Ausdance ACT's Youth Dance Festival

Opening Piece 2018_Choreographed by Jamie Winbank
Opening of 2018 Youth Dance Festival. Choreography: Jamie Winbank.

Youth Dance Festival (affectionately known as Dance Fest) is a remarkable Canberra success story and has been proudly presented by Ausdance ACT, and held at the Canberra Theatre Centre since 1985. A long-term feature on the Canberra arts and education calendar and now in its 35th year, Dance Fest boasts a second generation of participants, a proud alumnus and a strong legacy. Celebration… Innovation… Motivation… GENERATION NEXT! Encompassing all the ideas from the next generation of dancers and young artists coming through our Dance Fest stage doors; this years Youth Dance Festival is essentially how the young people of Canberra can have the capacity to be beacons of change through their own opinions, their own thoughts, ideas, and values expressed through dance! Dance Fest is a non-competitive celebration of dance that embraces differences, creativity, team work and building relationships. Students are provided with a safe and supportive environment to be creative, self-express and partake in a rich artistic process.

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January

This special development program will provide a handful of selected young artists with a unique opportunity to gain experience training and working within a small professional dance company.

July

So successful has been the premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical in Sydney that the producers have already announced it will return in July, 2019, at the Sydney Lyric, with tickets to go on sale from February 20, 2018.

City Adult Ballet classes is run by Jane Casson, a former dancer with The Australian Ballet.

August

Dance Makers Collective host rising international stars Kristina and Sadé Alleyne to launch their new inaugural professional dancer training program Mobilise.

At the end of August, WAAPA’s graduating dancers unleash their choreographic talents in a short season of highly original dance works at the Dolphin Theatre.

DANCEBOURNE ARTS proudly present a renewed version of their first original progamme, Pointe, Line & Surface.

The Destructive Steps Street Dance Festival is coming to Sydney for its 11th year.

In January 2020, the YABC will produce a brand new production of one of the world’s most popular musicals, CATS.

September

Monash University's new $53 million Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts will play host to two dance works by internationally acclaimed Norwegian dance company, Panta Rei Danseteater, on Friday 6 September as part of MLIVE's Weightless dance series.

The McDonald College will holding an upcoming audition for their Senior Contemporary Dance Program, which is presented in partnership with Sydney Dance Company.