It is with regret that Exeter Dance Festival 2021 has been cancelled, due to the national lockdown. Although we had hoped to go ahead, and had made every preparation to do so, it is clear now this will not be possible. All cheques will be destroyed and postal orders returned.

Thank you for your support and understanding, and we know that you are as sad as we are that we can't continue with the festival. It's our hope that Exeter Dance Festival will offer some workshop-type competitions later in the year, when measures are more relaxed, fingers crossed! We'll do everything we can to keep dance alive in Exeter.

The 2022 Festival will be held from Saturday 19th February to Sunday 27th February.


Exeter Dance Festival has been encouraging and celebrating young dancers for more than 40 years.

It started as a two day event at St Georges Hall, moved to the Barnfield Theatre where it grew into the huge Festival it is now and transferred to its new venue, the Corn Exchange in 2013. Its a round trip for the Festival as The Corn Exchange started life as St Georges Hall!

We are proud to have become a heat for the All England Dance competition which takes place every two years and to have developped our own Young Dancer competition which invites dancers from all aspects of the professional dance world to teach our young dancers a solo in various genres.

We have enjoyed many amazing guest teachers, Adam Cooper, Wayne Sleep, Brenda Last, Mark Silver and Frank Freeman to name a mere handful! Every year many young people bring their talent to Exeter Dance Festival and we hope to continue to support and encourage them as we have for the past 40 years.  

New dance styles develop but the talent and enthusiasm of every one of the dancers has never changed. Long may it continue!