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Central Coast Dance Festival

The Central Coast Dance Festival has been successfully running for the past 31 years, providing dance performance opportunities for students in a professional theatre environment. It is open to entries from NSW public schools for students in Kindergarten to Year 12.

The festival highlights the range of styles explored through the study of dance in public schools. These performances are underpinned by creativity, confidence and respect for one another, fostered by their dedicated teachers.

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 and restrictions. 


Applications to audition for the Central Coast Dance Festival are now open.

Applications close at 2:30pm on Friday 26 March
(Term 1 Week 9)

Festival dates

This year the festival will be held over 7 evenings with 2 performances each night. 

  • Show A - Tuesday 15 June 2021
  • Show B - Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • Show C - Thursday 17 June 2021
  • Show D - Monday 21 June 2021
  • Show E - Tuesday 22 June 2021
  • Show F - Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Show G - Thursday 24 June 2021

There will be a 5:30pm show and a 8:15pm show each evening. Each performance  will run for approximately one hour with no interval.

Items will only perform on one evening throughout the festival.


Laycock Street Theatre
5 Laycock Street
Wyoming NSW 2250

How to apply

Applications to participate in the In the Central Coast Dance Festival should be completed by the coordinating teacher.

  1. Read the CCDF Information Booklet prior to completing your application.
  2. Complete the online application forms -
    CCDF application forms.
Applications must be submitted by 2:30pm Friday 26 March 2021
(Term 1 Week 9).
For further information go to the
Central Coast Dance Festival website

General information

  • Groups to consist of a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 22 students
  • Dance is not to exceed 3 minutes for primary items and 5  minutes for secondary items.

Video audition requirements

  • Videos must be submitted by YouTube link
  • A seperate video must be submit for each item
  • Item must be a minimum of half complete at time of audition video.
  • For further audition requirements refer to the Festival information booklet

Tips for uploading to YouTube

  1. Visit www.youtube.com and create an account or sign in.
  2. Select upload.
  3. Follow the instructions onscreen to upload your video.
  4. Once uploaded, on privacy settings select unlisted (anyone with this link can view) and save changes. This is important because it means the general public cannot view the link.
  5.  When complete, your video will have a URL. 
  6. Send email to 
    with your URL link.

Tips for auditioning

  • Recording from a phone or tablet mounted on a tripod is sufficient quality for the audition video.
  • Record the performance in one continuous take from a wide angle to ensure all performers are seen.  Do not zoom in and out.
  • Spend time rehearsing, recording and reviewing your audition video
  • Where possible, minimise external light sources by covering windows to avoid interference with visual contast.


Kirsty McRae - Festival Coordinator
Email: kirsty.mcrae@det.nsw.edu.au

Sue Dawson - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: susan.i.dawson@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0402 992 897