National Youth Arts Wales
National Youth Dance Wales
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NYDW provides first-class training and performance opportunities for some of Wales' most-talented and committed young dancers. It harnesses the energy and excitement of young peoples' enthusiasm for dance and dancing, and channels it into a creative, contemporary force that celebrates the very best of Youth Dance in Wales today.


NYDW 2017

In 2017, NYAW is broadening its successful Step Up programme in order to engage with more young dancers, and to enhance their training and development throughout the year and in advance of auditions for NYDW 2018.

Who is it for?
Step Up is for young dancers in Wales (aged 14 – 20 years) who regularly engage in dance classes through their school/college, private dance school and/or with their local youth dance company, and who demonstrate a strong desire to 'step up' to another level of challenge and experience.

Entry onto the Step Up programme was through an audition process, held in April 2017.

What is involved?
Step Up offers an exceptional training opportunity over three short residencies wherein participants will develop a better understanding and practice of dance technique, choreographic principles and performance.

Who will the dancers be working with?
Renowned dance artist, Kerry Nicholls, continues to lead the NYDW Step Up programme.  Kerry teaches, choreographs and mentors extensively worldwide; she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary dance teachers.

Kerry works with some of UK’s foremost, professional companies (including Company Wayne McGregor, DV8 Physical Theatre and Michael Clark companies), and with the leading vocational schools across the country. She is also annual guest lecturer at The Juilliard School in New York, USA. She has directed diverse projects and received numerous International choreographic commissions. She launched her own company 'Kerry Nicholls Dance’ in 2012.

NYDW and Kerry also invite guest tutors to work with Step Up dancers across other dance techniques and movement styles. 

Calling youth dance groups in Wales to take part in U.Dance 2017 at Birmingham Hippodrome

One Dance UK is looking for a Wales-based Youth Dance Company to appear at U.Dance 2017 in Birmingham this July (13th-16th July 2017: performance date TBC). 

To be part of this fantastic opportunity and showcase your youth dance company, please complete the application-form and submit it directly to One Dance UK together with video-footage of your piece via Youtube or Vimeo link. In order for your work to be considered by the One Dance UK selection panel, the official application-form should be emailed directly to by no later than 5pm Monday 24 April 2017.

NYDW 2016 will be performing aM by NYDW Artistic Director, Kerry Nicholls, at this national youth dance festival – let's get some more youth groups from Wales there too! 

Platform Guidelines
• each dance piece to be no longer than 7 minutes’ duration;
• no more than 20 dancers to be included within the piece;
• two chaperones required for groups of up to 15 dancers; three chaperones for groups of 16 or more dancers;
• dancers to be aged 11-19 years (dancers with disabilities, up to 25 years)

If you’d like an informal chat regarding your U.Dance application, then please don't hesitate to contact Jamie Jenkins (NYDW Dance Development Co-Ordinator) on; for more information about U.Dance 2017 in Birmingham please visit

Application forms can be found here

Please get in touch if you'd like further information or clarification.