Think Tank Program - Talk, Think, Dance, Discuss

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

The Think Tank program is for youth dance leaders, professional artists, dance teachers and arts leaders interested in the area of youth dance/arts practice. Over 2.5 days, the program presents a series of discussions, key practical dance workshops, dialogue, presentations and networking with artists, teachers and companies from all around the world.

The Industry Forum 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 Industry Forum concludes with Networking drinks and the opportunity to attend Revolutions per minute Gala Performance. This performance is an opportunity to see the exceptional work by the national and International youth dance companies attending the Festival.

AYDF Industry Forum “Why Youth Dance?”
Wednesday 10 July, 3 - 5.30pm
Meat Market Stables, 2 Wreckyn St North Melbourne.

As part of the Festival, we are hosting this Industry Forum for those working in the arts and creative industries, local government authorities, and anyone working (or interested in working) with young people. Panel members from around the world will share best practice methods for collaborating with young people. 

The forum draws on the importance of support towards youth dance and arts practice, its contribution to a healthy arts ecology, and its impact in shaping future leaders alongside nurturing a young person’s creative skills.

Featuring international youth dance practitioners including Adam Wheeler (Tasdance), Anna Kenrick (YDance, Scotland), Aparnaa Nagesh (High Kicks, India) and Daniel Riley (Ilbijerri Theatre Company).

The industry forum will be followed by Networking Drinks sponsored by Trybooking, and Revolutions per minute - Gala Performances by youth dance companies.

Industry Forum only ticket


  • Industry Forum: 3 - 5.30pm

  • Invite to Reception for networking drinks: 5.30 - 6.30pm

  • 1x Complimentary ticket to Revolutions per minute (rpm) evening performance (choice of performance on 10 or 11 July at 7pm)


The venue is wheelchair accessible and the Industry Forum will be Auslan Interpreted. Performance on 10 July will be Auslan Interpreted.

Please let us know your access requirements by emailing or calling 03 9689 2055 to speak to Sasha or Clare.  


Think Tank Program
Monday 8 July - Wednesday 10 July, 10.30am - 5pm
Transit Dance, 64 Dawson St, Brunswick (Mon & Tues)
Meat Market Stables, 2 Wreckyn Street, North Melbourne (Wed).

The Think Tank Program is designed for dance leaders, professional artists and teachers. Through Pecha Kucha style presentations, you will have an opportunity to learn from Australian and International Youth Dance Leaders about their practice and their approach to leading a Youth Dance company. Afternoon sessions will provide you with a chance to see this in practice, as they lead MAKE sessions with the youth dancers attending the Festival.

The Think Tank program also includes practical workshops. Facilitators for these sessions include Adam Wheeler, Artistic Director, Tasdance and Caroline Bowditch, Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria.

Think Tank Program overview

Session time/date Sunday, 7 July Monday, 8 July Tuesday, 9 July Wednesday, 10 July
   10.30am - 1.00pm
•Pecha Kucha
•Facilitated dialogue
•Pecha Kucha
•Practical session #2 - Caroline Bowditch
   1.00pm - 2.00pm
   2.00pm - 2.30pm
   PM Sessions 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Youth program registrations at 3pm
*Venue: Meat Market, North Melbourne
•Practical session #1 - Adam Wheeler
•Observation: MAKE sessions + facilitated group discussion
•Practical session #3 - tbc
•Observation: MAKE sessions + facilitated group discussion
3.00pm - 5.30pm
"Why Youth Dance"

5.30pm - 6.30pm
AYDF2019 Industry Reception
Sponsored by Trybooking

*Venue: Stables, Meat Market, North Melbourne

Think Tank pass (full 2.5-day)
$230/$195 Ausdance members, concession


  • Full Think Tank program - 2 days

  • Industry Forum - Wednesday 10 July, 3 - 5.30pm

  • Access to Opening Ceremony - light catering (7 July)

  • Catered lunch (8 & 9 July)

  • AYDF2019 T-shirt

  • Invite to Reception for networking drinks (10 July at 5.30pm)

  • 1x Complimentary ticket to Revolutions per minute (rpm) evening performance (10 or 11 July)