State Dance Ensemble

The State Dance Ensembles program provides tuition and performance experiences which complement and extend individual school and regional dance ensembles programs. State Dance EnsembleThe program is open to students from Years 7-12 in public schools from across NSW who CANNOT attend weekly rehearsals in Sydney. Successful students participate in dance training and rehearse dance works created for them during 4 weekend workshops held in Sydney.

2017 Applications are now OPEN

Audition Process:
1.   Email an Application & Endorsement Form
2.   Email a head shot (school photo or passport sized photo)
3.   Email a YouTube link of yourself performing 2 contrasting solo dance items no less than 1 minute in length
Submit your application to dance.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au due Monday 24 April 2017. Students/parents will be notified of their success by Friday 5 May 2017.

Weekend Workshops:
There will be 4 intensive compulsory weekend workshops held in Sydney through the year:-
No 1: Term 2 - Friday 30 June-Sunday 2 July 2017 (3 days inclusive) @ UNSW Dance Studios.
No 2: Term 2 - Saturday 29-Sunday 30 July 2017 (2 days inclusive) @ UNSW Dance Studios.
No 3: Term 3 - Wednesday 13-Thursday 14 September 2017 @ Dance Central
(This workshop is on during the State Dance Festival in order to learn new work specifically commissioned for the group. The piece will then be performed as a part of the 2017 State Dance Festival.
No 4: Term 4 - Sunday 19-Monday 20 November 2017 @ TBC.
(This workshop is on the weekend prior to Schools Spectacular in order to rehearse for the 2017 Schools Spectacular.

Performance Opportunities:
By being a member of the 2017 NSW Public School State Dance Ensemble, all students will perform at the:-
•  State Dance Festival (11-15 September) held at the Seymour Centre AND
•  Schools Spectacular (24-25 November) held at the Qudos Bank Arena

Fees*:
The yearly ensemble fees cover the hire of regular tutors and the supply of costumes (all prices include GST). Students will need to cover the costs of their own travel and accommodation if needed:-
• Yearly Membership $580.00 OR Rural & Remote Students $300.00
• Ensembles Jacket $60.00 and/or Training Singlet $20.00 (optional extras)

Rural and Remote Subsidy:
As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidy of $300.00 (including GST) to students from rural and remote schools to attend the State Dance Ensemble. Please note: if interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Successful subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

Further Information

Further enquiries relating to the State Dance Ensemble should be directed to Suzie Rix or phone 8512 1179.

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