• Youth dance company Stompin. Photo: LUSY Productions.
    Youth dance company Stompin. Photo: LUSY Productions.

Attention young dancers, dance leaders, educators and artists interested in youth dance/arts practice!

Registrations are open for the 2019 Australian Youth Dance Festival.

The biennial Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) will be held in Melbourne, July 7-12, featuring a program of workshops, performances and panels. The AYDF will see young dancers from around Australia joined by young dancers from Ghana, Denmark, the UK and India.

The AYDF will be directed by Alice Lee Holland, a leading Australian director and choreographer, known for her work as artistic director of STEPS Youth Dance Company, as resident director of Circa Contemporary Circus and at Chunky Move.

The 2019 Festival theme - REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE - refers to change, speed and our increasingly global community. “The program is underpinned by contemporary dance as a rebellious art form committed to innovation; a form that’s unafraid to ask questions, and bravely seek out the answers,” says Holland.

Core to the AYDF is the Leaders Think Tank program for dance leaders, educators and professional and emerging artists interested in youth dance/arts practice. Featuring interactive discussions, case studies and practical dance workshops, it offers an opportunity to engage with a range of national and international guests, youth companies, artists, leaders, policy makers and the next generation.

The AYDF also includes gala performances featuring youth companies. Entitled Revolutions Per Minute, the shows will take place over two days (July 10 and 11) at Melbourne’s Meat Market and include performances by:

QL2 Dance (Australia)
Wagana and DUST Youth Dancers (Australia)
fLiNG Physical Theatre (Australia)
Stompin (Australia)
Yellow Wheel (Australia)
The Flipside Project – Catapult dance Choreographic Hub (Australia)
Origins Dance Company (Australia)
Rutherford Dance Company Youth (UK)
Dansebryggeriet (Denmark)
YDance /National Youth Dance of Scotland (UK)
High Kicks (India)
Hurja Piruetti (Finland)
CSF Traditional Music & Dance Ensemble (Ghana)

For more information about the AYDF, including registrations, head to www.ausdancevic.org.au/aydf

Pictured top is youth dance company Stompin. Photo: Lusy Productions.

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