Nina Levy is a freelance writer and teacher who also lectures in dance history at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She is co-principal of Classical Dance Studio, a private dance school in Perth. A graduate of the University of Western Australia and WAAPA, Nina is a former director of Buzz Dance Theatre, and became communications manager for Ausdance WA in 2007 and more recently online editor of Dance Australia magazine’s website. Her reviews and articles appear in Dance Australia and the West Australian.
It's standard Aussie holiday fare—families line the grassy foreshore, and picnics, cricket games and shrieking children abound. However, there are a few surprises in store along the foreshore on this particular Saturday. Scattered along the promenade are tents, caravans and campervans from a variety of eras, and 160 young dancers who dance in and around these temporary homes. This is Foreshore Cruisin', the performance that is the culmination of the 2009 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF).
This paper outlines the Future Landings project run by Ausdance WA, examining how the artistic relationships between the choreographers played out, and suggests steps that may be taken to ensure that such ‘facilitated marriages’ have the best chance of success.