Youth Dance Platforms

We are proud to annually deliver youth dance platforms as part of our commitment to provide performance opportunities and raise aspirations of young people. We invite the very best of local, regional and national talents to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre to present their work in front of an audience of up to 230 guests.

Across all of our provisions, we strive to challenge the stigma and preconceptions around gender in dance. We are excited to announce the launch our bi-annual platform NO LIMIT, produced to celebrate the distinctive energy and dynamism that boys bring to performances.

The first of these boys-only platform events will take place within the Phoenix Dance Theatre building in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, on Tuesday 12 July 2022.

For further information and ticket purchase, please follow the link: NO LIMIT | Youth Dance Platform | Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre (

The ResTec takes place late November/early December annually in recognition of World AIDS Day. We aim to raise awareness through dance and send our practitioners to work in local schools across Leeds during a six-week period in order to create work that explores themes related to the topic.

Our Youth Academy and youth dance groups from London are also invited to perform at this event.

Summer Youth Dance Platform
As a celebratory event for the end of the academic year, this special performance brings together groups, schools and colleges with whom we have worked with over the past 12 months. It takes place in July each year and showcases performances from our Saturday School, Illuminate Dance, members of our Schools Partnership Scheme, Phoenix Youth Academy and Academy North East.

For further information and ticket purchase, please follow the link: Summer Youth Dance Platform | Phoenix Dance Theatre | Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre (

Yorkshire Youth Dance Platform
This event brings together groups from across Yorkshire to celebrate the skill, talent and creativity of young dancers across the region.

Previous years have included performances from DAZL Youth Dance Company, Vivid Dance Theatre, 412 Dance, and Phoenix Youth Academy. In 2019, we had 111 young people from Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, and Sheffield perform to a sold out audience.

BOPA, Programme and Technical Information

Please provide as much information as possible in the form below.

In consideration of safeguarding and healthy and safety, we must obtain a BOPA license from our local council for these event. Additionally, we require the track details of each performance piece for music licensing. All music must be provided electronically – this must not be an online link (YouTube, Spotify etc.)

The information you provide will also be used to produce the event programme and to schedule the technical rehearsals. We aim to facilitate your lighting requirements where possible, though please note, a maximum of five lighting cues can be included throughout the piece. You will have an allocated time of 30 minutes in the theatre to rehearse your performance.

Throughout rehearsals and the performance, young people may be filmed and photographed for archival purposes and for use on our social media platforms. We must have confirmation that you have obtained photo consent from for each performer’s parent or guardian.

Anyone wishing to watch the show from the auditorium, with the exception of chaperones backstage, must purchase a ticket (following the link above).