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. Sometimes there are separate sections for lyrical or contemporary but if not you can place these in modern.
WHO DOES ENTRIES?
BDA does all the group entries for the school, but parents must do their own entries for solo/duo/trios.
& Arts Festival
12-20 February 2022
We will be entering all our Groups here
Enter your own solo/duo/trios.
Groups are Sat 19/ Sun 20th Feb.
Modern Groups Only, 2022
Fri 4th March
5:30pm: 11 & Under Modern Group:
7:10pm: 15 & Under Stage Group:
If You Hadn't, Cosmic Love, Start A Garden
Sat 5th March
5:50pm: 22 & Under Stage Group:
Once in a Lifetime, Energy
East Grinstead Music & Arts Festival
23, 24, 30 April and 1, 7, 8 May at Chequer Mead
Enter solos, duets and trios
Dance Competitions have become more popular in the UK and are inspired by the American dance competition scene. 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 acclaimed dancers, dance professionals or teachers.
Awards often include top scores of the day, and there may also be audition/knockout rounds. All categories are usually judged at one big ceremony at the end of the day.
WHO DOES ENTRIES?
BDA usually 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.
Sat 12th/ Sun 13th February
Roedean Theatre Brighton
We will not be doing our groups here, but if you would like to enter your other dances (solo, duet, trios) please go ahead. We have final group rehearsals on Sat morning (12th) and dancers are not allowed to miss these, so please bear in mind you will need to pull out of the comp if your times clash.
Novice category available for beginners.
Sat 26th and Sun 27th Feb 2022
The Stag Sevenoaks, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ
BDA will be entering all our groups to this competition. Please tell Miss L if you'd like to be entered for solo/ duet/ trio and she will enter for you.
Small Group: £10pp
Large Group: £10pp
Events & Dates
We will not be taking part in any events in the May or June half terms so we recommend you book holidays in these weeks.
In Easter hols we will not be running any rehearsals between April 11th - 21st.
Fri 11th – Sun 13th March
Possible event for workshops
Can You Dance – Coventry or Nowich
Date: 8th April or 1 May 2022
Juniors interested in coming for workshops should email Miss L.
Can You Dance Masterclass Games
Sun 28 May, Liverpool
TBC if enough interest
Southern Dance Awards
Sun 8th May – Brighton
Make sure you enter this fun event, where dancers will take part in three workshops throughout the day. Please note tap is optional.
Brooks Dance Company will enter a new piece into this youth platform which is a video platform for 2022.
Summer Show 2022
Sat 23rd and Sun 24th July
More info tbc.