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Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub, based in Newcastle is a professional arts organisation for mid-career choreographers, emerging choreographers, multi-disciplinary artist, young people and the community

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The Flipside projects inaugural performance 2014
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RIPTIDE was The Flipside Project’s Pilot  in Newcastle, at the Playhouse Theatre in November 2014.

Students from across the Hunter, Central Coast and Greater Hunter  collaborated  with Professional contemporary choreographers and emerging visual designers from the University of Newcastle to create Riptide, a full length contemporary dance piece negotiating the terrain between dance, the environment, and choices facing young people and their responsibilities to and intimate relationships with the world around them.


Under the Direction of Cadi McCarthy, two dance ensembles were developed: Senior (13- 18) and Junior (10 – 13). The Senior students worked together over an intensive two week period with professional choreographers: Cadi McCarthy, Joshua Thompson and Marnie Polmares and the Juniors worked intensively for four days with Cadi McCarthy & Casey Horner.


The aim of RIPTIDE is to expose young people and emerging artists from Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Greater Hunter to contemporary collaborative artistic practices. Placing young artists at the centre of the artistic exploration and development: investigating concepts through improvisation, choreographic process, and performance is the most important goal of the program.


The project was supported by community partners: NSW Department of Education and Communities,  Hunter Water, University of Newcastle and Flipside Dance Inc

Choreography: Cadi McCarthy, Marnie Polmares,Joshua Thomson, Angelyn Diaz & Casey Horner

Visual Design: Briana Ferguson and Emily Kennett

Dancers: Emma Andrews, Lauren Aubin, Olivia Morgan – Bailey, Emma Boertje, Kaliesha Brown, Meghann Burton,  Shobanah Brind, Caitlin Caffery, Alexandra Cameron, Emma Doherty, Gwen Dunn, Emily Gray, Abbey Kowalke, Aarkie Kneen, Kirby Macdonald, Julia Maroulis, Rachel Moran, Brittney Morrison, Kiarnee Murphey, Chloe Myers, Jordan Pasterfield, Isabelle Smith, Amy Stewart, Chloe Wilson