Events

Workshops in Horton technique

World renowned teacher from Alvin Ailey studios in New York, Iquail Shaheed is teaching a 3-day workshop in Horton technique and repertoire at NAISDA Dance College, Gosford. This is an exceptional training opportunity for professional and pre-professional dancers.

Interested participants should email Kim Walker Executive Director, NAISDA or T 02 4340 3155 or 1800 117 116 (free call)

When:  Tuesday 22 — Thursday 24 April, 10am — 4pm

Where: NAISDA Dance College 31 The Avenue, Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong NSW

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2013 Australian Dance Week

The Ausdance network celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms every year during Australian Dance Week (ADW).

The dates for the opening and closing of Australian Dance Week vary slightly from state to state according to local events, but it always takes place during the first week of May and follows International Dance Day which is 29 April. Each state and territory Ausdance coordinates a variety of events from book launches and forums to free performances and community classes, and encourages its dance community to promote their own activities throughout the week.

ADW2014 will run from 3 – 11 May.

Contact your local Ausdance to find out how you can get involved in Australian Dance Week 2014.

Here is a sample of some the ADW activities that happened in 2013...

WA

Events in Perth and Western Australia included performances at the State Theatre Centre, WAAPA, King St Arts Centre and Forest Place;  open rehearsals at the West Australian Ballet Centre; many and varied workshops, forums and films screenings. The Perth dance community had the privilege of working with Phillip Channells (Director of Dance Integrated Australia and former Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre) who shared his expertise in working with performers and dance-makers of all abilities/disabilities.

The second Oral Histories Project was launched with a gathering of celebrated WA dancers, choreographers, critics, arts managers and teachers on 29 April. This project, commenced in 2011 by Varnya Bromilow and Michelle Saunders, consists of 22 interviews of key WA dance artists and supporters. The first oral histories project was completed by Lynn Fisher and colleagues in 1990, and it was a real joy for Ausdance WA to launch the second installment to this important endeavour.

SA

Ausdance SA presented it's annual free multicultural dance showcase for local dance groups in Rundle Mall featuring a diverse range of styles that included Bollywood, bellydance, hip hop, breakdance and more.

Just a few of the performers at Ausdance SA's free dance spectacular in Rundle Mall. Photos: Alexander Waite Mitchell

ACT

Every ADW Ausdance ACT presents free performances at the Belconnen Fresh Food markets, as well as coordinating dozens of free classes all over town for anyone to sample. ADW2013 was bigger than ever as Canberra celebrated its centenary. The Albert Hall was jumping with its Kick Up Your Heels swing dance party & workshop with Canberra’s own Jumptown! Swing and the wonderful Spectrum Big Band. The variety of dance on offer was impressive: salsa, hip hop, Hilal, clogging, bush dance, African, Bollywood, tap, zumba—you name it!

QLD

Ausdance QLD hosted an exciting 5-night showcase of short works from the Queensland's best independent dancers and choreographers. The work was cutting edge, passionate, daring and varied. There were two big performance events at the Judith Wright Centre: Big Dance Night Out was a showcase from the biggest and best crews, ensembles and troupes of Brisbane’s professional studios; Stay Up Later gave Brisbane’s dance schools and students an opportunity to come together and show their skills and creativity.

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2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit—Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future

Contemporising the past: envisaging the future. World Dance Alliance global summit 2014. Angers, France.The 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit has the theme 'Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future'

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.

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Dance studies seminar, USA 2014

“Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” is a multi-school, multi-year initiative designed to advance the field of dance studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will appoint postdoctoral fellows in dance studies at Brown University, Northwestern University and Stanford University over a four-year period from 2012 – 13 through 2015 – 16.

The project will sponsor intensive week-long seminars each summer from 2012 through 2015 that will bring together the postdoctoral fellows with advanced graduate students and junior faculty to develop best practices for interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. The project aims to accelerate the current momentum toward a dynamic and vigorous (inter)discipline.

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2014 Asian Satellite meeting

Australia is delighted to host the 2014 Asian Satellite for IETM (the leading international network for contemporary performing arts) bringing together a focused group of contemporary performing arts professionals from Australia, Europe and Asia to network and exchange ideas for collaboration and coproduction between the regions.

The meeting will be held in the context of Arts Centre Melbourne's Asian Performing Arts Program and is preceded by the final weekend of the Next Wave festival. It will be an inspiring gathering of artists and arts professionals engaged in collaboration between Europe and Asia.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to arrive in Melbourne to be able to start the performance itinerary on the morning of Saturday 10 May through Sunday 11 May, alongside their international peers and then attend the IETM Asian Satellite meeting, 12 – 14 May 2014.

Go the Australia Council website for more information.

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