Dance ensembles (workshop-based)

Region: Sydney
Years 4 to 12

The NSW public schools dance ensembles (workshop-based) 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.

The 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.

dancer in action

2024 applications are closed

Applications for NSW public schools dance ensemble (workshop based) closed on Friday 5 April 2024. 

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

2024 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.

  • Workshop 1 – Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 June 2024 at Sydney Dance Company; intensive styles-based workshop weekend with multiple tutors. 
  • Workshop 2 – Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2024 at DUTI Studios, Newtown; an intensive choreographic week where students will create their work for the State Dance Festival
  • Workshop 3 – Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September at DUTI Studios, Newtown; technical rehearsals for the State Dance Festival
  • Workshop 4  – Rehearsals for the Schools Spectacular October/November (dates TBC); Sydney Olympic Park

Performance opportunities

  • State Dance Festival at Seymour Centre – 19 and 20 September 2024
  • Schools Spectacular at Qudos Bank Arena – 29 and 30 November 2024
  • 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