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Moving North

Royal Academy of Dance

06 June 2020

Take your dancing in a new direction with Moving North, an exciting new dance competition for 2015 open to young dancers aged 8-18 based in the north of England.

The Royal Academy of Dance is looking for solos, duos and groups to perform a piece of original choreography in ballet, jazz, contemporary or street dance/hip hop to compete in three regional heats. No RAD experience required but applicants must live in the UK or Ireland and not be in full time dance training or had any professional dance experience.

Heats will take place in Leeds on 3 May (closing date 7 April), Bolton on 10 May (closing date 7 April) and York on 21 June (closing date 13 April). You can apply to perform at any one of the three heats, regardless of where you are based or where you take classes.

The best performances from each heat will go through to the final at The Lowry, Salford, on 18 July which will be judged by a panel chaired by the RAD’s Artistic Director Lynn Wallis. We’re thrilled to announce that Matt Flint – winner of So You Think You Can Dance series 2, West End performer and choreographer – has joined the judging panel for the final of Moving North.

We are excited to announce that Blue Peter and former Olympics presenter Radzi Chinyanganya will host the Final of Moving North. Radzi says: 'Both music and keeping active are really important to me – dance is a perfect combination of those things, so I’m excited to see young people show off their skills at the Final of Moving North. Good luck to everyone involved in the heats!'

For further details and to download an application pack, visit

Venue Information

Northern England

Royal Academy of Dance
36 Battersea Square

SW11 3RA

Categories: Perform Choreography