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Endorsed NZ Statement

To the Dance and Arts Education Community

The terrorist attack against Muslim communities in Christchurch on Friday 15 March, has had a significant and saddening impact on the people of New Zealand.

We in the arts and specifically dance communities in NZ very much feel for the victims and their families and we offer our support as best we can. 

It is safe to say that the dance community in NZ condemns acts of violence against anyone. We wholeheartedly advocate for tolerance and compassion; we always have and will continue to do so even in these moments of pain and grief. 

To the international dance community, thank you for the many messages sent to me and many others within NZ. We certainly appreciate this solidarity.

It is at these times that I fully believe in the work that we do as dance educators and artists. It is our ongoing aim to advocate for and research ways in which dance and the arts can foster a better awareness of others and ourselves. Through education, we CAN and we must endeavour to make a better world. To this end, our service within organisations such as World Dance Alliance, Dance and the Child International, World Alliance for Arts Education and many others is so incredibly important. 

Again, please send your love to all the affected families in Christchurch and please turn to your neighbours and do likewise.

Thankyou

Ralph Buck

Co-Chair, World Dance Alliance, Education and Training Network

Chair, Executive Council, World Alliance for Arts Education

HOD Dance Studies, University of Auckland

Proud resident of New Zealand.  

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March 2019

March Update

It is a very busy time with an abundance of vibrant dance activity across the country on offer this month. With a range of festivals and events reflecting the diversity of independent practice, the vibrancy of our companies, the celebration of milestones, legacies, and a variety of dance forms.   

Ausdance National is very grateful for the support is has recently received and for more information behind the cancellation of the 2019 Australian Dance Awards, please click here. Please help us to support Australian dance by giving to our Building Momentum fundraising campaign here.  

The Ausdance National AGM will be held in Melbourne, Friday 15 March, 10 - 11 am to rsvp email [email protected] and or more information click here

Advocacy

It is imperative that Ausdance National focuses on building momentum and securing on-going financial support.  Without this, the dance sector will lose an essential national voice to lobby for increased sector support and investment and policy.    

Ausdance National is currently working with other key peak performing arts organisations and calling for a secure future and a vibrant creative vision for Australia. Read more

Ausdance National is currently working with other key peak performing arts organisations and calling for a secure future and a vibrant creative vision for Australia. 

2019 Federal Election

Ausdance National is working with key peak performing arts and calling for all sides of politics: 

 

  • To support the development of a National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority.  
  • To restore the full amounts of money diverted from the Australia Council in 2014 and 2015.  
  • To secure additional committed government support to rebuild stability of the Arts sector through investment in grants, national touring, strategic initiatives and organisations and a new fund to support the development of new major Australian works.  
  • Advance the interconnections between the arts and other portfolios for better public policy outcomes including:
    • Arts in Education (STEAM)
    • Arts & Health
    • Regional resilience and development 
    • Arts and Cultural Tourism
    • Federal/State/Local Government Compact
    • Creative industries and economic development

The organisations that we are working include:

Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG)
Ausdance National
BlakDance
Live Performance Australia
Music Australia
Performing Arts Connections Australia
Regional Arts Australia
Symphony Services Australia
Theatre Network Australia

 

Opportunities 

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National Dance Forum 2019, presented by Ausdance National, Darwin, 9 – 10 August. We are thrilled to be presenting the National Dance Forum with Tracks Dance Company and more information and a call for contributions will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Call for Abstracts

ASPAH 2019 Conference, 30 November to 1 December 2019

Lasting the distance – A lifetime in the performing arts will be held at Melbourne Arts Centre. Keynote speaker this year is Dr Sue Mayes, Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997. She is the Director of the company’s world-leading Artistic Health Team and treats the diverse injuries of the professional ballet dancer and other elite athletes. Submissions are invited for papers and workshops addressing issues of injury management and prevention, psychological wellbeing, preparation, education, and support both on and off the stage in the performing arts.
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Call for  Contributions

Royal Academy of Dance Conference – Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds

Marking the first in a series of events celebrating the Academy's centenary, the Faculty of Education invites contributions for RADAustralia’s next international conference to be held in Melbourne, 18-19 January 2020. 

