Held at Birmingham Hippodrome on the 15 July 2017, NAVADAL 2017 the National South Asian Youth Dance Competition is open to students aged 11-25.

If the likes of Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and Akash Odedra are your dance role models, you are in the right place. They all began their careers at Akademi. Akademi’s NAVADAL youth dance competition aims to discover and celebrate new South Asian dance talent. Akademi and One Dance UK in partnership with Sampad and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD), will present NAVADAL as part of U.Dance 2017 for the first time in Birmingham.

Participants of our previous youth dance competitions such as Parbati Chaudhury, Santosh Nair and Raheem Mir have been a part of Akademi’s artist development programmes or productions, with some of them also participating in larger mainstream platforms like BBC Young Dancer.

It was a great opportunity to challenge myself to enter another competition after the BBC Young Dancer 2015 award. To perform for judges who were made up of prominent classical South Asian dance artists and from major dance organisations was a huge opportunity and very motivating to receive feedback from them. I would definitely recommend those training in South Asian dance to get involved, challenge yourself and perform!" - Vidya Patel, Previous National South Asian Youth Dance Competition winner

 Applications to NAVADAL 2017 are now closed.

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Previous National Youth Dance Competitions by Akademi

The competition in 2015 and 2016 was presented in partnership with Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy festival.

Winners of the 2016 competition were: 

16-20 years Solo:  1st place- Vidya Patel, 2nd place - Daniella Zak Zara Varghese Padiyara

21-25 years Solo: 1st place - Pallavi Anand, 2nd place - Jaina Modasia

Group winners: Upahaar School of Dance

The judges were Chitra Sundaram (Chair), Claire Sommerville, Nahid Siddiqui and Anusha Subramanyam.


Book tickets for NAVADAL 2017
Sat 15 July 2017, 2pm
NAVADAL is part of U.Dance 2017

Watch: Highlights of Yuva 2016