One Body, One Career—Countertechnique method intensive

  • What: One Body, One Career—Anouk van Dijk’s Countertechnique method intensive
  • When: 29 June – 10 July 2015.
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia.

The intensive is for professional dancers and advanced students interested in pursuing a long, healthy and successful career in dance.

It is curated and taught by Chunky Move Artistic Director, Anouk van Dijk, in conjunction with Countertechnique Master Teacher Nina Wollny and American Alexander Technique expert Tom Koch. 

First-time participants will gain an intensive introduction to the distinct elements and methodology that form Countertechnique, Anouk van Dijk’s movement system and training method. Returning participants have the opportunity to deepen and expand their understanding. Through theory, physical practice, discourse and workshops, participants will gain a set of practical tools that they will be able to draw from and apply in their daily dance practice.

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American Dance Festival 2015

American Dance Festival (ADF) 2015 will take place 11 June – 25 July in Durham, USA.

Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” by the New York Times and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, the ADF has a long record of creative achievement and is indivisible from the history of modern dance.

Since 1934, ADF has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields. Remaining true to the goals of its founding artists, ADF’s programs are developed based on its mission:

  • to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers,
  • to preserve our modern dance heritage through continued presentation of classic works as well as through archival efforts,
  • to build wider national and international audiences for modern dance,
  • to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its cultural and historical significance,
  • to provide a sound scientific and aesthetic base for professional education and training of young dancers,
  • and to maintain a forum for integrating and disseminating information on dance education.

Go to the ADF website to find out more.

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Contemporary dance workshop in France

dance for the time being: situating contemporary dance through an examination of its provenance and heritage

Dordogne, France 19 – 31 July, 2015

This summer intensive for professional dancers will elaborate the structures and processes that informed post modernism in embodied performance practices. Workshops will explore the practice of dancing and the agency of the dancer in a choreographic elaboration of the unstable body.

They will also introduce the participants to the aesthetic underpinnings of the ongoing performance project dance for the time being.

Russell Dumas, Linda Sastradipradja, Jonathan Sinatra, David Huggins, Jennifer Way, Tom Rawe, Stuart Shugg and other guest teachers and artists associated with Dance Exchange Inc, will teach the workshops at beautiful La Pinale in the Dordogne in France.

Workshops commence Sunday 19 July and finish Friday 31 July (Sat 25 and Sun 26 are rest days).

Daily timetable 

9am – 10am  individual warm up
10am –1pm workshop 1
1pm – 4pm lunch and siesta
4pm – 6.30pm workshop 2
7pm – 8pm dinner
11pm lights out

Fee: 1100 Euros (includes all food, accommodation and tuition. Food is mostly vegetarian. Accommodation is in shared rooms—simple but adequate.)

These workshops are for professional dancers or recent dance graduates and participation is by invitation.

Please send an expression of interest and CV to:

Applicants will be notified by the end of March (or sooner if it fills up). 

About workshop leaders

Russell Dumas founded Dance Exchange in 1976. His choreography, presented under the company’s name ever since, constitutes one of the most distinctive and original bodies of Australian dance work. As a dancer he worked with many companies including The Royal Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Ballet Rambert, Strider, Culberg, Gulbenkian and others in Europe and with Trisha Brown and Twyla Tharp in New York.

Jennifer Way and Tom Rawe danced with Twyla Tharp Dance from the mid seventies to 1988. During their time with the Tharp Company, they performed in all of the company’s active repertory, including projects for television and film, such as Hair, Ragtime, and Amadeus. Besides being performers, both Jenny and Tom were responsible for reconstructing and rehearsing repertory within the Tharp Company and transferring Tharp’s works to other companies. They both taught and coordinated numerous workshops and master classes for Twyla Tharp Dance and independently. Jenny continues to teach and stage Tharp repertory and Tom is now a Physical Therapist and Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Linda Sastradipradja graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with Distinction then moved to New York. Her credits include Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (working directly with choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris and Tere O'Connor), Sara Rudner, Dennis O'Connor Dance, Dana Reitz and Molissa Fenley. Linda has worked on theatre and film productions in association with artists Sara Rudner, John Carrafa, Lee Gingold and The Alley Theatre (Houston) and is featured in the work of renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Linda is currently doing a PhD, teaching at Melbourne University and works with Dance Exchange as a performer and artistic associate.

