News: November 2012

National dance forum—latest news

The National Dance Forum 2013 is set to continue the national conversation begun at the inaugural event in 2011. Providing a space for sector debate, discussion and ideas, the forum will focus on the central question, "Why dance?"

“It's a question we all ask ourselves as makers and performers, but the answers are often complex, leading our thinking in multiple directions—why do we, as artists, use dance as our chosen form? What has led us into this lifetime of practice? Why do humans seem to have such an inate and intrinsic connection with dance?” says Brian Lucas, National President of Ausdance.

“The National Dance Forum offers participants a wonderful opportunity to foster the artistic development of Australian dance through inspiration, reflection and critical dialogue,” says Elizabeth Walsh, the recently appointed chair of the Australia Council Dance Board.

Presented by project partners Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National, the second National Dance Forum (NDF2013) will take place at Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, 15 – 17 March 2013 and will coincide with the contemporary dance festival, Dance Massive

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The Australian Ballet & dance education

'Out There' is the unique dance education program of The Australian Ballet.

Designed by dance educator Helen Cameron, the program engages with primary schools, students and teachers, led by a team of dancer/educators who have been especially trained by Helen to deliver the program. It's proving that dance in the curriculum not only provides skill development and expressive opportunities, but supports other curriculum areas in the process.

The ABC's 7.30 program recently profiled the 'Out There' program and interviewed Helen about its success.

After a lifetime of research and design of innovative dance curricula for primary schools, Helen was awarded the Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance Education in 2008.

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