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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 35th 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 2019 Dance Fest theme is…. ‘GENERATION NEXT'

Order the performance video of each night or all three nights via, password "2PRv".

Order performance photographs from Art Atelier

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

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Ausdance ACT runs two Open Classes for adults.

PRO CLASS (Advanced/independent professional dancers)

When: Wednesday mornings 10-11:30am (odd weeks of term 3)

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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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

The Ausdance network celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms every year during Australian Dance Week which aims to raise awareness of professional dance and dance in the community, and to celebrate its diversity.

2019 Australian Dance Week will be celebrated in Canberra from 29 April - 5 May. For more information and to be involved email Download the 2018 Australian Dance Week Calendar.

ESCALATE is Ausdance ACT's exciting cross dance genre, youth mentoring program for ACT based dance artists between 16 and 26 years. Escalate provides the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals to develop and stage your own work in a professional performance season. 2019 ESCALATE applications open in September 2018.


We encourage you to share the word for 2019! Ausdance ACT 2017 Annual Report

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Gorman Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue. BRADDON ACT 2612

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Ausdance ACT acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the Canberra region. The region was also an important meeting place and significant to other Aboriginal groups. Ausdance ACT acknowledges the historical dispossession and its continuing legacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.