All England Dance is proud to present

UK Young Dancer

TWO exciting new nationwide competitions for Classical & Theatre Dancers

The 2024 competition and entry will be announced in January 2024

2023 Results

2023 Results

Classical Dancer

Winner – Lily Routledge

Nicola Tarry Classical Ballet Training

Theatre Dancer

Beatriz Kingsmill-Smith (Theatre Winner)

Winner – Beatriz Kingsmill-Smith

Mayhew School of Dance & Performing Arts

Runner-up – Scott Millar

Sharon Wood School of Dance & Drama

Beatriz Kingsmill-Smith (Theatre Winner)

Runner-up – Darcey-Dee Springer

Nichols School of Dance


Leanne Benjamin - UK Young Dancer

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE

Royal Ballet Coach and former Royal Ballet Principal dancer

Leanne Benjamin - UK Young Dancer

Yonah Acosta

Staatsballet Munich Ballet Principal dancer

Leanne Benjamin - UK Young Dancer

Lauren Cuthbertson

Royal Ballet Principal dancer

Dame Arlene Phillips - UK Young Dancer

Dame Arlene Phillips

Multi Olivier Award winning Choreographer

Leanne Benjamin - UK Young Dancer

Etta Murfitt MBE

Associate Artistic Director of New Adventures

Leanne Benjamin - UK Young Dancer

Matt Cole

Olivier Award winning Choreographer

Our Aim

  • To find young, gifted dancers in the UK
  • To support and develop each dancer to achieve their potential
  • To broaden training and create exciting opportunities for young dancers

F50 workshop

Ballet Dancer on Pointe - UK Young Dancer


“I am delighted to work with AED, a charity that cares about the integrity of dance and is creating exciting opportunities for performers in the future”

Dame Arlene Phillips

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful new competition, which I hope will encourage, support, and excite the next generation of dancers. I am particularly interested in the process required to build the skills and confidence needed for a life on stage, and believe that UK Young Dancer will be an invaluable part of these artists’ journeys.”

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE