News: September 2018

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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