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Young Creative Awards (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.  A full criteria list can be found here.

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.

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.

Applications for YCA 2024 are now open!

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