Stompin springs from the idea that when young people collaborate with professional artists they can create inspiring, bold and relevant new dance works. The company creates an environment in which young people grow, as individuals and as citizens, through their connection with dance.
Working with young people in a small regional community in Launceston, Tasmania, Stompin develops artists, audiences and community through creating, curating and presenting unforgettable performance experiences.
Unique to Australia, Stompin’s performance culture unites non-professional dancers with professional artists to create and present signature works in ordinary and extraordinary places.
In 2015, Stompin was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance for My Heart Is A Hall. This works also won three Theatre Council of Tasmania Errol Awards in 2015. In 2016, Stompin’s 2015 major work, 6000-1 won a Theatre Council of Tasmania Errol Award and the company received a Special Award for Innovation.
For over 25 years Stompin has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people from a diverse cross section of the community. Stompin dancers have performed to over 20 000 people locally, nationally and internationally and many of their alumni contribute meaningfully to Australia’s current artistic landscape.
Stompin presents one major work annually as well as a number of smaller showings, workshops and events.