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.

Horizon Youth Dance (11-18)

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

This class fuses contemporary technique and creative work to develop choreographic and performance skills, with regular performance opportunities. Perfect for people studying dance at GCSE level or similar, or for anyone who has a love for dance. The classes are fun, welcoming and engaging.

This class is run by Amie 

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 Dance Hub Birmingham Bransford Trust 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, Dance Hub Birmingham, The Bransford Trust, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.