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


There are exciting prizes available, including trophies, opportunities to perform at the prestigious Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival and more!

Young artists between the ages of 11 to 25 years can participate as solos or in groups.

Good news for ISTD students!

Additional awards are available to solo ISTD students aged 11-18 who participate in NAVADAL, based on the technical ability presented in their competition performance. Please see the application form for further details.

Please note: Applications to NAVADAL are open to everyone, but ISTD prizes are only available for ISTD students.

Artists can present any of the eight Indian classical dances and the application form can be found here. The last date of submission is 30 April. In addition to filling out the Application Form, please also submit an Equal Opportunities Form

Opening Night Dinner

Why not make the most of your time at U.Dance 2017, by coming for dinner at Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday 14 July and watching the opening night performance on the main stage?

The show will include a range of vibrant youth dance companies from across the UK. After staying the night in a private ensuite room at Aston University, you will be able to take part in a South Asian Dance workshop, before preparing for your Navadal performance.

Tickets: £68.40 (package includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch).

For ideas on how you can fund raise for the costs see the Youth Dance England Fundraising Toolkit.

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.


Apply to NAVADAL 2017

Watch: Highlights of Yuva 2016