Catapult Dance

Based in Newcastle NSW, Catapult dance is a ‘not for profit’ contemporary dance organisation for professional artists, emerging artists and young people.

Our mission is to strengthen the presence of contemporary dance in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter, by creating a hub for dance artists to develop their practice, gain skills and collaborate across disciplines: extending their networks and profile both in the professional arts and broader community – propelling dancers forward.

With our newly opened – purpose designed venue, with two large studios with sprung floors (Harlequin floors sponsorship), the venue has the capacity to hold professional residencies and youth projects simultaneously.

Catapult has recently received support from the City of Newcastle: Economic Development Sponsorship to build our capacity locally in 2015/2016,  the Australia Council for the Arts funding for our professional interdisciplinary creative residency programs in the latter half of 2015, artsNSW for the Flipside Project.

Catapult is supported by the NSW Department of Education & Training, the University of Newcastle, Creative Arts Network _ U, Harlequin Floors and Ausdance NSW.

Catapult dance has been invited to be one of Ausdance NSW’s first Associate Companies (2016-2018). This program aims to build the capacity in the dance sector by supporting three companies to assist them to become more sustainable.

Our core aims and objectives are:

  • To Build a contemporary dance sector in Newcastle, and create a hub for emerging artists, young people and professional practitioners to create and develop as artists in Newcastle.
  • Lead, cultivate and champion professional contemporary dance practitioners, established NSW multi-disciplinary artists and regional emerging artists through  long-term choreographic residencies and professional opportunities in regional NSW.
  • Provide Opportunities for the young people of the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions to access and participate in contemporary dance, and evolve into the next generation of Australia’s premier contemporary dance artists
  • To Foster an appreciative audience for contemporary dance work and build audience capacity in the Hunter region by broadening our profile, reach and reputation

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Catapult Dance Studio at 880 Hunter St Newcastle West

Director Cadi McCarthy

Cadi McCarthy (Founder & Director Catapult dance, Choreographer, Mentor) Cadi McCarthy been actively engaged in dance as a professional dancer, choreographer, educator and director. Cadi holds a Masters in Education, Diploma of Education (Secondary) and (Further Education & Training), and a BA Dance.

In 2014, Cadi founded Catapult dance in Newcastle. Since founding Catapult, the organisation has received support from the Australia Council for the Arts (2015) for the Propel Professional Collaborative Choreographic Residencies, artsNSW (2015) for the Flipside Project, the City of Newcastle (2015-2016) Economic Development Sponsorship, and Catapult is an Associate Organisation of Ausdance NSW. In 2014 Cadi was the recipient of artsACT and artsNSW funding to develop a new professional dance theatre work: That Place In Between. In 2015 she remounted the professional work Behind the Veneer in Perth, for Buzz Dance Theatre.

Between 2009 – 2013, Cadi was the Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre, WA. With the company she created 9 full-length works for a variety of age groups including Look the Other Way which received a 2014 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance, Restless, Fragile, Goodbye Jamie Boyd (collaboration with Monkey Baa Theatre Company) and Stop! don’t Blink.

The community programs she established with the company include the largest Artist in Residence Grant (AIR) in Australia, collaboration with Southern Edge Arts Albany, the Big Stretch program that was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Community/ Regional Dance at the WA Dance Awards and the 2010 Arts and Aboriginal Health Award, the community partnership program with the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and Aranmore College, and collaborations with the Michael Leslie Foundation (Pilbara). She has also been the education consultant for the Queensland Ballet Company and the Western Australian Ballet.

Previous to this position, Cadi danced with Paige Gordon and Performance Group (1996 – 1998) and with Buzz Dance Theatre (1998–2002). She created the independent company Cadi McCarthy & Company in the ACT in 2002, where she created 6 full length works including Awkward, Shambles and Grappling for the Edge.With the company she was the recipient of the 2004 & 2006 Canberra Critics Circle Awards.

As the recipient of a 2007 Churchill Fellowship, Cadi spent time working with dance companies in Denmark, UK, Germany, USA, and Canada. In the same year she was awarded a residency at Chez Bushwick in New York. In 2009 Cadi travelled to Taiwan as the Australian Delegate of the World Dance Alliance, International Youth Choreographic Project.

Cadi has been engaged with the education sector delivering dance programs, workshops and residencies across all age groups: primary, secondary & tertiary. She is a specialist in creating and implementing dance programs for students at risk and with special needs. She has been active in the delivery of professional development workshops for teachers and critically engaged in arts curriculum writing in the ACT and WA. Cadi was a Key Practical and Written Examiner for the WACE Yr 11/12 Curriculum 2009 – 2014. She has also taken on the role of Key Writer, Peer Appraiser, and Final Checker of the WACE curriculum. Cadi was also an independent panellist on the WACE K – 6, Dance curriculum, and advisor for the Yr 7 – 10 Dance curriculum. She was a key writer of the ACT BSSS Yr 11/12 Dance curriculum review in 2008, and a panellist for the Every Chance to Learn dance curriculum in the ACT. She has also choreographed on youth dance companies: QL2 (Canberra) and Steps (Perth), was the Dance Director of the ACT Education Departments: Showpod Showcase, and the Director of the Ausdance Dance Festival (Canberra) for 3 years.


Open for proposals in 2017

If you are a professional artist looking for a creative space to develop your next work, then visit us at Catapult dance.

We offer 1 – 3 week choreographic residency programs which includes accommodation in a one bedroom flat.

Contact us for more information or to register your interest in the PROPEL 2017 program.


