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, now in its 16 year, 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.

2019 Spring Forward Gallery

2018 Spring Forward Gallery


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.

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.

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 info@takeart.org


Spring Forward allows Somerset’s dancers 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 or contact info@takeart.org

The Spring Forward Story 

Spring Forward first sprang into the Somerset dance calendar in 2005 and is now entering its 16th 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 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.

What Now for Spring Forward

Applications for Spring Forward 2020 will open at the end of the year.

If you have any queries relating to Spring Forward please contact Alison Lord 01460 249450 or email info@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  info@takeart.org