2017 Australian Dance Awards: Sunday 24 September at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Presented in an evening of performances showcasing some of Australia's best dance from the previous year, the annual Australian Dance Awards are a non-commercial event relying on the generosity and goodwill of the committee and the dance sector.
The ADAs began in NSW in 1986 in the form of a Dancers’ Picnic to celebrate International Dance Day (29 April) and to acknowledge achievements of our professional dance artists and practitioners.
In 1997 Ausdance NSW, with support from the City of Sydney and The Australian Ballet, presented the inaugural Australian Dance Awards at the Sydney Opera House. 2008 marked the beginning of a new era, with the Awards celebration held in Melbourne and produced by Ausdance Victoria for three consecutive years, thanks to the generosity of the Joan & Peter Clemenger Trust and The Australian Ballet.
Since 2010 the ADAs have been traveling around the country, with Ausdance Qld hosting the event in 2011, Ausdance WA in 2012 and Ausdance ACT in 2013. 2014 saw the Australian Dance Awards return to the Sydney Opera House, then in 2015 Adelaide presented the Awards for the first time, and then Perth again in 2016.
Ausdance Victoria will host the 2017 Australian Dance Awards in September (date tba).
With a truly national focus, the Australian Dance Awards promote the art form, raise the profile of Australian artists and provide a focal point for the celebration of excellence.
Find award winners since 1997 on the Australian Dance Awards website.