United Kingdom Open Dance Festival returns to Bournemouth International Centre

News 19 January 2024
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The United Kingdom Open Dance Festival has returned to Bournemouth International Centre for 2024.

The UK Open Dance Festival, including The UK Open Championships, is one of the dance world’s major events and features the highest calibre of dancers, all competing to win a title. The event returns this year at Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) from Tuesday 16 January – Sunday 21 January 2024. The venue has hosted the championships for 40 years.

During the week, qualification rounds take place in morning and afternoon sessions, with the evenings hosting the finals rounds. On Wednesday and Thursday, the six finalists of the main events perform encapsulating solo dances, all performed to the wonderful music and live band of the UK Dance Festival.

2023’s competition saw over 4,000 competitors and over 10,000 spectators across the course of the event, including both national and international visitors.

The United Kingdom Open Dance Festival is organized by Cre8tive Productions Ltd.

Christopher Short and Robin Short, Directors of Cre8tive Productions Ltd, said:
“We are proud to host the United Kingdom Open Dance Festival once again, welcoming the world’s best Ballroom and Latin dancers at Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). The energy this week has been fantastic. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the amazing finalists walk down the famous ‘Blue Steps’ in the Windsor Hall. All are welcome to spectate at the UK Open Dance Festival.”

Bournemouth International Centre is operated by registered charity BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Steve Turner, BH Live’s Associate Director of Venues said:

“We’re so pleased to welcome back this fantastic event to Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) - a tradition that has continued for many years. It is a wonderful week packed with talent and energy, celebrating dancers who travel from around the world to compete for renowned titles. It’s an honour to bring this festival to the BCP region year on year, providing a fantastic opportunity for people to come and watch some of the world’s top professional ballroom and latin dancers. If you love watching professional dance, then this is the event for you.”

Daytime, evening and all-day tickets are available to purchase at bic.co.uk.