CYPDNN - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Children and Young People's Dance Network North


The Children and Young People’s Dance Network North (CYPDNN) exists to offer networking opportunities, coordinate professional development and share dance activity across the North. By working together we can ensure children and young people have the same access to opportunities, regardless of where they live.

Our main aims are:

  1. To strengthen the voice of the sector to advocate and promote dance
  2. To broaden the offer to children and young people through collaboration

Join the network

If you work in dance with children and young people and are interested in joining the network, contact Gail Ferrin, Network Coordinator, at

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CYPDNN has several key current priorities for children and young peoples (CYP) dance across the North:

Workforce Development – research, review, collaboration and planning

The long-term objective of this is to review, collate and assemble a future facing plan for children & young peoples dance across the North of England backed by research, data and strategic partnerships.

Children’s Programme

A programme of dance work for children where CYPDNN have a role to include CYP voice in the development, planning and delivery of professional dance work with dance companies and artists from across the North. Current partnerships with dance companies include: Hawk Dance Theatre (Inside The Igloo Live), Coalesce Dance (The Old Green Time Machine/PANTS), Rachel Dean (Thumbelina) and other freelance artists.

Professional dance tours in small venues, village halls and libraries with partnerships across Lancashire (Spot On/Cultureapedia), East Riding of Yorkshire (East Riding of Yorkshire Council Arts Development & Libraries Service, Blaize ArtERY Live Rural Touring) North Lincolnshire (Blaize – LiveLincs Rural Touring) and TAIL (Touring Arts in Libraries) with the NRTF(National Rural Touring Forum).

Creating dance partnerships and networks, signposting and stimulating activity where there are gaps in provision across The North of England (North West, Yorkshire, North East).

Recent examples include Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival and COLLIDE Boys Dance Takeover events.

The Dance Get Together – a series of online and in-person gatherings with the dance sector across our region where we can share, research, talk, plan, tackle current issues and celebrate children & young people’s dance and future proof this post-pandemic and in the wider context of new National Portfolio Organisations round, funding, current global and national issues.


The Children and Young People’s Dance Network North is funded by NSCD as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) of Arts Council England.