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Hunter Dance Festival

Hunter Schools Dance Festival presents the works of over 2000 NSW public school students from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

The 4 day 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.

2021 dates

Monday 19 July to Thursday 22 July

Performance details

Each evening there is a 6:30pm performance with no interval.

Student access to dressing rooms for the performance will open at 5:30 pm.

Rehearsal details

Rehearsals are at 12pm on the day of the performance.

  • All performers must attend rehearsals. 
  • Rehearsals are in order of performance to confirm sound and lighting settings.
  • Students must be in full costume and accessories. 


Newcastle Exhibition and Conference Centre (NEX)
Corner of King Street and Union Street
Newcastle West
NSW 2302


Hunter Dance Festival
Email: hunterdancefestival@det.nsw.edu.au

Heather Williams - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: heather.l.williams@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0448 556 818

How to apply

Applications to audition for the Hunter Schools Dance Festival should be completed by the coordinating DoE teacher.

  1. Read the HSDF guidelines prior to completing your application for further details.
  2. Complete the online application form - 2021 HSDF application form.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday 17 May 2021.

For further informatin go to the Hunter Dance Festival website.

What you need for the application

Please note that schools must email music and complete the online application to be selected. 

How to upload footage to YouTube

  1. Visit youtube.com and create an account:
  2. ‘Sign in’ to youtube.com.
  3. Select ‘Upload’.
  4. Follow the instructions to upload your video.
  5. Once uploaded, on the privacy settings select ‘unlisted (anyone with the link can view)’. This is important as selecting this setting means that the general public can’t view the link. Once you have done this, make sure you select ‘Save Changes’.  Please do not save as ‘Private’.
  6. You will be given a URL for your video. Copy this URL into the online application.

Please note – you will be contacted if the link does not work.