The Australian Dance Festival proudly launched "Resonate" in 2019 in order to share the Australian Dance Festival experience with primary and high school students. We recognised that primary and high schools found it difficult to bring students to the Australian Dance Festival due to:
- Weekend timing (Resonate is on a Wednesday and Thursday, during the NSW school term)
- The perception that students may find it intimidating to be in workshops and competing with professional dance studios. (Resonate is exclusively for Primary & Secondary High School students with separate days for Primary & Secondary).
Resonate aims to create a safe, nurturing and inspiring space for primary and high school students, and their teachers to experience the workshops and performance opportunities at the Australian Dance Festival.
We chose the name "Resonate" (def'n: To evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief with someone) in recognition of the power of dance to inspire, teach and empower individuals to grow in their self-belief and own innate potential.
We wish to thank the schools who participated in the inaugural 2019 Resonate program.
The joy and energy which the students brought to the workshops was incredible. We witnessed students coming into the workshops feeling intimidated and shy, to coming out of their shells and having their courage to show what they had learned cheered on by their peers. Our instructors were thrilled to have so many eager students hungry to learn and be inspired. We were stunned by the quality of the performances brought to the Australian Dance Festival stage by the school groups. We cannot wait to do it all over again in 2020.
We RESPECT that our children have something important to say, and ideas to share.
We mean what we say, and we say what we mean. Our words and actions have values.
ENRICHMENT of your current performing arts program to bring clarity and depth to your students’ performance.
To develop and experience pride and passion by being part of an amazing team performance.