What's Up Down Under? Youth Dance in 1993

It became clear that there was a disparity in support for Australian youth dance companies, as opposed to youth drama and music groups, in the early 1990s. Anticipating an upcoming Australia Council review, Lowdown published this overview of Australian youth dance, by Ausdance life member Hilary Trotter, in 1993 over two issues. She concluded that the same kind of empowerment that was occurring in youth theatre was at play in youth dance, along with a rejection of the dancer as the choreographer's puppet and 'technical instrument to be used, abused and ultimately discarded'. Trotter predicts the continued emergence of a new thinking dancer, the independent dance artist, who chooses not to enter the confines of a company.

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