Youth Dance

Take Art has an established Youth Dance Programme, which aims to inspire creativity and encourage a passion for dancing in young people of all abilities. We do this by developing and coordinating dance activity for younger people, both in and outside of school.

Bridport dancers

Take Art’s Current and Forthcoming Youth Dance Provision

Through the Step Change project and funding from Youth Dance England, Take Art has now developed its dance provision further.  Our aim is to continue to develop Youth Dance opportunities in Somerset by working with young people to facilitate their ideas and aspirations.

Performance Platforms – Spring Forward 
An annual County Youth Dance Platform showcasing Somerset’s numerous Youth Dance groups and young dancers.  Including Schools, independent Youth groups, Pupil Referral Units, Special Schools and Integrated Youth Groups. Please see project for more information.

County Youth Dance Company – SYDC
A new initiative being run by Take Art,  aimed at bringing together Somerset’s 'Gifted and Talented' young dancers to work together as a company with opportunities to work with professional choreographers.

Young People Have Their Say – Youth Dance Advisory Panel
Starting this year, an opportunity for young dancers of all abilities to influence what dance activity happens for them and their peers in Somerset.

Training/Insets for Youth Dance Leaders/Teachers
Training is an important part of Take Art’s Dance Strategy and has been provided through projects such as Step Change. New opportunities this type of training are currently in development and details will be pubished early next year.

Networking For Youth Dance Leaders/Teachers
We currenlty maintain links with Youth Dance Leaders and Teachers from mainstream and Special Schools through e-newsletters and regular meetings. Contact Youth Dance Co-ordinator Katey Leader to sign up.

New Developments – coming soon…

  • For young people with a disability in Somerset we are working towards providing access to inclusive dance sessions, performance and choreographic opportunities
  • A choreographic platform for young people to enable groups to create and perform their own work
  • An urban dance platform for young people

For regional and national opportunities please visit Dance South West and Youth Dance England

Whats on
For up to date news on Youth Dance opportunities visit and join our Facebook group Take Art: Dance

For more information on dance for young people both in and out of School please contact Take Art’s Youth Dance Co-ordinator Katey Leader.

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