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Closing date: 15.03.2024 11:59pm

Entries for Young Creative Awards (YCA) Nottingham 2024 are now open! We are proud to sponsor the dance category.

YCA presents an opportunity for 11 to 24 year olds living, working or studying in Nottingham to showcase their creativity. Categories span across eleven art forms and are supported by professionals in the creative industries in Nottingham. FABRIC is proud to sponsor the dance category for YCA.

YCA is a great opportunity for young dancers and dance groups to challenge themselves and share their creative skills. The dance category award winner(s) will benefit from building links with industry professionals, raising their profile in Nottingham and winning cash prizes.

Entry Criteria

In order to be eligible to enter the competition, you must either live, work, study or create dance activity in Nottingham. Entries are welcome from individuals or groups.

There is no specific theme or brief to the Young Creative Awards so you can enter work on any theme or subject of your choice.

Within each category, there are three age ranges. Each category is judged in each of the age ranges to make it as fair as possible:

  • 11 – 15 years old
  • 16 – 18 years old
  • 19 – 24 years old

Applicants (individual or groups) must identify themselves as one or more of the following:


Your application should demonstrate you dancing in your own or another choreographer’s work.


You should submit work that you have created on yourself and/or on other dancers.

Dance Leader

Your application should evidence your work with other dancers/dance professionals and/or your leadership work in dance.

In addition to sending in video footage to evidence your dancing and choreography, we also welcome applications from those who have created dance work specifically for the camera. Videographer Josh Hawkins has created a dance for camera guide for those wishing to explore this option for their work.

Applying as a Group

If you are entering as a group, please let us know this on your application form and provide details of the main contact person. A dance group leader above the age of 24 can apply for the group but must identify the young people’s involvement and where possible involve them in the application process.

Group applications should identify themselves in the age category which reflects most of the group members’ ages. Group applications should demonstrate group performances or choreography where each member has contributed to the overall content.

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application form and explain the following:

– Why you have entered the awards
– What your/your group’s role is within the dance activity
– How the dance activity has developed your skills (dance and other skills)

2. Submit the work/piece via a video link that you would like to be judged on and label this clearly.

This should be your main piece of work that you would like the judges to focus on. Your video footage should be clear and show the themes of your work as clearly as possible.


3. Submit supporting evidence about your work, which should be one or more of the following:

Video links of rehearsal or performance footage with any passwords to access videos needed
– Videos of yourself talking, describing your dance work
– Links to websites featuring your work
– Photographs

The more evidence you send, the more the judging panel will know about you.Please ensure you put web links and video passwords in the ‘Other Information’ box of the application form.


If you need support with your application, contact our Assistant Producer Jessica by emailing or calling 0115 924 2016

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Interview with Hannah Alvey - YCA 2023 Dance Category Winner

Not sure if you’re feeling confident enough to put yourself forward? Hannah felt exactly the same but went for it anyway… and won the 19 – 25 year olds dance category!

We chatted with Hannah last year about her YCA experience. You can read or listen to our short interview below.

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