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Line-up announced for summer celebration of youth dance, U.Dance 2019

Line-up announced for summer celebration of youth dance, U.Dance 2019

23 April 2019

U.Dance the national youth dance festival presented by One Dance UK, in partnership with the ISTD, returns to London’s Southbank Centre this summer with a line-up of youth dance groups from across the United Kingdom.

Each year the U.Dance national youth dance festival showcases a selection of the best dance groups from all over the country in a range of performances and gives the opportunity for hundreds of young people to take part in workshops and masterclasses with dance industry professionals, inspire each other with a love of dance and develop their understanding within the dance sector.
This year, U.Dance partners with leading arts venue Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest centre for the arts. The festival takes place across various venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The Clore Ballroom, and other leading venues in the area including National Theatre, Rambert and BFI Southbank. The weekend-long event will present an exciting opportunity for youth dance groups to perform on-stage, hone their skills in professional dance workshops, and meet and work with other young dancers from across the country.

Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive of One Dance UK says:
The U.Dance national youth dance festival is an important event on the dance calendar and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the ISTD to deliver this year’s event. From the regional platforms to the festival itself, U.Dance engages with more than 2,000 young dancers, encouraging them in the pursuit of excellence in dance and embarking on careers in dance, highlighting one of One Dance UK’s key aspirations – to raise the profile of dance teaching and practice in all its diverse forms.”

Rupert Thomson, Senior Dance & Performance Programmer says:
We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming One Dance UK, colleagues and participants from across the UK to  Southbank Centre this summer. The U.Dance events offer the opportunity for young dancers to celebrate their achievements together through a festival full of passion, energy and ambition. We look forward to welcoming everyone and ensuring that their time spent in London is truly memorable.”

Following regional platforms across the country, the groups selected are:

  • East - Colchester Sixth Form
  • East Midlands - Next Door Youth Dance Company
  • London - iDance Studios
  • London - Sujata Banerjee Dance Company
  • North East - TIN Arts
  • North West - Dance Syndrome
  • South West - Hampshire Youth Dance Company
  • South East - Ceyda Tanc Dance Company
  • Scotland - Fusion
  • West Midlands - Our Lady & St. Chad Catholic Academy
  • Yorkshire - Street Beat Elite


2019 sees the first year working with event partners the ISTD. We are very excited to announce the 6 talented ISTD groups:

  • Live Love Dance
  • Del Toro School of Dance
  • Mayhew School of Dance
  • Highgate Ballet School Choreographers Collective
  • Drishti Dance
  • Srishti Yuva Culture


We are excited to welcome special guest groups taking part at U.Dance 2019:

  • London - Centre for Advanced Training, Trinity Laban
  • London - Centre for Advanced Training The Place
  • YDance - National Youth Dance Company Scotland
For more information and to book your tickets please visit the Southbank Centre's website here.

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