Australian Youth Dance Festival announces 10th Festival

The biennial Australian Youth Dance Festival announces an incredible program of workshops, performances and panels for its 10th Festival taking place in Melbourne from 7 – 12 July.  


Over five exhilarating days young dancers from Ghana, Denmark, the UK, Scotland and India will work with their peers from across Australia in a program that places young dancers at the forefront as artistic collaborators, provocateurs and future leaders. 


It’s brilliant to be hosting this international Festival in Melbourne,” says Artistic Director Alice Lee Holland, one of Australia’s leading directors and choreographers, and a multi award winner whose many achievements include roles as Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company, Resident Director of the world renowned Circa Contemporary Circus, and with Chunky Move.  We will welcome young dancers from around Australia and across the world – and while they are a diverse group, they are united in their experience of dance through youth dance companies, where they are at the centre of the experience as young artists.” says Alice.


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 Festival 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 


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Photo courtesy of the AYDF