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Join us on International Dance Day for the launch of Ausdance ACT's 2018 Australian Dance Week Celebrations. Sunday 29th April, from 2.30pm at the National Portrait Gallery.

Starting with a performance of Big Dance outside of the NPG at 2.30pm.

Formal launch proceedings begin at 3pm by the Minister for the Arts and Community Events Gordon Ramsay MLA followed by performances by Ausdance ACT Escalate III artist Maheyrin Chowdhury, Canberra Dance Theatre, Sevinc Huseynli, Australian Dance Party, Liz Lea and Katie Senior and QL2 Dance Canberra. View the full Dance Week calendar.

Stay connected with the Ausdance ACT Facebook page for regular Dance Week updates

Interested in joining Big Dance, learn the choreography and register to participate 

(Photo Credit Lorna Sim)

Join us during Australian Dance Week for the third season of Escalate - Ausdance ACT's mentoring program for young dance artists between 16-26. Artists specialising in different dance genres from across Canberra will be presenting performances workshopped over four months of mentoring.

The Escalate III mentees are Hikma Aroub, Carol Blazeski, Maheyrin Chowdhury, Ena Haskic, Clare Healey and Claire Liversidge. They are joined by dancers Tara Coughlan and Sinead Skorka Brennan from Lismore, NSW. These young people are dancing, soaring and exploring new territories and Ausdance ACT is thrilled to present our third Escalate season.

3-5 May, 6pm

Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre


Connexions is a new mentoring program for young Indigenous students established in 2017 by Ausdance ACT. The program runs over four sessions annually and enables Indigenous students to connect with each other and culture through dance.

Our tutors to date have included Tammi Gissell, Dean Cross, Steve Gow, Chip Lo and NAISDA Graduates Shana O’Brien and Jye Uren.

We run the program within school hours with our partner Namadgi School. Connecting with and enabling other schools to join the process is our future aim.

For more information regarding our Connexions program please email


Ausdance ACT runs two Open Classes for adults.

PRO CLASS (Advanced/independent professional dancers)

When: Wednesday mornings 10-11:30am

Where: QL2 dance studio in Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT 2612

Primarily contemporary dance this is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to collaborate, network and continue their creative practise. 

OPEN CLASS (Intermediate-advanced level dancers of all styles)

When: Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm

Where: QL2 dance studio in Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT 2612

A great class for studio and education teachers, ex-dancers and ex-dance students, and adults of an intermediate to advanced level wanting to try out different dance styles in a fun and supportive environment.

Cost: $15 for Ausdance ACT/QL2 members or $20 non-members. EFT available.

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Youth Dance Festival (affectionately known as Dance Fest) is a remarkable Canberra success story and has been proudly presented by Ausdance ACT since 1985. A long-term feature on the Canberra arts and education calendar and now in its 34th year, Dance Fest boasts a second generation of participants, a proud alumni and a strong legacy.

Dance Fest is a non-competitive celebration of dance that embraces differences, creativity, team work and building relationships. Students are provided with a safe and supportive environment to be creative, self-express and partake in a rich artistic process.

The 2018 Dance Fest theme is…. ‘Make Your Mark'

Entries are now open. Download the entry form

View our 2018 Rules & Guidelines pdf

Jamie Winbank, our 2018 Creative Director and Choreographic Mentor has created a help sheet discuss, gather ideas and concepts around our theme. Download the help sheet.

If you wish to be included in our Dance Fest email correspondence please email

(Photo Credit Art Atelier)

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