IYDC Workshop



To provide a platform for young aspiring dancers from around the world to learn together and hone their skills in dance.

Provide opportunities for cultural exchange, to make new friends and to encourage resilience and confidence through the love of dance.

Uniting the World through Dance.


All Solo participants at the IYDC 2023 Live competition are automatically enrolled in the IYDC 2023 Workshop. All Duo/Trio and group participants are encouraged to enrol for the workshop.

Cost of Workshop is SGD 220.

Acceptance of entry is on a first-come-first-serve basis until quota is full.

Competition & Workshop Entry Deadline: 15 June 2023

Workshop Categories

The IYDC Workshop is open to participants from age 6 & above (age cut off is 1st July 2023). Participants will get to participate in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical / Contemporary classes taught by our workshop faculty & competition adjudicators.


The Workshop levels are as follows:

  • Level 1 – 6 to 9 years old
  • Level 2 – 10 to 12 years old
  • Level 3 – 13 years & above


Genres taught during the workshop:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical / Contemporary

All workshop participants will be involved in a Group dance to be presented during the Gala Finale on 10 August 2023.

Workshop Faculty

We are pleased to have the following on board with us as our workshop faculty members:

Gareth Belling is a choreographer, teacher and workshop facilitator. He danced with Queensland Ballet from 2002 to 2012, and performed as a freelance artist until 2019, most recently with Collusion in his ballets DESIRELINES in Guangzhou, and Turbine at Shanghai Dance Festival.

He is Resident Choreographer of Collusion Music and Dance Ensemble, having collaborated with this exciting group of chamber musicians on three evening-length works, and many shorter ballets since 2005. He has also created works for Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company (now ADC), Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Dancebourne Arts, Queensland University of Technology and WAAPA, and restaged his ballets on Queensland Ballet Academy. Along with Collusion, he was shortlisted for a 2016 Australian Dance Award for their chamber ballet DESIRELINES.
Gareth has received fellowships and grants from the Australia Council, Arts Queensland, Australia-China Council, was mentored by Nils Christe (JUMP Mentorship) and selected for the Swiss International Coaching Project for Choreographers (SiWiC).

He holds a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology, and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland, researching arts funding and Australian dance history.

Gareth has taught ballet and contemporary dance at vocational studios and tertiary institutions since 2010. He is currently a faculty member at Melbourne Academy of the Arts specialising in contemporary dance.

Kristen Hockley has loved to dance ever since she put on her first pair of ballet shoes at the age of four. During her final years of high school, she discovered a strong passion for musical theatre, teaching and choreography and has since turned that passion into her career.

Throughout her training, she performed in representative troupes, underwent RAD Ballet and Glen Wood Tap exams, and performed in the USA and Gold Coast, Australia.

Kristen’s performance credits include featured dancer roles in Priscilla to Moulin Rouge, Folies Bergere and Grease Fever with Davin Griffith-Jones Productions, roles in Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Aladdin and Lion King with City Kids Theatre, Footloose with Loud Theatre Company and Wizard of Oz with Spot On Productions.

Currently, Kristen is the Dance Development Officer for Sports Tots, a program she has developed, providing dance education to early learning centres. She also teaches multiple classes in a variety of genres at The McDonald College and The McDonald College After Hours program. Along with this, she is the assistant choreographer for City Kids Theatre and has worked on productions of Legally Blonde, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast and Frozen. Kristen co-choreographed Miranda Musical Society’s production of Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, and was the choreographer of Jersey Boys and Shrek for Engadine Musical Society.

In January, she was honoured to be on the faculty for International Summer School 2023, where she taught workshops in Jazz, Musical Theatre and Lyrical to aspiring dancers from across the globe.

Kristen is thrilled to be a part of this amazing dance event and is very grateful to have travelled from Sydney, Australia to be involved in this experience.

Application Procedure

Enrol online via www.iydc.co between 1st April 2023 to 15 June 2023. Entries after 15th June 2023 will be subjected to availability and late charges.

  1. Fill up the online entry form (available from 1 April 2023).
  2. Pay the entry fee(s) via credit card on website.
  3. Keep a backup copy of the completed form and proof of payment.
  4. Successful enrolments will be confirmed by email. A reference number will be provided for each enrolment.

Schools with larger number of entries may download or request for a soft copy of the batch entry form to be submitted directly to us via email. Email the batch entry form to registration@iydc.co .

Late Entries

  1. Late entries after 15th June 2023 will be accepted if spaces are still available. A surcharge of SGD 30 will be applied for each late entry.
  2. Any change of enrolment details can be made on or before 1st July 2023 with a surcharge of SGD 30 per request. Late requests made after the 1st July 2023 will not be accepted.


The name printed on the Certificate will be based on the name provided in the entry form. A surcharge of SGD 30 will be payable if name is to be amended.


Competitors must enrol in the appropriate age group, with the age criteria as follows:

  • Level 1 – 6 to 9 years old
  • Level 2 – 10 to 12 years old
  • Level 3 – 13 years & above

Identity Check

The organiser will check the identity document of each contestant during the registration process. The identity document must be an official document bearing the name, photo and date of birth of the contestant. Failure to prove the identity may lead to disqualification.


The participants will be given the schedule of the workshop and competition 2 weeks before the event.

The workshop will be running concurrently with the competition over 9 – 10 August 2023.

Photographs and Video Recording

  1. IYDC owns the rights to publish and broadcast videos / photos taken during the competition & workshop event.
  2. Recording of the live event is strictly prohibited.
  3. Photography of the live event is strictly prohibited.
  4. Photographs and videos of each entry can be purchased via IYDC’s website during the registration.


  1. Participants are responsible for their own training and submission of entries.
  2. The IYDC reserves the right to amend the Rules and Regulations.
  3. The IYDC reserves the right to amend the schedule of the competition & workshop or cancel any category in case of insufficient entries.
  4. Participants take part in this event at their own risks. IYDC will not be held responsible for any injuries / loss that may occur during the course of the event.
  5. For enquiries, contact info@iydc.co .

Let’s Dance!

Join the Competition & Workshop

Register online from 1 April to 15 June 2023.