1943—2009. Hilary Crampton was a dance performer, critic, advocate and educator. She was in the inaugural graduating year of the Bachelor program at the Laban Centre in London, and she also attended each of the four Armidale choreographic seminars from 1969 to 1976. She was closely involved in the subsequent founding conference of the Australian Association for Dance Education (now Ausdance) in 1977. Hilary was on the board of the Green Mill Dance Project in the 1990s and dance critic for The Age newspaper until 2009. She was forthright in her advocacy for dance and dance education, and received the Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance in 2006.
Dancer, dance educator, dance maker, dance critic, Hilary Crampton (University of Melbourne) presents her views about the current state of play within the Australian dance sector. She highlights three aspects of the sector: the education and training system; the structure of what the politicians like to refer to as ‘the arts industry' and the policy system that regulates art form practice through artists' reliance on its beneficence.