The Company

Under the directorship of Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre creates dance that is an intelligent progression of the art form engaging audiences the world over.

Australian Dance Theatre is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dance company and the longest running in the country. For over 50 years Australian Dance Theatre has pioneered new work that has contributed to defining dance in this region.

Some of the most laudable names in Australian dance have been part of the company’s evolution. For the past 17 years, under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre has engaged in unique collaborations with artists from a wide variety of fields. With the dancers of the company, Garry Stewart has developed a distinctive movement vocabulary that underpins the company’s unique identity.


Be Your Self
construct by Tanja Liedtke
The Beginning of Nature
Choreography (NIDA)
Mood Machine
Collision Course
Nought by Daniel Jaber
The Age of Unbeauty

What’s On

January 2017





30 - 30 Jan ADT Studios - 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Youth Ensemble audition more info

1 - 31 Jan Second Stage Development The Beginning of Nature

February 2017





18 - 18 Feb ACMI Proximity Interactive - White Night Melbourne Free event

March 2017





2 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

31 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia ADT Youth Ensemble - Teen Takeover Free event. Register via AGSA

April 2017





1 - 31 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

26 - 26 Apr ADT Studios 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Rough Draft Entry by donation. Register your seats here.

June 2017





1 - 17 Mar Art Gallery of South Australia Doppelganger As part of the Versus Rodin exhibition

18 Jun ADT Studios - 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act - workshop Click here to book

August 2017





15 - 12 Sep National Tour - QLD, NSW, VIC Be Your Self Click here for full details

2 - 5 Aug The Sumner, Southbank Theatre Melbourne Be Your Self Southbank Theatre
03 8688 0800
15 Aug Townsville Civic Theatre Be Your Self Click here to book
(07) 4727 9797

September 2017





18 - 22 Sep ADT Studios, Adelaide Secondment Week Applications are now open
(08) 8373 7733

General information



Entry into the Australian Dance Theatre’s Youth Ensemble is by audition only. Auditions are being held on Monday 30 January 2017. Once accepted to register pariticpants must be enrolled & paid in the Term they are participating in.

To enrol, please request a registration form and return it to Australian Dance Theatre, via post, email or fax. Payment of fees can be made directly to Australian Dance Theatre. Payment can also be done online by clicking here.

Postal address:
Australian Dance Theatre
126 Belair Rd
Hawthorn SA 5062


Fax: 08-8373 7030

Please note- Registrations will not be processed if illegible or incomplete.


$230.00 per term

Term dates

Rehearsals for the Youth Ensemble are held during South Australian school terms only, over 10-weeks.

Conditions of Enrolment

Australian Dance Theatre School reserves the right to make amendments to its classes without prior notice or to cancel a class.

Australian Dance Theatre School reserves the right to refuse an enrolment as permitted by law or to request a participant to leave a class if they are disruptive, late or have not paid, or arranged payment for, their term fees.

Australian Dance Theatre School reserves the right to refuse an enrolment if a student does not fulfil the age or experience requirements for the classes.

2017 Classes – Students must be aged 15-20 years as of 1 February 2016. Students are also required to have at least three- years dance experience to participate in the classes.

Australian Dance Theatre School provides supervision of the students during classes on Wednesdays, 4.30pm-7.00pm only. Parents/guardians can wait for their children in the Australian Dance Theatre Studio foyer during class times. Parking is available on George & William Streets behind the Australian Dance Theatre Studios. Australian Dance Theatre Studios are a non-smoking venue.

Australian Dance Theatre does not allow any person to watch class from inside the studio due to safety and security reasons. Any person inside the studio at the time of a class must be participating in that class. Sometimes there may be an in-class showing where parents & family members will be invited to come and watch what the students have been learning, parents will be advised of this in advance.


All students will receive a confirmation of their enrolment to the School prior to the beginning of Term. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to contact Australian Dance Theatre School if they do not receive the confirmation.


Australian Dance Theatre is unable to offer refunds for any paid classes unless the program is cancelled by Australian Dance Theatre. A cancellation fee of $50 will apply per student for each class they are enrolled in, unless the cancellation is due to medical reasons, in which the cancellation should be accompanied by appropriate verification ie. medical certificate.

Photography & videography

Australian Dance Theatre School may take and use photographs and videos of participants for promotional and archival purposes only. All material recorded during any programme is the copyright of Australian Dance Theatre School. Participants can elect to not have their photo or video used by Australian Dance Theatre School by emailing or phoning 08- 83737733.

Transportation & parking

There are many bus services that travel along Belair Road. Please exit at Bus Stop 11 (either side of the road) and visit Adelaide Metro for further information.
Parking is available on George & William Streets behind the Australian Dance Theatre Studios.


Non-restrictive dance/active wear is the recommended dress for students. For most classes they will need to be barefoot. There may be some classes that require students to wear sneakers, students are asked to bring sneakers with them to each class and the teacher will advise when they are required to wear them.


Please bring a drink bottle to classes; Australian Dance Theatre has a filtered water tap where you can refill your drink bottle for free.

Mobile phones

All mobile phones & paging services must be switched to silent prior to the commencement of class. If students have special circumstances please discuss with the Dance Class Coordinator prior to class.

Lost property

Students must take all their valuables in to the studio with them and remember to collect all of their belongings after class. Australian Dance Theatre School cannot take responsibility for anything left behind in the studio, foyer or any other part of the building. To check on any lost property please contact Australian Dance Theatre during business hours on 08-83737733.

Additional information

Each class includes a warm up and cool down session. Students must be on time for class and no student will be allowed in to any class 20 minutes after the class has commenced. If students wish to arrive 15 minutes early to stretch before class there is a large foyer at the front of the building. Australian Dance Theatre is a non-smoking venue.

News & Media

Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act – workshop - 25 April, 2017

Body Image: the basis of who we are and how we act. Workshop – Sunday 18 June 10.00am-4:30pm, held at ADT Studios 126 Belair Road, Hawthorn. Join Associate Professor Susan Hillier of the University of South Australia for a special workshop for anyone interested in body image – clinicians, dancers, actors, yoga teachers, students, or… View Article

A look back on 2016 - 23 December, 2016

As we reflect on what has been a huge and exciting year for the company, we sincerely thank all our valued sponsors and supporters for ensuring that we are able to continue to create and perform new work, play a leading role as a cultural ambassador for Australia, and provide opportunities for the future generation… View Article

Erin Fowler residency - 23 December, 2016

The company were pleased to invite local independent artist and Artistic Director of The Mill Adelaide, Erin Fowler to the studios for a week-long residency to further develop her work Epoch, on the dancers of ADT. Epoch first premiered in 2016 as part of ADT’s Ignition season. This week our dancers have been training in Erin’s distinctive… View Article

Gabrielle Nankivell ‘Split Second Heroes’ Studio Showing - 27 October, 2016

The company were thrilled to welcome former ADT dancer and celebrated independent choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell into the ADT studios for a week-long residency. Together with the ADT dancers and other independents in the sector she is further developing her piece Split Second Heroes in a research lab setting. Split Second Heroes is a technicolour action-adventure starring everyone’s favourite… View Article

Botis Seva residency - 24 October, 2016

In June 2016 Garry Stewart featured as a guest judge for the Hanover Ballet Society’s annual International Competition for Choreographers, supported by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. Tanja Liedtke was a former dancer with ADT in the late 90s and early 2000s, performing in various works for the company. Botis Seva, a London based choreographer, was awarded first… View Article

News Archive

16 October, 2015
MALAGA – by Thomas Fonua

26 February, 2014
Thinking Brains & Bodies

16 December, 2013
Looking back on 2013