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
‘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.
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.
For more information visit Ausdance Victoria.
More than 80 presenters from around Australia and the world will share their expertise at The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing: 9th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney from 30 October – 1 November.
Some have decades of dedication to the Arts and Health. Others, equally passionate, are just beginning their journey, with fresh approaches to the powerful impact the arts can have on mental and physical health of people of all ages, with a special focus on ageing.
Theme: Don’t Tell Me to Rest! The Reality of Performing Arts Healthcare
When: Saturday, 25 November
Where: Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff, NSW
Ausdance Educators Queensland (AEQ) is a voluntary group of dance teachers who work across primary, middle and senior secondary schools, from the independent, Catholic and state sectors. Collectively they form a strong support base for Queensland’s teachers of dance in schools. These teachers also represent Queensland’s teachers at national dance education meetings and forums.
The AEQ hosts workshops and meets to discuss current issues. They want to hear from you about your ideas and needs so join their Facebook group.
- Dates: Friday 5 May – Saturday 6 May
- Location: Queensland Ballet studios at the Thomas Dixon Centre in West End, Brisbane.
The conference will have professional development opportunities for primary and secondary dance generalists and specialists.
For conference program and registration, visit Ausdance Queensland.
Australian Dance Week 2017 will run from 1 – 7 May 2017.
The dates for the opening and closing of Australian Dance Week vary slightly from state to state according to local events, but it always takes place during the first week of May and follows International Dance Day on 29 April. Read the 2017 International Dance Day Message by Trisha Brown.
Dance Week celebrations across Australia
- 2017 Australian Dance Week in the ACT
- 2017 Australian Dance Week in Perth
- 2017 International Dance Day celebrations in Victoria
- Follow Ausdance NSW on Facebook for updates on ADW activities.
Opening in March 2017 as part of Asia TOPA, ANTI GRAVITY is a collaboration between Chunky Move's artistic director Anouk van Dijk and Singaporean visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen, which explores the role of clouds as ethereal influences that disturb or heighten human existence.
In ANTI GRAVITY, gravity-bound bodies encounter the ephemeral, ever-changing cloud. Performers transform from heavenly figures to terrestrial warriors. Uniting the refined, highly physical choreography of Anouk van Dijk and the meticulous aesthetic of installation artist Ho Tzu Nyen, ANTI GRAVITY is an immersive performance, an evocative world inhabited by six extraordinary dancers in various depths of control and abandon.
Where: Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre
When: 17–26 March 2017
Ticket prices: Adult $45/ Concession $40 / Senior $40/ Youth $30/ 3 Show Package $38.25
For more information and bookings, visit Malthouse Theatre.
UNESCO International Arts Education Week is an arts education advocacy event that draws attention to the role arts education plays in a global agenda of peace and cultural understanding. This is a great time to focus on and advocate for your arts education programs with parents, teachers, the media and your arts associations.
We support International Arts Education Week because we believe that arts education promotes personal and social well-being. Arts education develops students’ self-esteem, social interactions and confidence.
- When: 23–29 May 2016
- Theme: Arts Education for Sustainable Development
- Download the 2016 International Arts Education Week info pack—with sample advocacy statements, resource web sites, and arts activities to celebrate International Arts Education Week.
- More information, visit the World Alliance for Arts Education
In 2016 nine dance makers including Ausdance National members Australian Dance Theatre and Shaun Parker & Company will meet at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) at the Brisbane Powerhouse Brisbane from 22 to 26 February, where among other contemporary performing arts makers, they will pitch their shows to presenters from Australia and across the world.
On Wednesday 25 November, before the official opening of the Australia Council for the Arts’ inaugural Arts Learning Forum, a series of free and low-cost workshops are open to all interested artists and organisations, whether or not you are attending the forum main program. They will provide focussed practical skills and knowledge for artists, educators and facilitators interested in brushing up on their arts learning skill set.
Included are opportunities to learn about inclusive and accessible arts learning and programs, working and forming partnerships with schools, and thinking strategically about digital engagement and design in learning programs.
- Open Your Eyes: Disability awareness and inclusive arts programs with Tim Dakin and Janice Florence, through Arts Access Victoria ($50)
- Great Partnerships: Your Art in Their School with Heather Marsh (FREE! thanks to Creative Victoria)
- Let’s Get Digital with Stuart Buchanan ($50)
Visit the website to see full details and register for the workshops.
- When: 21–22 November 2015
- Where: Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus,
- For more information and to register, visit the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare website.
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) recognises that all performing artists, young and old, amateur and professional, have unique needs that may not be met by standard models of healthcare.
The 2015 conference theme is 'A Career in the Spotlight: Enhancing Performance Health and Wellbeing'.
This year’s theme will inspire attendees to consider the health and well-being of the whole artist through evidence-informed practice, whether this is in the private teaching studio or the rooms of a healthcare professional.
Keynote speakers include international and national experts in performing arts healthcare: Dr Kate Hays, Associate Professor Rae de Lisle and Dr Cate Madill.
Researchers and clinicians in the fields of dance, drama, voice and music health will present their latest research and discuss possible strategies to overcome the health challenges associated with being a performing artist.
There will also be themed workshops about dance, music, voice and performing arts medicine research.
- When: Wednesday 25 November – Friday 27 November 2015
- Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
- Registrations close on 20 November 2015 (unless sold out prior)
- For program and registration, visit the Arts Learning Forum web page.
The Arts Learning Forum program is a three-day event for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all art forms, ages and communities. Delegates will exchange insights, practices and creative ideas and be inspired by Australian and international leaders including Katherine Zeserson (UK), Anna Cutler Director of Learning from the Tate in London, and Deborah Cheetham Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Company.
The forum is part of the Australia Council’s continued commitment to build the capacity of the sector and to help make the arts more accessible to all Australians. It extends the work of the Arts Education Forum established by Major Performing Arts companies in 2010.
Drawing on the talents of over 60 contributing speakers, workshop leaders, panellists and provocateurs, the Forum will harness the collective knowledge and experience of arts learning leaders from around Australia. The Forum will include workshops, pecha kucha sessions, panels discussions, open space facilitation, open mic sessions, debate and resources across the breadth of the arts sector. Participants will be encouraged to share and discuss approaches to arts learning including: strategic vision, programs and their delivery, engagement methodologies and other issues.