With a focus on innovations, provocations and insights into the role of dance education, training and interdisciplinary engagement in the shaping of bodies and minds to meet diverse and often challenging dance landscapes, we are looking for contributions which address Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds themes. We are seeking contributions in the form of lectures, research presentations, practical demonstrations and panel discussions and encourage expressions of interest from Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students wishing to present their work in a supportive environment. 
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Performances 


There is an array of performances taking place across the country in March providing opportunities for artists and collectives such as Phluxus2 Dance Collective to build a three-state tour of their newest work, angel-monster touring to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.  Read more 

While the Adelaide Festival features international and Australian artists and companies. Zizanie is an exciting new work for all ages created by Australian dance icon, Meryl Tankard for Adelaide’s own Restless Dance Theatre, celebrates the beauty in difference and reminds us of Grayson Perry’s inimitable words that “weeds are just flowers in the wrong garden.” 
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March Dance, Sydney, 1 – 31 March: 94 dance events in 31 days. 

Taking place for the first time in 2019 March Dance will bring together the diversity of ongoing independent dance practice in Sydney; opening these activities to a wide audience.  

March Dance will see 96 artists and 15 organisations in Sydney presenting new dance works, engaging in workshops, dance classes, residencies, sharings, screenings, forums and talks throughout the entire month. Showcasing the dynamic ongoing work of dance artists and organisations and in a range of spaces and contexts.
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Dance Massive,  Melbourne 12 – 24 March

People from across the planet come together to explore the future of Australian dance every two years, and that time is now. A consortium of three core organisations presents dance Massive – Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse – which has been building the festival’s reputation and impact, diversified the types of works presented and grown enthusiastic and informed audiences while maintaining a boutique and friendly festival dynamic.
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The Bold Festival, Canberra, 13 – 17 March  

The BOLD Festival draws on the legacies of our cultural elders, celebrates the changes that come with age. The Festival is unique in Australia and provides a platform for the work of older and still practising artists to celebrate their longevity and the health impacts of dance and creativity. BOLD also celebrates the cross-generational exchange of ideas and experiences and how cultural legacies inspire emerging artists. Read more. 
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Sydney Dance Company, 26 March – 13 April

Sydney Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary bursts into life with a formidable triple bill from Rafael Bonachela, Gabrielle Nankivell and Melanie Lane, each having carved their own unique style, pushing at the possibilities of movement. In a season premiering in Sydney before touring nationally, audiences will see three thrilling works share the one stage for the first time.
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Supercell, Festival of Contemporary Dance, Brisbane 30 March -  7 April 

Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance is a celebration of people and place through vibrant and exquisite contemporary dance. A program, full of colour and dynamic dance from innovative local, national and international artists. 
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Arts Education 

NAAE - Update by Julie Dyson 

The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) celebrates its 30thanniversary this year and has adopted a five-point strategy for future action. 

Founded in 1989 by representatives of five national peak arts organisations, it has achieved significant progress in the fields of dance, drama, music, media arts and visual arts education. In particular, it secured the inclusion of the arts as a mandatory part of the current national curriculum for schools. For dance, this has been an extraordinary step forward, bringing the subject into line with all other art forms in the curriculum.

NAAE has also consulted widely with federal and state Ministers and MPs, made submissions, produced publications, position papers and arts curriculum for the Early Years Learning Framework, as well as being consultants in the ACARA processes of producing The Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

To mark its significant milestone, NAAE met in Sydney recently to develop a new strategic plan that would provide leadership in advocating for the arts in education and continue its active support for arts educators across Australia.

