YouDance is an annual event established in 2010 to celebrate the work of secondary aged students in dance. Young adults studying dance at school and community youth companies come together in a non-competitive, collegial environment to share dance work with each other and the wider community.
The YouDance Auckland youth dance festival initiative was developed in consultation with a group of secondary school dance teachers and community dance leaders after noting the lack of opportunities for secondary students to share their creative work with one another and the wider community without the boundaries imposed by commercial competitions.
As well as the opportunity to dance in a professional theatre environment dancers and choreographers receive feedback from members of the professional dance community to help them develop further. In addition, selected dance works from YouDance have the possibility of inclusion in festivals such as TEMPO.
This year YouDance is supported by