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.

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

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.


“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


Festival program overview

  • Opening Ceremony (7 July) - Free event, open to all, in celebration of youth dance

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

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

  • 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

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

Registration Information

YOUNG DANCER PASS ($320) includes: Access to Opening and Closing events (light catering), full Young Dancers Program including all sessions, lunches, Festival t-shirt & complimentary ticket to International Showcase Dress Rehearsal

LEADER PASS includes: Full Youth Dance Leader Think Tank Program (2.5 days) including lunches, Festival t-shirt & complimentary ticket to cocktail networking event and one International Showcase performance. Tickets for the Think Tank Program will be on sale in February 2019.

Registration will open in two stages. Youth dance companies will be able to register from November 2018. Youth dance companies will be contacted directly with a registration link. You can request to join this list by emailing ddo.vic@ausdance.org.au.  In the context of AYDF, we consider a Youth Dance company to be a company that works collaboratively with young people through contemporary dance practice and processes.

Registration for individuals and dance groups will open in 2019, subject to space availability. Please sign up to our mailing list below to receive updates.

Note: Currency stated is in Australian Dollars


Official AYDF2019 venue:
Transit Dance Studio
64 Dawson Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Note: Majority of the Festival's sessions will be held here
Revolutions per minute(rpm) Performance venue:
Flat Pavilion - Meat Market
3 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Opening Ceremony venue:
Cobblestone Pavilion - Meat Market
3 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

To assist with your travel plans, we have secured accommodation discounts, including a list of other options near the Festival’s venues. AYDF2019 - Where to Stay>>

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. tshirt size

Read about AYDF 2017 here
Read about previous AYDFs here