The Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS) is published annually in September by the World Dance Alliance (WDA). It is designed to serve the needs of international dance scholars who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or within 5 years of having graduated from a graduate program in dance or a related field.
JEDS is published online as an open resource. Articles are selected to assure dance scholarship from around the world is included in each publication.Each article submission is reviewed by two international dance scholars with no more than 16 submissions accepted for the annual publication. Articles are chosen based on originality of research and the contributions each makes to the future of dance praxis (theory and practice).
JEDS Volume 2 will be published 1 September, 2014
JEDS 2015, volume 3, will be comprised only of blind-reviewed papers selected from those presented at the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Angers, France.
Visit the JEDS website to find out more.
Dance Integrated Australia will partner with Animal Farm Collective for the The Corner Dance Lab—a week-long practice-led dance laboratory in January 2014 in the picturesque hills of the north coast of NSW.
This new dance residency will be led by Philip Channells (Creative Director, Dance Integrated Australia and former Artistic Director, Restless Dance Theatre) and Gavin Webber (Co-founder of Splintergroup and Animal Farm Collective (Berlin) and former Artistic Director, Dancenorth).
This week-long dance event is suitable for people of all ages with and without disability, tertiary dance students and graduates, emerging choreographers and professional artists, physical performers, dance educators and school teachers, community arts practitioners, disability sector personnel and people who want to challenge themselves to work in an inclusive dance environment.
The Corner Dance Lab will inspire creative thinking and challenge stereotypes and perceptions of people with different life experience in a dance context.
When: 9am – 4pm Monday 13 – Friday 17 and 10am – 8pm Saturday 18 January
Where: Jasper Corner, Federal Community Hall & Church, Federal NSW 2480
Visit Dance Integrated Australia website for more information.
Ausdance SA is pleased to launch the AYDF Renmark SA 2014 website, complete with artistic program, online payments and registration.
Australian Youth Dance Festival, Renmark SA, 2014 – theme Regeneration.
Book now to secure a place!
Young dancers from across Australia are getting ready to invade Renmark, in the South Australian Riverland for the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Country Arts SA the festival enables young dancers to participate in a program of classes, screenings, performances and workshops. First held in 1997 the Festival has a strong regional focus and looks to engage young people from across the country.
Read more about the AYDF program and partner support in this media release
Applications are now open to professional dance artists and choreographers for the 2014 Tasdance Residency for Independent Practice (TRIP).
TRIP is an artist-in residence program intended for both project-based and research-based residencies.
Tasdance has a long history of supporting dance practice and dance artists in Australia. TRIP reinforces and expands on this commitment with an artist-in-residence program that takes advantage of their unique situation and superb facilities.
Dance artists and choreographers are invited to submit a proposal for a residency which may include developing a new dance work; investigating some aspect or idea in their dance practice or undertaking choreographic or other research.
Each resident artist will be offered up to 3 weeks between September and November 2014 with access to both the Tasdance Studio and Cottage free-of-charge. Residencies are not required to involve production outcomes. Travel and living expenses are the responsibility of the successful applicants.
Preference will be given to artists who can demonstrate that this residency aligns with their strategic professional development.
Tasdance Artistic Director, Annie Greig comments
This is a wonderful way to utilize our fantastic studio and to continue our work in nurturing artists, allowing them to focus on research and creative development without the additional pressure of performance outcomes.
For more information and to apply visit the Tasdance website.
Deadline for applications: Friday 31 January 2014
Successful applicants for TRIP 2013 were Dance Makers Collective, Jason Pitt and Danielle Micich.
AYDF Renmark SA will connect local, state and national youth dance communities through an exciting program of masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, talks and performances.
Young dancers aged 15 – 26 will work with leading dance artists from around the country to explore the festival theme of REGENERATION.
The AYDF is a non-competitive, culturally inclusive, regional event. The week long intensive includes showcase performances, a dance for screen program and an outdoor riverbank promenade performance created for, by and with the local community.
Official registrations and more program details will be released in October 2013.
If you’re interested in attending, join the AYDF mailing list at Ausdance SA. .
When: 6 – 11 July 2014
Where: Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers, France.
The week-long Summit will comprise six key elements, all of which embrace the theme Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future:
- International conference of scholarly papers, panel discussions, performative presentations by artists and practitioners, and poster presentations by emerging scholars and postgraduate students. Refereed on-line proceedings will be published after the Summit.
- Daily sunset showcase performances of short works by independent artists and tertiary dance students.
