U.Dance NW 2017

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U.Dance is a national framework run by One Dance UK which helps to improve and inspire dance performance opportunities for children and young people across England, through working in partnership with organisations across the country. You can register your own performance events to be a part of the U.Dance Framework on the One Dance UK website.

U.Dance NW is the annual Regional Young Peoples Dance Festival for the North West, delivered by NorthWestDance at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

In it’s 9th year U.Dance NW took place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017.

The NW festival welcomed applications from dance groups across the region who work in all genres of dance with young people aged between 11-19 (or up to 25 for dancers with disabilities.) Providing regional dance groups/ companies with the opportunity to perform on a professional stage, take part in dance activities and a variety of professional workshops, as well as meet other young dancers from across the region.

Find out what the regional groups enjoy about performing at U.Dance NW 2016 on The Lowry stage

Find out about the dance workshops that took place over the U.Dance NW 2016 weekend

Find out what workshop leader - Avant Garde Dance Company, think the benefits of U.Dance are for young people

U.Dance NW 2017 was our largest regional festival to date welcoming almost 300 young people to The Lowry over two days. We would like to say a massive congratulations and well done to the incredible youth dance companies who performed over the U.Dance weekend, the creativity and quality of the applications and performances for 2017 were remarkable and reflect the incredible work being delivered across the North West!

Saturday 25th March 2017
Mannin Contemporary Dance Group - Isle of Man
Intact Centre with Blue Moose Dance Company - Film - Lancashire
Twenty Ten Dance Company (Oldham College) - Lancashire

Sunday 26th March 2017

U.Dance NW also acts as the regional selection event for the Main Group Performance Strand of the annual weekend long, National Youth Dance Festival, U.Dance led by OneDance UK. U.Dance takes place in a different city each year and this year it took place in Birmingham at Birmingham Hippodrome from 13th-16th July 2017!

The two groups selected to represent the North West at the National U.Dance festival were:


To watch their performances at the National U.Dance 2017 Festival in Birmingham click on the links above!

To find out more about the regional young people's dance festival U.Dance NW, contact us at northwestdance@thelowry.com