Dance partners

Our dance partners (project partners, member dance companies and tertiary dance directors), help provide leadership in dance education, advocacy, policy development and debate. They give their time and expertise to create a national voice for dance development in Australia (and internationally too).

Adelaide College of the Arts

Adelaide College of the Arts offers bachelor qualifications in dance as well as advanced diplomas in acting and a vast range of ‘behind the scenes' roles.

Aon / Ausdance dance insurance provider

Aon is Australia's leading provider of broking and consulting services for risk management, insurance transactions, reinsurance, human capital consulting and financial planning.


The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts centres all over Australia.


artsHub is the first port of call for creative job-seekers and job advertisers.


ArtsPeak promotes the value of the arts in Australia and supports growth, development and sustainability through purposeful advocacy.

ArtsPeak drives the national debate in innovation, creativity and arts industry development. ArtsPeak functions as a confederation of Australia’s peak arts organisations collaborating with other sector organisations and artists.

Australia Council for the Arts

This is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, supporting and enriching Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.

Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment

The Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE) is an Entertainment Assist cross-sector peer-to-peer initiative for shared interest in positive mental health and wellbeing behaviours for a sustainable Australian entertainment industry. AAWE will be implemented in collaboration with founding members.

Australian College of Physical Education

Australian College of Physical Education is Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the related disciplines of sport, dance and physical education.

Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent non-profit organisation that supports a creative Australia by promoting the benefit of copyright for the common good. They represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies.

Australian Dance Theatre

ADT is one of Australia's pre-eminent contemporary dance company with an increasingly high profile throughout Europe.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre is fuelled by the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous Australians.


BlakDance Australia Ltd is a performing arts company which advocates for Indigenous Contemporary Dance in Australia with the vision to contribute significantly to the cultural landscape of Australian Dance.


Australia's leading designer and provider of quality dance shoes and dance wear, Bloch has been supporting the Australian Dance Awards since 1998.

Box Hill Institute

The dance courses at Box Hill Institute are aimed at training excellent dance teachers and managers.

Canberra Dance Theatre

CDT's mission is to contribute to the dance culture of the ACT region through quality dance education, dance performance, and engagement with local artists and organisations.


Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia.

Chunky Move

Chunky Move makes a diverse and distinctive brand of genre-defying dance performance.


Co3 is WA's flagship contemporary dance company, contributing a unique voice to the national cultural environment. Co3 reinvigorates the conversation about, and experience of, contemporary dance. The company supports and inspires the development of contemporary dance, dancers and dance culture. Co3 is guided by the key programming principles of curate, commission, and create.

Critical Path

Critical Path is a choreographic research and development centre for dance artists in New South Wales.


Dance and the Child International (daCi) is dedicated to the growth and development of dance for children on an international basis.

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) supports and develops organisations and individuals in the NZ dance industry.

Dance Australia

Dance Australia is Australia's leading specialist magazine devoted to the art of dance.

Dance Informa

Dance Informa is the industry's online dance magazine and news service.

Dance UK

Dance UK is the national voice for dance, tackling the big issues facing the dance sector all over the UK.


Dancehouse is Australia's premier centre for contemporary dance, combining research, training and performance.


Dancenorth is a contemporary dance theatre company that experiments with all art forms to create dynamic dance experiences for audiences all over the world.

dancetrain magazine

Established in 2002 dancetrain magazine has over 40,000 readers and a great website providing a wide range of information to young dancers, teachers and performing artists.

De Quincey Co

De Quincey Co is committed to the development and empowerment of artists engaged in Bodyweather and body-based performance.

Deakin University

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin University is an inclusive dance course focused on dance as a contemporary art.

Expressions Dance Company

Expressions Dance Company makes enduring contemporary dance works that are artistically risky, but also grounded in human stories that speak to a diverse audience.

fLiNG Physical Theatre inc.

fLiNG Physical Theatre is a professionally supported youth dance company based in Bega.

Footscray Community Arts Centre

Footscray Community Arts Centre is a unique place of learning and sharing where the dynamic between community, culture and contemporary art is explored and celebrated.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure produces award-winning dance theatre works that reflect upon contemporary life and explore issues that affect us all.

Gaynor Minden / Australian Dance Awards sponsor

Gaynor Minden Pointe shoes are on the feet of some of the world's most extraordinary dancers at over 200 major professional companies. Because they're recommended for students by indisputably great teachers. They were invented by a dancer. And they're the only pointe shoes made from modern materials so they can last 3 to 5 times longer. They are quiet, and they were designed for the highest and most daring level of artistic achievement.

Harlequin Floors / Australian Dance Awards sponsor

World leaders in advanced flooring technology for dance and the performing arts, Harlequin Floors has been a major sponsor of the Australian Dance Awards since 2012.


