Dance Live! is an exciting 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! sees those in KS2-4 and Further Education 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.
Following the overwhelming success of Dance Live! we are now also pleased to launch Dance Live – Studio Edition, for dance schools, studios and youth dance companies. Head to the Studio Edition page for more details of this event.
® Dance Live! is a registered trade mark of The Guildhall Trust
Dance Live! Portsmouth 2022
Registration for Dance Live! Portsmouth 2022 is now open!
Official registration is open until 5pm, Friday 8th October 2021. There is no financial commitment at the point of registering. Please note that for 2022, this event is only open to secondary schools and colleges and places will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Dance Live! Team if you have any queries.
Check out the judges line-up for this year’s online TV format of the popular, annual Dance competition for schools and colleges below.
Dance Live’s first Patron and Head Judge, Mark Smith, is a Choreographer, Movement Director, Dance Teacher, Workshop Leader and Director, Founder and Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing, Patron for The Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing (ISTD) and was nominated as Best Choreographer in the Off-West End Awards and the Broadway World UK Awards for Ace of Clubs, Call Me Madam & Iolanthe and Live Theatre & British Theatre for Tommy.
Stage Manager and Lecturer in Technical Theatre Studies, Sally Garner-Gibbons has worked in West End and regional theatres throughout the UK and has held the position of Company and Stage Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre for over 25 years. Sally enjoys her work in Production Arts education where she trains the next generation of theatre technicians in lighting, sound and stagecraft.
Technical Consultant for Stage Electrics, Jamie Kluckers, trained in Production at Guildford School of Acting and has worked in the industry as a Production Manager, Technical Manager and Stage Manager with theatre credits including the Olivier award-winning Showstoppers (Apollo), Uncle Vantage and Three Sisters (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Guys & Dolls and Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre).
New to the judging team for this year is professional Dancer, Ben Derham. A graduate of The Royal Ballet School and Bird College, Ben has danced internationally for music videos, film, TV and on stage with his credits including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures’ World Premiere production of Romeo and Juliet, Christmas on Ice Niagara Falls and London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s ‘Mack and Mabel’.
Dance Live! is expanding...
Express Your Interest Today!
Want Dance Live! to come to a town or city near you?
Following interest from schools and colleges up and down the country we are looking to expand Dance Live! to new areas so that even more young people can experience the benefits of this exciting competition.
We are now asking Schools and Colleges across the country to formally give an Expression of Interest so we can determine if there is enough interest in your area to proceed with events.
An Expression of Interest is an indication of your intent, not a binding agreement to participate. If enough interest is received for your area, we will confirm events and open a formal registration process. Express Your Interest Here!
Please read the Information Pack before Expressing your Interest so you have a good understanding of the requirements of the event.
New To Dance Live?
If you haven't heard of Dance Live! before, or want to know more about our brilliant event, you can watch our video below or download our 'Introduction to Dance Live!' e-resource, available here.
Find out more about Dance Live!
Resources to Read Before Registering
Please make sure that prior to registering you have read all the documents below. Please find an up to date risk-assessment for the event also.
Information Pack 2022
If you are interested in participating in Dance Live 2022 download the Information Pack for more details!