News: October 2018

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 alongside the Australian Dance Awards in August 2019. These events will coincide with the Darwin Festival.

The National Dance Forum brings together makers, educators, producers and presenters to discuss and share knowledge on current practices. The two-day forum focuses on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity and it engages artists in developing and sharing skills.

In recent years, the NDF has been a key event for many artists to touch base with other artists from across Australia to discuss practice, keep up to date on industry trends and extend knowledge. Significantly, the forums have also provided a platform for artists to help understand their positioning within the larger Australian dance context, to strengthen ties across the dance industry, and to have a robust conversation about industry-wide issues. — Elizabeth Vilmanis, co-founder and moderator, Brisbane Dance Artists Hub 

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Australian Dance Awards 2019

‘It’s the creative exploration, boundary pushing play, articulation and expression that makes dance in Australia one of our most significant art forms and something seriously worth celebrating!’ Sarah W., The Plus Ones

Experience live performances and award presentations at one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts awards.

The Australian Dance Awards recognise Australia's outstanding dancers, choreographers and performances of the past year and honour individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form.

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Save the date: Australian Dance Awards and National Dance Forum 9 – 11 August 2019

29 October 2018

Media release (145KB PDF)

Ausdance National will partner with Tracks Dance Company (Tracks) to present the 2019 Australian Dance Awards (ADA2019) and National Dance Forum (NDF2019) in Darwin. The two-day forum and awards will provide the national dance community with an opportunity to gather in the unique setting of Darwin.

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 and will be followed by the Australian Dance Awards on 11 August 2019.

Tracks Dance Company, Last Light. Photo: Mark Marcelis

Ausdance National President, Professor Gene Moyle said ‘The opportunity to partner with Tracks and bring these two national events to Darwin is very exciting, and a first for Ausdance in terms of both the partnership and presenting the ADAs and NDF in the Northern Territory. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for the dance sector and broader community to further connect and celebrate all things dance’.

The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance. Tracks Dance Company is the Northern Territory’s premier contemporary dance company and 2019 will mark the Company’s 20th anniversary.

The NDF2019 will be developed in consultation with a curatorial panel made up of industry experts. Forums such as these provide an opportunity to bring the sector together and are vital in ensuring sustainable development and vitality of the Australian dance landscape.

Tracks will present the forum alongside the Australian Dance Awards in August 2019. These events will coincide with the Darwin Festival.

David McMicken, Tracks Artistic Co Director said ‘We are extremely happy to have the Australian dance community turns its eyes to the North. In this part of the world where our neighbours are South East Asia above, and Indigenous desert people to the South, dance takes in a life that is so much about country, place, and community. We would love to share this with you, where dance exists in many different spaces, indoors and outdoors, oldest of the old to newest of the new’.

More information about NDF2019 and nominations for ADA2019 will be released in February 2019. 

For further details and updates visit the Ausdance National website and Ausdance National Facebook.

Ends – Media enquires: Professor Gene Moyle, President, Ausdance National, [email protected], 0411 640 012

Tracks, Northern Territory Government, Australia Council for the Arts

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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’.

Helene George

Ms George is the Managing Director of Creative Economy, and has over 20 years’ experience in management and consulting throughout Australia and internationally. She held the position of Deputy Chair, Creative Industries Skills Council, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and holds a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Dance).

Ms George commenced her appointment on 28 September 2018.

Media enquires: Professor Gene Moyle, President, Ausdance National, [email protected], 0411 640 012

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