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Weekend intensive with Legs on the Wall

After the huge success of their Wall Running classes earlier this year, Legs on the Wall are very pleased to be offering an intensive weekend on the wall!

Led by the amazingly talented Rick Everett, participants will have 2 full days to extend existing skills or learn completely new ones. Come away with the gravity-defying skills of wall running, flying and other amazing feats! (This could be the perfect early Christmas present for that acrobat in your life!)

Classes are open to all skill levels but a high level of fitness is required.

When: 10am - 4pm, Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 December
Where: The Red Box, Legs On The Wall, 91 Canal Road Lilyfield
Cost:  $400.00

For bookings or further information please email Skadi or T 02 9560 9479.

Dancers wanted in Perth

Expressions of Interest

The Contemporary Dance Company of Western Australia is seeking professional contemporary dancers for the March 2015 remount season in Perth of Behind The Veneer, created and directed by Cadi McCarthy in 2010 for Buzz Dance Theatre.

Three female and three male professional dancers will be offered a short-term contact, working directly with creator Cadi McCarthy.

Dancers must be available from 16 February to 28 March 28, 2015.

For information and EOI application please email Mary Wolfla.

Deadline for EOIs: 7 November

Sydney Dance Company seeks Rehearsal Director

The Rehearsal Director is a key position within the artistic team at Sydney Dance Company and works closely with the Artistic Director. The Rehearsal Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the dancers and their health and well being, as well as working with dancers to further their technique and performances.

This is a full time position that includes the need to tour for extended periods of time as well as the need to work evenings and weekends in line with the company’s performance schedule.

Selection criteria

Essential

  • Demonstrated high-level experience managing studio rehearsal schedules.
  • Demonstrated high-level experience in leading an ensemble of dancers to ensure they deliver performances at the highest possible standard
  • Demonstrated experience at managing the budgets and schedules for guest teachers, accompanists, physiotherapist and other associated studio related activities.
  • Superlative oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well and deliver results as part of a busy team with tight deadlines.
  • Capacity to work successfully with the company’s administration, finance and production teams.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and capacity to positively impact upon dancer technique.
  • Proven capacity to teach company technique class at a high level in either or both classical ballet and contemporary dance forms.
  • A current NSW Working with Children certificate.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the processes and elements in delivering large scale theatre based dance performances.
  • A good network and understanding of the national and international dance industry.

Desirable

  • A current NSW drivers license
  • Current first aid certificate
  • A good working knowledge of current Australian MEAA union performers collective agreements

Please address applications to:
Ms Anne Dunn, Executive Director, Sydney Dance Company

Applications should be submitted via email to:
Kerry Thampapillai, Executive Assistant

Applications should contain a current CV, a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, and the names of at least 2 referees.

For a full statement of duties please visit Sydney Dance Company website.

Deadline for applications: 5pm 7 November

Audition–The Australian Ballet Education Ensemble

14 & 15 November, 2014
The Australian Ballet Lvl 5, 2 Kavanagh St, Southbank Melbourne

The Australian Ballet is now calling for applications for auditions its for Dance Education Ensemble 2015 where successful dancers will be offered exciting employment opportunities including skills development, touring, teaching and performance.

Auditioning dancers will be required to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • a comprehensive background and high standard of classical ballet technique — pointe work for females required
  • performance and repertoire knowledge/experience — ability to work with a dance director in a range of dance genre
  • high level of physical fitness — performance readiness
  • competent communication skills — articulate and ease in public speaking
  • teaching attributes —  motivated to work with students to promote the benefits of dance learning

Successful applicants will engage in:

  • a short-term contract (minimum 10 months) with The Australian Ballet (Feb – Nov 2015)
  • participate in a six week professional development session in teaching and performance
  • engage in program implementation for metropolitan and regional areas throughout Australia
  • be required to travel interstate during the contract duration

To apply

Email your resume to Hayley Arundel, Dance Education Ensemble Manager. Please include:

  • personal details
  • education qualification – secondary, tertiary and vocational
  • dance training and performance experience
  • allied skills – singing, acting, tap, circus arts and gymnastics
  • 2 photographs – head shot and full length

Deadline for applications: Friday 7 November

Dancenorth seeks production manager

Dancenorth requires an experienced team-oriented production manager to manage the productions of the dance company and a supervise a small theatre.

