29 April – 10 May 2015
If you've ever wanted to try out a dance class or attend a dance performance, Australian Dance Week is the time to give it a go. Ausdance in WA and ACT have some exciting free public events. And some of our members and partners have dance performances and public dance classes coinciding with Australian Dance Week.
Ausdance ACT's Australian Dance Week program is massive, so we won't list them all here. Lucky Canberra residents can access a range of dance classes, performances and special events.
Act-Belong-Commit DANCE LIVE 2015
A dance performance extravaganza, showcasing multiple dance styles and performers of all ages.
- When: 2–4 pm, 3 May 2015
- Location: Forrest Place Perth CBD
Act-Belong-Commit DANCE FILMS
Dance films by WA artists, for WA artists, presented in five free screenings during Dance Week.
- When: 3–5 pm, 4–8 May 2015
- Where: Northbridge Piazza
Act-Belong-Commit TRIGGER: SCREEN
Interact with the screen as you explore your relationship to music and movement by watching, listening, moving and playing in response to triggers.
- When: 5–7 pm, 5 May 2015
- Where: Northbridge Piazza
Act-Belong-Commit TRIGGER: SONG
The final event for Australian Dance Week, this free interactive community event is designed to trigger the dance in us all!
- When: 4–8 pm, 8 May 2015
- Where: Brookfield Place
For more information contact Ausdance WA Projects Manager Amy Wiseman on (08) 9322 6101 or email@example.com
Celebrate Australian Dance Week with your colleagues and peers at Ausdance NSW's industry event for NSW dance artists and supporters. Hear from NSW dance artists about their National Dance Forum experience. And find out more about what Ausdance NSW is doing in 2015 and how you can get involved. To register visit A Glance at Dance with Ausdance NSW!
- When: 6–8 pm, 5 May 2015
Ausdance NSW is offering a complimentary three-hour workshop for our members(18+) during Dance Week 2015, with dance artist Thomas Bradley (formally of Sydney Dance Company).
- When: 2:30–5:30 pm, 5 May 2015
- Where: Sydney Dance Company
Expressions Dance Company
THE HOST is Natalie Weir's brand new, world premiere production combines gripping dance theatre with a touch of explosive fun. An elegant dinner party hosted by an influential young man for his manipulative guests is thrown into turmoil when power meets greed, ambition and jealousy. As the evening wears on, THE HOST exposes society’s insatiable desire for control and status, and the power play between the guests intensifies as the accusations start to fly.
- When: 1–9 May 2015
- Where: Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Book tickets.
Luminous Flux is a double bill showcasing two diverging, innovative and accessible works: Tanja Liedtke's Enter Twilight and Byron Perry’s Light Entertainment.
- When: April–May 2015
- Where: visit website for full details
Coppélia: To create a touching and witty Coppélia, choreographer Greg Horsman has drawn on real-life stories of 19th-century German immigrants to the South Australian town of Hahndorf.
- When: 1–20 May
- Where: Queensland regional tour—visit Queensland Ballet for performance times and venues.
Shaun Parker & Company
Blue love: Infused with intense physical theatre, film and dance, Shaun Parker’s Blue Love is a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia.
- When: 2–17 May
- Where: NSW regional tour—visit Shaun Parker & Company for performance times and venues.
Sydney Dance Company
- When: 30 April – 2 May (dates coinciding with Australian Dance Week)
- Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
- When: 6 – 16 May
- Where: Southbank Theatre, Melbourne
The Australian Ballet
The Dream: Classical Beauty. Shakespearean Comedy.
- When: 30 April – 9 May (during Australian Dance Week. Visit The Australian Ballet website for The Dream's tour schedule.
- Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre), Sydney Opera House
McAllister in conversation: Retiring Principal Artist Madeleine Eastoe will join Artistic Director David McAllister AM in conversation. They'll discuss her life on and off the stage, dancing Giselle, the very role that saw her promoted to principal artist, and Titania in The Dream, and her decision to hang up her pointe shoes after a stunning 18-year career with the company.
- When: 2 May
- Where: Sydney Opera House
SHORT CUTS is STRUT's hugely popular studio season of new short works by independent choreographers. 18 works spread over two shows, with over 30 independent performing artists.
- When: 7– 9 May
- Where: Studio 3, King St Arts Centre.
Public dance classes
Australian Dance Theatre (ADT)
South Australia's ADT runs Ballet (6.30–7.30 pm) and Contemporary (7.45–8.45 pm) dance classes for adults every Tuesday evening. Learn new moves and improve your dance technique at ADT adult dance classes taught by current and former dancers from Australian Dance Theatre’s ensemble. No experience necessary. For class timetable and bookings, visit ADT's classes for adults.
Try Contemporary dance in one of Chunky Move's beginner and intermediate level classes taught by professional dancers currently working within the industry.
Dancehouse's dance technique classes, taught by artists and teachers, are a great way to stay fit, meet people and learn new techniques. Dancehouse's 2015 Public Workshops are run by local and international practitioners, and during dance week Jane Elworthy presents The Sacred Art of Rhythm and Sound on 1 & 2 May.
Dancenorth's public dance classes for children and adults include Ballet, Improvisation, Contemporary, Yoga and Aerial silks (a fusion of circus, dance and acrobatic). For class times and bookings, visit Dancenorth's Open Classes.
LWD offers dance classes in Contemporary (intermediate & advanced) and Hip Hop. Tutors are Kialea-Nadine Williams and Ryan Turner and classes start May 6. For class times and bookings, visit LWD dance classes.
Queensland Ballet's public classes are open to adults aged 16 years and over, are run on a casual basis, no dance experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome. Just come and have fun.
Sydney Dance Company
There are morning, afternoon and evening classes seven days a week for adults aged 16+. Try Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin American, Tap, Zumba, Lyrical and JFH. For class timetable and bookings, visit Sydney Dance Company classes page.
Tasdance Studio runs classes for ages six to adult, with a class specifically designed for mature students and another for boys only. Term 2 has just started (last week of April) but you might be able to get a place if you hurry. Contact Tasdance now.
The Australian Ballet
Boys Day (Sydney): Take a boys’ (aged 9–14) only class taught by a male dancer of The Australian Ballet, followed by watching Company class. SOLD OUT
Adult Ballet Classes (Melbourne): 5–7 May for all experience levels. SOLD OUT
The West Australian Ballet
West Australian Ballet's adult Ballet classes are taught by professional teachers and dancers, as well as some well-known WAB company members. Classes for all levels run non-stop from January through to December. For class timetable and bookings, visit West Australian Ballet's Adult Dance Classes.