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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

Activity for this program is been cancelled for 2021 to support efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

This page will be updated with 2022 dates once confirmed.



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 have closed for the 2021 festival. 

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.