Applicants should be able to

  • manage the realisation of the design, technical and scheduling processes of our productions under the direction of management.
  • work for and protect the interests of the company to allow the directors and designers to dream and pursue every opportunity to realise their vision.
  • support the creative team and the logistics of our productions and lead the production team to holistically engage with all departments.
  • manage the production budget to ensure it remains within budgetary parameters.
  • supervise the management of a 200-seat theatre.

Read the media release.

Email applications to Trevor at Dancenorth for a full position description and job criteria.

Deadline for applications: 7 November

Tanja Liedtke Fellowship

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation is now inviting applications for the 2015 Fellowship which will run from 3 August to 5 September.

Applicants should be between the ages of 20 and 35 and who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

The 2015 Fellowship program includes a 3-week creative development residency at ada Studio in Berlin, attendance at the international dance festival Tanz im August, and participation in Tanzlabor_21’s Summer Lab in Frankfurt am Main.

More information and how to apply can be found on the Tanja Liedtke Foundation website.

Deadline for applications: 12 December 2014.

Previous TLF recipients have been Joseph Simons (2013) Antony Hamilton (2009) and Katarzyna Sitarz (2011).

Motion capture

Edith Cowan University is excited to announce that WAAPA has a new motion capture facility that will be utilised to prevent injuries to dancers as well as a teaching and performance tool for its elite dancers.

This facility is the only motion capture setup of its kind to incorporate the skills of a biomechanist directly into a university dance program in the interest of preventing dance injuries.

What makes motion capture at Mount Lawley unique is that we have access to a large cohort of talented dancers, in addition to scientific and artistic academics who are willing and able to use the lab in the investigation of the prevention of dance injuries.

—Dr Luke Hopper, Biomechanist and health in performing arts specialist, ECU

Read the complete Media Release.

Bachelor of Dance Studies, University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is now accepting applications for the Bachelor of Dance Studies 2015. Auditions will be held in New Zealand in November.

The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries Dance Studies Programme is highly regarded in New Zealand and internationally as a centre of research and practice. You will work with leading professionals to advance your choreographic and performance techniques, broaden your understanding of dance history and the place of dance in contemporary culture, and gain the skills to pursue a sustainable career in a diverse range of dance-related fields.

Auditions

Wellington: Monday 10 November
Christchurch: Wednesday 12 November
Auckland: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November

Visit the Auckland University website for more information.

For questions and application support please email the Dance Department.

Performing Arts Market NZ 2015

9 –11 March, Auckland 2015

The Performing Arts Market is run by the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ). It is New Zealand’s sole marketplace for the promotion of professional tour ready dance, theatre and music productions.

It is also an important forum for connecting artists and presenters, debating the issues facing our industry and building capacity within our sector. PANNZ is attended by festival directors, venue managers, artists, producers and industry stakeholders.

Important dates

29 Sep: Registrations/applications open
27 Oct: Producer submissions to Cyberpaddock close
 3  Nov: Presenter voting round opens
17 Nov: Presenter voting round closes
24 Nov: Pitches announced
20 Dec: Earlybird registrations close
30 Jan: Registrations close (late fees begin)
9 –11 Mar: PANNZ Market 2015

For more information visit the PANNZ website.

The Corner Dance Lab 2015

16 – 24 January 2015

Dance Integrated Australia and The Farm is excited to be hosting the second Corner Dance Lab in beautiful Federal (northern New South Wales).

The artistic line up for The Corner Dance Lab 2015 is:

Phil Blackman, Sean Campbell, Philip Channells, Hsin-Ju Chiu (Raw), Ben Ely, Kate Harman, Julian Louis, Kimberly McKintyre, Lee-Anne Litton, Kellie O’Dempsey, Timothy Ohl, Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, Gavin Webber.

Participants at the inaugural Corner Dance Lab, January 2014. Photo: Tim Standing / Daylight Breaks

As an independent artist who grew up in Byron Bay, it was my immense pleasure in returning to the region to participate in The Corner Dance Lab. Having the opportunity to work with a number of world-renowned leaders in dance and physical theatre, amongst such an inspiring and rich natural landscape made this experience unbeatable. Working alongside such a diverse range of artists in such a collaborative manner was truly remarkable and the artistic connections created are invaluable. The intensive needs to exist as a mainstay annual event for both the local and Australian wide artistic community.—Harrison Hall, Independent Artist (Melbourne)

Early Bird Expressions of Interest are now open. Register now and save $100!

