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Western NSW Dance Festival

The Western NSW Dance Festival is a showcase of creativity and performance skills from public schools across Western NSW for students in Kindergarten to Year 12.

The festival highlights and celebrates the work of students and teachers as they explore dance as an artform. Students enjoy the opportunity to perform at one of the area's foremost theatres with professional staging.

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

Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 June 2021 


Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)
105 William Street
Bathurst NSW 2795


Jayne Evans - Festival Coordinator
Email:   jayne.evans@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone:  02 6368 2100

Di Reichelt - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: dianne.reichelt@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0448 627 438

How to apply

Applications to audition for the Western NSW Dance Festival should be completed by the coordinating DoE teacher.

  1. Read the Western NSW Dance Festival nomination information pack prior to completing your application for further details.
  2. Complete the online application form - 2021 Western NSW Dance Festival application form.  
  3. Attach the link to audition video via YouTube to the online application.

Nominations close 6 May 2021.

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.