Gosford City will play host to the 2012 Australian Youth Dance Festival, running from Sunday 8 - Saturday 14 April at the Mt Penang Parklands.
The Australian Youth Dance Festival is a bi-annual event travelling to regional cities across Australia providing programs and workshops to help facilitate the creative development of young dancers.
In the seventh Australian Youth Dance Festival since its beginning in 1997, over 180 students aged 15 - 26 will have access to some of the finest dance experiences available in Australia.
Gosford City Council's Director of Community Services and Organisational Development, Mr Terry Thirlwell says that the festival program encourages skill development in a supportive environment.
"The Australian Youth Dance Festival provides a non-competitive environment for young dancers to learn and grow with workshops focusing on participation and skill development.
"One local choreographer will also receive the Gosford City Council Dance Scholarship which will allow them the opportunity to participate in the entire program of workshops and master classes as well as take part in a public performance.
"We have also enjoyed a fantastic partnership with NAISDA who have provided great support in ensuring this event can go ahead," said Mr Thirlwell.
Mayor of Gosford City, Councillor Laurie Maher says that the event will include Indigenous youth groups and dancers with disabilities.
The Australian Youth Dance Festival is an inclusive event featuring students of different skill levels, backgrounds and cultures, giving them the opportunity to learn from one another and create new friendships.
"Council is proud to sponsor this event, providing $35,000 as well as in-kind support to assist in the running of the festival.
"We saw this as a chance to promote cultural endeavours within Gosford City and provide an avenue for local youth to get involved and express themselves artistically.
"The festival will attract a number of visitors to Gosford City throughout the week and showcase our area and our local arts community," said Clr Maher.
As part of the festival there will be two public performances:
Dance to Discover - 4pm, Wednesday 11 April, Laycock Street Community Theatre.
Shades of Us - 5pm, Saturday 14 April, Mount Penang Gardens.
For more information on The Australian Youth Dance Festival visit www.ausdancensw.com.au
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