Stompin is a vital force in Australian youth dance, leading the sector with its ambitious site-specific practice, innovative programs and empowering approach to the engagement and development of young dance artists. Stompin began in 1992 with the idea that when young people collaborate with professional artists they can create inspiring, bold and relevant new dance works and through that process, experience transformative personal and creative growth.
Based in Launceston, Tasmania, Stompin investigates Australian youth culture in a regional context, exploring issues proximate to young people through a collaborative, creative process alongside professional artists. The Company prides itself on its welcoming and non-competitive environment and the promotion of creative and healthy lifestyles for young people through an arts-based dance practice; providing a platform to empower young dancers and makers to believe in the strength of their own artistic voice.
During Stompin’s 30-year history, the Company has presented 45 new, large-scale, site-specific performances involving over 7,000 young people, performed to over 40,000 audience members taking over sites such as wetlands, conservatories and the underbellies of historic theatres. The Company has also presented countless smaller scale projects, showings and public and school-based workshops. Stompin presents work in acclaimed festivals, Ten Days on the Island, Junction Arts Festival and MONA FOMA.