AYDF 2022

AYDF 2022 united 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 3 – 8, 2022


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

Highlights from AYDF 2022. Video by Adam Wheeler

Australian Youth Dance Festival 2022

2022 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 two years spent apart and online, AYDF motivates the youth dance sector to (RE)CONNECT, (RE)GENERATE, and (RE)IGNITE.

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
Click image to view bio
Kyall Shanks
Co-Artistic Director
Click image to view bio

(RE) GENERATE Performance

Thursday 7 July, 6.30pm and 8.30pm

(RE) GENERATE is a live exploration of Youth Contemporary dance in Australia. Programmed by Co-Artistic Directors Caitlin Comerford and Kyall Shanks this performance is a 90 minute, intimately presented journey showcasing the talents of Youth dance from around the country.

Youth Dance Program

Dance participants worked 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.

Youth Ambassadors

Arshiya Abhishree
Curtis Thorpe
Ebony Ryan-Miners
FLING Physical Theatre
Jacqui Maida
Yellow Wheel
Julia Villaflor
MayaRae Navarrete
FLING Physical Theatre
Meghann Burton
Catapult The Flipside Project
Mihkayla Bartlett
AUSTI. Dance & Physical Theatre
Ruby Howard
Stompin Youth Dance Company
Sage Price
Stompin Youth Dance Company
Sophie Conway
Catapult The Flipside Project

Think Tank and Industry Forum

Running alongside the youth dancers’ program are two symposium style events opportunities for artists, educators and leaders working in dance or youth arts programs.

Think Tank Program from 4-6 July will create a space for youth dance leaders to share ideas and plan future development and advocacy opportunities for the sector.

The Industry Forum on 7 July is 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 forum will be a site of learning and professional development for teachers, leaders, artists, and educators focused on supporting, promoting, and sustaining contemporary youth dance practice in Australia.

Facilitated by contemporary dance artist and Youth Dance alumni Adam Wheeler, the panel includes; Access and Inclusion advocate, CEO and Artistic Director of Arts Access Victoria Caroline Bowditch, dance maker and independent producer of Filipino descent Efren Pamilacan, Taiwanese-Australian dancer and choreographer Jennifer Ma, Artistic Director of Hobart based youth dance company DRILL Performance Isabella Stone, and Executive Director of Ausdance VIC Michelle Silby.

Supporting Partners

Funding Partner
City of Melbourne Arts Grants

Venue Partner
Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne