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New England Dance Ensembles

The New England Dance Ensembles program replaces the New England Dance Camp for 2021.

This program is open to NSW public school students in Year 5 to Year 12 to showcase excellence and artistry in dance. 

There will be 3 ensembles:

  • New England Senior Dance Ensemble 
  • New England Intermediate Dance Ensemble
  • New England Junior Dance Ensemble 

The ensembles provides the opportunity for regional and rural students to collaborate, connect and participate with like-minded peers in a variety of dance workshops led by professional dancers, choreographers and teachers.

Students will also have the opportunity to perform in the New England Dance Festival in Tamworth in October 2021 and audition for state events.

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.

Key dates

  • Applications via the online application form closing Friday 7 May 2021. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Workshop dates 22-25 June 2021
  • Dance festival dates 14-18 September 2021
  • Notification of ensemble allocation by email by 4 June 2021


The ensembles rehearsals will be held in venues in the Tamworth area.

Venues will be confirmed in early Term 2.


Breanna McFadyen - Coordinator
Email: breanna.mcfadyen1@det.nsw.edu.au

Di Hall - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0439 472 448

Audition video requirements

Applicants are required to submit one video:

  • Option 1 - a two-minute solo in modern/contemporary or jazz style 
  • Option 2 - a one-minute solo in modern/contemporary or jazz style to be combined and a one-minute solo in a style of your choice.

Insert audition video link into your online application form.

Be sure to use your @education.nsw.gov.au or @det.nsw.edu.au email.

Audition video guidelines

Auditions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • student must identify themselves at the beginning of their video – name, age and school
  • students should be dressed in appropriate dance attire
  • film audition video from a static position (filmed from a tripod), do not zoom in or pan the camera while filming
  • ensure audio and visual quality of the video is clear
  • review the video before uploading to the application form and ensure that it is appropriate for audition.

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.