Based in Newcastle NSW, Catapult dance Choreographic Hub is a ‘not for profit’ contemporary dance organisation for professional artists, emerging artists, young people and the community.
Our mission is to strengthen the presence of contemporary dance in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter, by creating a hub for dance artists to develop their practice, gain skills and collaborate across disciplines: extending their networks and profile both in the professional arts and broader community – propelling dancers forward.
Catapult has a number of programs:
- CATAPULT PROFESSIONAL COMPANY – A professional dance company structure, with works created by mid-career choreographers.
- PROPEL CHOREOGRAPHIC & MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESIDENCIES: Professional Artist in Residence Program
- The FLIPSIDE PROJECT: Youth dance and multi- arts program and ensemble. Awarded 2017 an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance, Recipient of 2015 & 2016 City of Newcastle Dramatic Arts Award for excellence in choreography
- COMMUNITY OPEN CLASSES: Evening classes for adults, pre professionals, young people – caters for all ages
- COMMUNITY AND SCHOOLS OUTREACH PROGRAM: Catapult will provide professional choreographers to come to you.
Our venue, has two large studios with sprung floors, the venue has the capacity to hold professional choreographic residencies, youth projects, showings and performances, as well as workshops
Our core aims and objectives are:
- To Build a contemporary dance sector in Newcastle, and create a hub for emerging artists, young people and professional practitioners to create and develop as artists in Newcastle.
- Lead, cultivate and champion professional contemporary dance practitioners, established NSW multi-disciplinary artists and regional emerging artists through long-term choreographic residencies and professional opportunities in regional NSW.
- Provide Opportunities for the young people of the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions to access and participate in contemporary dance, and evolve into the next generation of Australia’s premier contemporary dance artists
- To Foster an appreciative audience for contemporary dance work and build audience capacity in the Hunter region by broadening our profile, reach and reputation.
Catapult Dance Studio at 880 Hunter St Newcastle West