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We are pleased to announce that the West Gippsland Arts Centre refurbishment is underway, however unfortunately this means we are unable to use the Arts centre for the 2017 West Gippsland Dance Festival.
After consideration of feedback, and discussion regarding alternative options, the unanimous vote at our recent AGM meeting was to not hold the festival in 2017. Whilst it is disappointing to not have a West Gippsland Dance Festival this year we feel that we do not want to compromise on the quality and standard we are proud to offer.
We do look forward to welcoming all our audience, dancers, schools and supporters back to our 2018 festival in newly redeveloped premium West Gippsland Arts Centre, and we expect 2018 to be bigger and better than ever. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but also thank you in advance for your understanding and ongoing support.
Further information about the Art Centre refurbishment can be found at


The West Gippsland Dance Festival has run successfully for the past 25 years.

In that time we have grown from being a small regional festival to a highly regarded, major amateur dance competition.
Held annually at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, the festival is conducted in September over 10 consecutive days for approximately 12 hours per day.
Our age groups range from Under 6 to 17 and over. Our sections cover classical, jazz, character, song and dance, tap, national, neo-classical/contemporary and hip hop. Dancers can compete in solos, duos / trios, improvisations, troupes as well as championship sections.

Due to our location and magnificent venue we receive entries from all over Victoria, but primarily the Melbourne metropolitan area, East, South and West Gippsland. We average 2,500 entries each year from approximately 30 dance schools.

Warragul is situated in West Gippsland, an easy one hour drive from Melbourne. A number of attractive gardens and parks are located in Warragul, with the most scenic being Civic Park featuring a large lake, rotunda, picnic shelters, playground, walking tracks and a waterfall. Overlooking the park are the local government offices and the West Gippsland Arts Centre.

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Warragul has many options for accommodation including a beautiful caravan park, motels and bed & breakfast accommodation. It also caters well for dining with a range of fast food outlets, many restaurants and cafes.

For further information contact the Festival Secretary,