Australian Dance Awards

The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance. The event aims to publicly honour and reward those who have, through their achievements, raised the standards of dance in Australia; raise the profile and prestige of dance and acknowledge the depth and diversity of the dance profession in our society; and present a performance program representing excellence and diversity in the pinnacle of both innovative and established dance.

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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 Australian Dance Awards are managed by the Ausdance Dance Council. The selection panel and nominations process are coordinated by Ausdance National.


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.

Tap Dogs. Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre 2013. Photo: Remco Jansen

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, Ausdance ACT in 2013, Ausdance NSW in 2014, and Ausdance National in 2015 in Adelaide (in collaboration with Australian Dance Theatre and Ausdance SA) and in Perth in 2016 (in collaboration with Ausdance WA).

Ausdance Victoria will host the 2017 Australian Dance Awards on 24 September 2017 at Arts Centre Melbourne.

About, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Outstanding Performance by a Company 2012 Photo: Jeff Busby

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


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