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Young people dancing

Call for young dancers: Maypole Remixed outdoor dance commission

As part of U.Dance 2018, the nation’s annual youth dance festival, we are offering youth dance groups and dancers from the East of England the fantastic opportunity to take part in a new and exciting youth dance commission created by Folk Dance Remixed

U.Dance 2018We are recruiting up to 40 young dancers, either from dance groups or individuals, aged 12–19 (up to 25 years for dancers with additional needs), from all dance genres to create and perform Maypole Remixed - a vibrant, new outdoor dance work centred on a maypole. 

Maypole Remixed will celebrate some of the old and new dance and music cultural heritages to be found in the region - fusing traditional folk dance styles from the East of England with contemporary hip hop dance and especially commissioned recorded and live music.

There will be three creative workshops and rehearsals with professional dancers and live musicians, leading to two outdoor performances on Saturday 14 July as part of the U.Dance 2018 festival. 

You can apply as a dance group, or an individual, by completing the expression of interest form.  You must commit to attending all the rehearsal and performance dates below. Travel bursaries are available.


Sunday, 24 June, 1 July and 8 July

10.30am–4.30pm (tbc)

Chantry Academy, Mallard Way, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 9LR


Saturday 14 July

Outside Jerwood Dance House and in Christchurch Park, Ipswich - times tbc

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If you have any queries, please contact Cassie Tait, Education Manager at

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More about U.Dance 2018

U.Dance 2018, the nation’s annual youth dance festival will showcase the strength and talent of young dancers from across the country at Jerwood DanceHouse, the East Regions’ premier dance centre from 13 - 15 July, 2018. This is the first year U.Dance, led by One Dance UK, will be held in the East of England, in partnership with DanceEast. Find out more

More about Folk Dance Remixed

Folk Dance Remixed specialise in the outdoors arts arena, creating a sense of joy through performance and participation, working across generations and cultures.  Their work is a fresh, quirky, colourful and magical collision of traditional and Hip Hop dance and music: high-energy, with a unique remix of Maypole, Clogging, Ceilidh, Street, House and Breakdance with a hint of African & Bollywood to a live soundtrack of fiddle & beat boxing. Find out more

More about EFDSS’ previous youth dance commission for U.Dance 2016

Read about Life Remixed, our previous youth dance commission created by Folk Dance Remixed for U.Dance 2016 at The Lowry in Greater Manchester. Watch the film.


Dance East Supported using funding by Arts Council England One Dance UK


National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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