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Blackpool Junior Dance Festival

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Category: Competition
Dates: Annually, April
Location: Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England
Years active: 1947 - Present


The Blackpool Junior Dance Festival is the world's first and most famous annual Ballroom Dance competition for young dancers (Juveniles and Juniors) of international significance, held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens of Blackpool.


The Blackpool Junior Dance Festival has been running since 1947 with young dancers from all over the world visiting Blackpool, England to compete. The Festival, traditionally held in the magnificent Blackpool Tower Ballroom, celebrated it’s 50th birthday in 2007 and incorporates the British Junior Open Championships. In 2010, the Festival moved to the Winter Gardens, Empress Ballroom.

As tradition states, the Festival always commences on Easter Monday finishing seven days later on the Sunday. There are two age groups of children – Juveniles (6 to under 12 years) and Juniors (12 to under 16 years). There are three branches of dancing – Latin American, Ballroom and Sequence Dancing.

Over the seven days, there are 29 competitions, four Team Matches and three Formation Dance competitions. In 2015, there were over 33 countries represented at the Festival with over 400 couples, 8 Sequence, Formation Teams and 74 Latin/Ballroom Formation Teams entered in the various events.

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