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dance live! portsmouth

The home of the Dance Live! Team, Portsmouth Guildhall is a leading concert and conference venue based in Hampshire and home to some of Portsmouth’s most historic treasures including the city’s Civic Plate and the Council Chamber. Previous acts to have graced the Portsmouth Guildhall Stage include The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, through to modern-day legends like Elbow and the Stereophonics.

Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB


  • Monday 27th January SENIORS 
  • Tuesday 28th January SENIORS 
  • Wednesday 29th January SENIORS 
  • Thursday 30th January JUNIORS 
  • Friday 31st January JUNIORS 
  • Monday 3rd February SENIORS 
  • Tuesday 4th February SENIORS 
  • Wednesday 5th February SENIORS 
  • Thursday 6th February JUNIORS 
  • Friday 7th February JUNIORS 

what can i expect?

Please find an example of a Junior event day and a Senior event day schedule (including rehearsals and arrival and departure times) here:  

For a more indepth idea of what to expect on an event day, visit this page

Dance Live! Portsmouth 2024 Schools:

Saint Edmunds Catholic School
Durrington High School
Priory School
Crestwood Community School
Portchester Community School
Redwood Park Academy
Crookhorn College
City of Portsmouth College
Itchen Sixth Form College

Rachel Madocks School
Hounsdown School
Oasis Academy Mayfield
Bay House
St George’s School
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
Ryde School with Upper Chine
HSDC (Alton/Havant/South Downs)
The Hamble School

Lanesend Primary School
Curdridge Primary School
Colden Common Primary School
Sherborne House School
Endeavour Primary School
Wimborne Primary School
Broadlea Primary School
Harefield Primary School

Medina House School
Mayfield School Juniors
Wicor Primary School
Bramber Primary School
Federation of Riders Infant & Junior Schools
Queensgate Foundation Primary School
Elm Academy                                                                                  Selsey Primary School                                                                             

Mary Rose Academy
St Anne’s Catholic School
Deer Park School
Admiral Lord Nelson School
Ryde Academy
Havant Academy
Redbridge Community School
Trafalgar School                                                                                  The Cowplain School                                                                          The Hayling College

The Angmering School
Mayfield School Seniors
Purbrook Park School
Park Community School
Christ the King College
Oak Grove College
Worthing College                                                                                  Woodlands Community College

The Portsmouth Grammar School
Isle of Wight Education Federation
Wildern School
Swanmore College
The Petersfield School
Mayville High School Seniors
Peter Symonds College
Baycroft School

Cornerstone CE Primary School
St Johns CofE Primary
Federation of Trosnant Schools
Highfield CE Primary
Wellstead Primary School
Valentine Primary School
The Federation of Nettlestone and Newchurch                              Pembridge Hall School

Rowner Junior School
Mayville High School Juniors
Cowes Primary School
St Mark’s CofE Primary School
The Bay C E School
Thomas A Becket Junior School


Dance Live! provides free workshops for all participating schools. Portsmouth workshops will take place on:

  • 19th October 2023 JUNIORS
  • 20th October 2023 SENIORS

Workshops consist of sessions on the following:

  • LED Screen Content Creation
  • Journey Video Creation
  • How to Interact with the Screen
  • Lighting Design
  • Dance Live! Team Q&A

Additionally, Dance Live! provides zoom workshops throughout September-January each year on:

  • Dance Live! Teacher Admin
  • LED Screen Content
  • Journey Video Creation
  • Music Editing
  • Prop/Set Design
  • Lighting Design

Workshop dates will also be sent directly to each school’s lead teacher in September. 

judges & patrons

mark smith

Head Judge & Patron

Dance Live’s first Patron, Mark Smith, is a Choreographer, Movement Director, Dance Teacher, Workshop Leader and Director, Founder and Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing, Patron for The Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing (ISTD) and was nominated as Best Choreographer in the Off-West End Awards and the Broadway World UK Awards for Ace of Clubs, Call Me Madam & Iolanthe and Live Theatre & British Theatre for Tommy.

Check back soon when we announce the rest of our judges panel!

available grants

Our 2023 grants applications are now closed. Keep an eye on this page for information about grants for 2024!

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