Dance ensembles - workshop based

Years 4 to 12

The NSW public schools workshop-based dance ensemble program aims to foster the development of talented students from Years 4 to 12 in dance from public schools across NSW. Students train and rehearse dance works during 4 intensive workshops in Sydney over the year.

This ensemble provides opportunities for students who cannot attend weekly rehearsals in Sydney to train, rehearse and perform with other students from across NSW in an intensive workshop model held throughout the school year.

Workshop-based dance ensembles develop high-level skills in dance technique, composition and performance. Training is aligned to syllabus outcomes and ensemble students perform at the State Dance Festival each year.

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    • Years 7 to 12 – 2 workshop-based ensembles
    • Years 4 to 6 – one workshop-based ensemble

    2024 applications will open in January 2024.

    2023 Schedule

    Students train and rehearse dance works at Sydney Dance Company and DUTI Studios in preparation for performing at the State Dance Festival in September and Schools Spectacular in November.

    The dance team are all so excited to be able to offer our new 2023 dance program and cannot wait to deliver exciting dance classes.

    • Workshop 1 – Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 May 2023 at Sydney Dance Company; intensive styles based workshop weekend with multiple tutors. 
    • Workshop 2 – Monday 24 July to Friday 28 July inclusive at Sydney Dance Company; intensive choreographic week where students will create their work for the State Dance Festival
    • Workshop 3 – Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September at DUTI Studios, Newtown; technical rehearsals for the State Dance Festival
    • Workshop 4 – Rehearsals for the Schools Spectacular TBA; Sydney Olympic Park

    Performance opportunities

    • State Dance Festival at Seymour Centre – 14 and 15 September 2023
    • Schools Spectacular at Qudos Bank Arena – 22 to 25 November 2023
    • Additional opportunities throughout the year as they arise

    Contact details

    Should you have any queries, please contact us at


    The dance team
    The Arts Unit
    0434 567 414