- International workshops catering for professional dance artists working in performance as well as education, community, youth and special interest areas.
- Choreolab for emerging and mid-career choreographers to work intensively for one week under the mentorship of CNDC Director Robert Swinston resulting in a public showing of works in progress.
- Evening performances by local and visiting companies.
- WDA Global Assembly and Network Meetings—your opportunity to get involved and shape the future of WDA.
The main site for these dance explorations is the impressive contemporary Quai Forum des Arts Vivants theatre complex, situated on the banks of La Maine river and looking out on to the 13th Century fortress that houses the extraordinary Tapestry of the Apocalypse—an artistic endeavour that continues to enchant, intrigue and astonish. This juxtaposition of old and new culture is a fitting metaphor for our investigations into how we are shaping dance now and into the future.
For all WDA Global Summit enquiries, check the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit website.
Join leading choreographers, Sue Healey, Dean Walsh and Philip Channells in the Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series.
Accessible Arts is hosting a series of three masterclasses tailored to dancers with and without physical or sensory disability, and people with mental illness or acquired brain injury.
The latest edition of Channels is jam-packed with exciting new dance activity in Asia and the Pacific. There are new dance networks, events, research, journals, books and more.
Some of the highlights include a new Nepal chapter of World Dance Alliance; plans for the 2014 Global Dance Summit, which will be held at the beautiful Centre National de la Dance Contemporaine in Angers, France; and Our Roots Right Now—The Research Forum and Festival of Thai/ASEAN Contemporary Theatre, at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) has warmly welcomed news the ACARA Board has approved the new The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. NAAE, of which Ausdance is a member, has strongly supported the development of the arts curriculum and its central principle of the entitlement of every young Australian to an arts education, one that includes all five artforms – dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts.
The Polish Centre of the International Association of Theatres for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) and the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute are seeking applications for performances to be presented at the 18th ASSITEJ World Congress in Warsaw 23 – 31 May 2014.
- the work must have premiered between 1 January 2008 and 30 April 2013
- work should be interactive; engage the audience
- the work's themes should relate to the Festival’s motto: 'Facing the Audience'
- the performance should be FOR—rather than ABOUT—children
Go to the ASSITEJ website for application forms and more information.
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2013
If you are an independent Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander dance artist based in NSW and you are interested in developing new skills and networks, you can apply now for a palce in the Birrang program.
Focused on expanding indigenous dance horizons in NSW, Birrang is a new professional dance development initiative supported by Arts NSW, coordinated by Ausdance NSW, Regional Arts NSW and Bangarra Dance Theatre in partnership with NAISDA Dance College, Carriageworks and the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
In this first year of the initiative, the Birrang program includes:
Creative Lab: 29 April – 3 May @ Carriageworks, Redfern
(deadline for applications is 29 March)
Creative Business Course: 22 – 24 May @ AFTRS, Moore Park
(applications now open)
Dance Residency*: 23 September – 5 October @ NAISDA, Kariong
(applications open in July)
Market Development and Enterprise Workshop: November, venue tba
(applications open in October)
*To be eligible for the Dance Residency, applicants must have completed either the Creative Lab and/or Creative Business Course.
Artists are encouraged to apply for all activities. Download application forms.
Opening and closing with interactive visioning sessions, the program featured a full morning 'Open Space' session on the Sunday tapping the pulse of the forum, and through it that of the dance sector in Australia.
Keynote artists-in-conversation were Dalisa Pigram, co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku, with David Pledger, and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart with Anne Thompson.
Diverse breakout sessions covered panel, presentation, roundtable and screening formats:
- BlakDance First Nations Dance Panel
- 'Whose responsibility is it to make sense of this?'
- Dramaturgy, outside eye or feedback?
- Virtuosi industry preview screening
- 'What role dance education play in shaping Australian culture for tomorrow?'
- Beyond hybridity: current Australia/Asia-Pacific dance practices
- A Lifetime's Collaboration
- BETWEEN US: Connections within and beyond the independent dance sector
- What is dance doing in Australia? And what is Australian dance doing in the world?
