2017 NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival

The 2018 NSW Public Schools 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 schools.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.

Dates & Times:
Monday 10 to Friday 14 September 2018
   Evening Performances at 7.30pm every night
   Matinee Performance at 12.30pm on Friday only

Everest Theatre in the Seymour Centre, corner of Cleveland Street & City Road, Chippendale

How to be Involved:
Applications open June 2018
Please send in this form if you want to Nominate your School and/or if you want to be part of the Audition Panel and/or Production Team.
Please read the Nomination Guidelines for Festival.

Booking Tickets: 2018 tickets will go on sale in early August 2018
Ticket for schools go on sale TBC, please download the Schools Booking Form
General admission tickets go on sale TBC, please contact the Seymour Centre Box Office directly on 9351 7940 or Seymour Centre Online

Teachers Pack:
- Successful nominated schools need to download the Teachers Pack (please click on the link) and return to us by TBC.
- Teachers will need to complete the Student Information Pack for your student's participation in the Festival. This information is to be retained for your records at school and are not to be returned to The Arts Unit.

Tshirt Orders:
- Schools can how order Tshirts through our new online Ordering Page (please click on the link)
- Schools will be able to collect their orders from the Green Room on your Rehearsal Day
- The Arts Unit will direct debit schools for their order
- General public will be able to purchase tshirts in the foyer of the Seymour Centre during the performances (please note that numbers and sizes will be limited)

Dance Workshops:
Teachers can book their students into dance workshops that are held at the Seymour Centre every day of the Festival. The workshops showcase an exciting variety of dance styles and are presented by industry professionals.

School Participation Fee:
A participation fee of $20 per student will be direct debited to schools after the State Dance Festival.

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 2017 Risk Assessment; Seymour Centre Evacuation Procedure; Seymour Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for FOH 2011; Safety Alert 35 Anaphylaxis Safety Alert; Student Behaviour Code

2017 Sponsors:
Find out more about our sponsors.

Further Information

When considering items for the NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival, the panel looks at submitted works in a number of ways:-

  1. The piece needs to reflect dance composition syllabus material for the particular stage taught.

  2. The panel looks for a strong creative development of an idea that has a clear intent expressed in the movement.

  3. The work should be appropriate in technique and concept for the age group of the dancers.

  4. Dances that are selected for the state festival show students presenting work that is technically competent for their age and that the teacher has employed safe dance practice.

  5. Movement sequences presented should link together in a sequence that maintains and develops the intent of the dance.

  6. The choreographer should show and understand the choreographic principals, processes and structures because they are vehicles for forming dance. Each part of the dance should be essential and connects together with other parts to form a whole.

  7. The panel is advised to choose work that has a quality that will engage audiences.

  8. The piece should take the viewer on a journey so there is a clear beginning, middle and end.

  9. Each part of the dance should be essential and connects together with other parts to form a whole.

  10. The costuming of the dancers visually supports the intent of the piece and helps to clearly articulate the work.

  11. The costuming reflects the dignity of the performer and is age appropriate.

  12. Props used are to be seen as an integral part of the work and contribute to the visual story. Props can be manipulated by the dancers and or used to dress the stage.

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

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