Igneous is a collaboration between dancer/choreographer James Cunningham and multimedia artist/film maker Suzon Fuks.

Innovations and Business Skills Australia (IBSA)

IBSA is the national voice on skills and training for business, education, information and commmunications technology, cultural, financial services, printing and graphics industries.


The International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) was formed in 1993 to alleviate the challenges that professional dancers face when transitioning to a post-dance career.


Visually stunning, arresting, provocative, humorous and humane, KAGE continually explores and redefines what dance can be.

Kath Papas Productions

Kath is a creative producer and arts consultant based in Melbourne.

Leigh Warren Dance

LWD is a compact group of dance artists whose experience and special talents combine to present new Australian dance of an international calibre.

Liz Lea Dance

Based between London and Sydney for many years, Liz Lea currently works in Canberra with Liz Lea and Co,as Artistic Director of Canberra Dance Theatre and Associate Director at QL2, Centre for Youth Dance.

Lucy Guerin Inc

This company is committed to the exploration of everyday events and the redefinition of the formal concerns of dance.

Macquarie University

The dance program at Macquarie University considers not just the aesthetic dimension of dance and performance, but also their social, cultural, historical and metaphorical frameworks.

NAISDA Dance College

National Aboriginal Skills Development Association—NAISDA Dance College—is Australia's tertiary training institution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers.

National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE)

NAAE advocates for arts education in both institutional and community settings, develops arts education policy and promotes quality teaching and learning in the arts.

National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage.

National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia’s collections, exhibitions, publications and building proudly echo our national and international cultural and strategic aspirations.

National Library of Australia

The NLA supports learning, creative and intellectual endeavour, and contributes to the continuing vitality of Australia’s diverse culture and heritage.

NT Dance Company

The NT Dance Company is Indigenous-owned. Our Darwin based professional dancers with Aboriginal, Filipino, Torres Straits Islander, African and Anglo heritage reflect the diverse cultures of Darwin. We are generously supported by the Darwin Entertainment Centre where we are Company in residence.

People Dancing–the foundation for community dance

People Dancing (formerly knowns as Foundation for Community Dance UK) is the professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

Performing Lines

Performing Lines develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally.

Phillip Adams BalletLab

Phillip Adams' BalletLab is an idiosyncratic company, operating in many different forums and collaborating across art forms.

QL2 Dance

QL2 Dance Inc, in Canberra has a 12-year track record of excellence in youth dance.

Queensland Ballet

One of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia, QB is proud to be part of our state's thriving arts culture.

Realtime Arts

RealTime is Australia's critical guide to international contemporary arts focusing on innovation in performance, photomedia, film, video, interactive media and hybrid arts.

Restless Dance Theatre

Restless Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading dance company working with young disabled and non disabled people to create dance theatre and run workshop programs.


Scootle is a 'one stop shop' that provides teachers with access to more than 20,000 digital curriculum resources in the National Digital Learning Resources Network which is managed by Education Services Australia (ESA).

Shaun Parker & Company

Shaun Parker & Company is renowned for its integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.


Tasmanian based youth dance company Stompin unites non-professional dancers with professional artists to create and present signature works in ordinary and extraordinary places.

Strut Dance

Strut Dance is the primary centre for choreographic development in Western Australia.

Sue Healey & Company

Sue Healey is a Sydney-based choreographer, educator and dance-film maker whose works and films embody technical excellence and high production values.

Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company has been one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies since the 1970s.

Sydney Opera House

It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind.

Tanja Liedtke Foundation

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation was established in 2008 to honour the dancer and choreographer, Tanja Liedtke.


Tasdance is a vital force in Tasmania and provides a proving ground for Australian dancers and choreographers.

Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (TDCA)

The TDCA was formed in 1985 so that Directors of tertiary dance courses might better connect with dance practitioners, share information, review policy and plan for the future.

The Australian Ballet

Founded in 1962, this is one of the country's flagship arts companies. For nearly five decades it has been the defining face of ballet in Australia.

The Australian Ballet School

The Australian Ballet School is the national centre for elite vocational classical dance and the school of The Australian Ballet.

The Song Room

The Song Room is a national not-for-profit organisation that brightens the futures of Australia’s most disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs,


Based in Darwin, Tracks performances capture the essential Spirit of the Northern Territory, connecting you to its stories, its vastness and its unique sophistication.

Victorian College of the Arts

VCA Dance offers a vibrant and simulating atmosphere in which dancers are trained for the technical demands and creative challenges of careers in dance.

West Australian Ballet

WAB has an impressive reputation for superior classical and contemporary ballet and contemporary dance.

World Dance Alliance

World Dance Alliance serves as a primary voice for dance and dancers, and encourages the exchange of ideas and the awareness of dance in all its forms.