Request an EOI form or telephone Philip Channells on +61 432 073 304 for more information.

Read about The Corner Dance Lab 2014.

Help us shape the NDF2015 program: submit your ideas, proposals and feedback

Submit your ideas and proposals

Please use the NDF2015 proposals form (1MB PDF) to submit your ideas and feedback. Email the form to NDF2015 by Friday 3 October 2014.

We welcome your suggestions for topics, speakers or proposals for sessions including but not limited to:

  • Five-minute presentations that may be thematically grouped with others to form the basis for longer sessions that will include both presentations and discussion
  • 'Pecha kucha' style presentations (20 slides x 20 seconds)
  • Studio-based sessions such as lecture demonstrations

Please note: proposals for showings and classes will not be eligible. NDF2015 is about fostering critical dialogue, and there will be other avenues for showings through Dance Massive managed by Ausdance Victoria. For more information visit Dance Massive.

Give us your feedback

We encourage any feedback you have about the proposed NDF2015 lines of focus:

  • Transforming the form: changing structures and their effects
  • The subtleties and nuances of innovation.
  • Discourse: How is dance written about, spoken about and communicated?

Please use the NDF2015 proposals form and complete the feedback section.

Tribute to Tanja Liedtke—Stuttgart 2015

12 – 15 March 2015, Stuttgart

The 19th International Solo Dance/Theatre Festival will be a tribute to the late Tanja Liedtke.

This international choreographic competition is held over four days sees contemporary young choreographers (under 30 years) showcase their most recent work before an internationally-renowned jury. The choreographed solo dance pieces submitted should be under one-year old and between 9 and 12 minutes long.

Prize winners will take part in tours in May and November, travelling both within Germany and internationally.

Deadline for applications: 11 November 2014.  

Apply now.

The Fourth Australian Dance Movement Therapy Conference

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia (DTAA) turns 21 in 2015. To celebrate, the DTAA and the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation will present 'Broadening the spectrum: dance and other expressive arts therapies for health and healing' from 12–14 July 2015 at The Historic Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Victoria.

Dr. Sherry Goodill, Chairperson of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, USA, and President of the American Dance Therapy Association, is the first keynote speaker confirmed. Sherry, (PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC), has been working as a dance/movement therapist and educator since 1980. She holds a Masters in creative arts therapy with a specialisation in dance/movement therapy from Hahnemann Medical College, and a PhD in medical psychology with a concentration in mind/body studies from The Union Institute and University. In 2005, Sherry published An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion. She also serves on the editorial panels for the Arts in Psychotherapy journal and the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Pre and post conference workshops with local and international presenters will be offered.

A call for papers will be made later in 2014.

The DTAA Committee welcomes interest from members in contributing to the development of the conference. Please email Kim Dunphy.

Keir Choreographic Award—winner announced

The inaugural Keir Choreographic Award has been awarded to Atlanta Eke. The People's Choice Award went to Sydney artist Jane McKernan, as selected by audience members at the grand final at Carriageworks.

Four of the eight commissioned artists—Sarah Aiken, Matthew Day, Atlanta Eke, Jane McKernan—competed for the inaugural award at Carriageworks in Sydney in July.

Dancehouse residency programs

The Housemate programs reflect Dancehouse's commitment to advancing innovative contemporary dance in Australia by instigating and nurturing rigorous discourse and encouraging wide-ranging, movement-based experimentation and innovative choreographic practices.

Both Performance and Research Housemate programs provide the artist with extensive time, generous financial support and a thoroughly mentored environment. The Housemate program is one of the very few fully paid artist-in-residence programs in the world. Artists are given between 8 and 14 weeks of free studio space, a salary package (or pro rata), and administrative, mentoring and production support. Housemates are selected by a peer advisory panel from a national call for applicants.

World Alliance for Arts Education Global Summit 2014 calls for abstracts

Theme: ‘Transform: from inception to innovation in arts education’

We invite you to share your research evidence, innovations and best practices in arts education globally.

Participation in this summit is by invitation only. If you are successful you will be part of approximately 90 presentations from quality arts educators across the globe in dance, drama, media arts, music, visual arts and cross-arts education.

Abstracts due 30 June 2014.

Summit date and location

26 – 28 November 2014
Griffith University, School of Education and Professional Studies, Mt Gravatt Campus, Brisbane

2014 International Dance Day message

On 29 April every year, the international dance community celebrates International Dance Day.