Five strategies for action:

  • Advocacy: NAAE will continue to advise and meet with federal decision makers to improve arts curriculum at all levels of education. It also will make submissions to parliamentary inquiries and curriculum reviews.
  • Research: NAAE will work with research partners on issues such as creativity, curriculum policy, implementation and evaluation, PISA rankings etc.
  • Collaboration: NAAE will build on its strength in collaborating with other key organisations such as ACARA, Australian Primary Principals’ Association, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, Australian Council for Deans of Education, Australian Alliance of Associations in Educationand the Australia Council to achieve positive outcomes for arts education.
  • Communication: NAAE’s new website will be a communication hub that will encourage sector engagement with NAAE’s actions, publications, media releases, current research, case studies of exemplary practice in arts education and its archives.
  • Governance: NAAE is revising its constitution to bring it up to date with current practice.

Reflections

In the past few weeks, we have seen the passing of leading dance educators that have made significant contributions to the Australian dance landscape.

Dr Warren Lett, by Jule Dyson and Shirley McKechnie  

Dr Warren Lett, a founding member of the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE, now Ausdance), has died in Melbourne at the age of 84.

Warren’s role in establishing Ausdance was as a dance educator, who, along with his friends Shirley McKechnie AO and Dame Peggy van Praagh, recognised the vital links between dance education and dance practice during the four University of New England Summer Schools of Dance between 1967 and 1976. The seeds of the AADE were first sown at these summer schools, where Warren, Shirley and Keith Bain were members of the faculty, and Dame Peggy presided over some of the celebrated choreographic workshops. During this decade, Warren also led the Victorian component of the National Inquiry into Arts in Education, sponsored by the Australia Council. Read more 

At AADE’s inaugural conference in 1977, Warren presented a paper on dance education in Australia entitled Major Issues, where he canvassed ideas such as the need to find a ‘new articulation of dance to the broader community’. Other issues included finding and acknowledging innovation in dance, the further education of dancers and dance teachers, dancers’ transition, defining the role of performing arts companies, and the need to ensure the diversity of dance in schools. All of these became core goals of AADE, central to the organisation’s political advocacy and its representation to decision makers.

In his Editor’s Note in the 1977 conference papers, Warren reported that ‘At the time of printing (March 1978) the AADE is alive and flourishing with a National Committee and a Committee in every State and Territory of the country, with a general membership of approximately 600.’ As the first National President, Warren had contributed significantly to this impressive early progress.

Warren later became a very influential President of AADE Victoria from 1984–1990. In his 1987 introduction to the 10th-anniversary edition of Kinesis(the Victorian newsletter), Warren wrote that ‘The AADE has achieved a national dance network which is unique in its vision and representation, and outstanding for its commitment and hard work’. He was a strong advocate for keeping the word ‘education’ in the organisation’s name when it changed to Ausdance in 1992 because he considered education in its broadest sense as its core business. However, he did eventually accept the name change to Ausdance (suggested by Keith Bain).

Warren had a 25-year career at La Trobe University from 1971-1996, where he became Dean of Education and introduced the graduate counsellor training program for counsellors and counselling psychologists. He worked as a counsellor in private practice, as a consultant to organisations, and was a Director of the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT). 

Warren’sresearch output was enormous and included a seminal paper presented at the 1982 AADE conference, Dance in Schools and Communities: The Inescapable Connection, which neatly summed up many of his earlier observations and his dance education research. He also produced a book called How the Arts Make a Difference in Therapy, published by Ausdance Victoria in 1993.

The links between teaching, training, research, writing, counselling practice and innovation was always a feature of Warren’s professional work, and his lifelong vision and commitment to dance and dance education will be a permanent legacy.

Dame Margaret Scott AC, DBE, OBE, was the founding director of The Australian Ballet School. Maggie, as she preferred to be known, steered the development of the School from 1964, with the arrival of the first intake of students, until 1990. The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School will be farewelling Dame Margaret at a memorial at 12 pm, Friday 15 March, at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre.  A number of speakers – including Graeme Murphy, Marilyn Rowe, David McAllister, Lisa Pavane and Colin Peasley – will pay tribute to Dame Margaret; there will also be short performances by the company and the school.

