Announcing the The Australian Youth Dance Festival 2017 in Melbourne (14 – 17 April)


The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) is back in 2017, and for the first time ever, the Festival will be held in a major city – Melbourne!

Under the artistic direction of Adam Wheeler, AYDF2017 has been remodelled to provide new opportunities for young people to access some of the finest dance experiences available in Australia, in a supportive, non-competitive environment that encourages participation and learning. This three-and-a-half-day festival includes technique masterclasses in diverse dance styles, choreographic masterclasses with some of Australia's most respected and prolific dance artists, choreographers and dance companies, a forum for youth dance leaders, and 'Emergence' - a showcase premiering excerpts from at least six new works from leading youth dance companies across the country.

Open to young dancers aged 14 - 25 from all across Australia.


14 April 2017, Friday
Opening Ceremony AYDF2017

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
*5:30pm Registrations, for AYDF participants only

Location: Testing Grounds
1-23 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006

AYDF2017 celebrates the vibrant and diverse youth dance sector in Australia.
Join us at the Opening Ceremony. This is a free and open event.

16 April 2017, Sunday

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Meat Market Pavilion
5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne VIC

This is the first time, under one roof, at least six youth dance companies in Australia will be performing new works to an audience in Melbourne.

Limited seats. Book your ticket HERE>>>

15 April 2017, Saturday

Technique Taster Workshops

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
*Only for AYDF participants.
Register here>>

16 April 2017, Sunday

Performance-based Workshops

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
*Only for AYDF participants.
Register here>>

17 April 2017, Monday

Choreographic Workshops

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
*Only for AYDF participants.
Register here>>


Ausdance Victoria is supported by:

Emergence is supported by:

AYDF2017 Venue Partners:


AYDF2017 Media Partner:



Are you a young professional or graduate looking for a professional development opportunity? Or do you have a passion for dance and would like to be involved in AYDF2017? Ausdance Victoria is seeking individuals for the following:

All positions are currently filled. However, if you are seeking future internship opportunities, please contact Sasha Leong at ddo.vic[at]

AYDF2017 Participant registration

Limited Earlybird - $150 (Ends 15 Feb 2017) 
2nd Release - $190 

The AYDF2017 pass includes three days' intensive workshops, closed studio performance by a major contemporary dance company (for participants only), Opening Ceremony, and catered lunch for three days.

Please note this does not cover travel and accommodation for interstate participants.
To be eligible for Earlybird rate, payment must be made before 15 February 2017.

*Limited to 150 participants. $5 fee applies for credit card payment via link


How to secure your spot?


i) Register onlineCLICK HERE>>


ii) Via electronic fund transfer (EFT) 

Download registration form here; includes bank transfer details.

Email receipt of payment and completed registration form to Sasha Leong at [Subject line: AYDF2017 - Registration 'YOUR NAME'].
If you are booking on behalf of a school/studio and require an invoice, please get in touch us.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of registration

Prior to the event - Full refund (less booking fee, if registered online via link)
Participants may cancel their registration without penalty up until 14 days before registration closes.

After the registration deadline - Partial refund
Cancellations received less than 14 days after registration closes will incur a 30% administration fee.

Less than 3 days before, the day of, or after AYDF - No refund
Cancellations received less than 3 days before, the day of, or after AYDF will not be eligible for a refund.

All cancellations must be made in writing to


Transfer of registration

All registrations are transferable. Transfers should be made in writing by the registered person to All other registration details will be assigned to the new person unless otherwise specified. Transfers must be made no less than 7 days before the event.


Cancellation of the event by Ausdance Victoria

Ausdance Victoria reserves the right to alter or cancel, with prior notice, any of the arrangements relating directly or indirectly to the event, for any circumstances beyond Ausdance Victoria's reasonable control. This includes the cancellation of the event itself.

Ausdance Victoria's maximum liability is limited to a full refund of the registration fee. Ausdance Victoria accepts no additional liability for travel costs, hotel costs, or any other additional costs incurred.

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The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) is the nation’s first dance-specific festival for youth.

In 1996, Ausdance National identified a major gap in the networking of youth dance practitioners and young artists. Many young people were already expressing themselves through dance in unique and creative ways. However, in a country this size, there was virtually no contact with their peers with similar interests in other cities and towns. By initiating a youth dance festival, Ausdance also hoped to address some of the social issues faced by young people isolated by distance, population, regional and racial tensions. Creative art is a common support and channel of expression for young people; dance being one of the mediums. Through AYDF, we aim to provide young people a forum for healthy exchange and to begin their professional development.

AYDF aims to:

  •  Empower and engage young people through creative arts/dance
  •  Encourage participation and learning, and to provide young people skill-up opportunities to be the next generation of  creators
  •  Enable young people to network and form relationships with their future colleagues
  •  Connect young people with their peers and provide them the opportunity to create with the same generation of people who  share similar interests
  •  Allow young people to be mentored by a network of industry leaders in a supportive, non-competitive environment, to be the  next generation of leaders
  •  Continue shining a light on the vibrant and diverse youth dance sector in Australia


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