Jonathan Sinatra has a BA (Honours) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His solo works include Testing 1-2-3, languid yet, sometimes I fear touch, Passing By and Burning In. He has been dancing with Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) since 2001 and been known to moonlight with other artists including Xavier Le Roi and Eleonore Didier. He also teaches Contact Improvisation.

David Huggins started his dance training while completing his degree in psychology in New Zealand. He then completed his Bachelor of Dance at Melbourne University in 2010. After graduating, he was invited to perform in Rapt a new work choreographed by New Zealand choreographer Douglas Wright for the Auckland Arts Festival. David now dances with Melbourne contemporary dance choreographer Russell Dumas in his company, Dance Exchange.

Stuart Shugg graduated in 2008 from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In Australia he worked extensively with Russell Dumas's company Dance Exchange and was mentored by Linda Sastradipradja. He also appeared in the works of Lucy Guerin, Philip Adams, and Antony Hamilton. In NYC, Stuart has worked with Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, film artist Matthew Salton and has been a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company since November 2011. His own work has been shown at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, and Gibney Dance Center.In 2013, Stuart made a dance film documenting the last performances of Trisha Brown's work Astral Convertible at the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, which screened at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in 2014.

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2015 World Dance Alliance events in Singapore

When: 16–18 October 2015
Where: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore

World Dance Alliance Singapore is proud to present the 2015 Annual General Meeting, Network Meetings and Young Scholars Meeting of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific as well as the Global Executive Meeting alongside the conference Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2015: Connectivity through Dance. Coinciding with the da:ns festival organised by the Esplanade, Singapore, conference events at venues located in Singapore’s arts and culture district are outlined below.

The conference aims to cultivate dance connectivity within Singapore’s own dance community as well as forge alliances between dancers, academics, educators and administrators throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The conference will include scholarly papers, performative presentations and Pecha Kucha style presentations. Other conference events include showcases, a choreolab, masterclasses and workshops.

Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2015: Connectivity through Dance

Conference papers: call for abstracts

We now invite abstracts for presentations addressing the conference theme for the following categories by 2 March 2015. You will be notified of acceptance by 1 April 2015.

All modes of presentation require a 250-word abstract and a 100-word biography, plus up to four keywords to identify themes relevant to your topic. The conference will also include lunchtime conversations with invited speakers.

Email your proposal to Stephanie Burridge and cc Secretariat Sarah Knox.

Scholarly papers

Submit an abstract of 250 words maximum. These will be double-blind refereed by an international review committee as per academic research conventions and published in the conference proceedings.

Performative presentations

This format is designed to privilege the voice of practitioners through showing digital footage of a choreographic work or a community/teaching/video project they have undertaken. Proposals should comprise a 250-word concept statement of the practice/project, together with a 10-minute maximum online (Vimeo/YouTube) excerpt of recent work. Promotional footage will not be considered.

Pecha Kucha style presentations

(for students in Honours year and above)

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 20 slides are timed to be shown each for 20 seconds (7 minutes total). Research students are encouraged to present in this format. Initial submissions are in the form of a 250-word abstract summarising the topic, methodology and summary of the research to date, with an extra page of no more than 7 contextual/bibliographic references in APA style. If selected, more detailed instructions on the format will be provided.

Associated performance events

There will be an opportunity for members to participate in the following events. Chapter Heads and members will be advised about application processes by 1 March.

Performance showcases

  • The Small Company/Independent Artist Showcase, chaired by Susan Yeung, will be presented at the Recital Studio, Esplanade. The focus will be on cutting-edge contemporary dance works by choreographers from the Asia-Pacific region. The collection of works speaks of a new generation of dance-making that is uniquely contemporary Asian.
  • The Singapore Tertiary Showcase will feature Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (coordinated by Gillian Tan) and Lasalle College of the Arts (coordinated by Susan Yeung). Both institutions will present their own dance works as well as a collaborative dance work in the Next Generation platform of Esplanade’s da:ns festival.
  • The Community Showcase, chaired by Peter Gn, will be presented at the Plaza @ National Library. It aims to celebrate the diversity of dance through enjoyable dance performances of amateur groups from the Asia-Pacific region.


