Australian Youth Dance Festival, April 8 to 14, 2012.

Mt Penang Parklands, Gosford NSW.

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The team of choreographers and tutors include;        

Philip ChannellsArtistic Director Restless Dance Theatre,

Vicki Van Hout Independent Dancer/Choreographer

Kay ArmstrongArtistic Director youMove Company (NSW),

Peta Strachan Independent Artist/Choreographer

Lee PembertonArtistic Director Fling Physical Theatre

Matt Cornell –  Independent Dancer Choreographer

Mathew Doyle Independent Artist/Choreographer

Sue Healey Independent Dancer/Choreographer

Anton Independent Dancer/Choreographer


Ausdance NSW will present the Australian Youth Dance Festival 2012, hosted at NAISDA, Australia’s National Indigenous Dance Training Institution, situated at MT PENANG PARKLANDS, near Gosford, NSW.  The Festival will be presented during the NSW Easter school holiday period from Sunday 8 April to Saturday 14 April.

Dance to Discover is an exciting week-long dance intensive workshop which provides a unique opportunity for young people to have access to some of the finest dance experiences available in Australia. The AYDF is unique in its structure, and the way in which it allows young people to engage in creative exchange with professional dancers and choreographers, and their peers.  The AYDF takes place in a supportive, non-competitive environment that encourages participation and learning.  The AYDF program includes dance workshops in a wide variety of styles, choreographic activities and performances led by significant Australian professional dance artists. 

Choreographic sessions throughout the week will culminate in the creation of a new site-specific dance work, Shades of Us, at Mt Penang Gardens with all participants of the AYDF 2012. The Artistic Director for this work is ROWAN MARCHINGO (NSW), whose national and international professional experience includes performing, choreographing and directing productions that range from large scale site-specific aerial works to intimate works of theatre.  Sound Designer and Audio Producer Bob Scott, will compose the soundscape for Shades of Us, augmented from the garden and fused with inspiration from the parklands and choreographers.

photo: fLiNG Physical Theatre


* Accessible Venue 
* Wheelchair Access   
* Companion Card

* Disability Parking 
* Disability Amenities


Mt Penang Parklands

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