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. 



BDA does all the group entries for the school, but parents must do their own entries for solo/duo/trios. 


Eastbourne Music
& Arts Festival 2023

Dates: 11 – 19th February (Half Term)

Solos, duo/trios – Parents Enter

Groups – BDA Enter

All parents must make an account.

Sussex Festival of
Performing Arts 2023

Usually solos towards the beginning and groups the end of Easter Holidays 

Solos, duo/trios – Parents Enter

Groups – BDA Enter

Roedean School – Solo/Duo/Trios
The Hawth, Crawley – Group Day


Worthing Festival 2023
Pavilion Theatre

26 - 29 Jan Solo, Duo, Trios 

2 - 5 Mar, Groups 

Solos, duo/trios – Parents Enter

Groups – BDA Enter

Petersfield Festival

Solos, Duets, Trios

22nd – 30th July 

Parents Enter

Dance Comps

Dance Competitions have become more popular in the UK. Often the dance categories follow current trends, with more focus on contemporary, jazz, commercial and lyrical styles, as well as having categories for styles like acro, tap & ballet. There are usually three judges who may be dancers, professionals or teachers. Awards often include top scores of the day and there may also be audition rounds. All categories are usually judged at one big ceremony at the end of the day.


BDA usually enters all dance competitions on behalf of our dancers including for all solos, duets and trios.

Take The Stage – Brighton 

29th January 2023

Dancers can enter their solos, duets and trios independently. 
Please be aware it crosses over with the final day of Worthing Festival for solo/duo/trios so it will be your choice if you enter as your dances may clash.

Destination Dance – Surrey

12th and 13th November 2022

Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey

Groups, Duo/Trios, Solos 
We recommend only experienced dancers enter solos/duos here. Prices are very high and categories have huge competition.

Destination Dance – Kent

25th and 26th February 2023

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

New groups only.

We are not taking solos, duets, trios who have already competed at DD. A select few may be invited by Lucy/Jackie only. 

Destination Dance International Finals

6th and 7th May, 2023, 
Warwick Arts Centre

Certain groups, duets, solos will be
invited to take part.

Our Youngest Junior Troupe (Aint No Other Man) will not be taking part in this event. 

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Special Events

Performers Of the Future 

Brighton, December

BDC Youth only
South East Dance – The Dance Space

Make U.Dance, Spring 2023 (CANCELLED)

We will unfortunately not be entering this year as Miss Lucy is not available the weekend of U.Dance. 

Southern Dance Awards 

Spring 2023 – Brighton

Make sure you enter this fun event, where dancers will take part in three workshops throughout the day. Please note tap is optional.

Dance World Cup 

Video Audition Round, November 2022

Solos, duets and trios who wish to enter should contact Miss Lucy. Dancers who are selected to audition will be expected to rehearse regularly over the summer and Autumn term to prepare their audition pieces. Dancers should have already had success at regional/local competitions to be considered.

Dance World Cup Finals 

Any successful entries after audition round.

30 June to 8 July 2023 in Braga, Portugal