Restless Dance Theatre was founded by Sally Chance and Tania Rose in 1991 following the MOC Connections project organised through Carclew Youth Arts Centre. The company was incorporated in 1996. The company, originally called Restless Dance Company, changed its name to Restless Dance Theatre in 2008.

Since its inception the company has mounted over 30 major productions and many major community workshop programs. A listing of past shows can be viewed here.

Led by Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, one of Australia’s leading dance artists, Restless Dance Theatre creates high quality real, raw and uninhibited dance theatre. It is Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with young people with and without disability to collaboratively create outstanding inclusive dance theatre informed by disability. The company presents unexpectedly real dance theatre works in multiple mediums to diverse audiences.

Restless artists enliven and diversify Australian dance. The dancers create original and remarkable work that extends the definition of what dance is.


“…exceptionally beautiful and highly skilled, often funny, and always moving” – Robyn Archer