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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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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.

Incoming Executive Director Ms Baykitch has extensive experience in dance as a producer, educator, practitioner and community artist in Australia and the United Kingdom. Appointed for her broad understanding of the Australian dance ecology, Ms Baykitch most recently held positions as Executive Producer for Shaun Parker & Company and Faculty of Education, Programs Manager for the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia. She was founding Director of FORM Dance Projects, formally Western Sydney Dance Action.

A recent Board Member of Ausdance National, Ms Baykitch has been part of significant changes occurring in the organisation over the past 18 months, including rebranding and restructuring.

Kathy BaykitchKathy Baykitch

On her appointment Ms Baykitch said ‘Ausdance National is an important voice for the Australian dance sector which provides support and advocacy for dance in its many forms. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to lead and drive recent changes in partnership with the Board and the wider sector’.

Kerry Comerford is resigning to take up another position within the arts sector, yet to be announced.

Ms Comerford has worked closely with the Board to review and assess many of its current procedures and priorities. She has provided key leadership in the delivery of the 2018 Australian Dance Awards, active engagement with advocacy via industry lobbying, and facilitated a focus on health and wellbeing, with representation on the Australian Alliance for Wellbeing in Entertainment working party. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Kerry for contributions to-date, and wish her all the best for her new position.

Following on from Ms Comerford’s time, Ms Baykitch will work with the National Board to ensure capacity building across the dance sector. In particular, Ausdance National will continue to support professional development, encourage growth in the small to medium sector, and advance the agenda for gender diversity and leadership.

Ms Baykitch commences her appointment on 8 October 2018.

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

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Dance Australia sponsor the 2018 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

Ausdance National is pleased to announce Dance Australia as a 2018 sponsor of the Australian Dance Awards.

Dance Australia magazine is the most respected dance journal in the country, with articles and reviews written by the cream of Australia’s dance journalists.

This year Dance Australia will sponsor the award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography while also continuing its supportive media coverage of the Australian Dance Awards, nominees and award recipients.

The 21st Australian Dance Awards is taking place at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 8 September 2018. The 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.

Dance Australia’s Co-editor, Karen Van Ulzen, will join Adrian Burnett, Director Dance at Australia Council for the Arts to present the award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

The award, honouring innovative, excellent or exceptional composition and choreography, is highly competitive, with the 2018 nominees representing the small to medium and major dance companies.

Choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek are nominees for Attractor (Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc), Raewyn Hill for The Zone (Co3), Stephanie Lake for Pile of Bones (Stephanie Lake Company), and Stephen Page for Bennelong (2017) (Bangarra Dance Theatre).

Ausdance National is proud to be associated with Australia's leading specialist magazine and website devoted to the art of dance.

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Foxtel Arts is a 2018 Australian Dance Awards sponsor!

Ausdance National is pleased to announce Foxtel Arts as a 2018 sponsor of the Australian Dance Awards.

Foxtel Arts (Channel 133 on Foxtel), a subscription television arts channel on the Foxtel platform, showcases arts performance and factual insights into art, artists and their creative achievements.

A first-time supporter of the Australian Dance Awards, Foxtel Arts has created an inspiring 30-second CTV for the Awards and has sponsored the award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media.

The 21st Australian Dance Awards is taking place at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 8 September 2018. The 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.

Foxtel Arts will present the award to the 2018 recipient of Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media. The award is for innovation, excellence or exceptional production and realisation. This year all four nominees are for works on film and all creators are from NSW. Nominees are Richard James Allen for Enchant, Sophia Bender for Behind Barres, Sue Healey for Eileen, and Catherine Moore & Jade Lowry for Unstilled.

‘Foxtel Arts and Ausdance’s Australian Dance Awards are a match made in heaven’, said Kerry Comerford, Executive Director of Ausdance National.

‘We are both dedicated to showcasing Australia’s finest performers and encouraging access to and understanding of dance. 2018 marks what we hope to be the beginning of a long relationship with Foxtel Arts’.

Ausdance National is proud to be associated with Foxtel Arts—an important member of Australia’s arts community, and one that assists in delivering access to arts and culture, and educating and inspiring audiences.

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AON sponsor the Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance

Ausdance National is pleased to announce the continued support of AON Australia as an Australian Dance Awards sponsor.

AON arrange insurance for thousands of dance studios, dance groups and dancers in Australia and are also proudly the approved insurance partner for Ausdance members.

