State Dance Festival

The NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival 2021 will present the work of over 1,500 students from State Dance FestivalKindergarten to Year 12. 

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 and venue
Monday 6 to Friday 10 September 2021
Evening performances – 7:30 pm (each night; no matinee)
Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale

Be involved - applications now open!
We are using a new portal to receive school applications for State Dance Festival, accessed directly below or via The Arts Unit Community tile in Staff portal so you can edit your forms and communicate with TAU. 

How to apply
Step 1: Register your school's interest applications close Thursday 24 June 2021.
Step 2: Create a new audition participant form for each ensemble. You can also create a team member form to participate in the audition panel and the production team
Step 3: Add The Arts Unit Community tile to your DoE portal home page so that you can access your application to continue to update information.

Help guides
Apply in TAU Community
Principal approval
Create your audition participant form
Create your audition panel and/or production team form

IT Support and remedy request
Please email and log a remedy request if you need IT assistance with your application in the TAU Community portal.

Nomination guidelines
Nomination Guidelines - schools please read for entry requirements.

Audition panel roles
Panel members will select dance items from Years K-12 from across NSW to be considered for the Festival. Create a team member form. 

Production team roles
Roles include Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager & Production Crew (rotating areas of responsibility throughout the week). Create a team member form.

School participation fee
$20.00 (incl GST) per student per item will be direct debited to schools after the State Dance Festival.

Rural and remote subsidy
A 25% participation subsidy is available to all students from rural and remote schools. This financial support is to facilitate student engagement in the NSW State Dance Festival. 

Risk assessments and procedures
2021 DoE State Dance Festival Risk Assessment2021 Seymour Centre School Risk Assessment; Seymour Centre COVID Safety Plan for ParticipantsSeymour Centre COVID Safety Plan for AudienceDoE Behaviour Code for StudentsDoE Permission to PublishSeymour Centre Evacuation Procedure

Further information
Further enquiries relating to the State Dance Festival should be emailed to the dance team or phone 0412 640 693.

Please note that the operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines.

The Arts Unit website and Facebook
Stay up-to-date with student and teacher dance opportunities provided by The Arts Unit by regularly checking the website and follow The Arts Unit Facebook for program updates and events.