Mid North Coast Senior Dance Ensemble

Region: Regional North and West | Coffs Harbour
Years 7 to 12
Local arts program Dance

The Mid North Coast Senior Dance Ensemble program aims to foster the development of talented dance students from public schools within the Coffs Harbour, Clarence and Grafton area.

Following the success of the program in previous years, we are thrilled to annouce that in 2024 there will be a Senior Ensemble catering for students from Year 9 to 12 and a Junior Ensemble catering for students from Year 5 to 8.

The ensembles are aimed at talented dance students who display a high level of technical skill and performance quality and wish to be involved in the choreographic process to create, learn and perform one contemporary dance work at the Mid North Coast Dance Festival.

Successful applicants will be working collaboratively with Janessa Dufty to create a contemporary dance work.

Janessa Dufty is a recognised and acclaimed contemporary dancer, choreographer and educator. From a strong classical training background with Adele Lewis, achieving Solo Seal while on scholarship at Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Janessa went on to graduate with a Diploma of Contemporary Dance from New Zealand School of Dance. Over the last two decades Janessa has toured Australasia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the world with New Zealand’s Black Grace and as a senior artist with the Sydney Dance Company. She has choroegraphed and featured in roles for advertisement, television and award-winning films. Janessa lives on Yaegl Country and is a passionate artist, creator and educator who aspires to share her experience, excitement and knowledge with the next generation.

The ensembles perform at the Mid North Coast Dance Festival in June and will audition to perform at State Dance Festival in Sydney. 

2024 dates

Apply now. Applications close Wednesday 28 March at 5:00 pm.

The application form must be completed using an @education.nsw.gov.au account.

2024 schedule

Students rehearse at Coffs Harbour Senior College Dance Studio in preparation for performing at the Mid North Coast Dance Festival in early July 2024. Further performance opportunities may arise throughout the year.

  • Rehearsal 1 – Friday 24 May 2024 9 am – 3 pm
  • Rehearsal 2 – Friday 7 June 10 am – 3 pm 
  • Rehearsal 3 – Monday 1 July 2024 – time TBC

Mid North Coast Dance Festival dress rehearsal 
Junior and Senior Dance Ensembles will be required for rehearsal on performance day.
The Far North Coast Dance Festival will be held from Monday 1 July to Thursday 4 July 2024.

NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival
This ensemble will audition for the 2024 State Dance Festival in Sydney. It is expected that students who apply for Mid North Coast Dance Ensembles will ensure they are available to attend State Dance Festival should the ensemble be accepted. State Dance Festival will be held at the Seymour Centre from Monday 16 to Friday 20 September 2024.


Participation fee $125 (this fee covers studio hire, tutor costs and costumes)


Molly Dutton
Sarah Armour
Rel. Arts Coordination Officer
Rural North
0429 965 197


Coffs Harbour Senior College
363 Hogbin Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

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All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Mid North Coast Senior Dance Ensemble, please email molly.dutton1@det.nsw.edu.au so that we can assist.