News: December 2015

Nominate outstanding performances by Australian dance professionals!

The annual Australian Dance Awards (ADAs) recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to dance. These Awards are non-commercial events that rely on the generosity and goodwill of the committee, the dance sector, the presenting venue and, of course, the nominees and presenters.

The ADAs

  • publicly honour and reward those who have, through their achievements, raised the standards of dance in Australia
  • raise the profile and prestige of dance and acknowledge the depth and diversity of the dance profession in our society
  • present a diverse performance program in support of the awards ceremony
  • provide an opportunity for colleagues and friends from across the dance industry to come together to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding achievement.
SA based company Gravity & Other Myths won in 2015 for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musical or Physical Theatre for A Simple Space. Photo: Steve Ullathorne.

Nominations close 28 February 2016

Nominations for next year’s awards must be submitted before 28 February 2016.

You can nominate any time during the year on the Australian Dance Awards website. Please read the selection criteria first and say why you think this performance, person or composition is worthy of consideration for an Australian Dance Award.

Each year we compile a reminder list of eligible works (those that were presented the previous calendar year) to help when you go to submit your nominations. Please contact the nomination coordinator if your work is missing.

Work being nominated for outstanding achievement in choreography, independent dance, youth dance, community dance, commercial dance and dance on film for 2016 must have premiered during 2015.

The current members of the selection panel are listed on the website. These people, plus panel chair Robina Beard and advisors Lee Christofis, Jeff Meiners and Julie Dyson, are keen to see new work wherever possible, so please invite them to your openings. You can email invitations to the nominations coordinator or directly to the Selection Panel (ask for a current list if you don’t already have one).

Encourage your audience to nominate!

Feel free to include this invitation in your programs, on your websites and through your social media networks:

Australian Dance Awards – you can nominate!
Were you excited or moved by the performance this evening? Did a particular dancer deliver a stunning performance?
You can nominate a choreographer, a dancer, a company or a piece of choreography for an Australian Dance Award. Nominate now while your memory is fresh! Visit the Australian Dance Awards website.

Have a look at some of our members' work already on the 2016 eligible works list

The 2016 Awards will be held in Perth, Sunday 18 September. All ADAs recipients and Hall of Fame inductees are listed on the Australian Dance Awards website.

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New dance insurance premiums arrive in 2016

Ausdance has a long-standing partnership with Aon Risk Services to negotiate the best insurance cover for the dance industry. Last year premiums for public liability cover were cut by 33%. For 2016, premiums will not only drop further, but you’ll also be covered for more.

Look forward to an Ausdance member discount and extended cover. Dance studio owners and teachers will appreciate a new cover against claims relating to molestation allegations, a cover which is exclusively offered by Aon.

Question: Have you installed your own dance floors? If yes, we recommend talking to Aon about getting business insurance to ensure your floors are also covered.

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Challenging questions explored at Ausdance dance sector meetings

Ausdance coordinated a meeting of eight representatives of the nationally funded dance companies with the CEO of the Australia Council and senior staff on 12 December 2015.

The aim was multiple: to understand the further implications of the diversion of funds to the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (now Catalyst); to query the status of the vacant role of Chair of Dance, as an announcement had not been made about retaining this role; and to discuss the role of funding in sustaining the dance ecology so carefully developed over the past years.

The diversion of funds does challenge the current number of nationally funded small to medium dance companies, and the announcement of funding or otherwise in April 2016 will reveal the extent of the loss. We note the recent departure of the Australia Council Director Dance Carin Mistry and thank her for many years of dedicated championing of professional dance. We congratulate the new Arts Practice Director, Dance, Adrian Burnett, and look forward to a similarly productive relationship.

Other meetings attended include a teleconference with ArtsPeak; a teleconference convened by the MEAA at the request of freelance commercial dancers to consider minimum pay rates, which will result in a first-ever survey of this sector (think #paythedancers); and a teleconference to consult with youth theatre companies with the thought of learning for youth dance funding.

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Summer Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive with Expressions Dance Co

  • Dates: 11–15 January 2016 (Week one) and 18–22 January 2016 (Week two)
  • Venue: Brisbane, Queensland (venue TBC)
  • Times: 9 am–5 pm daily
  • Cost: $570 per person or $1050 per person for 2 weeks
  • For bookings and more info, visit Expressions Dance Company

Dance into your future at Expressions Dance Company’s Summer Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive (BCDI), held 11–15 and 18–22 January 2016 in Brisbane.

BCDI is regarded as one of Australia’s best contemporary dance training programs. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll have the chance to work exclusively with EDC’s award-winning dancers as well as some of Australia's most respected dance artists including Craig Bary and Kristina Chan. You’ll get to master your performance skills and deepen your ability to create unique and engaging dance, and have fun while doing it!

The 2016 Summer program has been curated by internationally celebrated dance artist Amy Hollingsworth. Amy brings her extensive skills as both a dancer, working with some of the best dance companies and choreographers, and as a rehearsal/dance director.

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