Applications close on Thursday 2 June 2022 at 5:00pm
What is a Featured Dance Ensemble
Featured Dance Ensembles of the Schools Spectacular represent some of the best dancers within NSW Public Schools. This category is an excellent platform for developing and showcasing outstanding dance talent to the rest of the state and Australia. This category is open to dancers in Years 9-12 in the styles of ballet, tap, hip-hop, music theatre, jazz and contemporary.
Please note: This category is only open to students in Years 9-12 who currently attend a NSW Public School.
Audition and Selection Process
In 2022, Music Theatre, Jazz and Contemporary Dance Ensembles will be combined into one Featured Dance Ensemble.
Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and the Combined Dance Ensemble (Music Theatre, Jazz and Contemporary) will be selected via a 2 part audition process. Students will submit a video audition and this will be reviewed by a panel. Successful video round applicants will then be invited to attend a live audition held in Sydney from Monday 20 to Friday 24 June 2022. Audition sessions will be confirmed at a later date.
Please note: If successful, students will be selected to perform in a maximum of 3 Featured Dance Ensembles.
Video audition requirements
You need to create a short routine, maximum 1 minute, that demonstrates your strengths in the chosen style. Make sure you submit a separate video for each style you wish to apply for.
If applying for the combined ensemble, you need to submit 3 X 1 minute videos showing each style of music theatre, jazz and contemporary.
To submit an application:
Read all details and confirm you are available for all dates
Complete the online form via the link. On your application add links to your YouTube audition videos. Remember that you need to submit a separate video for each style.
Upload a head shot showing your face clearly.
Submit your online form.
2022 NSW Public School Dance Ensemble students
Students who are currently a member of The Arts Units’ NSW Public Schools Dance Ensembles in 2022, are not required to submit a video audition. They must complete an online application form. These students will automatically be eligible for the live round of auditions.
Please only apply in styles you are currently studying as an advanced student.
Key dates for Featured Dance Ensembles
Early Term 2
Online applications open
Thursday 2 June 2022 at 5:00pm
Online applications close
Monday 27 June- Friday 1 July 2022
Featured Dance Ensembles live auditions in Sydney
Late July 2022
Students notified of their acceptance into show
Monday 6 September – Friday 12 November 2021
Item and segment rehearsals in Sydney – During this time each Featured Dance Ensemble will have 3 rehearsals – exact dates to be notified
Monday 31 October 2022
First combined dance rehearsal – Qudos Bank Arena
Wednesday 23 November 2022
Second combined dance rehearsal – Qudos Bank Arena
Thursday 24 November 2022
Full dress rehearsal
Friday 25 November 2022
Schools preview and evening performances
Saturday 26 November 2022
Matinee and evening performances
Please note: Students wishing to be a Featured Dancer for the Schools Spectacular must be available for all dates listed above. The only exceptions will be for rehearsals that directly clash with students’ HSC examinations.
Featured Dancers will require a costume and prop for each item. The costume and prop will cost $150.
Costume costs will be direct debited from the students school. Students will pay their school directly once they have been notified of their acceptance into the show.
Where possible, students should be dressed in form-fitting dance clothes – not school uniform or sports uniform. Students should NOT be dressed in ‘costume’.
Where possible, students should either dance in bare feet or be wearing proper dance shoes – not dancing in sneakers or school shoes.
Students should discuss and review their audition video with their school dance teacher prior to submitting it.
It is important that ample time is spent rehearsing for, recording and reviewing the audition video. It is very obvious to the audition panel when video auditions are rushed.
Consider the light in your video. We need to be able to see you clearly.