NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival

Please Note:
As part of the Department's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to cancel the State Dance Festival for 2020 to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, staff, families and audiences. For more information about COVID-19 and New South Wales public schools, please go to

State Dance Festival 2020 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.

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 7 to Friday 11 September 2020

Evening Performances @ 7.30pm (every night)
Matinee Performance @ 12.30pm (Friday only) especially for school groups,must be accompanied by a teacher.

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre - Chippendale

How to be Involved:
School Item Nomination Application Dates TBC
Production Team Application Dates TBC
Audition Panel Application Dates TBC

Nomination Guidelines:
Schools please click on the link to read the Nomination Guidelines for entry requirements.

Specialised Choreographic PD Workshops for Teachers | Friday 11 September | 8.30am-5.30pm
The focus of the workshops will be on developing teachers as choreographic role models for students.
Please click on the link for More Information.
Application Dates TBC

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.
Application Dates TBC

Booking Tickets - Performances & Workshops:
School Groups & General Admission tickets sales TBC

Teacher's Information:
Teachers Pack for successful nominated schools TBC
Technical Rehearsal Schedule for schools rehearsal dates and times
Show Run Order to know when your school will be performing
Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre stage dimensions

Apparel Orders:
School Groups can pre-order T-shirts via the online ordering page TBC
General Public can purchase T-shirts in the foyer during the performances TBC

School Participation Fee:
A participation fee of $20 per student per item (incl GST) will be direct debited to schools after the 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 2019 Risk Assessment; Permission to PublishSeymour Centre Evacuation Procedure; Seymour Centre Fire Assembly PointSeymour Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for FOH; DOE Safety Alert 35 Anaphylaxis Safety Alert; Seymour Centre School Risk Assessment Information; Deed of Consent for Participation & Student Behaviour Code; NSW Health Warning 

Further Information

Further enquiries relating to the State Dance Festival should be emailed to the Dance Team 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.