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.
ADW2014 will run from 3 – 11 May.
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.
Here is a sample of some the ADW activities that happened this year....
Events in WA 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.
Two other really wonderful events were Dance Live on Sunday 28 April in Forest Place and the Oral Histories Launch the following day.
Ausdance WA values the time and artistry of all those joining us to perform in Dance Live in the centre of our CBD. We had hundreds of people watching in the square, on the café tables and up on the Myer mezzanine. The colour, diversity and obvious enjoyment of all the dance groups were perfectly suited to the location, the lovely Autumn weather and the raison d'etre of the event — to bring the dance community into the awareness of the broader community in a positive and vibrant way.
The second Oral Histories Project was launched with a gathering of celebrated WAdancers, 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.
Ausdance SA presented a 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. Thanks to all that were involved! To view or order photos by Alexander Waite Mitchell visit his gallery.
Ausdance ACT has free performances at the Belconnen Fresh Food markets every year, as well as dozens of free classes all over town for anyone to sample, and this year was bigger than ever as Canberra celebrates 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!
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, and Stay Up Later gave Brisbane’s dance schools and students an opportunity to come together and show their skills and creativity.
Contact your local Ausdance to find out how you can get involved in Australian Dance Week 2014.