The NDF2013 Facilitator was Jeff Khan, co-Director of Performance Space, Sydney. Also joining the NDF2013 team for a number of sessions was Janenne Willis, guest co-facilitator, roving provocateur and catalyst at large. Janenne brought her energy, seasoned facilitation skills and experience co-creating futures one conversation at a time.
|12:30pm – 2:00pm||Registration|
|2:00pm – 2:30pm||Welcome to Country & NDF2013 opening speeches|
|2:30pm – 4:30pm||Introduction: Who's here? Facilitated by Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator, with Janenne Willis|
|4:30pm – 5:30pm||Forum opening and networking drinks on the lawn overlooking the Maribyrnong River|
|8:30am – 9:00am||Registration|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Introduction to day two – Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator|
|9:15am – 10:45am||
Breakouts # 1
|10:45am – 11:15am||Morning tea|
|11:15am – 12:30pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 1
Dalisa Pigram in conversation with David Pledger
|12:30am – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 2 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:00pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 2
Garry Stewart in conversation with Anne Thompson
|5:00pm – 5:30pm||Plenary facilitated by Jeff Khan|
|9:30am – 12:30pm||Open Space session with morning tea break, facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis|
|12:30pm – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 3 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:30pm||
Postcards from the future
Future visioning session facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis, and forum close.
Applications for IYCP 2013 are closed.
The collaboration between World Dance Alliance (WDA) and dance and the Child international (daCi) produced one of the biggest global dance festivals ever held—Dance, Young People and Change. Hosted by the Taiwan National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taipei, the event attracted young people from North and South America, Europe, the UK and most Asia-Pacific nations.
The festival/conference was a multi-layered event that included keynote addresses, ‘dance flavour’ taster classes, workshops, forums and paper presentations. It brought together young people, their parents, mentors and educators from across the world to reflect on key issues and future directions for dance in young people’s lives.
There was also a wonderful range of performances by young people, a festival of international dance academies, and an amazing program of Taiwanese dance performed by Taiwan’s professional companies and groups, including Cloud Gate 2 and Dance Forum. Teachers attended masterclasses and paper presentations and exchanged ideas about approaches to dance learning, teaching and curriculum for young people.
It was fantastic to be able to join the Ausdance NSW team, the choreographers and more than 150 young people from all over Australia on the last day of the Australian Youth Dance Festival at NAISDA Dance College in Gosford NSW.
Shades of Us, presented in Mt Penang Gardens on the final evening, was a performance that grew out of an intensive week of creative development with choreographers Sue Healey, Philip Channells, Anton, Kay Armstrong, Matt Cornel, Adelina Larsson, Lee Pemberton, Vicki Van Hout and artistic director Rowan Marchingo.
Tasmanian Regional Arts (TRA) is leading The Dance Project in partnership with Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE), Bust a Move and Tasdance.
This community dance project is happening in three Tasmanian regions—the North East, North West and the South—to develop and present three new contemporary dance works with, by and about communities. Evolving from the heart of each community, these works explore place, kinship and identity as experienced by the residents of these regions.
Ever since we convened the 2005 Creating Pathways national Indigenous dance forum in Canberra, Lee Christofis—one of the keynote speakers, and now curator of dance at the National Library of Australia—has been keen to develop the NLA's Indigenous dance collection.
In the March 2012 edition of National Library News, Lee discusses some of the material now held in the collection and outlines the importance of its provenance.
Building the Indigenous contemporary dance collection makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the development of Australian contemporary Indigenous dance.
There are some startling new figures that support dancing as a protective strategy in preventing dementia. A Stanford University report Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter makes the following comparisons:
... almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.
- Reading—35% reduced risk of dementia
- Bicycling and swimming—0%
- Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week—47%
- Playing golf—0%
- Dancing frequently—76%.
The same university offers other insights into the benefits of dance in Thoughts, philosophies and musings on social dance, a useful reference for community dance practitioners in Australia.
New research by the University of Western Sydney is demonstrating that folk dance has clear benefits for the health of the elderly. You may have missed this great report from the ABC’s 7.30 program on 4 January.
We’re very interested in research that proves the links between dance and health, and have been in touch with the researchers to find out more.
Want to know more?
On your toes: Is there a different approach to aging? Listen to Glen Murray from MADE (Mature Artists Dance Experience) and Beverley Giles, an expert in the care of people affected by dementia, talking about how dance provides the three elements essential to health and well-being in mature adults.
Read Glen's paper about how older people can bring great riches to art-making.
In responding to our suggestion of a campaign to support the smaller key dance organisations, Ruth Osborne, artistic director of QL2 Dance, came in to discuss some of the issues youth dance companies are experiencing.
Junction is an artist exchange program initiated by Restless Dance Theatre to support and promote the development of new independent work. Piloting this program is independent artist Tobiah Booth-Remmers who is being mentored by Carol Wellman Kelly through the national JUMP mentoring program.