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2017 Ausdance National Council—call for nominations

Nominations are called for the new Ausdance National Council for the positions of President, Vice Presidents (two), Treasurer and three ordinary Council Members. Following is some information to assist you in finalising your nominations.

Call for nominations: 2017 Ausdance National CouncilWe are seeking eight outstanding Australians to lead Ausdance National in the future. It is time for generational change, to consider new ways of shaping and supporting professional dance in Australia. 

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Australian Youth Dance Festival 2017 early-bird registrations open!

14 – 17 April, Melbourne, Victoria

Registrations are now open for the Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) 2017.

For the first time, the AYDF will be held in a major city – Melbourne!

Under the artistic direction of Adam Wheeler, AYDF2017 provides opportunities for young dancers aged 14 – 25 to access some of the finest dance experiences available in Australia, in a supportive, non-competitive environment that encourages participation and learning.

This year’s program includes:

  • an opening ceremony (14 April) celebrating the vibrant and diverse youth dance sector in Australia
  • a full day of 90-min intensives in various dance styles (15 April)
  • choreographic intensives (16 April)
  • performance-based intensives (17 April).

Participants will work with some of Australia’s most respected and prolific dance artists/choreographers and dance companies including two special international guests from a Swedish dance company.

In addition to the workshops, AYDF2017 will highlight at least six new works from youth dance companies across Australia at the gala evening titled ‘Emergence’. Never before has a major city had some of our country’s best youth dance companies under one roof, presenting new works to an open audience.

The limited Earlybird pass for $150 (ends 15 Feb 2017) includes three days of intensive workshops (7 workshops in total), closed studio performance by a major contemporary dance company (only for AYDF participants), opening ceremony, and lunch catered for all three days. That’s a steal!

For more information and to register your spot at AYDF2017 visit Ausdance Victoria.

For regular updates on AYDF2017, follow the AYDF on Facebook.

For more information, please email Sasha Leong.

AYDF2017 is organised by Ausdance Victoria, in partnership with the Youth Dance Australian committee.

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Ausdance National President’s report

The single biggest challenge for Ausdance National in the coming months is the election of a new skills-based National Council at the March 2017 Annual General Meeting. The formal call for nominations has now opened and members have until 17 February 2017 to nominate yourself or a colleague to join the new Council. 

If you care about the future of dance in Australia, and of its peak professional body, then please take some time to consider whether you or any individuals you know have the skills and experience to contribute to the future of dance. Under recent changes to the Constitution, all members of Ausdance state and territory organisations, together with our national members, have the opportunity to nominate and vote for the new Council.

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Ausdance advocacy report

Ausdance National's dance sector advocacy update ​Ausdance National's new interim National Executive has formally appointed Ausdance National (volunteer) representatives to attend and speak for Ausdance at the following organisations and forums: ArtsPeak, National Advocates for Arts Education, World Dance Alliance and Tertiary Dance Council of Australia.

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ArtsPeak update

Ongoing work

As well as recovering from the ArtsPeak National Arts Election Debate six months ago, there has been ongoing work: following up with the Australia Council on the Service Organisations Scan (complete, to be released by the Australia Council in the first quarter of 2017); advocating for the arts courses that will be affected by the VET student loans proposal (ongoing); and continuing to voice the sector’s concerns about the impact of the 2015 budget changes. The Executive has also played a part in Arts Front, and is currently monitoring (with great interest) the new initiative for a Myer, Tim Fairfax Family and Keir Foundations cultural think tank.

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LEAP Together Conference report

Toronto, Canada, 11–12 Nov 2016

LEAP Together: Career and Life Transitions in Dance and Sport was one of the key initiatives of a pioneering partnership between Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

The conference included a wide diversity of stakeholders from the sport and dance sectors to learn and exchange knowledge on various topics related to transition for high performers – professional dancers and elite athletes.

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New Constitution for Ausdance National

The Special General Meeting of September 19 this year adopted a vastly amended constitution for Ausdance National.

The main purpose of the changes is to implement a skills-based board and governance structure. The board of the National Council before the changes was the Ausdance National Executive (president, two vice presidents and treasurer) with the president of each Ausdance state and territory organisation a director on the board.

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Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy

The Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training invites you to make a submission to the inquiry into Innovation and Creativity: Workforce for the New Economy 

'On Wednesday 9 November 2016 the Committee adopted an inquiry referred by the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, asking the Committee to inquire into and report on matters that ensure Australia’s tertiary system—including universities and public and private providers of vocational education and training—can meet the needs of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity.'

Make your submission by addressing the terms of reference by 13 January 2017.

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VET FEE-HELP funding cuts—impact on professional dance training

VET FEE-HELP funding cuts—impact on professional dance training—media release (246 KB PDF)

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training
PC Box 6100, Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister,

Ausdance is deeply concerned about your decision to include some of Australia's leading professional dance training courses in the crackdown on courses eligible for VET student loans.

We are particularly concerned about the statement that these professional dance training courses are being subsidised because they are 'used simply to boost enrolments, or provide 'lifestyle' choices, but don't lead to work'.

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Ausdance announces new constitution and interim executive leadership

As a member of the Australian dance sector, I wanted to let you know of some changes to Ausdance National in recent weeks.

In September 2016 the Ausdance National Council agreed to significant changes to the Constitution—moving away from a network-led board to a new skills-based governance structure and extending the membership to engage more directly with a range of stakeholders. We are opening up membership at a national level to engage directly with individuals through the state and territory offices.

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NAAE archives donated to the National Library of Australia

In an important development for arts education research in Australia, the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) has negotiated with the National Library of Australia (NLA) to accept its archival material. After almost a year of cataloguing and sorting, the NAAE archive is now safely rehoused at the NLA from its original home in the Ausdance National library.

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Chunky Move collaboration Anti Gravity at Asia TOPA

Opening in March 2017 as part of Asia TOPAANTI GRAVITY is a collaboration between Chunky Move's artistic director Anouk van Dijk and Singaporean visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen, which explores the role of clouds as ethereal influences that disturb or heighten human existence.

In ANTI GRAVITY, gravity-bound bodies encounter the ephemeral, ever-changing cloud. Performers transform from heavenly figures to terrestrial warriors. Uniting the refined, highly physical choreography of Anouk van Dijk and the meticulous aesthetic of installation artist Ho Tzu Nyen, ANTI GRAVITY is an immersive performance, an evocative world inhabited by six extraordinary dancers in various depths of control and abandon.

Where: Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre
When: 17–26 March 2017
Ticket prices: Adult $45/ Concession $40 / Senior $40/ Youth $30/ 3 Show Package $38.25

For more information and bookings, visit Malthouse Theatre.

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Shaun Parker & Company seeks executive producer

Shaun Parker & Company is one of Australia’s most far-reaching dance companies, having toured extensively internationally to 18 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. Based in Sydney, the Company has delivered a range of award-winning dance theatre productions, outdoor festival works and transformative dance education programs. Shaun Parker & Company has secured funding until the end of 2020, having been awarded multi-year funding from Arts NSW and four-year funding from the Australia Council. Shaun Parker & Company is renowned for its powerful, humanist, dance theatre productions, which have touched audiences across the globe, transcending borders and demographics.

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