The Aldershot and Farnborough Dance Festival is held every year in the spring as part of the Aldershot and Farnborough Festival of Music and Art, and has been in existence since 1941. It is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals, and is supported by Rushmoor Leisure.

For over twenty years the Festival has been held at what is now the Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College in Cove. Until recently this was known as the Oak Farm Centre, and prior to that Oak Farm School. However, regular visitors to our Festival will note that the venue is identical to that of previous years.

The Dance Festival is a qualifying event on alternate years, and was to have been a qualifying event in 2020 but was cancelled owing to the Covid pandemic. All-Engand have slipped their two-year Festival cycle by a year, so 2021 will also be a qualifying year.

Details are on this website of the syllabus, how to enter, fees, and how to find Samuel Cody College.

Following the publication on Monday of the Government’s roadmap and timetable for exiting the lockdown, Oak Farm School have said that it is not practicable to go ahead with the Dance Festival this year. The Festival Organisers agree with this decision, and the Festival is now cancelled. We would like to thank all schools for their continued support and optimism despite all the recent uncertainty. We have e-mailed all schools and parents who entered regarding the mechanism for refunding their entry fees.
Next year’s Festival will be held between 19th – 24th April, and will be an All-England qualifier.

Section Organiser

  • Julia Ruskell
    Beaufort House
    130 Fleet Road
    GU14 9SQ
  • 01252 545808
  • 07715 047377

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  • Tuesday 13th April to Sunday 18th April 2021


  • Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College
    Ballantyne Road
    Cove GU14 8SN

Closing Date

  • 29th January 2021


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Supported by Rushmoor Borough Council

Affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals

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