National South Asian Youth Dance Competition

In 2019, Akademi marks 40 years of nurturing excellence in South Asian dance. As part of these celebrations, Akademi is partnering with One Dance UK, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yuva Gati to present NAVADAL at U.Dance 2019, the National Youth Dance Festival, at Southbank Centre.

Meaning ‘new shoots’ in Hindi, NAVADAL is Akademi’s biennial National South Asian Youth Dance Competition. It is an opportunity for young dancers to be recognised at an early stage in their career and is a catalyst for them to find new pathways into the dance sector.

The winners of the competition will get to perform at the prestigious Purcell Room in NAVADAL Rising Stars, an event specially curated by YUVA 2016 winner and BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist Vidya Patel. They will perform alongside four exceptional emerging artists of South Asian dance in the UK.

The competition categories are:

Age 13 – 18 Solos
Age 19 – 25 Solos
Age 13 – 18 Groups
Age 19 – 25 Groups

NAVADAL forms a key part of Akademi’s work in developing professional pathways into the wider dance sector. Numerous participants have had the opportunity to progress into our artist development programmes and productions.


20 July 2019 | Southbank Centre
Part of One Dance UK’s U.Dance
NAVADAL Competition

Clore Ballroom
11am – 3pm

NAVADAL Rising Stars

Purcell Room
Tickets £5