Over 27 years she planned curriculum, auditioned students, selected teachers, agonised over student welfare, encouraged emerging choreographers, and thrived on what she called “creative change”. 
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Prudence Bowen - Former RAD examiner, registered teacher and the life member
Prue was a dedicated and gifted teacher who trained RAD students for many years through her well-known schools Ecole Classique School of Classical Ballet and Atelier Australia. She has greatly contributed to the Royal Academy of Dance and to dance, both in Australia and internationally.
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Ausdance National 2019 AGM

The 2019 Annual General Meeting for Ausdance National will be held on Friday 15 March 2019 from 10.00 – 11.30 am at The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, Level 6, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, Melbourne VIC. 

The agenda, minutes, proxy form, membership information and names of the nominated eight-member national council are available below. Please note that the Annual Report will be available online from 11 March 2019.

Ausdance National as your peak sector organisation continues to drive important advocacy work to support the sector especially as we head toward an upcoming election. Much of the work we do is unseen and invisible but Ausdance National continues to drive support for the sector and lobby for increased investment across the sector.

The AGM has been scheduled during Dance Massive in the hope that some of you may be able to attend to hear about current plans and the appointment of the National Council. I am delighted at the calibre of nominations received. As the number of nominations does not exceed the required positions, there is no need to hold an election.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please consider providing a proxy on the form included below. Email your signed proxy form to Ausdance National by Wednesday 13 March 2019.

I look forward to seeing some of you on Friday 15 March 2019.

Professor Gene Moyle
National President

Nominations

  • President: Professor Gene Moyle, Associate Dean, International and Advancement and Creative Industries Faculty, QUT Creative Industries
  • Vice President: Helene George, Managing Director, Creative Economy
  • Vice President: Annette Carmichael, Dance Artist / Creative Producer
  • Treasurer: Libby Walsh, Development Manager, Vicinity 
  • Board Member: Jacob Boehme, Artist & founding Director of Yirramboi First Nationals Arts Festival
  • Board Member: Simon Hinton, Artistic Director / CEO Merrigong Theatre Company
  • Board Member: Colm O'Callaghan, Executive Producer, Force Majeure
  • National Advisory: Simon Owen, President, Ausdance WA Group Representative

2019 AGM papers

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2019 Australian Dance Awards cancelled

Media release

15 February 2019 

​Ausdance National regrettably announces the cancellation of the 2019 Australian Dance Awards.

Shrinking government funding for Ausdance National has resulted in reduced staffing and financial reserves that has led to this decision.

Ausdance National has produced the Australian Dance Awards for twenty-one years. The awards recognize, celebrate and honor dance artists and industry professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the Dance Sector.

The Awards began as a Dancers Picnic to celebrate International Dance Day, and have since grown into a significant event that has been hosted around the country at major performing arts venues.

With a review of the organisation’s priorities, Ausdance National has decided to suspend the Australian Dance Awards in their current form. This will allow for a much-needed review of the current processes and systems and determine the on-going viability of the Awards program.

The decision to cancel the Awards is part of a larger review of Ausdance.

“Ausdance National will lead a process of collaboration with key stakeholders to develop the best model for a sustainable Ausdance Network across Australia” said Gene Moyle, Ausdance National President.

“While we understand the Dance Sector will be disappointed with the cancellation of the 2019 Australian Dance Awards, we are excited to continue our partnership with Tracks Dance Company to present the National Dance Forum in Darwin, 9 – 10 August 2019. We hope the Sector will come out in force for these important discussions.”

The National Dance Forum is a biennial gathering of the Dance Sector to inspire rigorous debate and reflection about dance in Australia.

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Media Enquires: Kathy Baykitch, Ausdance National, [email protected] or 0414 698 228.

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National Dance Forum 2019

Led by the dance sector’s peak advocacy organisation—Ausdance National—the fifth National Dance Forum will take place in Darwin on 9 and 10 August 2019. Tracks Dance Company will present the forum which coincides with the opening weekend of ths Darwin Festival.

