AYDF – International (7 – 12 July 2019)

Ausdance Victoria, in partnership with Youth Dance Australia, presents the Australian Youth Dance Festival – International 2019 (AYDF) in Melbourne, Australia, 7-12 July 2019.

Titled REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (rpm), the Festival will thrive on creation and collaboration. Dancers will dance, think, make and talk dance together, through daily sessions in contemporary dance, choreography, repertory and improvisation. Running alongside the youth dancers’ sessions is a 2.5-day Think Tank program for dance leaders, educators, professional and emerging artists with an interest in youth dance/arts practice.

Directed by Alice Lee Holland, the 2019 Festival will bring together youth dancers and their leaders from Australia and around the world for five incredible days of creativity.

Together, youth and professional dance artists will explore and discover, in search of innovation and revolution.


“I am thrilled to be leading this incredible dance festival for young people from all over the world. REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE refers to change, speed and our increasingly global community. With a rich, integrated program of classes, workshops and panels, the Festival positions young dancers at the centre of the program as artistic collaborators, provocateurs and our future leaders.

The program is underpinned by contemporary dance as a rebellious art form committed to innovation; a form that’s unafraid to ask questions, and bravely seek out the answers.

The Festival thrives on curiosity, rigour and freedom. Young dancers will be empowered by their Festival experience, inspired and supported by professional dance artists to move fearlessly, think independently and create boldly. As a newly connected community of international peers, they will support each other through physical and creative challenges, and collaborate in search of new ideas.

It’s going to be sweaty, challenging and inspiring. I hope you can join us.”

– Alice Lee Holland


This is also the first time youth dancers play an important in shaping the program of the Festival.

Australian Youth Dance Festival 2019 Program

Download the full program here.

Festival program overview

  • Opening Ceremony (7 July)

  • Week-long workshops, panels, keynotes and classes for young dancers

  • Think Tank program (8-10 July) for youth dance leaders, dance educators, professional and emerging artists working with youth

  • Revolutions per minute (rpm) (10 & 11 July)- Performances by Australian and international youth dance companies at Melbourne’s flagship contemporary arts venue, Meat Market.

  • International Exchange between Australian and international youth dance companies

Where to stay

We have secured accommodation discounts, including a list of other options near the Festival’s venues. AYDF2019 - Where to Stay>>

AYDF2019 Registrations

Currency stated is in Australian Dollars
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Registration type Cost Participants What's included
Youth Dancer pass $320 Youth dancers, ages 15-25
  • Full Youth Dancers' program - 5 days
  • Access to Opening Ceremony - light catering
  • Catered lunch - 3 days
  • AYDF2019 T-shirt
  • Complimentary ticket to Revolutions per minute (rpm) Dress Rehearsal
Think Tank pass $230
$195 Ausdance members/concession
Dance leaders, educators, professional and emerging artists interested in youth dance/arts practice
  • Full Think Tank program (8 & 9 July)
  • Access to Opening Ceremony - light catering (7 July)
  • Catered lunch (8 & 9 July)
  • AYDF2019 T-shirt
  • Access to Industry Forum - part of Think Tank (10 July)
  • Invite to industry networking event (10 July)
  • Complimentary ticket to one Revolutions per minute (rpm) evening performance (10 or 11 July)
Industry Forum (10 July only) $80 Local governments, funders, venue programmers, producers, dance leaders, educators, professional and emerging artists interested in youth dance/arts practice
  • Access to Industry Forum
  • Invite to industry networking event
  • Complimentary ticket to Revolutions per minute (rpm) evening performance

Travel insurance

For international participants, registration fees do not include personal travel insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that a travel insurance policy be taken out to cover loss, cancellation, medical cover etc when registering for the Festival and booking travel. Ausdance Victoria and its partners do not take responsibility for any participant failing to insure.

About the Festival

The Australian Youth Dance Festival was founded in 1996 by Ausdance National. It was formed to give youth dance practitioners an opportunity to connect with peers from other cities and towns. The Festival also aimed to address some of the social issues faced by young people isolated by distance, population, regional and racial tensions.

Through AYDF, we aim to provide young people a forum for healthy exchange and to begin their professional development. We provide an opportunity for young people to be mentored by a network of industry leaders in a supportive, non-competitive environment and to grow into the next generation of leaders.

AYDF is a biennial Festival and has been held in regional centres across Australia. In 2017, it was held in a capital city for the first time. Held in Melbourne, AYDF2017 was remodeled to provide new opportunities for young people to access some of the finest dance experiences available in Australia. Ninety six young dancers participated in three-and-a-half-days of intensive technique, performance-based and choreographic masterclasses. The masterclasses were led by Australia's most respected and prolific dance artists and choreographers including Carly Sheppard, Gerard Van Dyck, Jack May, Jason Coleman, Jo Lloyd, Kristina Chan and Mariaa Randall and Swedish choreographers, Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni of ilDance.
Read about previous AYDFs here