West Gippsland Dance Festival – Friday September 15th to Saturday September 23rd 2023
West Gippsland Arts Centre – Warragul
Competitor Information for the 2023 Festival
We are so excited to welcome all of the competitors to the West Gippsland Dance Festival! A few bits of housekeeping are needed to make the festival run smoothly.
First off we will need to have all music uploaded via Music Uploads again this year! This is now open and ready to go, so please click the link below and start to upload.
If you have not used Music Uploads before, they have provided a video to watch to learn how to upload your music. Please watch this if you are unsure. Alternatively, we have instructions located on our website HERE
Volunteering at the 2023 Festival
The Festival has opportunities for parents and guardians to assist with some spots of volunteering. If you have some spare time and would love to help out our volunteer committee, please sign up for a shift at the link below. Your assistance will be much appreciated!
General Information for all competitors
Entry to the West Gippsland Arts Centre
You can access the Arts Centre through the main doors in the foyer. This is our entrance and exit point for teachers, competitors, and audience members. We will have a check-in desk in the foyer, and we ask all teachers and competitors to check in before heading down to the change rooms.
There will be no access to the dressing rooms via the downstairs or backstage doors. For security and child safety, these doors will remain locked throughout the festival.
Parents in Change Rooms
Each competitor can have one parent or carer accompany them to the Change Rooms.
Tickets and programs
You can purchase tickets and programs each day in the foyer. We can take payment by card or cash, no large notes please.
Any large items can be brought into the venue via the stage door. Please let us know if you will need access so we can arrange a suitable time – prior to 8.30am or in between sessions. The stage door is not available for use during sessions and will remain locked.
Uniform for Improvisations
Girls: Black leotard and flesh-coloured tights. Short black skirt or fitted black shorts optional. Black ribbon in hair optional. Footwear optional.
Boys: Black tights, black unitard, or plain black pants. Black plain short sleeved t-shirt. Footwear optional.
MODERN JAZZ IMPROVISATION
Girls: Black leotard and tan jazz tights. Plain black fitted dance pants or plain black shorts optional. No skirts allowed. Black ribbon in hair optional. Black or tan jazz shoes.
Boys: Plain black dance pants and plain black short sleeved t-shirt. Black jazz shoes
Girls: Black leotard with short black half tutu and classical pink tights. Small pink flowers in hair optional.
Boys: Plain black tights or unitard and white short sleeved t-shirt. Classical shoes and white socks.
Girls: Black leotard with plain black fitted dance pants or plain black shorts optional. Tan jazz tights. No skirts allowed. Black ribbon in hair optional. Black or tan tap shoes.
Boys: Plain black dance pants and black, plain, short sleeved t-shirt. Black tap shoes
Classical Championship Classes
Competitors should arrive for class already warmed up. Girls to wear a black leotard and ballet tights, boys to wear a white t-shirt or boy’s leotard and black tights. Any style of leotard is fine, and performers can wear makeup for class if they prefer. The class may include barre work and/or a contemporary component chosen by the adjudicator. The class will be held on stage at the West Gippsland Arts Centre.
Our Festival rules and our Child Safe Code of Conduct are designed to ensure that everyone has a positive experience at our event. These documents and other pieces of important information are available here and we encourage you to take a moment to ensure that you and your child understand them.
Photography & Videography at the 2023 Festival
Tammy Lee Photography
We welcome back Tammy Lee to this years festival with photos available from each section.
Tammy will email purchasing instructions to each competitor during the festival.
Tammy Lee Photography Website
Image in Motion
Image in Motion will be present at the festival and will capture all dances on video. They will be available to purchase direct. Instructions will be provided during the festival on ordering.
Image in Motion Website