Spring Forward Dance Festival


Spring Forward 2019

Applications Now Open!

"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 a seasonal dance festival offering unrivalled opportunities for Somerset dancers to perform on a professional stage, participate in workshops and watch world-class dance performances. 

The festival, now in its 14th year, takes place throughout February and March, aiming to dancers of all ages and abilities to engage with dance; as audience, dancer, participant and student. It also provides training opportunities for those who teach dance, led by some of the UKs leading dance professionals.

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


2018 Spring Forward Gallery

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The Take Art Effect

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

Spring Forward Showcase

The summersaulting supernova of the Somerset dance calendar taking place in March over three nights and three venues; bringing together dancers and dance groups from across the county to perform on a professional stage. The dates for Spring Forward 2019 are:

  • Thursday 7 March at The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater
  • Friday 15 March at The Tachhi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
  • Wednesday 20 March at Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 

If your Dance Group is interested in taking part in a Spring Forward Showcase applications are open from November to December each year. Keep an eye on our ‘Take Part’ section for details on how to apply or contact kim@takeart.org


Workshops for Young People

Spring Forward allows Somerset’s young people to access master classes and workshops with professional touring companies at a price that is affordable.

Keep an eye on our ‘Take Part’ section for upcoming workshops for young people or contact kim@takeart.org


The Spring Forward Story 

Spring Forward first sprang into the Somerset dance calendar in 2005 and is now entering its 14th year, 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 will see 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.

What Now for Spring Forward

In 2019 Take Art’s annual Spring Forward Festival will take place in three venues across Somerset and for the first time will feature Somerset and South West dance groups of all ages.

Please click here to find out more or apply to perform.

If you have any queries relating to Spring Forward 2019 please contact Kim Bardgett 01460 249450 kim@takeart.org


The Online Community



Keep an eye on this website for regular updates

Contact us on tel: 01460 249450

Dance Director Alison Lord alison@takeart.org

Dance Coordinator Kim Bardgett kim@takeart.org