A long-term supporter of the Australian Dance Awards, AON continue its relationship this year by sponsoring the award for Services to Dance.

The 21st Australian Dance Awards is taking place at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 8 September 2018. The 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.

AON Australia’s Client Executive, Veronika Karatovic, will present the award to the 2018 recipient of Services to Dance. The award acknowledges outstanding service by professionals who have collaborated with the dance sector over a sustained period (at least 20 years) in a dance-related field.

This year’s nominees include professionals who have made lasting and significant contributions to dancers’ heath and injury prevention, development of the small to medium Indigenous dance sector, and dance on film. Nominees are Philippe Charluet (Vic), Marilyn Miller (Qld), Philip Piggin (ACT) and Hilary Trotter (NSW/ACT).

Ausdance National is proud to be associated with Aon, a company that has worked beside Ausdance for over twenty-five years to ensure there are accessible and relevant insurance packages that meet the ever-changing needs of professional dancers, studio teachers and independent artists.

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MEAA sponsors Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

Ausdance National is pleased to announce the continued support of Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) as an Australian Dance Awards sponsor.

MEAA is the largest and most established union and industry advocate for Australia’s creative professionals, and this year it has sponsored the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer.

The 21st Australian Dance Awards is taking place at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 8 September 2018. The 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.

MEAA’s Queensland Equity Section President, Michael Balk, will present the award to the 2018 recipient of Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer. Nominees are Jana Castillo for her performance in Australian Dance Theatre’s construct, Amber Haines in Dancenorth’s Spectra, Ako Kondo in The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Charmene Yap in Sydney Dance Company’s Ocho.

Ausdance National is proud to be associated with MEAA, an industry advocate that has campaigned to support the rights and interests of dance artists. Over the years, MEAA has negotiated on behalf of dancers for award payments and developed the Performers Collective Agreement to cover the minimum rates and conditions for performers working in live performance.

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Harlequin Floors continues to support the Australian dance community

Ausdance National is pleased to announce the continued support of Harlequin Floors as Principal Sponsor of the Australian Dance Awards (ADAs).

World leaders in advanced flooring technology for dance and the performing arts, Harlequin Floors supports (literally) thousands of Ausdance members on a daily basis.

Mark Rasmussen, Head of Industry Relations for Harlequin Floors said, ‘Every year, the Australian Dance Awards act as a showcase for the amazing breadth of work produced in Australia from exquisitely produced classical to the most exciting experimental. Such work deserves to be celebrated and so it is with much pride that 2018 marks eight years that Harlequin Floors has supported its friends at Ausdance in the presentation of these awards, seven of those as its main sponsor’.

The ADAs will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 8 September 2018 and Mr Rasmussen will present the Outstanding Performance by a Company Award. This award acknowledges excellence in performance and production in any dance style or genre. 

This year’s nominees are Co3 for The Zone, Dancenorth for Attractor, STRUT Dance for William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, Reproduced and Queensland Ballet for Raw (triple bill): No Man’s Land, Glass Concerto and Ghost Dances.

Harlequin Floors have been working closely with the dance community for many years to develop a range of floors suitable for all forms of dance. As the world leader in advanced technology flooring for dance and the performing arts, they work hard to develop floors that reduce dancer injury through collaboration with the dance and medical industries. Trust and innovation are at the heart of everything they do.

Harlequin's experience and reputation are founded on the manufacture and supply of a range of high quality portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors and ballet barres for dance studios and performance spaces. 

For further media information, images and information please contact:

Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643

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Athol Willoughby OAM to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Australian Dance Awards committee has announced the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 will be presented to Athol Willoughby, OAM, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the dance profession in Australia for over 65 years.

Willoughby has had a long and distinguished career as one of Australia’s leading ballet dancers and teachers, connecting him with significant developments in mid-century Australian ballet and with major figures such as Walter Gore and Valrene Tweedie, and as an adjudicator and examiner for Cecchetti Ballet Australia.

Athol WilloughbyAthol Willoughby, OAM. Photographer: Michela Dent-Causon

Willoughby’s introduction to dance came when, as a young boy, he had a job sweeping out a cinema in Hobart prior to weekend screenings. He can still recall the excitement of seeing the stars of Hollywood musicals on screen—Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly were among them. But the real start of his long and illustrious career as a dancer, teacher, examiner, adjudicator and mentor came when, by chance, he was sitting next to a priest in the Theatre Royal in Hobart during a performance by the Borovansky Ballet. The priest arranged a meeting for him with local ballet teacher Beattie Jordan. Willoughby never saw the priest again but Jordan accepted him as a pupil and set him on his career path.  

