2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Australian Dance Awards committee is happy to announce that the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013 will be presented to Ronne Arnold in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to dance.

Ronne has inspired generations of audiences and dancers as a stunning performer, a dynamic choreographer and teacher, and as an academic who has presented and published his research into Aboriginal dance.

Born in Philadelphia, Ronne completed a dance degree in the US with special emphasis on Laban notation. He first came to Australia in 1960 to appear in West Side Story, and has lived here almost continuously since, performing, choreographing and teaching for companies and training institutions throughout the country.

Ronne was founder and Artistic Director of the Australian Contemporary Dance Company from 1967 – 72. The company made history by touring regional NSW and Queensland and bringing a new contemporary repertoire to audiences.

Passionate about Australia’s Indigenous dance, Ronne completed an MA in 1991, researching the dances of the Wanam people of Cape York Peninsula. He taught in various capacities at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA College) from 1986 until 2003.

(l) Photo: Peter Andrews  (r) Ronne with Robina Beard OAM, in New Blues, Australian Contemporary Dance Company.

Ongoing partner of the Australian Dance Awards, Bloch Dance Australia is pleased to continue its support of the Awards. Bloch’s National Manager–Dance Products & Services Australasia, Sandie Windsor-Richards said

we are delighted that Ronne Arnold is this year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and has been recognised for his generosity of spirit and love of dance.

Ronne is an outstanding pioneer who has made a major contribution to contemporary dance in Australia.

The Australian Dance Awards 2013 are presented by Harlequin Floors with Ausdance ACT.


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Leigh Muller avatar

Leigh Muller commented on

I am so very proud of my god-father Ronne Arnold :)
Congratulations my darling!
Wish I could be in Canberra with you tonight xxxx
Your, Leigh

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Sara MacDonald commented on

We have the Philadelphia Dance Academy archives at my institution and must have hundreds of photos of Ronne, from when he was a little boy until he left Philadelphia for Australia. (The Philadelphia Dance Academy is now the UArts School of Dance.) I’d felt like I’d gotten to know him through the pictures and clippings, and I did get to meet him a few years ago on one his rare visits to Philadelphia. I feel very proud and happy for Ronne’s recognition in Australia. Congratulations, Ronne!

Sara MacDonald, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Mark Linton-Smith commented on

What a wonderful recognition of a very special person - someone who affects everyone he meets with his special mix of positive energy and slightly bossy scolding: “No no no - you know better!” If you know him, you know what I mean! He brings out something in you you didn’t know you have (but he did).

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mark zanotti commented on

ronne , how are you my friend .. concratulations on this magnificent achievement . thought you might have taken up afl football after we met . please email me as im looking for our friend Dwayne mac . you have been sensational for the Australian dance and theatre movement .. simply brilliant