Returning to Catapult in 2017 will be Craig Bary, engaging in the development of new work with Newcastle Based Artist Dale Collier.  Residency and showing dates yet to be released.  Head here for Realtime interview with Craig Bary on the upcoming residency.


Catapult Choreographic Hub Propel professional Artist residency 2015 reel from Jessica Coughlan on Vimeo.


Omer and Sharon Backley- Astrachan, remounting two original works Tohu and Valley.  See here for the latest edition of Realtime Arts Magazine, featuring an interview with the artists about their 2016 residencies at Catapult




ADAM BLANCH in collaboration with film – maker: NEIL MANSFIELD & dancer: RAEGAN ASHLEY WILLIAMS





KRISTINA CHAN in collaboration with film – maker: NEIL MANSFIELD




MARNIE PALOMARES in collaboration with fashion designers: HIGH TEA WITH MRS WOO




MIRANDA WHEEN in collaboration with visual designer: JESSICA COUGHLAN




JOSH THOMSON in collaboration with Composer: Zackari Watt

FEATURING: CRAIG BARY  with Angie Diaz, Raegan Ashley Williams and Emily-Kate Watts




Catapult Choreographic Hub would like to extend sincere thanks to our sponsors for the Inaugural program:

Australia Council for the Arts

City of Newcastle

Harlequin Floors

Ausdance NSW

Creative Arts Newcastle

and of Course the supportive creative community of Newcastle and Catapult Choreographic Hub, without whom the program and events would not have been as they were.


Catapult Dance Studios: 880 Hunter St Newcastle West

We have two studio spaces and thanks to our generous sponsors at Harlequin Floors, we have premium Harlequin Sprung Floors.

The Upper Studio


And the Lower Studio has such generous proportions.

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Flipside Project

Pushing Boundaries brings original contemporary dance choreography created over three Flipside Project intensives in 2016 to the stage in a full length work. The Flipside Project 2016 engaged young dancers from across the Hunter to work with professional contemporary choreographers and dance artists: Kristina Chan Marni Palomares Harrison Elliot Rhiannon Newton Yukino McHugh Brandon Atoui […]

The First Flipside Intensive for 2016 is choreographed by Cadi McCarthy,  Marnie Palomares and Casey Horner. The Project engages Young people enrolled in Public Schools across the Hunter, to create original contemporary dance for site specific performance at Maitland Region Art Gallery within the Shaun Tan Exhibition “The Lost Thing” DANCE PERFORMANCES The Flipside Project Junior […]

The Flipside Project: Is a contemporary dance and collaborative choreographic program for young people (aged 7 – 18) and emerging artists (18 – 26) based in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter.  The Flipside Project provides opportunities for young people and emerging artists to collaborate with some of Australia’s most esteemed professional contemporary and […]

“The Flipside Project ” is a collaborative contemporary dance and multi arts project for young people and emerging artists living in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter supported by the NSW Department of Education & Communities, artsNSW and Ausdance NSW, the City of Newcastle, and the University of Newcastle. This project is unique for […]

“Flipside” is a collaborative contemporary dance and multi arts project for young people and emerging artists living in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter endorsed by the NSW Department of Education & Communities, artsNSW and Ausdance NSW. This project is unique for the region, providing dance and arts experiences that are inclusive, non-competitive, creative, […]

The Boys Intensive Program aims to get boys and young men connected and interested in dance. The Intensive program creates a safe environment for boys to be boys, working with male professional choreographers providing strong, positive role modelling to participants. Using strong physicality, hard work, and strength these classes explore dance using the popular mediums […]

IN SCHOOL WORKSHOPS Catapult Dance & the Flipside Project provide classes, workshops and intensive programs in schools, for community groups, young people and teachers. We have qualified dance specialist teachers that can provide a program that will suit your needs. Secondary Workshops Contemporary and Composition based workshops are tailored to your needs in the secondary […]

Teacher Professional Learning Workshops Flipside Dance Inc provides classes, workshops and intensive programs in schools, for community groups, young people and primary and secondary teachers.  We have qualified dance specialist teachers that can provide a program that will suit your needs. Secondary Teacher Professional Learning These workshops adopt a practical approach to Professional Learning for […]

Catapult dance is a contemporary dance and multi-arts organisation for professional dancers, multi- disciplinary artists, young people and emerging artists from Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter. Catapult dance is a not for profit organization, not a private dance school, but an arts organisation that offers a range of professional arts programs and  extraordinary dance experiences for […]

Flipside Dance Company RIPTIDE was Flipside’s Pilot project in Newcastle 2014, 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 […]

The Flipside Project Showreels

Cadi McCarthy has been creating professional dance theatre works since 2002. Below is a snapshot of the works she created with Buzz Dance Theatre (2009 – 2013) and Cadi McCarthy & Company (2005 – 2009).

U Turn Program

This Thursday November 24

Advanced Contemporary at 7pm will be taught by Omer Astrachan. only $10.




Call Out for Adult Dancers

Are you aged approximately 18 – 26 and have a passion to dance?

Did you train at a high level in classical or contemporary to be a dancer and life moved you in a new direction?

Do you love to dance but have had a bit of a dance break, but would love to reignite your passion for dancing?

Then we have a program for you. U-Turn is a new contemporary dance program where you will have the opportunity to perform, create and work with Catapult’s artists in residence through workshops and the development of new works.

Let us know if you would like to join us in this program. The program will commence next term and will involve two hours a week.

All participants must have current membership.  Membership fees are $20 per year.

Download the form below to become a member today.

Register your interest today

  U Turn Registration Form

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