Pershore Dance Festival was revived in 1994 after a gap of 12 years.
The Festival was held at Pershore High School for 14 years. However in 2008, the venue changed to No. 8 Pershore Community Arts Theatre in Pershore's High Street.
In 2012, the committee who had been responsible for running the festival for many years, resigned from their duties. It looked for a while as though that would be the end of Pershore Dance Festival but luckily a band of supporters got together and formed a new committee and with the help and advice from some of the old committee members and a lot of hard work and dedication the Festival returned.
We had a hugely successful 2013 festival with a record breaking number of entries.
Then after a successful 6 years at No. 8 Pershore Community Arts Theatre we decided to return to our original venue Pershore High School to hold our 2014 Festival, to give us more room and greater scope to cater for the ever growing competitors entering our Festival.
2017 was our biggest Festival to date with entries exceeding 1400! WOW what an achievement this was as we cater for amateur dancers between the ages of 3 & 21 years in a variety of genres, which we continually review to ensure we capture what areas to support our competitors in.
This year we have introduced a Commercial section for our up and coming dancers, alongside our popular Own Choreography, Choreography for Others, & Choreography Partnership (new for 2017) sections to help dancers and budding choreographers prepare for their future in the industry.
Due to our growth in 2017 we have introduced a NEW Bursary Award for 2018, we will be awarding Junior, Intermediate and Senior Winner and Runner-up bursaries. Details can be found in the PDFA’s 2018 Syllabus.
As always, all competitors will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their participation in the Festival, but in 2018 we presented all Bursary and Championships competitors with a certificate and a medal as recognition of their achievement for either being chosen to re-dance in the Bursary Awards or for achieving the required standard for the Championships.
2019 took us down a very different after rebranding in 2018 we hoped we could continue for many years to come, however, we were dealt a devastating blow when our venue of many yearsunfortunately had to undergo some structural works and therefore increased venue costs ensued. The committee were determined that the festival would go on or as we say in the business 'The show must go on' and the committee went above and beyond to secure a new venue just a few weeks prior to the Festival opening.
We were extremely lucky and secured our now new home Rogers Theatre at Malvern College in Worcestershire. The team there were very welcoming and helpful in our time of need and for that we will be eternally grateful. However, this then meant we were Pershore Dance festival in Malvern, so we had to make the difficult decision as to whether to close the Festival down or carry on and alter the name.
Guess what? We altered our name and became Shires Festival of Dance so we could continue in providing a competitive performance platform in Worcestershire. we also applied for and were successful in securing our British and International Federation of Festivals affliation and membership as well as securing the status as a nominated festival for All England Dance.
2020 will be our first year as Shires Festival of Dance and we will also be a qualifying heat! It has been a busy year but worth it.
As always, we strive to continue the ethos embedded behind Pershore Dance Festival of being a friendly, safe, and caring competitive environment, prepared to encourage and support future generations of performers; which is what we believe helps us to continue to grow in our popularity. We believe our Festival helps to build individuals self-confidence to perform as a soloist or as part of a team in front of a live audience, whilst developing essential skills such as spatial awareness, rhythm and an appreciation of music.
There are many lasting friendships that have been formed from the encouragement of interaction between the dancers and dance schools and we hope this continues for many years to come.
Shires Festival of Dance