Dance Live!

It is with a very heavy heart that following the latest statement from the Government regarding social distancing to include the avoidance of pubs, clubs and theatres we have made the difficult decision to cancel the finals of Dance Live 2020, which were due to take place in April.  

At this point, we can’t be certain when Government advice will be lifted and we understand the difficult and changing situation schools and colleges also find themselves in. We realise how disappointing this news will be but the safety and wellbeing of all concerned has to be our priority.

Teachers were notified of this decision by email yesterday. Any schools that have purchased tickets already for the finals, should get in touch with the point of purchase, and will be issued a refund.

We still plan to open registration for 2021 in May/June and will keep you posted on this. Please spread the word about the amazing experience you had at this year’s Heats and encourage as many schools and pupils to participate next year and make 2021 the best ever!   


We are delighted to announce that Dance Live! will be returning to Portsmouth in 2021 with the dates for the Heats confirmed as w/c 8th February 2021. Registration for schools/colleges will open in May 2020.

If you work in a school or college and are interested in finding out more about participating in Dance Live next year please get in touch.

Dance Live! is a brand-new annual dance event for schools and colleges brought to you by The Guildhall Trust.

Embracing an ever-evolving digital world and how this is changing the face of modern performance, Dance Live! will see schools and colleges able to compete with choreographed routines to the backdrop of a giant digital screen with pupils showcasing a range of skills from dance, performance and off-stage technical skills to creative design.

With a focus on raising aspirations and developing skills for creative career choices, Dance Live! also delivers a range of supportive workshop opportunities for schools.

Please see the Information Pack below for more information in our 2020 event.

Please direct any queries to:

Or you can call us on 023 9387 0196


Our Judges

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Founder & Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing / Best Choreographer Nominee: Off West End Awards, Broadway World UK Awards / Judge of BBC Young Dancer 2016

Natasha Waldron

Natasha Waldron

Performed with: The Royal Ballet Company / The Birmingham Royal Ballet /Dusseldorf Oper Am Rhein Ballet / Hamburg Ballet / Leipzig Ballet

Jamie Kluckers

Jamie Kluckers

Technical Consultant – Stage Electrics / Trained in Production at Guildford School of Acting / Experienced Production Manager, Technical Manager & Stage Manager

Sally Garner-Gibbons

Sally Garner-Gibbons

Lecturer in Technical Theatre and Stage Management / Delivers Theatre Apprentice Programme /Company Stage Manager for over 25 years

We are delighted to welcome a panel of top-quality professionals from the creative industry who will be scoring the Dance Live! 2020 heats and offering invaluable feedback to participants. A selection of judges from the panel will attend each evening.


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