We have plans to develop our youth dance programme, to support more young people to get into dance - taking part, watching and making. To help develop skills and confidence, providing opportunities to perform and collaborate.

If you’re an organisation working with young people, we can offer a limited number of free taster youth dance workshops. Contact Clare Wood to find out more.

Dancers in a youth dance class

Horizon Youth Dance (12-16)

Wednesdays 5.45-6.45pm, Horizon Hub, Midland Road, Worcester

For creative and imaginative young people, Horizon Youth helps build confidence and develop skills in a sociable class, focusing on contemporary technique and creativity to produce collaborative dances with a different focus each term.


Tenbury Youth Dance (10-14)

Thursdays, 5-6pm, Tenbury CE Primary Academy

A welcoming class infusing contemporary technique, routine work and creative tasks to develop dance, choreographic and performance skills, with regular opportunities to perform.

Clare Wood, Community Engagement Manager

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

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 often in unusual and outdoor spaces, and to work with guest choreographers and dance artists.

Clare outdoors - a woman in her 40s with brown hair

Youth Dance Bursaries

We're able to support a number of young people with free places in our youth classes and companies. They're for young people who live in Worcester and receive free school meals, and are supported by Worcester Municipal Charities. Get in touch with Clare if you'd like to find out more.

The progression of our youth dancers

Previous members of our youth companies have gone on to train at Trinity Laban and Northern School of Contemporary Dance and many are now working as professional dancers and choreographers or in the wider arts community.

You can read Shelley Eva Haden's and Bee Minett's stories.

Placements and volunteering at Dancefest

Placements can be tailored to individual needs - shadowing experienced dance teachers, project administration, marketing, supporting workshop delivery, and helping as a steward at events.

Fabric’s Centre for Advanced Training

Designed to nurture and support young dancers aged 11-18 with exceptional talent in dance. Their CAT programmes supply classes for Contemporary and Yuva Gati styles of Dance.

How to get into community dance

How do you get into community dance and what makes a good community dance leader?

Arts Council England Worcester Municipal Charities Eveson Charitable Trust People Dancing Professional Member Arts Award Supporter

Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.