Leaders Think Tank Program

Talk, Think, Dance, Discuss

Running alongside the youth dancers’ program were two professional development opportunities for artists, educators and leaders working in dance or youth arts programs.

The Think Tank Program was aimed at youth dance leaders, professional artists, dance teachers and arts leaders interested in the area of youth dance/arts practice. Over 2.5 days, the program presents a series of discussions, key practical dance workshops, dialogue, presentations and networking with artists, teachers and companies from all around the world.

The Industry Forum was an open forum for anyone working in arts and creative industries, including local government authorities, and those working with (or interested in working with) young people.

The Industry Forum concluded with Networking drinks and the opportunity to attend Revolutions per minute Gala Performance, an opportunity to see the exceptional work by the national and International youth dance companies attending the Festival.

AYDF Industry Forum “Why Youth Dance?”

What is youth dance? Why is Youth Dance Important? What is the impact of Youth Dance?

AYDF 2019 Industry Forum had Industry practitioners pondering all these questions and more with panelists Adam Wheeler (Tasdance), Anna Kenrick (YDance, Scotland), Aparnaa Nagesh (High Kicks, India) and Daniel Riley (Ilbijerri Theatre Company), moderated by Ruth Osborne(QL2). The panelists shared their own personal experiences with Youth dance and how it shaped their professional journeys. The conversations moved onto impact of youth dance practice and the growing urgency to recognise the importance of the intensive collaborative process that Youth Dance offers our future leaders and practitioners.

The industry forum was followed by Networking Drinks sponsored by Trybooking, and Revolutions per minute – Gala Performances by youth dance companies.

Think Tank Program

The Think Tank Program was designed for dance leaders, professional artists and teachers. Through Pecha Kucha style presentations, attendees had the opportunity to learn from Australian and International Youth Dance Leaders about their practice and their approach to leading a Youth Dance company. Afternoon sessions immersed them into the practice with workshops by facilitators Adam Wheeler, Artistic Director, Tasdance and Caroline Bowditch, Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria. The days wrapped up with them observing the MAKE sessions with the youth dancers attending the Festival.