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Youth Dance Makers Initiative: An intensive program to find your voice through movement 

Youth Dance Makers Initiative.

Chelsea Byrne, a dance artist and educator, will launch the Youth Dance Makers Initiative, with support from The City of Stonnington. A collaborative, interdisciplinary performance project, the Youth Dance Makers Initiative is calling on 15 young people to join in the one-week intensive project, from 19 – 23 April, at The Skydeck in The Space Dance, Prahran. 

Inviting young people between the ages of 14 to 18, Naarm/Melbourne-based dance artist and educator Byrne is launching the Youth Dance Makers Initiative. This program gives young people the opportunity to work with her and a small team of experienced artists, to create and perform a movement-based performance that reflects their perspective on global issues and the future they desire. 

Through a series of workshops and rehearsals, the Youth Dance Makers Initiative will guide participants with professional artists from disciplines such as dance, theatre, sound, light and video art to discover processes and approaches to performance making, create their own work and then perform it at the Arts Centre in Prahran, on Saturday 23 April. 

“Unlike other dance school holiday programs, the focus isn’t on technique or learning someone else’s choreography, it’s on collaborating and creating,” Byrne said. “It aims to encourage self-expression, collaboration and discourse while building confidence and interpersonal skills. We want to empower young people to speak out, voice their concerns and frustrations about the current state of the world, and show them that their opinions and perspectives matter.”

Youth Dance Makers Initiative will take place from 19 – 23 April, in the Easter school holidays, is $90 for the week and will take place at The Skydeck at The Space Dance, Prahran. Applications for this program are now open and can be done so through the website:

The final performance will take place on the final course day, Saturday 23 April, at The Arts Centre Prahran. Tickets and information on how to see the show can be found at

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