Flint, DanceXchange Centre for Advanced Dance Training West Midlands @ U.Dance 2017 © Brian Slater

Today One Dance UK launches its search for young dancers, filmmakers and choreographers with an interest in creating dance work for film. The initiative, known as U.Dance on Screen, invites young people aged 11-19 (and up to 25 for those with disabilities) to submit dance work which has especially been created for film presentation. Selected films will be presented as part of U.Dance 2019, the National Youth Dance Festival.

The U.Dance National Youth Dance Festival is a vibrant annual celebration of youth dance, with hundreds of young people from across the UK coming together to present their work across one weekend in a different city in the UK. U.Dance 2019 takes place at Southbank Centre, London, on 20 and 21 July, when this iconic venue will come alive with youth dance of varied styles.

The U.Dance on Screen strand allows budding young filmmakers, choreographers and dancers to explore new ways of creating and performing dance that is specifically made for the film, providing them with a creative outlet to explore this innovative type of work. Applicants will have the opportunity to have their work reviewed by leading dance and film industry experts. One Dance UK is delighted that selected U.Dance on Screen films will be screened at Southbank Centre and BFI Southbank across the U.Dance weekend!

Mark Reid, Head of Education at BFI Southbank, says “Here at BFI we are always looking at ways of engaging young people and allowing them to explore their creative talents within the world of film. We are thrilled to be able to support U.Dance on Screen 2019 and can’t wait to see the work submitted from the next generation of filmmakers and choreographers.”

Successful submissions will also be shared with One Dance UK’s followers, with a potential reach of 100,000 followers.

U.Dance on Screen is open to any dance style or genre and previous experience of creating dance for film is not necessary. To apply visit https://www.onedanceuk.org/programme/u-dance/u-dance-on-screen/ for more information.