NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival

State Dance Festival will present the work of over 1,500 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The Festival showcases these students in six diverse performance programs throughout the week-long festival. The programs highlight the range of styles explored through the study of dance in public.

State Dance Festival

Each performance reveals the determination of students and teachers to explore the art of dance and to achieve performances of the highest quality. These performances are underpinned by technical training, stamina, creativity, confidence, cooperation and respect for one another fostered by their dedicated and talented teachers.

Performance Dates & Times

Monday 9 to Friday 13 September 2019
  7.30pm (every night)
  12.30pm (Friday only) designed especially for school groups and must be accompanied by a teacher.

How to be Involved

School Item Nomination - applications open in June 2019
Selection Panel - 2019 applications are now OPEN
Production Team - 2019 applications are now OPEN

Nomination Guidelines

Schools please click on the click to read the Nomination Guidelines for entry requirement schools.

Booking Tickets - Performances & Workshops

School Group Tickets go on sale in early August 2019, please download the Schools Booking Form.
General Admission Tickets go on sale early August 2019, please contact the Seymour Centre Box Office directly on 9351 7940 or Seymour Centre Online.

Specialised Workshops for Students

Our specialised dance workshops for students showcase an exciting variety of styles such as Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre and HSC Masterclass. These are held every day of the Festival and presented by industry professionals. Please email us to book a workshop.

Teacher's Pack

Successful nominated schools need to download the Teachers Pack (due TBC).
Technical Rehearsal Schedule for schools rehearsal dates and times.
Show Run Order to know when your school will be performing.

Apparel Orders

School Groups can pre-order T-shirts via the online Ordering Page.
General public can purchase T-shirts in the foyer during the performances (numbers and sizes will be limited).

School Participation Fee

A participation fee of $20 per student per item (incl GST) will be direct debited to schools after the State Dance Festival.


Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre - Chippendale

Rural & 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.  This financial support is to facilitate engagement of students in the NSW State Dance Festival. To request a subsidy please email us.

Risk Assessments and Procedures

State Dance Festival 2019 Risk Assessment; Seymour Centre Evacuation Procedure; Seymour Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for FOH 2011; Safety Alert 35 Response for Anaphylaxis; Seymour Centre School Risk Assessment Information; Deed of Consent for Participation & Student Behaviour Code

Further Information

Further enquiries relating to the State Dance Festival should be emailed to Suzie Rix or phone (02) 8512 1179.

The Arts Unit Website & Facebook Page:
To stay up-to-date with student and teacher Dance opportunities provided by The Arts Unit, check the website regularly and follow our Facebook page for program updates, events, new Arts Unit Learning Hub resources and opportunities www.facebook.com/TheArtsUnit.