In partnership with The Lowry and North West Dance we are hosting U.Dance North West 2021 Festival, a performance platform to celebrate youth dance from the whole of our region.


U.Dance is delivered in partnership with One Dance UK, as a national celebration of dance for young people aged 11 to 19 and up to 25 for dancers with disabilities. Their aim is to open dance up for everyone, showcasing the variety and diversity of dance styles and genres.

Our festival will take place online on 24th & 25th April with performances, workshops and career Q&As. You will be able to join us live to watch the performances and pick specific events to take part in but what we really want you to do is make your moves, get creative and dance with us.

An independent panel will meet to review and celebrate all the applications. They will select the pieces that showcase North West youth dance to be shared at the festival. The groups will have the opportunity to represent the North West at the One Dance UK National celebration in July.

The themes for this years festival are:

Dance on SCREEN

Dance for SCREEN - made to be viewed on screen, a film created with work made remotely, outdoors or individually.


Dance on STAGE

Dance for STAGE  - made to be performed and experienced in one space; on a stage, in a studio, in rehearsal. 


Introducing the Performance Groups for the Festival Showcase

Allegiant Youth Dance Company

Just Breathe

Tackling the preconceptions that performance is an ‘easy career’ and dance is an ‘easy choice’ this piece showcases the dedication and fitness that goes into just one performance. ‘Just Breathe’ takes the dancers past the point of tiredness, pushing the body like never before.

Brewery Youth Dance


Working in collaboration with Hawk Dance Theatre and filmed through a series of online workshops, UNLOCKED explores the feelings of transition, moving from a life on pause, in slow-motion and at times in rewind.

Chorlton High School

Choose Love

Celebrating how dance could bring them together, although physically kept apart, Choose Love’ explores aspects of love, loss and longing. Made in collaboration with film maker, Eve Shotton and musician Liam McClair, the dancers were asked: What does love look like? What does love feel like?

Chorley Boys & About Turn Dance Company

Finding Our Feet

Using their knowledge and creative skills whilst adapting to working via Zoom, the dancers have worked to find their ‘self’ through movement and finding their feet together.


DS Collective Dance Syndrome

Blind Reaction

Filmed over three hours, Blind Reaction is an experiment that explored and recorded three dancer’s individual responses to multiple stimuli – all whilst blindfolded.  Introducing the blindfold challenged them to think differently about their movement responses and not be informed by the other dancers. 

Formby High School


On 29th of October 2020, a terrorist attack took place in Nice, France inside the Notre-Dame Basilica. An attacker fatally stabbed 3 people. This piece is a portrait of the event and acknowledges the possibility to believe freely.


Ludus Youth Dance Company

Rolling with the Punches

Created during the COVID-19 restrictions in October 2020, exploring the outside world, away from a dance studio; this is the story of young dancers fighting for and believing in their future as artists.


Preston Youth Dance Company

Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day uses light to explore the connection between life remaining indoors and awaiting the return to the outside world. The use of torches and lamps inside, playing with shadows and darkness outside creates this digital performance of hope. The light emerges at the end of the tunnel.


TenFOLD Dance Theatre


Encounter is a vibrant, energetic and uplifting piece presenting relationships. Paths cross, connections made, stories develop and journey through physical, dynamic and technical choreography.


WigLe Dance CIC

Boxing Day 42 - Alice in Wonderland

Directed by filmmakers Al & Al, this performance celebrates the fancy dress tradition that takes over Wigan on Boxing Day. Bringing the party back to King Street.


Meet the Regional Panel

Lisa Simpson

Lisa Simpson is a Liverpool based choreographer, workshop leader and Director of Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance. She delivers workshops across the country to enable people with disabilities to gain choreography skills and realise their creative potential.

Alicia Scaife

Alicia Scaife is an MA Dance Choreography and Professional Practices student at the University of Salford, studying Spiritual Practice as Choreographic Practice. Alicia founded the Invertava Dance Collective in 2019, to share her practice of holistic movement, rituals, and improvisation.

Izzy Pye

Izzy Pye is a young director creating short dramas, documentaries and commercials. She graduated from The Manchester Film School in 2020, with high praise and a first-class degree. Working as a director, writer and editor, Izzy’s work often tells peoples stories who need it the most.


Rosie Gunn

Rosie Gunn is an artist, film maker and Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Film & Digital Art course at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Her visual practice uses photography and moving image for single screen, multi-screen, projection and print, opening up exciting creative possibilities for film makers and visual artists to join in the dance.


If you have any questions or queries about the U.Dance Festival, talk to the Ludus Dance team today on 01524 35936!

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