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Youth Dance Makers Initiative empowers young people with the tools and confidence to express their ideas and perspectives through movement and performance making.


We strongly believe that young voices have ideas, skills and talent worth bringing to the fore. 


We strive to create a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment for young artists express themselves unapologetically, expand their creative and collaborative skills, connect with a diverse range of dance and interdisciplinary artists and broaden perceptions of dance as an artform.  


UPRISING. April Intensive (2023) Image credit Lucas White

We offer opportunities for young people to create dance works with mentorship and direction from establish choreographers and artists working in and around dance.


We are a project based company, meaning that rather than committing to a up to a year of training and rehearsal we create works in week-long project intensives

to create dance films and live performances. 


Collaboration is at the core. We experiment and work together towards a shared artistic artistic outcome that amplifies the artistic voice of those involved. 

0 auditions, 0 competitions, 100% creativity.


We are always on the look our for creative individuals to collaborate on our projects.

We invite you to choreograph, dance, make decisions about costumes and lights, direct, experiment with a camera and lend a hand behind the scenes.


Summer Workshop Series 2023. contact Improvisation with Emily Bowman. Image Erin O'Rourke

 For curious movers, future dance makers and young people interested in experimenting with contemporary choreographic practices. Our workshops provide an opportunity to explore improvisational tools and choreographic strategies shared by acclaimed dance artists and choreographers in a supportive environment.  

Festivals & Collaborations

RADICAL TRANSPARENCY (2023) in Bega with FLING & WE ARE HERE. Image Chris Sheedy Reflex

We support your dance journey through incredible opportunities for connection and creation with likeminded artists, in Naarm and beyond.

In 2023 and 2024 we toured to Bega in NSW to collaborate with

FLING Physical Theatre and WE ARE HERE Company. 


Every two years we converge with youth dance companies from across Australia at Australian Youth Dance Festival. The next AYDF will be held in 2025.

Seeing Dance Together

We are so lucky to live in a city that has such a diverse and rich dance landscape.


We go and see shows together! Expose ourselves to new works by established companies and experimental works by independent dance artists.


It's a great way to connect between projects, see what's out there and get to know what excites us creatively.

CHUNKY MOVE 4X4 (2023) at The Malthouse Theatre. Image Tabatha Sango

Meet Chelsea

Meet our Artistic Director

Hi, I'm Chelsea.


I'm a dance artist, educator and producer. I'm artistically obsessed with interdisciplinary collaboration, creating immersive environments and promoting active spectatorship. My primary passion is creating experiences for young people that broaden their perceptions of dance while fostering interpersonal connection and unapologetic self-expression. 


I'm a bit of a dance nerd and spent a lot of time at university exploring my relationship to dance and performance making. I've completed a B Arts (Dance) / Education, P.Grad. Dip. in Performance Making (Choreography) and Master of Dance.


I've had some incredible experiences in dance and performing arts. I've performed at Short Sweet + Dance, Sydney Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma, Dance Massive, Dancehouse and The Arts Centre as well as a few indie festivals and galleries, collaborated on screen based works for the Signal Screen, Chin Chin Art Wall, and SXSW Festival (USA). I was Director of Contemporary Dance for The Space Dance and Arts Centre, a coordinator for national participatory dance festival Big Dance 2018, participation producer for the award winning Consort of the Moon at RISING Festival 2023 and am on the national committee for Youth Dance Australia. 


If I'm not dreaming up projects and workshops for Youth Dance Makers Initiative you'll find me working behind the scenes on experimental works for some big name choreographers and theatre makers, taking class at LGI or improvising in a dance studio or park somewhere in Melbourne.

Artistic Collaborators' Hall of Fame

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