Dear Dancing Friends

We have decided that it is regrettable but necessary to cancel the White Rose Festival this year, 2020. I am sure this will not come as a great surprise to you all, and I hope you are all managing to keep healthy in this very difficult time.  It is possible that the restrictions on social contact may be relaxed by July but most teams will not have been able to prepare for the Festival. Gateways  School is currently closed and may not reopen until September.

On a positive note we have everything planned and in place to carry across to 2021. This has the added benefit that teams with less experienced dancers can have longer to practice.

The organising committee of the White Rose Festival would like to thank you all for your support in the past  and to invite you and your team of fellow dancers to take part in next year’s Festival.

906247_10100781931969229_654155322236748959_oDate: Saturday, 10th July 2021

Venue: The Gateways School , Harewood, Leeds , LS17 9LE

The music throughout will be provided by Susan Macfadyen and her band. The committee hopes very much that you will be able to join us and we look forward to seeing you dancing with us.

There will be a social dance to Susan Macfadyen and her band in the Sports Hall at Gateways School in the evening. Admission will be by ticket only, since the numbers that can be accommodated are limited.

Location and practicalities

The school has excellent facilities. It is in a rural setting opposite the Harewood estate approximately 3 miles north of the Leeds city boundary on the Harrogate road. It is easily accessible from all directions using the motorway network.

The committee hopes very much that you are all keeping safe and we will be able to dance again soon. We look forward to seeing you dancing with us.

Yours sincerely,


Jane Walford (Chairman, White Rose Festival Committee)

And looking ahead the 2022 Festival will be held on the 9th July 2022