News: February 2019

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


  • 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.


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

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