Youth Dance Festival

We are thrilled to announce that our iconic Youth Dance Festival will be going ahead online!

Participating schools will be welcomed individually to The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre to have their works filmed.

These filmed performances will then be presented along with dance films in a Premiere Online Event on Friday 19th & 20th November. A download will be made available at a later date.

Ausdance ACT Director Dr Cathy Adamek said "We have been impressed by the way the participating schools and students have remained dedicated to Youth Dance Festival and continued to work and rehearse wherever possible over lockdown. Our 2021 theme ‘Digital Dystopia Utopia’ fast became our reality and whilst you cannot replace the live performance experience, our digital strategy allowed us to pivot and weave around the restrictions with a good outcome. I'd like to thank the ACT Education Directorate for their support in helping this event to go ahead."

COVID Update

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As we all know the COVID landscape can change rapidly so with that in mind we have put together some resources, updates and information which you may find useful in returning to the studio. We will continue to update our website HERE.


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Open Class is back at Canberra Dance Theatre! For those who prefer to dance at home our classes will also be offered online.​ 

Join Jessica Gowing for an Urban dance class. In Jess’s class you will be introduced to commercial hip-hop grooves and dynamics, whilst learning a feel-good routine. Jess is an enthusiastic teacher that will encourage you to work hard and have a blast whilst doing so. You will leave this class feeling good and with a smile on your face.

Jess is a current tutor at Fresh Funk. She has danced in hip-hop/street-funk styles since she was 8 years old and has been teaching for the last 4 years. She has performed in many Canberra musicals including Wicked (2016) and most recently Mamma Mia! (2021) in one of the main roles.

Thursday 18th November, 7.30-8.45pm

Dance.Focus 2021

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Dance.Focus 2021 SA produced films, 'Whispers Down the Lane' by Chloe Moir and '(T)HERE' by Cinzia Schincariol  have now premiered and are available for viewing.


Dance.Focus is a dance film commission by Dance Hub SA in partnership with Ausdance ACT and supported by Ausdance SA and Torbreck Vinters. The commission is designed to challenge, resonate and engage with screen dance.


The ACT films have been delayed due to the ACT lockdown and we look forward to sharing these as soon as possible.

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The ACT Government is seeking to support the safe return of events across the ACT, recognising their importance to our community and the visitor economy.

All event organisers in the ACT are required to develop a COVID Safety Plan for each of their events. The COVID Safety Plan must be in writing and produced on request by compliance and enforcement officers.

Events greater than 300 people must also submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.

Coffee with Dr. Cathy

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Ausdance ACT Director Dr Cathy Adamek has been holding regular drop in Zoom chats with our sector, during ACT's lockdown. Providing a chance to connect in a relaxed and informal way with fellow studios, teachers, administrators, independent dancers and other Ausdance members and staff.


If you missed 'Challenges of Online Dance Teaching', 'The Art of Rescheduling: delivering live dance performance' or 'Planning End of Year Shows - post lockdown' these sessions are now available to view.

Your Guide to Online Dance


Whilst we all transition back to the studio and adjust to life post lockdown, we will continue to actively share online dance content. We will regularly update our website with links to online dance classes, recorded classes, online performances, things to watch and read, events and webinars.


If you have an online dance class or event we should know about, get in touch. Send details to

Artist in Residence Partnership


Ausdance ACT has partnered with QL2 Dance to support their Curated Residency Program. Through this collaboration we are able to provide four QL2 Dance residencies with a financial contribution towards their creative development.

We are pleased to announce the successful artists.
~ Ashlee Bye
~ Crossroads:  Lilah Gow & Stephen Gow
~ Claire Holland
~ Jason Pearce

Ausdance ACT and QL2 have a joint commitment to the professional development of local dance artists and we look forward to sharing their creative journey.

ZEST: Dance for Wellbeing

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Classes return to the studio from Monday 8 November

These classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. Please come and feed your body and spirit with music and movement; be physically and mentally inspired and stimulated, have fun, meet some new friends and feel good! 

Belconnen Arts Centre:

Dance for People with Parkinson’s
Tuesdays 1.15pm to 2.30pm


Dance for All

Fridays 12.00-1.00pm

Tuggeranong Arts Centre:

Dance for People with Parkinson’s
Wednesdays 11.15am to 12.30pm

Online Masterclass with Jesse & Joel Rasmussen

Check out our online Masterclass with Jesse & Joel Rasmussen. Featuring audition preparation and advice, tutorials, tips on networking and branding as well as industry insights. An invaluable resource for young dancers considering professional careers.

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The Ausdance network celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms every year during Australian Dance Week.


Dance Week raises the profile of dance and focuses on the values, importance and the many cultural contributions of dance to the Australian community. Canberra's dance scene is abundant and thriving and Ausdance ACT's annual Australian Dance Week celebrations are a true reflection of that.


Check out our 2021 Australian Dance Week program and celebrations.


Start planning for 2022 and save the dates 29 April to 8 May!