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Helene George joins the Ausdance National Board

The Australian Dance Council, the national peak body for dance, is pleased to announce its new board member, Helene George—a recognised specialist in sustainable development and the strategic development of cultural and creative industries.

Board President Professor Gene Moyle announced the board appointment this week and said, ‘Ms George started out in dance and has had an extensive career across the arts, cultural and creative sectors. Her leadership in the creative economy and specialist skill set in assisting organisations to reshape and transform to achieve sustainability is a great and timely addition to the Board’.

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Change of leadership at Ausdance National

MEDIA RELEASE 24 September 2018

Ausdance National is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Baykitch as Executive Director following the resignation of Kerry Comerford.

Ausdance National is Australia’s peak body for dance advocacy, delivering national projects including the Australian Dance Awards and the biannual National Dance Forum. It represents the Australian dance sector on national policy issues including immigration, education and health.

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Australian Youth Dance Festival 2019 – International

Ausdance Victoria, in partnership with Youth Dance Australia, presents the Australian Youth Dance Festival – International 2019 (AYDF) in Melbourne, Australia, 7–12 July 2019.

Directed by Alice Lee Holland, the 2019 festival will bring together young dancers and their leaders from Australia and around the world for five incredible days of creativity.

Titled REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (rpm), the festival will thrive on creation and collaboration. Dancers will dance, think, make and talk dance together, through daily sessions in contemporary dance, choreography, repertory and improvisation.

Festival program overview

  • Opening Ceremony (7 July)—free event, open to all, in celebration of youth dance
  • Week-long workshops, panels, keynotes and classes for young dancers
  • Think Tank program (8–10 July) for youth dance leaders, professional and emerging artists, and educators
  • International Youth Showcase (10 & 11 July)—performances by Australian and international youth dance companies at Melbourne’s flagship contemporary arts venue, Meat Market
  • International Exchange between Australian and international youth dance companies

For more information about the festival program and registration, please visit the AYDF website.

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2018 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 National and Harlequin Floors, the 2018 Australian Dance Awards were held on Saturday 8 September at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

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

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Foxtel Arts is a 2018 Australian Dance Awards sponsor!

Ausdance National is pleased to announce Foxtel Arts as a 2018 sponsor of the Australian Dance Awards.

Foxtel Arts (Channel 133 on Foxtel), a subscription television arts channel on the Foxtel platform, showcases arts performance and factual insights into art, artists and their creative achievements.

A first-time supporter of the Australian Dance Awards, Foxtel Arts has created an inspiring 30-second CTV for the Awards and has sponsored the award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media.

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MEAA sponsors Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

Ausdance National is pleased to announce the continued support of Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) as an Australian Dance Awards sponsor.

MEAA is the largest and most established union and industry advocate for Australia’s creative professionals, and this year it has sponsored the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer.

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We are launching our new branding across the Ausdance network!

Ausdance logo The new Ausdance visual brand has been designed by Brisbane-based design firm Designfront.

It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of our new branding across the Ausdance network! This new brand represents a strong and ambitious future for Ausdance. A future built on a legacy of national advocacy and the delivery of exceptional dance projects throughout Australia. 

Over the next few months you will start to notice that we will commence updating our websites and other publications to reflect the new visual brand. We look forward to continuing to support, represent, and advance the wonderful sector that is dance in Australia.

Professor Gene Moyle, President, Ausdance National.

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Apply for Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year Program 2019

Calling all aspiring professional dancers aged 18–24 years, applications are now open for Sydney Dance Company's Pre-Professional Year 2019.

“Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring dancers to gain exposure to Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. Pre-professional dancers will develop all the skills essential for a lifelong career in contemporary dance as well as being provided with unique professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities under the guidance of the artistic staff of Sydney Dance Company.” Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company

Key information

Applications are
 open to Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents only.

Application closing date: 
Monday 27 August 2018 

Audition: The first round of Pre-Professional Year auditions will be an online application process that includes a video submission.

