Australian dance companies list

The dance sector in this country is vibrant and growing, with Australian dancers and choreographers having established fine reputations all over the world. There are over 50 dance companies and more than 200 choreographers taking dance into new territory through exciting collaborations.

Ausdance has compiled this list of companies and groups who are our members, partners, colleagues and clients, but it is continuously changing and growing. We have made no distinctions based on funding, size etc. Please contact Ausdance National if any of your details are incorrect.

Some of the companies are funded by the Australia Council and state and territory governments as key organisations, some are funded by the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council, and others operate as project groups. We have also included youth dance companies and organisations such as STRUT Dance, Dancehouse and Critical Path that support independent practice.

Independent or freelance artists are not listed individually. Your state Ausdance will help connect you with your local independent artists.

ACT

Canberra Dance Theatre
Liz Lea (AD)
PO Box 886, Canberra City ACT 2601
T 0435 025 365

QL2 Dance
Ruth Osborne (AD) Gary Barnes (GM)
Gorman House Arts Centre
Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT 2612
T 02 6247 3103

NSW

Bangarra Dance Theatre
Stephen Page (AD) Philippe Magid (Exec.Dir)
Pier 4, 15 Hickson Rd Walsh Bay NSW 2000
T 02 9251 5333

Critical Path
Margie Medlin (Director)
PO Box 992, Edgecliffe, NSW 2027
T 02 9362 9403

De Quincey Co
Tess de Quincey (AD) Viv Rosman (Producer)
PO Box 7151 Kariong NSW 2500
T 02 9817 4542

Descendance
Jose Calarco (Director)
3 Stanley St, East Redfern NSW 2016
T 02 9699 7071 or 0411 337136

DirtyFeet
Anthea Doropoulos & Sarah Fiddaman (Directors)
201/82 – 92 Cooper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
T 0401 034 164 (Anthea)

fLiNG Physical Theatre
Lee Pemberton (Artistic Director)
PO Box 63A Bega NSW 2550
T +61 2 6492 0222

Fondue Set, The
Emma Saunders, Elizabeth Ryan & Jane McKernan
Producer: Rosalind Richards, Artful Management
T 0434 350 938

Force Majeure
Kate Champion (AD) Byron Perry (Assoc Dir) Bec Allen (Exec.Producer)
C/- Carriageworks PO Box 3035, Redfern NSW 2016
T 02 8571 9086

Legs on the Wall
Patrick Nolan (AD) Kath Melbourne (GM)
91 Canal Rd, Lilyfield NSW 2040
T 02 9560 9479

Lingalayam Dance Company
Anandavalli (AD)
17 Fraser St, Homebush NSW 2140
T 02 9764 4530

Marrugeku
Rachael Swain & Dalisa Pigram (ADs)
Sandi Woo (Manager)
PO Box 2986, Broome WA 6725
T 0418 900 288

Mirramu Creative Arts Centre
Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM (AD)
RMB 1004 Lake Road, Bungendore NSW 2621
T 02 6238 1492 or 0418 698 196

Projection Dance Company
Jennifer Ballard (Producer) Tim Podesta (AD)
PO Box 248 Wodonga NSW  3689
T 02 6056 2479 or 0414 402 558

Shaun Parker & Company
Shaun Parker (AD) Olivia Ansell (Exec.Producer)
Arts Bunker/Seymour Centre
PO Box 553 Broadway NSW 2007
T 02 9351 1941 or
 0417 221 261 


Sue Healey Company
Sue Healey (AD)
115 Barcom Ave Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Sydney Dance Company
Rafael Bonachela (AD) Anne Dunn (ED)
Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road Walsh Bay NSW 2000
T 02 9221 4811

NT

Gary Lang NT Dance Company
Gary Lang (AD)
PO Box 2005, Parap NT 0804
T 0450 362 460

Sunameke Pacific Island Dance Company
Julia Gray (AD)
3 Cadet Court, Palmerston NT 0830

Tracks Dance
David McMicken & Tim Newth (Co-Directors)
Susan Congreve (Manager)
GPO Box 823 Darwin NT 0801
T 08 8941 1410

QLD

BlakDance
tba (Director)
59 – 69 Shaftston Ave, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
Email

Bone Map
Rebbecca Youdell & Russell Milledge (ADs)
PO Box 1116, Mareeba QLD 4880
Email

Dancenorth
Raewyn Hill (AD) Trevor Keeling (GM)
PO Box 1645 Townsville QLD 4810
T 07 4772 2549

Expressions Dance Company
Natalie Weir (AD) Libby Lincoln (GM)
PO Box 869, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
T 07 3257 4222

Igneous
James Cunningham & Suzon Fuks (AD)
Unit 3, 27 Waverley St, Annerley QLD 4103
Email

Polytoxic
PO Box 1602 New Farm QLD 2005
Email

Queensland Ballet
Li Cunxin (AD) Anna Marsden (GM)
PO Box 3791, South Brisbane QLD 4101
T 07 3013 6666

Raw Dance Company
Jessica Chambers (GM) Andrew Fee (Creative Prod/Dir.)
46 Evesham St, Moorooka QLD 4105
T 07 3122 0941

SA

Australian Dance Theatre
Garry Stewart (AD) Julianne Pierce (Exec.Dir)
126 Belair Rd, Hawthorn, SA 5062
T 08 8373 7733

Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Inc.
Deon Hastie (AD) Diana Sautelle  (Manager)
135 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
T 08 8341 1150

Leigh Warren & Dancers
Leigh Warren (AD) Jo Jacobs  (Manager)
Lion Arts Centre, Cnr Morphett St & North Tce Adelaide SA 5000
T 08 8212 5660

Move Through Life
Jo McDonald (Founder & secretary)
PO Box 875, Brighton SA 5048

Onepoint618
Katrina Lazaroff (AD)
24 Oak Ave, Bridgewater SA 5155

Restless Dance Theatre
Ros Hervey (AD) Nick Hughes (Company Manager)
234a Sturt St, Adelaide SA 5000
Email

TAS

DRILL Performance Company
Joshua Lowe (AD)
P.O. Box 227, North Hobart TAS 7002

Mature Artists Dance Experience
Glen Murray (AD)
248a Lenah Valley Rd, Lenah Valley TAS 7008

Stompin
Emma Porteus (AD) tba (Exec.Producer)
PO Box 104 Launceston TAS 7250
T 03 6334 3802

Tasdance
Annie Greig (AD) Richard Longbottom (GM)
197 Wellington St, Launceston TAS 7250
T 03 6331 6644

VIC

2ndToe Dance Collective
Adam Wheeler (Exec.Prod)

Australian Ballet, The
David McAllister AM (AD) Libby Christie (Exec.Dir)
2 Kavanagh St, Southbank VIC 3006
T 03 9669 2700

BalletLab
Phillip Adams (AD) Robina Burton (GM)
2/170 Southbank Blvd, Southbank VIC 3006
T 03 9645 9937

Blink Dance Theatre
Lyndel Quick (AD)
7 Rutland St, Newtown VIC 3220
Email

Chunky Move
Anouk Van Dijk (AD) Catherine Jones (Exec.Producer)
111 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
T 03 9645 5188

Dancehouse
Angela Conquet (AD/CEO) Olivia Millard (Program Prod)
150 Princes St, North Carlton VIC 3054
T 03 9347 2860

Jalwa Dance Company
Babushka (Founder)
1/20 Yooralla St Ashwood 3147
T 0423 652 338

Kage Physical Theatre
Kate Denborough & Gerard Van Dyck (ADs) Simone Schinkel, (GM / Producer)
Abbotsford Convent Bldg C 1.05, 1 St Heliers St Abbotsford VIC 3067
T 03 9417 6700

Lucy Guerin Inc.
Lucy Guerin (AD) Annette Vieusseux (Exec. Prod)
14 Batman Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003
T 03 9329 4213

Melbourne Ballet Company
Alisa Finney (AD)
1st Floor 309 Doncaster Rd, North Balwyn VIC 3104
T 03 98575405

Melbourne City Ballet
Michael Pappalardo (AD)
10 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick VIC

Melbourne Dance Theatre
Martin & Michelle Sierra (Directors)
32 Lorraine Parade, Viewbank VIC 3084
T 03 9455 0049

Tony Yap Company
Tony Yap (AD) Kath Papas (Producer)
PO Box 1402, Collingwood VIC 3066
T 0422 570 837

Vertical Shadows
Stephen Agisilaou (AD)
31 Oak St, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Yellow Wheel
Joshua Lowe (Producer)
Lucy Guerin Inc Studios
28 Batman St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
T 0408 660 748

WA

Anything is Valid Dance Theatre
Serena Chalker (Director) Quindell Orton (Artistic Program Manager)

Buzz Dance Theatre
Lucas Jervies (AD)
PO Box 7332, Cloisters Square WA 6850
T 08 9226 2322

Danza Viva
Deanna Blacher (AD)
PO Box 8059, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
T 08 9275 3946 or 0417 936 859

Ludwig
Emma Sandall (Company Manager) Del McGuiness (Exec.Officer)
PO Box 110 Como WA 6952
T 0458 615 276

Ochre Contemporary Dance Company
Louise Howden-Smith (Founding Director)
PO Box 3012 Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009
Email

Steps Youth Dance Company
Alice Lee Holland (AD) Alison Doran (GM)
PO Box 7648 Cloisters Square WA 6850
T 08 9226 2133

Strut Dance
Paul Selwyn Norton (Director)
PO Box 7452, Cloisters Square Perth WA 6850
T 08 9321 4066

West Australian Ballet
Aurelian Scannella (AD) Steven Roth (Exec.Dir)
PO Box 604 Maylands WA 6931
T 08 9481 0707

Want more information?

If you don't find what you are looking for on the individual company websites, you might be interested in The Ausdance Guide to Australian Dance Companies  (pub. Australian Dance Council, 1994). This book presents comprehensive information up until 1993 about 23 companies which includes mission statements, education policies, biographies of artistic directors and details of all known repertoire. Some of this history is not on the company websites. You can purchase a copy ($10) from Ausdance National.

This book provides an insight into Australian dance and celebrates its diversity. (Lynn Fisher, Dance lecturer, historian and writer WAAPA)

The National Library of Australia's Trove is an excellent source of information, with hundreds of biographies, photographs, press articles and oral histories of Australian dance artists and companies.