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The Australian Dance Council—Ausdance has for nearly forty years been at the forefront of inspiring, supporting and informing the dance community in Australia.

Now we need your support to continue this work.

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The Australian Dance Council—Ausdance (Ausdance National) has inspired, supported and informed the Australian dance sector.

Now we need your support to continue this work.

As a service organisation, the ability to secure philanthropic and ticket revenue is limited. With a focus on developing and supporting an under-resourced sector, maintaining a stable base of funding is needed to continue our work for the dance sector. 

A vital part of the Australian dance community since 1977, Ausdance National has been at the forefront in promoting dance—through the establishment and delivery of the Australian Dance Awards and Australian Dance Week, understanding dance—through research, partnerships and publications such as Brolga–an Australian journal about dance and the World Dance Alliance Global Summit papers, and developing the place of dance in the national dialogue through advocacy engagement with Federal and state governments.

Research projects such as the Safe Dance surveys and reports, resulting in better health outcomes for professional and developing dancers, have delivered real data and results for the industry and are only able to progress through stable funding for Ausdance National.

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Direct Deposit to the AUSDANCE FUND

Westpac BSB: 032-719 
Account number: 565527

Once you've made a donation, please email Ausdance National to make sure you receive your tax receipt. 

Donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible

Recent highlights

Exploring identities in dance: Proceedings from the 13th World Congress of Dance and the Child International. 

The National Dance Forum, facilitated by Ausdance in partnership with the Australia Council in 2011, 2013 and 2015, has seen over 150 individuals each year, from every state and territory, participating in roundtable discussions and engaging with panel and keynote speakers. In 2015 there were two keynotes, eight panels, with 29 artists profiled. NDF2015 provided an opportunity for artists from all over the country—often separated by vast geographic distances—to share ideas, network with others and discuss professional practice.  

Often we work in the isolation or within the sealed environment of our own studios. While ‘networking’ is often perceived to be dirty work, it’s the relationships we form with other artists that support us throughout our careers. This was a vital part of the NDF. – NDF 2013 participant.

In 2015 the $10,000 Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship recognising and fostering a mid-career choreographer was awarded to Lina Limosani. Kay Armstrong and Stephanie Lake are past receptionist of this fellowship, established following a gift from the estate of Peggy van Praagh, founder of the Australian Ballet and founding member of Ausdance.

In 2014 Ausdance awarded the Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship to Gabrielle Nankivell and in 2016 to Patrick (Lucky) Lartey. This fellowship provides financial assistance of $5000 for an emerging choreographer to travel internationally with the purpose of developing and extending their practice. Keith was a founding member of Ausdance and initiated the Dancers’ Picnic—the precursor to the Australian Dance Awards. 

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