2017 Australian Dance Awards winners

The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance. The Australian Dance Awards are produced by the Australian Dance Council—Ausdance National.

Presented by Ausdance Victoria, Harlequin Floors and Ausdance National the 2017 Australian Dance Awards were presented on Sunday 24 September at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Congratulations to the winners and all the shortlisted nominees! And the winners are....

Hall of Fame

Noel Tovey AM

Lifetime Achievement

Helen Herbertson

Services to Dance 

Jennifer Irwin

For a long and prolific career producing outstanding and inspired costumes that have been applauded both nationally and internationally.

Some of Jennifer's designs for Bangarra Dance Theatre

Services to Dance Education 

Kim Walker

For his impact on many generations young performers as Director of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Chief Executive Officer of NAISDA, and for his innovative leadership preparing our next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Kim Walker, CEO NAISDA

Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance 

Liz Lea & collaborators for Great Sport!

For Liz Lea’s choreography, collaboration and direction of an outstanding project with Canberra Dance Theatre and the National Museum of Australia in a stunning performance involving the GOLD company, Dance for Parkinson’s ACT and KAGE.

Canberra Dance Theatre's The Golds performing Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. Image by Lorna Sim

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance 

Catapult Dance, The Flipside Project for In Search of the Lost Things

For an outstanding and creative collaboration led by Cadi McCarthy that produced a professional, captivating and dynamic work presented at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Catapult Dance's The Flipside Project In Search of the Lost Things. Choreographed by Cadi McCarthy and Marni Palomares. Image by Jessica Coughlin

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography  

Lucy Guerin for The Dark Chorus [Lucy Guerin Inc]

For a commanding and inspired new work that is innovative, engaging and challenging, with beautiful and complementary staging and costuming.

The Dark Chorus, Lucy Guerin Inc. Choreography by Lucy Guerin. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti

Outstanding Performance by a Company 

Bangarra Dance Theatre for OUR Land People Stories

For a wonderful double bill showcasing superb dancing, great artistry and engaging storytelling through some breathtaking choreography and gorgeous design.

Miyagan, from OUR Land People Stories, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Choreography by Beau Dean Riley Smith & Daniel Riley. Image by Vishal Pandey

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance  

Liesel Zink for The Stance

For this site-specific dance and sound work investigating the composition of bodies in protest and the history of public protest, activism and intervention. 

The Stance @ Liveworks by Liesel Zink. Image by Liesel Zink

Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer  

Ako Kondo for Coppélia [The Australian Ballet]

For a world-class and captivating performance, and for her technical prowess and virtuosity, and her commanding presence.

Ako Kondo in The Australian Ballet's Coppelia. Image by Jeff Busby

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer  

Benjamin Hancock for The Dark Chorus  [Lucy Guerin Inc]

For his superlative technique, theatrical and captivating presence, his versatility and great athletic prowess.

Benjamin Hancock in The Dark Chorus, Lucy Guerin Inc. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti

Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre 

Jack Chambers for Singin’ in the Rain  [TEG Dainty, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises & Michael Cassel Group] 

For his superb musicality, charismatic presence and effortless mastery of elaborate tap routines, slapstick and vaudeville.

Jack Chambers in Singin' in the Rain. Image by Dylan Robinson (Courtesy The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media  

The Samaya Wives for The Knowledge Between Us 

For a visually beautiful and stylish portrayal of the connection between two people, beautifully combining cinematic and choreographic elements.

The Samaya Wives' The Knowledge Between Us Created and choreographed by Pippa and Tara Jade Samaya