We celebrate our art form's ability to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language—dance.

Pay the dancers

The payment of professional dancers has been an important discussion over the last few days for independent performers in Australia. Following an initial call-out for performers to be part of a new video clip for Kylie Minogue filming on Friday 25 April, concerns were raised about remuneration for participating dancers. 

Paul Malek of Dancechat and Jordan Beth Vincent, President of Ausdance Victoria have helped raised awareness of the ongoing problems associated with the valuing of performers in the commercial dance sector, noting this is not an isolated incident.

Ausdance believes that dancers are trained professionals who study and work hard to maintain their performance abilities. Like other artists, they deserve recognition and remuneration for the work they do. There may be times a dancer chooses to donate their skills and time, but we hope a professional video opportunity would come with professional remuneration.

The Media Entertainment Arts Alliance have been in negotiations with the production company since the filming was announced, resulting in award payments now being offered to performers under the Broadcast and Recorded Entertainment Award.

Ausdance and MEAA will continue discussions with dancers on how best to support dancers to access appropriate remuneration.

Ausdance Victoria is currently surveying free-lance and studio based teachers of dance on rates of pay and qualifications. Participate here before 30 June.

If you have any thoughts on this topic please leave them in the comments below.

You can read more about the issue here.

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Talking dance—meet the makers at the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market

Ausdance celebrates Australian dance makers at APAM 2014

In February 2014, Ausdance National and Ausdance Queensland hosted Talking dancemeet the makers, a networking event for the dance makers participating in the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM).

The following slideshow, which was projected during the event, showcases the latest work of Australian dance companies and independent dance artists who were presenting work at APAM 2014.

NAAE concerned for future of UNESCO cultural program

National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE), have expressed concern UNESCO has recently voted to downgrade its cultural program (including arts education), thus risking the program's eventual elimination. Writing to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, NAAE have outlined concerns about the possible downgrading of UNESCO's cultural program, and requesting Australia's representatives prioritise this program when it votes again at its November meeting. NAAE also acknowledges the leadership role UNESCO has played as an active advocate for Arts Education internationally.

Toshi Kawaguchi, Secretary-General of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO has recently responsed:

Australia is not a member of the Executive Board. As such, we were not involved in the decision. The Australian National Commission for UNESCO intends to participate in the General Conference, however, and has registered National Advocates for Arts Education’s (NAAE) views. We appreciate your input as the peak national arts education association.

Australia has much to offer in the cultural and arts education sphere and places value in arts education, including working to elevate creativity and cultural expression nationally.  As you note, education ministers endorsed the Australian Curriculum for the arts in July 2013 so that for the first time, all Australian students from Foundation to Year Ten will have access to an arts education that covers five art forms of drama, dance, media arts, music and visual arts.  To the credit of cultural bodies such as NAAE and Drama Australia, the Australian Curriculum for the arts recognises the opportunities that the arts learning area offers students in relation to further developing their general capabilities such as literacy, personal and social capability, and intercultural understanding.
 

NAAE will continue to monitor the progress of the decision and the outcome of the General Conference.

Dance and science—knowledge and creativity.

There is so much we still have to learn about dance. Human bodies have been dancing for centuries and some of our training techniques have been passed on from generation to generation.

At Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Dr Emma Redding, head of dance science, is leading a growing group of researchers and students applying scientific methods to the dance training we do every day, seeking to gain knowledge about the body and the impact of dance.

National Dance Forum program

Opening and closing with interactive visioning sessions, the program featured a full morning 'Open Space' session on the Sunday tapping the pulse of the forum, and through it that of the dance sector in Australia.

Keynote artists-in-conversation were Dalisa Pigram, co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku, with David Pledger, and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart with Anne Thompson.

TAFE funding cuts and the arts

At the recent meeting of the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (TDCA), serious concerns were raised about the massive cuts to TAFE training in several eastern States.

In this article for Artshub, Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, also raises these concerns, and the broader issues of career pathways for artists. While Tamara focuses on the visual arts, much of her analysis could be applied to dance in the TAFE sector, especially with the imminent introduction of the new Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

We'll be making our concerns known to the Victorian, New South Wales, South Australian and Queensland governments about their proposals to so drastically cut TAFE funding. We suggest you read Tamara's article and respond to your own governments about the future of arts training in your State.

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