We love taking part in dance festivals! They give students the chance to build on their classwork and learn new routines – solos, duets, trios/quartets, and groups.
Taking part in festivals is completely your choice – festivals are not a compulsory part of Weymouth Dance Studio (but they are great fun!).
Although festivals are competitive, there’s a great team spirit. We always support each other and celebrate everyone’s performances.
Festival classes for groups
Festivals are really fun, but they are hard work! Being part of a festival group is a commitment, as they are choreographed with the group members in mind. We have weekly festival rehearsal classes.
For solos, duet and trios/quartets, you’ll need to have private lessons, to work on choreography, learning the routine, and then polishing it, ready to perform!
- Choreography private lessons cost £15 for 30 minutes.
- Rehearsal private lessons cost £12 for 30 minutes.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to choose music (this can be done with your teacher if you need help or advice), costumes and make-up.
Which festivals do we go to?
- Frome (Mid-Somerset) – late September
- Weymouth – October half term
- Exeter – February half term
- Paignton – Easter holidays
- Bournemouth – October half term
Mid-Somerset Festival, 24-26 September
MSF is holding their festival during the week-end of 24/25/26th September and some of our dancers are taking part during this week-end.
Weymouth Dance Festival, 23-27 October
Weymouth Dance Festival is hoping to run a normal festival and will be having solos, duet/trios and groups unless the conditions (re Covid) change. The festival will be shorter this year and will finish on Wednesday 27th October.
Students who have been awarded a qualifying mark at a qualifying festival can go on to compete at the All England Dance Regional Finals (a biannual event). The performances judged the best at Regionals are rewarded with qualification for the All England Dance National Finals.
2019 was an All England year – take a look at how our students got on!
In December 2019 several Weymouth Dance Studio routines were selected to represent Team England at the Dance World Cup in July 2020.
Unfortunately, COVID meant that the event was delayed until August 2021 (sadly after several of our students had graduated from WDS and gone onto university).
Happily, eight members of our Senior Festival Group were still able to attend the competition (relocated to Telford!). They performed brilliantly and came third in their section, with ‘Waiting’ – choreographed by Keely Shaw.
Many congratulations to Keely and to our bronze medallists Abigail D, Eloise B, Kaitlin V, Kirstin L, Mikey B, Millie B, Maddie J and Millie S.