Paradise is Coming!


Phillip Adams BalletLab and Yellow Wheel invite you to experience Paradise!

Paradise is a re-proposal of previous work Pacific by PABL Artistic Director, Phillip Adams made for Brazilian Ballet Company, Companhia de Ballet da Cidade de Niterói in 2016. For Paradise, Adams has transferred this work onto the 20 young dancers of pre-professional dance company Yellow Wheel. Inspired by childhood memories growing up in Papua New Guinea, 60s and 70s television and the cultural and social influences of making the original work in Niteroi, Brazil, Paradise evokes a world of imagined ceremony, pageantry and procession all expressed through an original and vibrant choreography adapted for an Australian setting. The work pays homage to a variety of influences spanning a number of decades and across multiple continents creating a celebratory new dance work performed to classical music by Richard Strauss.  

Trip The Light 2018


Formerly known as SHOWROOM, Trip The Light is Yellow Wheel's celebrated dancer's choreographic season.

Each year selected dancers from the company take on the challenge of making their own works mentored by Adam. Fourteen new dance works will be presented in a multi-space experience at Transit Dance, Kensington.

Choreographers: Abigail Benham-Bannon, Anna Tolotchkov, Charlie Lloyd, Claudia Willimann, Eiren Chamley, Elly Tew, Emily Laurson, Hannah Friebel, Luke Romero, Maddi Cushion, Natalie Kwan, Rachel Mackie, Rachel Owens, Walter Wolffs

A Short Film by Pippa Samaya

In April 2018 Yellow Wheel and The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland collided for eight days to create and present NEO.

Dance film maker Pippa Samaya spent time with us in the studio and at the performance to create a beautiful snap shot of our time together. Pippa and Adam have been working together since 2014, catching memorable moments of youth dance practice.

Our thanks to Creative Victoria, Creative Scotland, Time To Shine, Auspicious Arts Projects, Lucy Guerin Inc & Transit Dance for their support!

Check out the video below!

The People's Dance on Film

In October 2017 Yellow Wheel premiered The People's Dance at Chunky Move.

The work was inspired by a research assignment undertook by the dancers, during which they interviewed over 50 people from all over the world about what kind of work they would make if put in the choreographer's chair.

Special thanks to The Besen Family Foundation, Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move and Transit Dance for their support of the project.

Check out the video below!


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Yellow Wheel & The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland 



April 13th at 5pm & 7:30pm
Meat Market (North Melbourne)

I THINK MY MOTHER IS A ROBOT choreographed by Adam Wheeler & Dancers (Yellow Wheel)

What happens when Generation Z interviews their parents about the way they perceive the world as children? Delve into a conversation of humorous cross-generational insights with the dancers, featuring their parents.

DI-VER-GENT choreographed by Anna Kenrick (NYDCS)

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I rise”

Maya Angelou

Inspired by the words of Maya Angelou, the dancers guide us through a landscape of chaos and protest, boldly navigating the diverging paths present in our daily lives. We encounter embodiments of dictators, passionate protesters and moments of rebellion.

Conflicting and disparate, meets bold and united in one space as we pursue the uplifting mantra of: ‘But still, like dust, I rise.’

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou
Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.
Used by permission of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC.

NEO-DIGITAL NATIVE choreographed by Adam Wheeler & Dancers

Neo Digital Native began with the pairing of dancers from Australia and Scotland, exchanging imagery of their lives over social media, and culminated in 8 days of collision to present a work that is continually evolving, without any idea of where it will end.

Yellow Wheel & The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland acknowledge the generous support from Creative Victoria, Creative Scotland, Lucy Guerin Inc and Transit Dance.

Summer Intensive 2018

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Explore, experience and discover contemporary dance from internationally acclaimed dance artists. Throughout the week you will be exposed to progressive contemporary dance practices including technique, improvisation and dance making processes.

January 8th - 12th, 2018
Lucy Guerin Inc (28 Batman Street West Melbourne)
10am to 1pm daily

Monday 8th / Adam Wheeler
Tuesday 9th / Israel Aloni
Wednesday 10th / Tara Samaya
Thursday 11th / Harrison Hall
Friday 12th / Jo lloyd

2018 Company Audition

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It's that time of year again and your chance to be part of Melbourne pre-professional dance company.

We are looking for young dancers aged between 14-26 who are interested in developing their skills as a contemporary dancer, maker and performer. 

Yellow Wheel is a collection of young dancers, all of which are determined to pursue a career in dance. Our dancers come from a vast range of schools, universities and institutions all with the common goal of being part of  a collaborative and creative process, with an emphasis on producing high-grade dance works. Dancers who are a part of Yellow Wheel become part of an ensemble for the whole year, rehearsing on Tuesday nights and most Sundays and working on a number of key projects and training opportunities including:

  • A new international exchange with the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland

  • Create and present your own short work in SHOWROOM 2018

  • A new collaboration with Phillip Adam's Balletlab

  • Workshops with acclaimed Australian and International contemporary dance artists

The audition for the company will be three hours and include a contemporary technique class, followed by some improvisational and choreographic tasks. You can choose between two auditions times:

Tuesday November 28th -  5:30pm to 8:30pm
Sunday December 3rd - 1pm-4pm

Transit Dance
10 Elizabeth Street Kensington

The People's Dance

Yellow Wheel presents The People's Dance

Yellow Wheel has taken it to the streets to find out what kind of dance works the people of Melbourne would make if they were put in the choreographer's chair.

The People's Dance challenges how we exist with dance, how we make it and why we make it. A global perspective of identity through dance.

Inspired by French street artist JR and his project Inside Out Project, The People's Dance is a 60-minute interactive, immersive experience, housed at Chunky Move this October.

When: October 12-14 7:30pm + 2pm Matinee October 14

Where: Chunky Move 111 Sturt St Southbank VIC 3006

Directed by Adam Wheeler
Choreographed by Adam and the 2017 Yellow Wheel company
Set Design by Aimee Schollum
Inspired by you, the people


Yellow Wheel is proud to present this year's company choreographic season, SHOWROOM. Watch our young company members explore making for the first time.

Nine new dance works by: Abigail Benham-Bannon, Charlie Lloyd, Charlotte Sans, Diana Micairan, Eiren Chamley, Elly Tew, Eugenie English, Jacqui Maida, Romain Hassanin


JULY 7th 7:30pm - 8th 2pm & 7:30pm

Tickets: $22/$12


Pilot is a collection of eight short works choreographed and performed by YW2 collective members. This season of works will be an opportunity to showcase the diversity in our movement interests and range of abilities with you. We are eight emerging makers who are excited to take risks and create works that challenge how we experience dance and how it is presented.

Our eight choreographers are Aimee Schollum, Angela Dexter, Chris Chua, Emma Riches, Georgina Bond, Jaala Jensen, Jacinta Martorella and Leandra Osmond.

Melbourne Dance Centre is the home of YW2 and Treloar Land is the official venue partner