Hereford, HR1 1EB

Tenbury Gifted and Talented (11-14)
Thursdays 6.30-7pm, Tenbury C of E Primary School, Bromyard Road, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8BS Audition: Thursday 11 January, 6.30-7pm, Tenbury C of E Primary School (free to audition) New for talented and enthusiastic dancers to focus on technical skills. Dancers would be expected to take part in the weekly Tenbury Dancemakers session in addition to this class. During half term the group will take part in workshops in Worcester.

Worcester Gifted and Talented (7-10)

Thursdays, 4.15-5.15pm, Dancefest, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN. A new class for 7-10 year olds who are already dancing but want to do more. The class will develop creative and technical dance skills, alongside building self confidence and self esteem, team work, thinking and appreciation.

Worcestershire Junior Youth Dance Company (11-15)
Thursdays, 5.30-7pm, starting 1 March, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN. Audition: Thursday 15 February, 5.30-7pm, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN (free to audition) Thursdays, 5.30-7pm, starting 1 March, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN Audition: Thursday 15 February, 5.30-7pm, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN (free to audition) A new performance company for enthusiastic, creative young dancers wanting to develop their technical and performance skills.

Youth dance classes

Worcester DFY
5.15-7pm, Wednesdays, The Angel Centre, Worcester WR1 3QN. A weekly technique class and performance group. This is a great opportunity for students to help improve technique and performance skills, work creatively and take part in regular performances.

Hereford DFY
5.15-6.15pm. Tuesdays, The Courtyard, Hereford HR4 9JR. Fun, structured dance sessions incorporating contemporary technique, choreography and creating new dance routines, with lots of opportunities to perform. This class is taught by Janene Wyatt.

Choreographic Residency (11-18)
Half term intensive. Monday 19, Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February, 10am-3pm, Worcester, venue TBC. Creating a piece with a professional choreographer for performance at Circuit. Dancers need to be available for all three days, plus an extra rehearsal on Saturday 10 March at 2-4pm and performances on Tuesday 20 March in Worcester and Wednesday 21 March in Hereford between 4.30pm and 9pm.

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.

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. 

Youth dance opportunities

Placements and volunteering at Dancefest

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