Successful first round applicants will be invited to a second round in-person audition at Sydney Dance Company Studios on 17 September 2018 between 9am and 6pm.

For more information please visit 2019 Pre-Professional Year Audition Application.

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Congratulations to the shortlisted nominees of the 21st Australian Dance Awards

Celebrating 21 years, the Australian Dance Awards is one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts awards. The Awards acknowledge people working in the professional dance sector who have made innovative and exceptional work of national significance, or have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the dance industry.

‘Arriving at the shortlist is a demanding job for the volunteer panel of 13 dance sector professionals representing all states and territories’, said Julie Dyson, nominations coordinator for the 2018 Australian Dance Awards.

‘Panel members include educators, independent artists, dance company directors, and writers/reviewers. We receive between 450 and 700 nominations each year. A thorough voting system is in place, with two, sometimes three rounds of voting.’

Presented by Ausdance National, the 2018 awards will take place on Saturday 8 September at the Brisbane Powerhouse, with tickets on sale from 9 July.

‘Ausdance National is honoured to present the 21st Australian Dance Awards in partnership with industry sponsors’, said Kerry Comerford, Executive Director of Ausdance National. ‘The Awards ceremony is the time we acknowledge and celebrate the dance profession’s depth and diversity, both on and off the stage.’

Presented in an afternoon of performances showcasing some of Australia’s best dance of the past year, the annual Australian Dance Awards rely on the generosity and goodwill of the dance sector. ‘It’s important that the event represents the excellence and diversity of dance in Australia’ said Sandi Woo, 2018 Award’s producer.

2018 Australian Dance Awards shortlist

Services to Dance

  • Philippe Charluet
  • Marilyn Miller
  • Philip Piggin
  • Hilary Trotter

Services to Dance Education

  • Paige Gordon
  • Raewyn Hill
  • Sinsa Mansell
  • Katrina Rank

Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance

  • Annette Carmichael (choreography), James Gentle (sound design) for The Beauty Index
  • Tracks Dance for Man Made
  • QPAC, The Royal Ballet and Community Groups for We All Dance
  • Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre for Share House

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance

  • Austinmer Dance Theatre for UNREAL
  • Co3 for Project next
  • QL2 Dance for This Poisoned Sea
  • Moorambilla Voices for Gundabooka

Outstanding Performance by a Company

  • Co3 for The Zone
  • Dancenorth Attractor
  • STRUT Dance for William Forsythe's One Flat Thing, Reproduced
  • Queensland Ballet for Raw (triple bill): No Man’s Land, Glass Concerto and Ghost Dances

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

  • Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek for Attractor (Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc)
  • Raewyn Hill for The Zone (Co3)
  • Stephanie Lake for Pile of Bones (Stephanie Lake Company)
  • Stephen Page for Bennelong (2017) (Bangarra Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance

  • Martin del Amo for CHAMPIONS
  • Australian Dance Artists for Restraint(s)
  • Michelle Heaven for In Plan
  • Nick Power (choreography), Jack Prest (sound design) for Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច

Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

  • Jana Castillo for construct (Australian Dance Theatre)
  • Amber Haines for Spectra (Dancenorth)
  • Ako Kondo for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Australian Ballet)
  • Charmene Yap for Ocho (Sydney Dance Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer

  • Richard Causer for Behind Closed Doors (Expressions Dance Company)
  • Nelson Earl for Ocho (Sydney Dance Company)
  • Beau Dean Riley Smith for Bennelong (2017) (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
  • Kimball Wong for construct (Australian Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre

  • Gravity & Other Myths for BACKBONE
  • Michael Ralph for SELF
  • Andrew Hallsworth for Muriel’s Wedding (Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures)
  • Nicola Gunn and Jo Lloyd for Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media

  • Richard James Allen for Enchant
  • Sophia Bender for Behind Barres
  • Sue Healey for Eileen
  • Catherine Moore & Jade Lowry for Unstilled

2018 Australian Dance Awards shortlist media release (50 KB PDF)

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