Performance, Dance, & Drama


Dancefest began life in 1990 as a festival to celebrate and raise the profile of dance. It has now grown into the main community dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It uses the power and joy of dancing to enhance people’s lives, enabling everyone to take part in, be inspired by, and express themselves through dance. Dancefest provides a range of opportunities to enable people to take part in dance, including running more than 30 classes a week based in a wide variety of venues across both counties, four community performance companies for all ages – including an inclusive company – and a range of projects in schools, colleges, universities, community settings and outdoor sites.

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Activities for children and young people

We support young people to get into dance, helping develop skills and confidence, and providing opportunities to perform and collaborate. We nurture and train young dancers through all stages – whether dancing for fun or looking for a career in dance. We have weekly dance classes for children and young people of all ages from 4 up. We have youth dance companies in Hereford and Worcester for 10-18 year olds, and Gifted and Talented groups for 11-14 in Tenbury and 7-12 in Worcester. They audition for new members at the start of term. As well as developing contemporary technique and choreography skills, there are lots of opportunities to perform throughout the year – in theatres and also in unusual and outdoor spaces, and to work with guest choreographers and dance artists.

How we work with schools

Dancefest offers a range of work for all Key Stages and H.E., INSET and CPD in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

  • After school dance clubs – 6 or 12 week x 1 hour sessions.
  • Primary Performance Projects – workshops in school over 5/6 weeks, with opportunities for CPD.
  • Dancefest in Education Primary Sharing Projects
    Creative dance KS1 and 2 projects – 6 x 1 hour weekly workshops creating a class dance on a curriculum linked theme leading to a sharing hosted by a local secondary school.
  • KS3 choreographic projects to create a class dance in 6 x 1 hour sessions.
  • Workshops for GCSE and BTEC Dance students on choreography and performance units, focusing on technique, performance skills and solo, duo or group compositions.
  • We also produce regular performances including Circuit youth dance platform, hosted by schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and involving work by youth companies, schools, colleges and dance schools.

How much do we charge

From £1 to £6 an hour for our weekly classes. Visit our website for costs of our workshops, community performance companies and work in education.

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