The 9th annual Dance Caper takes place on Saturday 13th June 2020 at the Athena Theatre in Leicester and aims to bring together dance schools who consider themselves competition beginners in a community-feel fun day of dance. Being based right in the centre of England, Dance Caper attracts groups from all over the UK.

Less pressurised than a lot of other dance competitions, Dance Caper does include a comprehensive competition section - however also incorporates lots of other exciting sections and activities. This makes it a great, well-rounded, day out for your whole school. No wonder we're famous for being the 'UK's Friendliest Dance Festival' and dance schools continue to join us year after year!

Each year there is a theme at Dance Caper, with entertainment to match. Previous years have included Holidays, Space, Heroes, Around the World, Birthday and At The Movies - this year it's Welcome to the 20's! A theme that not only celebrates the 1920's (which just so happens to be the period and style of our beautiful venue, the Athena), but also looks forward in our newest decade of 20s! There is also a theme section within the competition, if you enter this category you can do any genre of dance but it needs to be in the theme of 'Welcome to the 20's' - let your imagination run wild!

Just to clarify, it's only the Theme section of the competition that has to follow 'Welcome to the 20's' not all entries to our competition :)


Dance Caper 2020 has 3 sections:


The dance competition takes place in the morning and early afternoon. There are Junior and Senior categories across  Tap, Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Contemporary, Street/HipHop, Acrobatic and Theme - PLUS the return of our  new Minis category.

Each school can enter a total of 4 categories if they are bringing 20 or less participants, or 8 categories if they are bringing 21+ participants. There is more information about the competition, it’s categories and the rules later in this booklet.  There is ample room for spectators to watch the competition – entrance is permitted to spectators using a Full Spectator Passport (see page 4 for details).



Following the success of our previous shows, we're proud to present Celebrate 2020.  Designed to entertain, engage and energise your dancers, Celebrate is a 45 minute, action packed show that presents dancers and performances from industry professionals.  Last year we enjoyed special performances from BBC's The Greatest Dancer 2019 finalists, James and Oliver, plus BGT and Got to Dance finalist and professional ballet dancer, Shannon Parker. We can't wait to announce who will be joining us at 2020! Entrance to watch Celebrate is included in the cost of Dance Caper for all participants.  We will also be presenting Celebrate awards to nominees from every school in attendance on the main stage as well as announcing an overall winner).  Entrance is also permitted to spectators using a Full Spectator Passport.


The BIG Dance Caper finale! Family and friends are invited to come and watch your group perform as part of our Showcase.  An exciting and vibrant evening of dance, and a brilliant way to share your work with the dance community. Results of the Dance Caper competition will also be announced at our Showcase.  There are no age restrictions to participating in our Showcase and you do not need to have taken part in the competition to take part in our show. Each group/school has 1 performance slot called their ‘3 Minutes of Fame’ to showcase what their group/school is all about.  We suggest that this performance is different to your competition pieces in order to show our Dance Caper community something new.

All participants also get to sit in the audience so get to see all the other performances. Please try and ensure all your dancers take part in the showcase.  Entrance is permitted using a Full or Showcase Spectator Passport. The results of the competition are then announced at the end of the Showcase.


As groups are travelling from far and wide – we will try to ensure the Showcase is finished by 7.15pm latest.  Should you need assistance with arranging travel or accommodation, please contact us.


​The cost to take part in Dance Caper 2020 is a set price no matter how many sections of the day dancers participate in.

Participants aged 12 or above: £25
Participants aged 5 o 11: £17
Participants aged under 5: £13

All participants receive a FREE souvenir tshirt which will include a list of all participating dance groups - including yours!


8.00am Arrival and Check In Foyer  - the doors to the building will not open until 8am!


8.45am Competition


4.30pm  Celebrate Show


5.30pm  Dance Caper Showcase & Competition Results 


7.15pm Finish