U.Dance North East (formerly PULSE) is back!

U.Dance is the national programme of events offering high quality dance opportunities to young people. Each year, our nation’s young dancers can explore their creativity, learn more about dance careers, and experience the thrill and sense of achievement of performing! Dance City is hosting the North-East Regional and Sub-Regional celebrations, in Spring 2022.

U.Dance North East 2022 offers a chance for dancers to perform and share their work at a professional local venue. It is part of U.Dance, a national programme supporting and encouraging dance and performance opportunities for young people across the country.

Do you have a dance group that would love to:

  • PERFORM in a local venue
  • BE INSPIRED by watching other groups perform
  • TAKE PART in celebrating the talent of young dancers
  • Have the chance to perform in a National Event and REPRESENT the North East
  • Or – Showcase a DANCE FOR SCREEN film piece

To take part in U.Dance North East your group must be aged 11–19 (or up to and including age 24 for dancers with a disability).

How to Take Part

Step 1
Simply complete the registration form and return it by Tuesday 30th November to your closest venue and we will contact you with more information. Once you have returned your registration form your group will perform at your closest sub-regional celebration!


U.Dance Sub-regional celebrations:

Region Date Contact
Northumberland Sat 12th Feb katy.taylor@queenshall.co.uk
Newcastle/Gateshead Sun 13th Feb helen.kumar@dancecity.co.uk
Sunderland Sat 5th Mar helen.green@sunderlandculture.org.uk
Durham Sun 6th Mar info@tinarts.co.uk

Step 2
If your group is interested in continuing, you may be invited to perform at the regional celebration which will take place at Dance City on Sunday 13th March (2 groups will be invited from each celebration).

Step 3
If your group is interested in continuing, you may be invited to perform at the U.Dance National Festival in Glasgow 22-24 July! (1-2 groups will be selected from the regional celebration).


U.Dance North East Sub-Regional Celebration – Sunday 13 Feb / 6.30pm / £6

A celebration of children and young people’s Dance across the North East.  Join us and be inspired by these young creators and performers, some of whom wish to be part of a selection process to progress further.   

Click HERE to book!

U.Dance North East Regional Celebration – Sunday 13 Mar / 6.30pm / £6

The second part of the journey…groups have been selected to be part of this celebration after their initial performance.  From this evening 1 or 2 groups will be selected to represent the North East at the U.Dance national festival in Glasgow in July.