Calling all young dancers!

After a major expansion project, MK Gallery will reopen in spring 2019. Along with doubled exhibition spaces and dedicated learning and community resources, a brand new performance space will open its doors to the citizens of Milton Keynes and beyond. 

To celebrate, we’re partnering with MÓTUS, Milton Keynes Theatre and New Adventures, Matthew Bourne's award-winning dance theatre company, to search for the city’s most exciting young dancers, choreographers and all round movers and shakers.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share your talents and be a part of one of the first major shows in the brand new MK Gallery auditorium. 

To enter, all you need to do is submit a one minute video of you performing your dance – if shortlisted you’ll be invited to perform at our showcase event on Saturday 27 April 2019. The prize for the winner is an incredible opportunity to perform your dance at the MÓTUS Festival and win a dance workshop for your school by MK Theatre. The prize for the winner includes a special goody bag with a Swan Lake programme signed by Matthew Bourne; an incredible opportunity to perform your dance at 2019’s MÓTUS Festival; and a special prize for your school or dance school. 

Anyone aged 7-19* and living or being educated in MK can enter. If you’re aged 4-6, there’s plenty of fun for you too. Explore the links on the left to find out how you can get involved and have your chance to dance in MK Gallery’s new auditorium. 

Young Dancer is for anyone who has a passion for dance and we warmly welcome applications from disabled dancers or dancers with additional needs. MK Gallery’s auditorium will be accessible and dancers will have access to a Changing Places toilet. Should you need any information in a different format, or if you would like to discuss entry for an inclusive group, please contact / 01908 976900. 

Why dance? 

Dance is the expression of ideas, emotions and relationships through physical movement of the body. It is a powerful impulse rooted within humanity that spans cultures throughout history. When channelled with imagination and thought, it becomes an art form consisting of many genres and styles which are constantly evolving. Dance is a creative experience that anyone can take part in – use it to get fit, create art or simply to have fun.

About the theme: TRANSFORMATION

To alter; to revamp; to revolutionise - these are just a few words that describe what it means to transform. MK Gallery is transforming. Our appearance will alter as we create new and exciting spaces for everyone to enjoy. We’re revamping the way we do things and our innovative programmes aim to revolutionise perceptions of culture and the arts. 

We invite you to create a dance that shares with us what TRANSFORMATION means to you. 


Have fun at one of our family friendly Saturday Studio: Let’s Dance sessions for children 5+ and their families. Book here.

Bop, wiggle and shake at one of our Start the Art: Mini Movers sessions for under 5s and their families. Book here.

Check out MÓTUS’s programme of exciting dance performances and workshops. 

Look out for opportunities to learn new choreography with Milton Keynes Theatre Creative Learning

Be inspired by what goes on behind the scenes at New Adventures

Take a look at One Dance UK who support, advocate and hive a voice to dance in the UK.


Who can enter?
Anyone aged 7-19* and living or being educated in MK can enter. There are four age categories: 7 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years and 17 to 19 years. The competition is open to non-professionals only and no previous dance experience is necessary. You can dance solo or as part of a group of up to 10 dancers. We warmly welcome applications from disabled dancers or dancers with additional needs. 

If you’re under 7, there are plenty of chances for you to get involved. Explore the links on the left hand side of the screen to find out more. 

*You must be aged 7– 19 on 31 July 2019 to enter.

What kind of dance can I submit?
You a can enter one original choreographed dance per person or per group. Your dance must respond to the theme of ‘transformation’ but can be in any genre or style. It can be choreographed by another person or by you. To enter, you are asked to submit a 1 minute video clip of your dance but if shortlisted, you will be invited to deliver a live performance of 3-5 minutes. 

What can I wear?
It is important that the panel can see clearly the movements and lines of the choreography you present. Please wear clothing that is comfortable/appropriate and that can allow the panel to see your choreography clearly. Simple leotard and loose bottoms / tights would be appropriate; or a vest top and tracksuit bottoms.

Can I use props?
You are welcome to use small props as part of your performance. Your props must be easily transported - if shortlisted, you will need to be able to deliver these to MK Gallery. 

What kind of music can I use?
Your chosen sound accompaniment can be any of the following: instrumental; orchestral; spoken word; silence; natural sound; found sound; body percussion. If shortlisted, you must be able to provide a high quality (electronic, if applicable) version of your sound accompaniment for use during the live show.

How do I submit my work?
The deadline for entry is Monday 25 February 2019. Incomplete entries or entries received after this deadline will not be considered. To enter, please submit one digital video not exceeding 1 minute in length accompanied by a completed entry form.

You can share your entry with us in one of the following ways:
1. Upload a private video to YouTube and email a link to
2. Transfer a file or link online via We Transfer to
3. Drop off a memory stick or CD-R with your video or post it to MK Gallery Young Dancer, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA.*

*If you would like your memory stick/CD-R returned, please include a stamped addressed envelope. 

How is the winner selected? 
Shortlisted entrants will be invited to perform their dance live on Saturday 27 April 2019.  This will be viewed by a panel of judges and an audience as part of a special public event in MK Gallery’s new auditorium.

We are delighted that the following dance schools will be taking part:

Attitude School of Dance
Coles Forsyth Dance Academy
Rebecca Marie Academy of Dance

This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation