Youth Ensemble

Our Youth Ensemble comprises like-minded dancers aged 15-19, who share the same passions and creative pathways.

Creativity is at the forefront of our program and Australasian Dance Collective aims to enrich, inspire and support the young dancers of our community.

Youth Ensemble Director, Riannon McLean, leads a program that will enhance the dancers' learning and capabilities by encouraging a strong focus on their individual development.

Guest teachers further extend technique through creative skills workshops and there is a great emphasis on the importance of communication as an ensemble as well as the implementation of creative habits to build confidence and encourage curiosity and exploration.

The program runs over three terms, developed alongside the ADC company calendar, and features two performance seasons.

Our Youth Ensemble’s signature season, Echo, sees our young dancers perform in dance works created specifically for them by Australian choreographers. Echo highlights the talents of young creatives and designers and showcases our ensemble in their very own films curated for performance. The Youth Ensemble program also offers a second performance opportunity that is created in collaboration with the ADC company artists.

Another opportunity created for the Youth Ensemble dancers, is the potential to be offered scholarship placements with leading training institutions from around Australia and New Zealand.

Wednesdays 5:30pm — 8:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm — 4pm

TERM 1 / Monday, January 24 — Friday, April 1 (10 weeks) Youth Ensemble begins Sunday, January 30
TERM 2 / Tuesday, April 19 — Friday, June 24 (10 weeks)
TERM 3 / Monday, July 11 — Friday, September 16 (10 weeks)

ADC Studio, Level 4, Judith Wright Arts Centre, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

$2050 (inclusive of ALL costumes, Youth Ensemble T-Shirt and admin charges) Payment Plans are available upon request.

If offered a place in ADC’s Youth Ensemble, you will have the opportunity to apply for one of two hardship scholarships. These scholarships are for those who would be financially unable to accept their position.



The 2021 our Youth Ensemble had two performance seasons at the Judith Wright Arts Centre. The first season, Succession saw the Youth Ensemble dance in new works by Riannon McLean, Bernhard Knauer and Lonii Garnons-Williams as well as performing alongside the ADC company artists in a new work by Jake McLarnon. Their standalone season Echo comprised two new works by Katina Olsen and Lauren Graham and the presentation of their own film works for the digital program, Curious Mind.



In 2020, our Youth Ensemble performed alongside the ADC company artists in Arc at Brisbane Festival, a work of scale by Amy Hollingsworth, created especially for the festival. They also had the honour of being the first performers back on the QPAC Cremorne Theatre stage post-lockdown with Echo. They performed in new creations by Riannon McLean and Michael Smith as well as producing their film works inspired by the simple act of letter writing.



After a successful pilot program the year before, 2019 saw ADC’s very first Youth Ensemble welcomed into the collective. Their inaugural performance season was Echo – a triple bill with the Youth Ensemble performing in same program as the company. The ADC company artists presented Amy Hollingsworth’s Deeper Than Ink, while the Youth Ensemble performed in new works by Riannon McLean and Jake McLarnon.

We acknowledge the First Nations people as the Traditional Owners of Meanjin (Brisbane).

In the spirit of reconciliation Australasian Dance Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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