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.

September

West Side Story Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment present the BB Group production Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story is the modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

October

Registrations are now open for DirtyFeet’s The Right Foot - creative contemporary dance workshops for people with and without disability between the ages of 14 and 26 years.

Fun and creative dance classes led by Diane Busuttil in partnership with Dance for Parkinson’s Australia.

Some of the world's most influential choreographers will deliver masterclasses for professional and student dancers during OzAsia Festival 2019.

Combining strength, form and athleticism, 12 male dancers from across the Mediterranean Basin form spirals in fluid patterns of Sufi whirling, breakdancing, ballet and gymnastics that seem to defy physics.