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.

1066 Solo Dance Festival 

18th & 19th Sep 2021

Entries open on 1st July


Kingston Dance Festival 

6th/7th, 13th/14th, 20th/21st, 27th/28th November 2021

Jubilee High School, School Lane, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 1TE

Closing Date for Entries: 31st July 2021


Chichester Dance Festival 

21-24 February 2022
Closing Date for Entries:
1 December 2021


Eastbourne Music
& Arts Festival 

12-20 February 2022

Closing date for entries:
5 October 2021

Sussex Festival of
Performing Arts 2020

Roedean School

(Solos only)

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

Sussex Festival of
Performing Arts 2021

The Hawth, Crawley (Group Day)
& Roedean School (Solo/Duo/Trio)

April 2022

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 plan to only take our elite/ advanced dancers to some of these events who would benefit from having some strong competition.

Take the Stage
Sat 30th October 

The Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey

BDA will be taking a small group of dancers to this event. There are novice, intermediate and competitive sections available. We will take a small team of dancers who want to compete in the 'competitive' section – groups and our elite level solo/duo/trios – due to the cost. Judges include Kevin Howe and Sander Blommaert and there are also masterclasses available. 

Solo: £35*

Duo/Trio £45 per routine*

Small Group: £10 per person*

Large Group: £10 per person*

Novice, Intermediate & Competitive sections 

Deadline for all entries 10th July/ must make payment by 31st July for *early bird prices.

SYWTD Brighton

Sat 12th/ Sun 13th February
Roedean Theatre Brighton


We will be entering our groups at this competition, 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 will hopefully be taking 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

Dance World Cup 2021

Our DWC Team are taking part in DWC in Telford, England between

Fri 13th – Fri 20th August 2021.

All dancers must be available from Mon 9th August for rehearsals after our holiday break. 

Following 2021, we will decide whether or not we wish to compete again for DWC in 2022. 


Can You Dance Greater London

Regional Dance Convention

Date: Sun 28 Nov 2021

Senior Elite Team + This Will Be (Juniors)

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 also aim to take part in other youth platforms.

Brooks Dance Academy Summer Show 2022 

Dates in July tbc.