Ausdance SA is pleased to launch the AYDF Renmark SA 2014 website, complete with artistic program, online payments and registration.
Australian Youth Dance Festival, Renmark SA, 2014 – theme Regeneration.
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Young dancers from across Australia are getting ready to invade Renmark, in the South Australian Riverland for the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Country Arts SA the festival enables young dancers to participate in a program of classes, screenings, performances and workshops. First held in 1997 the Festival has a strong regional focus and looks to engage young people from across the country.
Read more about the AYDF program and partner support in this media release
AYDF Renmark SA will connect local, state and national youth dance communities through an exciting program of masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, talks and performances.
Young dancers aged 15 – 26 will work with leading dance artists from around the country to explore the festival theme of REGENERATION.
The AYDF is a non-competitive, culturally inclusive, regional event. The week long intensive includes showcase performances, a dance for screen program and an outdoor riverbank promenade performance created for, by and with the local community.
Official registrations and more program details will be released in October 2013.
If you’re interested in attending, join the AYDF mailing list at Ausdance SA. .
The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) has warmly welcomed news the ACARA Board has approved the new The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. NAAE, of which Ausdance is a member, has strongly supported the development of the arts curriculum and its central principle of the entitlement of every young Australian to an arts education, one that includes all five artforms – dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts.
The Polish Centre of the International Association of Theatres for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) and the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute are seeking applications for performances to be presented at the 18th ASSITEJ World Congress in Warsaw 23 – 31 May 2014.
- the work must have premiered between 1 January 2008 and 30 April 2013
- work should be interactive; engage the audience
- the work's themes should relate to the Festival’s motto: 'Facing the Audience'
- the performance should be FOR—rather than ABOUT—children
Go to the ASSITEJ website for application forms and more information.
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2013
The collaboration between World Dance Alliance (WDA) and dance and the Child international (daCi) produced one of the biggest global dance festivals ever held—Dance, Young People and Change. Hosted by the Taiwan National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taipei, the event attracted young people from North and South America, Europe, the UK and most Asia-Pacific nations.
The festival/conference was a multi-layered event that included keynote addresses, ‘dance flavour’ taster classes, workshops, forums and paper presentations. It brought together young people, their parents, mentors and educators from across the world to reflect on key issues and future directions for dance in young people’s lives.
There was also a wonderful range of performances by young people, a festival of international dance academies, and an amazing program of Taiwanese dance performed by Taiwan’s professional companies and groups, including Cloud Gate 2 and Dance Forum. Teachers attended masterclasses and paper presentations and exchanged ideas about approaches to dance learning, teaching and curriculum for young people.
It was fantastic to be able to join the Ausdance NSW team, the choreographers and more than 150 young people from all over Australia on the last day of the Australian Youth Dance Festival at NAISDA Dance College in Gosford NSW.
Shades of Us, presented in Mt Penang Gardens on the final evening, was a performance that grew out of an intensive week of creative development with choreographers Sue Healey, Philip Channells, Anton, Kay Armstrong, Matt Cornel, Adelina Larsson, Lee Pemberton, Vicki Van Hout and artistic director Rowan Marchingo.
In responding to our suggestion of a campaign to support the smaller key dance organisations, Ruth Osborne, artistic director of QL2 Dance, came in to discuss some of the issues youth dance companies are experiencing.