Spring Forward Dance Festival

"Spring Forward is always an exciting event for young people. What you are giving to these young people cannot be over-estimated. Thank you!"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Alec Brice, Leader of Kazdanz Youth Dance Company

Spring Forward is an annual dance festival offering unrivalled opportunities for Somerset and South West based dancers to perform on a professional stage, participate in workshops and watch world-class dance performances.  

The festival, has been running for 15 years, and traditionally takes place throughout March and April, aiming to provide dancers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage with dance as an audience member, a dancer, participant and student in one of the wonderful venues we work with. 

Anyone can join in, it doesn’t matter what level or style of dance you practise, there’s something for everyone at Spring Forward Dance Festival.


Sign up your dance group to be part of the most exciting and inclusive platform in the Somerset dance calendar, bringing together hundreds of dancers of all ages to perform on one of three professional stages.

Spring Forward 2023 will be returning on the following dates:

Wednesday 8 March 2023 - The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil: Community Showcase

Friday 17 March 2023 - Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton: Community and Digital Showcase

Thursday 30 March 2023 - The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater: Community and Digital Showcase

If you would like to sign up to be a part of Spring Forward 2023, please complete the expression of interest form here. Deadline for completed expression of interest forms is 5pm Friday 9 December 2022.

For further information please email springforward@takeart.org

The Online Community

2022 Spring Forward Gallery

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The Spring Forward Story 

Spring Forward first sprang into the Somerset dance calendar in 2005 and has been a feature for 15 years, growing exponentially year on year to support more and more young and professional dancers.

In 2005, in partnership with the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Take Art organised the first Spring Forward ‘platform’ – a countywide opportunity for youth dance groups to come together and perform on a professional stage to an audience and to each other.

The platform, originally called Spring Loaded, became a hugely popular annual event and soon attracted hundreds of entries, expanding to span three and then four nights. This allowed Take Art and the Tacchi-Morris to join forces with The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil to accommodate all the performances. 2018 saw the addition of a third platform venue, The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater.

In 2014, to celebrate ten years of Spring Forward, Take Art expanded to become an annual Youth Dance Festival to support the development of young dancers in Somerset.

In 2019 Spring Forward welcomed community dance groups of all ages alongside films shown at The McMillan Theatre. Both proved to be incredibly popular and will look to continue in the future.


The Take Art Effect

Between 2010 and 2017, Spring Forward has enabled over 4,500 dancers to perform on a professional stage, as part of one of 27 Spectacular Youth Dance Platforms.

Keep an eye on this website for regular updates

Contact us on tel: 01460 249450

Email springforward@takeart.org