Dance Festivals

Hundreds of local and regional arts festivals for young people take place across the UK each year, which include dance festivals. The national dance festival is organised by All England Dance where you can see the full list of festivals.


Festivals are usually run by volunteers and last for a few weeks. Dancers will perform in their age/style category and be judged by an examiner from a UK leading dance faculty. All dancers receive a certificate, mark & feedback. The categories include modern and traditional dance styles such as ballet, modern, tap, character.

Dancers are invited to enter their solos, duets and trios as well as own choreography for local dance festivals listed below. Parents will need to attend with their dancer and get them ready backstage to compete. Teachers will manage the group sections, but will likely not be there to watch solo/duo/trios as the festivals can go on for a few weeks.


Make sure you stay up to date with entry dates below and enter straight away as they are often very busy. 



BDA does all the group entries for the school, but parents must do their own entries for solo/duo/trios. In 2022 we plan to do Sussex & Eastbourne Festival for groups only but dancers can perform their solo/duo/trio at any of the suggested festivals below. Please ask a teacher what genre category to enter and make sure you let us know what you have entered so we can plan in lessons to help you prepare.


Eastbourne Music
& Arts Festival 

12-20 February 2022
We will be entering Groups here. Enter your own solo/duo/trios.

Closing date for entries:
5 October 2021

Chichester Festival 
Option for those who want to do solo/duo/trios here. In half term.

Sussex Festival of
Performing Arts 2021

Roedean School

(Solos only)

Sat 23 - Sun 31 Oct, 2021
(Re-scheduled heats, all entries were closed in 2020). 

Sussex Festival of
Performing Arts 2022

Roedean School – Solo/Duo/Trios

Fri 8th – Thu 14th April 2022

The Hawth, Crawley – Group Day
Sunday 24th April 

(All dancers in groups must be available for rehearsals in Easter Holidays from Thu 21st – Sat 23rd April).

Closing date for entries: 1 Feb?


We may be taking part in the All England Regional Finals in Sussex (The Hawth, 2022 May-June) depending on qualifying results.

Dance Comps

Dance Competitions have become more popular in the UK and are inspired by the American dance competition scene. Competitions usually take place over one or two days. Often the dance categories are more modern, with more focus on contemporary, jazz and lyrical styles, as well as having categories for styles like acro, tap & ballet. There are usually three judges who may be acclaimed dancers, dance professionals or teachers. They will record live audio feedback throughout each performance that dancers can listen to afterwards.


Awards often include top scores of the day, or title winners, and there may also be audition/knockout rounds. All categories are usually judged at one big ceremony at the end of the day. 


BDA enters all dance competitions on behalf of our dancers including for all solos, duets and trios. As these can be very expensive, we recommend dancers do festivals first before comps.

Take the Stage
Sat 30th October 

The Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey

All entries are now compete and have been billed to parents.

Solo: £35*

Duo/Trio £45 per routine*

Small Group: £10 per person*

Large Group: £10 per person*

SYWTD Brighton

Sat 12th/ Sun 13th February
Roedean Theatre Brighton


We will be entering all our groups at this competition (including new ones), and we recommend that all our troupe dancers perform their solo, duet and trios here if they would like to. The atmosphere is always friendly and fun and the price for entering is affordable. There is also a novice category available for those who are doing a solo for the first time.  

Solo: £12.50
Duo/Trio: £7.50
Group/Troupe: £7 

Novice category available for beginners.

Destination Dance 

Sat 26th and Sun 27th Feb 2022

The Stag Sevenoaks, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ


BDA will be entering our groups to this competition. We suggest that only elite/experienced dancers enter their solo, duet and trios, due to the cost. If you'd like to enter there will be a form to fill out. 

Solo: £37
Duo/Trio: £45
Small Group: £10pp
Large Group: £10pp



Destination Dance
National Finals

29th, 30th, 31st May 2022

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, Westover Rd, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

We may decide to take part in the DD National Finals with all dances that qualify from the event in February. 

(Closing date for entries:
8th May 2022)

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Other Opportunities

Can You Dance Greater London

Regional Dance Convention

Date: Sun 28 Nov 2021

Senior – Cosmic Love
Junior – Two Birds

We will enter CYD convention and perform one junior and one senior group dance in the showcase. Dancers will also take part in workshops & masterclasses.

Make U.Dance

South East

Brooks Dance Company will enter a new piece into this youth platform with hope to perform in March 2022. 

Youth Platforms 

Our contemporary company BDC Youth will aim to take part in other youth platforms.

Minis Christmas Showcase – Sunday 13th December, Steyning (TBC) 
Our youngest performers + troupe team will put on a small charity show in aid of refugees from Afganistan.

Brooks Dance Academy Summer Show 2022 

Dates in July tbc.