Julie Dyson, AM

Chair, National Advocates for Arts Education
Julie works in a voluntary capacity as an arts advocate across several organisations, including Canberra’s Childers Group, Sydney Dance Company’s education advisory panel, as a global executive member of the World Dance Alliance, as an adviser for the Australian Dance Awards, and as a member of the ArtsPeak executive. Julie chairs the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE), and is the former national director of Ausdance, where her work included policy development, advice to funding bodies, government departments, companies and individual artists, and the initiation of innovative partnerships to promote and support contemporary dance, performers and educators. She works as a volunteer on the dance collections at the National Library of Australia and Ausdance National, and has edited many publications, including Shaping the Landscape – Celebrating Dance in Australia and Shifting Sands: Dance in Asia and the Pacific.


Australian Dance Summits 2001

This report presents some of the debate from a series of Dance Summits held in each State and Territory during February/March 2001. In 1991, under the auspices of the Australia Council, 148 members of the Australian dance community gathered in Canberra to debate the future of dance for the following decade. Much was achieved from those recommendations, but with a new decade about to begin, Ausdance assumed the role of facilitator and organised a series of State and Territory meetings, culminating in a national summit in Canberra on 26 March 2001. More than 220 members of the Australian dance community debated a wide range of issues during these consultations, and agreed on six priorities for action.


The Australian Curriculum: The Arts finally endorsed

A seven-year campaign on behalf of arts educators across the country came to an end this week with the final endorsement of The Australian Curriculum: The Arts! Thanks go to the National Advocates for Arts Education - NAAE, which represents the five art forms included as separate subjects in the curriculum. The Arts were not initially included in the national curriculum at all, and this week therefore marks a significant occasion, when The Arts are not only in the curriculum, but they include all five art forms: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and the Visual Arts.

An extraordinary career: Cheryl Stock, AM

Julie Dyson pays tribute to Cheryl Stock who was recently awarded an AM. Cheryl is an artist and scholar who has influenced four decades of Australian policy, dance education, scholarship and research, dance leadership and artistic vision.

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