AYDF 2021

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

Registration Enquires

Email associate.producer@ausdance.org.au



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

Supporting Partners

Funding Partner
City of Melbourne

Venue Partner
VCA and The University of Melbourne

Event Partner