Our youth dance programme

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.

Visit our classes page to find out about weekly classes and youth dance companies taking place this term.

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.

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 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 our classes, companies and opportunities for young people, and about youth dance in the region.

Placements and volunteering at Dancefest

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


DanceXchange’s Centre for Advanced Dance Training

Designed to nurture and support young dancers aged 11-18 with exceptional talent in dance.


How to get into community dance

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