Youth Dance

Our youth dance programme nurtures, supports and trains young dancers through all stages - whether dancing for fun or looking for a career in dance.

Youth dance companies

Elevate Youth Dance Company (10-18)
Mondays, 5-7pm, Hereford College of Arts, College Road Campus, Hereford, HR1 1EB. A performance group for technically strong, creative dancers. The emphasis is to develop creative and technical skills and the company performs in theatres as well as creating site specific and outdoor dance.

Accelerate Youth Dance Company (11-16)
Thursdays, 5.30-7pm, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN. A performance company for enthusiastic, creative young dancers wanting to develop their technical and performance skills.

Gifted and Talented

Worcester Gifted and Talented (7-12)

Thursdays, 4.15-5.15pm, Dancefest, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN. A class for 7-12 year olds who are already dancing but want to do more. The class develops creative and technical dance skills, alongside building self confidence and self esteem, team work, thinking and appreciation.

Tenbury Gifted and Talented (11-14)
This isn't running in spring 2020 but will relaunch in the summer term. Thursdays 6.30-7pm, Tenbury C of E Primary School, Bromyard Road, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8BS. 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.

Youth dance classes

Dancemakers classes (11-14)
Fun, structured dance sessions incorporating contemporary technique, choreography. There are regular opportunities to perform throughout the year - sometimes in theatres, often in outdoor and unusual spaces. Horizon Dancemakers (11-14) 17.30-18.30, Wednesdays, Horizon Hub, Worcester, Tenbury Dancemakers (11-14) 17.30-18.30, Thursdays, Tenbury C E Primary Academy

DFY (14-18)
5.30-7pm, 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.

We're grateful to The Bransford Trust for supporting our youth dance programme in Worcester. 

The Bransford Trust

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.

Contact Clare

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

As well as developing contemporary technique and choreography skills, there are lots of opportunities to perform throughout the year - in theatres and also in unusual and outdoor spaces, and to work with guest choreographers and dance artists.

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. You can read Shelley Haden's story here.

Arts Award
Dancefest is an Arts Award supporter. Young people can use our classes, workshops and performances to help them gain an Arts Award.

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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.

How to get into community dance