Young creatives travel to Melbourne for Australian Youth Dance Festival

The showcase of emerging talent brings together 70 youth dancers from seven companies across the country to collaborate and work with mentors.

Growing up in Delhi, India, Arshiya was surrounded by dance from an early age. ‘There’s a lot of dancing in my culture for just about anything, and any time there was music, I was boogying around,’ she recalls.

When her family moved to Australia in 2019, the now 15-year-old found her place as part of Canberra’s youth-driven QL2 Dance company. ‘I’ve made so many friends here, family really,’ she said. ‘I absolutely love the collaborative nature of the company and the freedom we have to create pieces and perform together.’

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Stephen A Russell is a Melbourne-based arts writer. His writing regularly appears in Fairfax publications, SBS online, Flicks, Time Out, The Saturday Paper, The Big Issue and Metro magazine. You can hear him on Joy FM.