AYDF – International (7 – 12 July 2019) REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE

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

Titled REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (rpm), the Festival brought together more than 150 youth dance practitioners, leaders and facilitators together to create, collaborate and reflect while immersing in energising and inspiring dance encounters.

With an extraordinary line up of practitioners from all over including the UK, Singapore, India, Scotland, Finland, Denmark and all over Australia, the 5-day long festival had youth dancers dance, think, make and talk dance together, through daily sessions in contemporary dance, choreography, repertory and improvisation. Running alongside the youth dancers’ sessions was 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 brought together youth dancers and their leaders from Australia and around the world for five incredible days of creativity. 

“It was thrilling 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.

– Alice Lee Holland


AYDF 2019 has also been the first time youth dancers played 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

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