Arts for children and young people

Cheshire Dance delivers a phenomenal range of opportunities for young people. They support regular classes across the area, run two youth dance companies (including DOPE – an all-boys street and breaking crew), a comprehensive dance in education service (ConfiDance), as well as a host of performance opportunities and support for young people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and gifted and talented young people. In 2012 , 500 dancers took part in a spectacular finale of the Olympic Torch Relay in Chester ‘The Moment When…’ which featured professional dance artists and aerialists in a co-production with Walk the Plank and since then several other performance projects have sprung up across Cheshire!  Jigsaw Performing Arts is dedicated to developing performance skills, promoting self-expression and building confidence in young people. Sessions are designed for students from 3-18 years of age, and there are also classes for pre school children aged from 6 months to 3 years.  With the school holidays come their two theatre-based schemes, both of which are registered with Ofsted. For those aged between 16 and 20, with a genuine desire to work professionally in the performing arts, they also run a Youth Theatre Company. 

Plugged is a great opportunity for young people to perform and support live music in a safe and encouraging environment. It's a chance to make new friends, meet up with old ones and listen to some great music. Held every month, If you have a band and a drive for fame, Plugged will give you a night you won't forget.  

Live! aims to work with children and young people, with and without disabilities, to promote choice and inclusion and to ensure their individual rights by:
  • Putting children and young people first
  • Providing high quality activities
  • Linking with the community
Summer Arts Live! is a programme of arts based activities for children and young people 10 - 19 years old. It runs for four weeks during the school summer holidays from 10am till 3pm in Chester. For more information, call 01244 320479 or email

Minerva Arts is an organisation and charity working with Children and Young People in Chester and Cheshire. They run the weekly Minerva Youth Theatre group based at the Kingsway Campus of the University of Chester. For more information email

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