Due to the impact of COVID-19 border closures and lockdowns accross Australia AYDF2021 has been cancelled. We are working with our partners to hold this biannual event next year in 2022.

AYDF 2021 unites young and emerging contemporary dance artists and the professional allies who work with them for a week of collaboration and creation designed to regenerate the youth dance sector in Australia.


July 4 – 9, 2021


The University of Melbourne Southbank Campus- Victorian College of the Arts

Australian Youth Dance Festival 2021

2021 will see a dedicated focus on elevating youth voice and sharing the diverse practice of the youth dance sector and contemporary dance practice at large.

After a year spent apart and online, AYDF motivates the youth dance sector to (RE)CONNECT, (RE)GENERATE, and (RE)IGNITE. Participants will work with inspiring and highly regarded industry professionals in a week long program of professional practice, skills development workshops, performance making, the development of sector literacy, and studio based sharing. They will also present a public performance.

Running concurrent with the festival itself is the Dance Think Tank and Industry Forum, a symposium of professional development for teachers, leaders, artists, and secondary school dance teachers focused on supporting, promoting and sustaining contemporary youth dance practice in Australia.

Caitlin Comerford Co-Artistic Director
Kyall Shanks Co-Artistic Director

Youth Ambassadors

Meghann Burton Flipside
Natalie Cunzolo Austinmer Dance Theatre
Ruby Howard Stompin
Jacqui Maida Yellow Wheel
Isis Pattison Wagana and DUST Youth Dancers
Ebony Ryan-Miners fLiNG Physical Theatre
Christopher Wade QL2

Supporting Partners

Funding Partner
City of Melbourne

Venue Partner
VCA and The University of Melbourne

Event Partner