Western NSW Dance Festival

Region: Regional North and West Rural South and West | Bathurst
Kindergarten to Year 12
Local arts program Dance

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 Festival aims to:

  • encourage the development and teaching of dance programs at a school level
  • provide an opportunity for the school and broader community to recognise dance as an art form
  • provide an opportunity for students and teachers to work towards a quality performance in a professional venue
  • presenting an original, entertaining and professional event, providing a positive and memorable experience for teachers and students.


Festival dates

  • Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 June 2024 (Term 2 Week 6)

How to apply

Applications for the 2024 festival are now open!

Teachers, for full details and how to apply go to the Western NSW Dance Festival 2024 - Teacher information site.

  • Each school may nominate a maximum of 3 items for the festival.  We will endeavour to place all items in the festival.
  • Schools may explore any style of dance they prefer. 
  • We encourage the inclusion of students with a disability and will work with the school to ensure any modifications or special provisions required are met.
  • Indigenous dance groups, multicultural dance groups, and boys dance groups are actively encouraged to participate.
  • Schools requiring assistance with choreography should contact Sue Dawson (0402 992 897) to have a mentor choreographer assigned to the school to assist with preparations.

Length of items

  • Primary - maximum of 4 minutes
  • Secondary - maximum of 5 minutes.

Brand new Ensemble opportunity!

Boyz Crew Western NSW

  • Boyz Crew is a brand new initiative for public school boys from Years 5 to 8.  Aimed at providing boys of all abilities with an interest in Hip Hop the opportunity to work with an experienced choreographer to create a performance piece for the Western NSW Dance Festival.
  • Boys will attend 3 full-day rehearsal workshops in Orange in the lead-up to the festival and will perform as a Crew at the festival. 
  • Applications close: Friday 23 February 2024 (Term 1 Week 4)
  • For full details on how boys from your school can apply go to the Boys Crew Western NSW - information site.




Jayne Evans
02 6368 2100
Sue Dawson
Arts Coordination Officer
0402 992 897


Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
105 William St
Bathurst NSW 2795

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All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Western NSW Dance Festival, please email jayne.evans@det.nsw.edu.au so that we can assist.