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

Read our Children’s Programme Activity Report for 2023-24

Join the network

If you work in dance with children and young people and are interested in joining the network, or would like further information about Dance Gatherings contact Gail Ferrin, Network Coordinator, at


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Our Key Priorities

Workforce Development

Reviewing and building a future-facing plan for the sustainability of children & young people’s dance across the North of England, backed by research, data and strategic partnerships.

Children’s Programme

A programme of dance work for children produced by professional dance companies and artists from across the North, that includes the voice of children and young people in its development, planning and delivery. Current partnerships with dance companies include:

  • Hawk Dance Theatre & The Knoteed Project (Inside The Igloo Live, Outside the Igloo and Greatest Robot)
  • Coalesce Dance (The Old Green Time Machine/PANTS)
  • Rachel Dean (Thumbelina, May and the Mountain Witch)
  • Anatomical Dance (Snowed In)
  • Dance Mama
  • 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

Partnerships and and networks that signpost and stimulate activity where there are gaps in provision across The North of England (North West, Yorkshire, North East). Recent examples include

  • Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival (York & Leeds)
  • Dance It Up North (Scarborough and Northallerton)
  • Everybody Dance’s (York)
  • COLLIDE Boys Dance (East Riding)
  • Brave Project (Scarborough)

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, and current issues – local, national and global.


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