Melissa Quek will chair the Choreolab in consultation with the Creation & Presentation Network Chair, Nanette Hassall. Selected emerging choreographers from the Asia-Pacific region will be in an intensive residence prior to the conference and will present works-in-progress during the conference.

Masterclasses and workshops

Masterclasses will include traditional and contemporary dance forms with international artists and choreographers from the Asia-Pacific region. Workshops addressing one or more of the following WDA network areas may also be presented: Research & Documentation, Creation & Presentation, Education & Training, Support & Development.

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DANscienCE Festival 2015

21 – 23 August

Directed by Liz Lea and Associate Professor Gene Moyle, the 2015 DANscienCE Festival is a curated event that will provide an exciting oppportunity for scientists, artists, researchers and educators to explore and celebrate the synergies between these two fields of creativity.

DANscienCE focuses on the areas of cognitive psychology, applied dance science, technology, robotics and ecology/biology. The festival aims to foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry.

Participants will engage in panel discussions, present papers, observe demonstrations amd watch performances.DANscienCE will explore the breadth of the growing connections between dance and science, and the innovative approaches and projects that scientists and artists are already undertaking in both Australia and Internationally.

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2015 Conference for the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance

2 –23 June 2015, Edith Cowan University, Perth

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is proud to host the 2015 Conference for the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA), which will coincide with the 30th Anniversary of WAAPA’s much respected Music Theatre Course. Themed 'Australasian Overtures', this will be the first MTEA conference to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

WAAPA’s Alumni include internationally celebrated artists such as Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin, Lisa McCune, Eddie Perfect, and Lucy Durack and graduates of its Music Theatre Department are employed in every major commercial musical throughout Australasia.

Hugh Jackman says:

Having been fortunate enough to work in musical theatre all over the world, I know the value of learning from other performers/directors from different cultures, with different approaches. What a great idea to get Music Theatre students, professionals, and educators together in the one place at the one time. Go WAAPA!

The MTEA’s annual conference brings together musical theatre educators from all over the world to share ideas about curriculum, recruitment, production, and professional placement. It is also an opportunity to unite the Alliance with the key professional theatre artists in their respective fields.

The Conference will focus on building bridges and broadening horizons for musical theatre across all languages and cultures, with a special focus on Asia. It will offer presentations, workshops, discussions, and entertainment of interest to teachers of Acting, Singing, Dance, and Voice, and will feature key Australian and International educators and artists.

Further details regarding the Conference program and speakers will be announced later in 2014.

Visit MTEA website.

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Broadening the Spectrum: Dance and other expressive arts therapies for health and healing.

Dance movement therapy conference: 12–14 July 2015, Melbourne
Pre and post conference workshops and activities: 9–14 July.

Conference themes

  • How can the healing potential of dance movement therapy be strengthened through connection with other creative arts modalities?
  • How can dance movement therapists work in partnership to promote client outcomes, especially in areas of trauma and attachment?
  • How can we strengthen the use of evidence in approaches to dance movement therapy?
  • What is the relationship between dance movement therapy and our indigenous cultures?

Conference streams

  • Skill development in dance-movement therapy
  • Therapeutic applications of dance for specific populations and communities
  • Professional issues and supervision
  • Research and evaluation

Keynote speaker

Dr Sherry Goodill from the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Drexel University, USA. Sherry is an accomplished therapist, psychologist, dancer and teacher, who has much expertise to share, especially on the topic of DMT with medical conditions and assessment. Sherry will also lead two days of workshops prior to the conference. 


In addition to the weekend conference program, there are several very interesting workshop options before and after the conference:

  • Expanding and Deepening: Two days for enhancing your DMT practice with Sherry Goodill (9–10 July).
  • Arts Based Enquiry utilising Narrative Movement with Conor Kelly and Dr Steve Harvey (13–14 July).
  • Professional writing for Dance Movement Therapy with Sue Mullane and Kim Dunphy (13 July).

Conference registration is open now, with early bird discounts are available until 31 May.

Visit the conference website for more information.

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