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 2022-23

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The Northern Dance Get Together 
Fri 12 Jan 2024 
The Riley Theatre & NSCD Studios 98 Chapeltown Road Leeds  LS7 4BH
We continue our series of Dance Get Together events with an in person Northern gathering…

Are you a dance practitioner, freelance artist, dance company, dance organisation, working with an Arts Council NPO a teacher, practitioner or leader who works with children & young people in dance settings (education, schools, communities, youth sector and other places)?

Are you interested in creating, supporting, making and touring work or booking dance activity particularly for youth or CYP?  We will showcase touring dance work and the individuals who are creating work in the North and want to connect to new and develop existing networks across our region. We will highlight opportunities, models and share networks to develop in our region in education, community and professional contexts.

Are you a producer or programmer connected to and interested in supporting audiences for dance across the North in settings from schools to libraries, venues, hubs and theatres and want to talk about this further and create partnerships.

Are you keen to meet, develop ideas and projects, see hear and join in a dance get together with other individuals, companies and organisations at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in January 2024. Then this Northern Dance Get Together is for you!

The day will include multiple topics, sessions, showcases and pathways:

* male identifying work and participation
* workforce and skills development
* post covid drop in sign up/attendance – what we do about it
* decline in the mental health in CYP
* dance strategy and planning in the North
* working together, joint funding approaches
* Let’s Create!
* Rural and Urban dance connections and programmes
* Showcases, Pop up dance, workshops and seminars

We will highlight the issues, topics and concerns and celebrate the
strengths and successes of dance in our region and we hope to make lasting connections, draw together partnerships, projects and strategies for dance across the North.

This FREE event will stimulate discussions and tackle issues that affect our dance sector across the North of England.  

Bursaries are available for freelance creatives to help with time/travel.

We have keynote speakers and presenters but are keen to hear from YOU if there is a topic or session you might want to offer or contribute to… get in touch.

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 (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

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 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, 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.