Hunter Dance Festival

Region: Regional North | Newcastle
Kindergarten to Year 12
Local arts program Dance

Hunter Schools Dance Festival presents the works of over 2000 NSW public school students from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

The 4 day festival highlights the range of styles explored through the study of dance in public schools. These performances are underpinned by creativity, confidence and respect for one another fostered by their dedicated teachers.

2024 dates

Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August (Term 3 Week 2)

Performance details

Each evening there is a 6:30 pm performance with no interval.

Student access to dressing rooms for the performance will open at 5:30 pm.

Rehearsal details

Rehearsals are at 12 pm on the day of the performance.

  • All performers must attend rehearsals. 
  • Rehearsals are in order of performance to confirm sound and lighting settings.
  • Students must be in full costume and accessories. 

How to apply

Applications will open Tuesday 2 April 2024 (Term 1 Week 10).

  • To apply you will be required to complete the online application form. 

Applications to audition for the Hunter Schools Dance Festival should be completed by the coordinating DoE teacher by 5:00 pm on Monday 13 May 2024.

  1. Read the HSDF application guidelines prior to completing your application for further details.
  2. Complete the 2024 HSDF online application form.

For further information go to the Hunter Dance Festival website.

What you need for the application

Please note that schools must email music and complete the online application to be selected. 

How to upload footage to YouTube

  1. Visit and create an account:
  2. ‘Sign in’ to
  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. 

Hunter Dance Festival 2022 collage


Hunter Dance Festival Committee
Heather Ross
Arts Coordination Officer
0448 556 818


Newcastle Exhibition and Conference Centre (NEX)
309 King Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302

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