Later Willoughby was thrilled by performances in Hobart by the Melbourne-based National Theatre Ballet and made the decision to move to Melbourne where he was taught by esteemed Cecchetti teacher Lucie Saranova. He eventually joined National Theatre Ballet and performed with them, dancing in particular the repertoire of two directors of the company, Walter Gore and Valrene Tweedie. In 1958 Willoughby left for London where he joined Peter Darrell’s Western Theatre Ballet.

Dancers on stageValrene Tweedie and Athol Willoughby in Le coq d'or. National Theatre Ballet 1955. Photo: Walter Stringer.

In Melbourne Willoughby had begun teaching and, in the 1950s, had gained Cecchetti qualifications. On his return from England he took up teaching again, largely in regional Victoria. But his work as an educator and mentor began in earnest in 1963 when he bought the Essendon Academy of Ballet, where he was director until his retirement in 1997. He also returned to the stage as a guest artist with The Australian Ballet in Anne Woolliams’ Swan Lake and Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker.

The students whose careers the charismatic Willoughby nurtured have gone on to dance across the world, have become teachers and examiners, and have had their lives enriched by his continued service to dance, in particular to the Cecchetti approach to ballet. But he is nevertheless humble enough to say, ‘I was just there to try to teach them classical ballet correctly—I like to see it done correctly—and with discipline.’

In 2017 Willoughby celebrated his 85th birthday and his Lifetime Achievement award is formal recognition by the dance community of his extraordinary contribution.

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Congratulations to the shortlisted nominees of the 21st Australian Dance Awards

Celebrating 21 years, the Australian Dance Awards is one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts awards. The Awards acknowledge people working in the professional dance sector who have made innovative and exceptional work of national significance, or have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the dance industry.

‘Arriving at the shortlist is a demanding job for the volunteer panel of 13 dance sector professionals representing all states and territories’, said Julie Dyson, nominations coordinator for the 2018 Australian Dance Awards.

‘Panel members include educators, independent artists, dance company directors, and writers/reviewers. We receive between 450 and 700 nominations each year. A thorough voting system is in place, with two, sometimes three rounds of voting.’

Presented by Ausdance National, the 2018 awards will take place on Saturday 8 September at the Brisbane Powerhouse, with tickets on sale from 9 July.

‘Ausdance National is honoured to present the 21st Australian Dance Awards in partnership with industry sponsors’, said Kerry Comerford, Executive Director of Ausdance National. ‘The Awards ceremony is the time we acknowledge and celebrate the dance profession’s depth and diversity, both on and off the stage.’

Presented in an afternoon of performances showcasing some of Australia’s best dance of the past year, the annual Australian Dance Awards rely on the generosity and goodwill of the dance sector. ‘It’s important that the event represents the excellence and diversity of dance in Australia’ said Sandi Woo, 2018 Award’s producer.

2018 Australian Dance Awards shortlist

Services to Dance

  • Philippe Charluet
  • Marilyn Miller
  • Philip Piggin
  • Hilary Trotter

Services to Dance Education

  • Paige Gordon
  • Raewyn Hill
  • Sinsa Mansell
  • Katrina Rank

Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance

  • Annette Carmichael (choreography), James Gentle (sound design) for The Beauty Index
  • Tracks Dance for Man Made
  • QPAC, The Royal Ballet and Community Groups for We All Dance
  • Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre for Share House

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance

  • Austinmer Dance Theatre for UNREAL
  • Co3 for Project next
  • QL2 Dance for This Poisoned Sea
  • Moorambilla Voices for Gundabooka

Outstanding Performance by a Company

  • Co3 for The Zone
  • Dancenorth Attractor
  • STRUT Dance for William Forsythe's One Flat Thing, Reproduced
  • Queensland Ballet for Raw (triple bill): No Man’s Land, Glass Concerto and Ghost Dances

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

  • Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek for Attractor (Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc)
  • Raewyn Hill for The Zone (Co3)
  • Stephanie Lake for Pile of Bones (Stephanie Lake Company)
  • Stephen Page for Bennelong (2017) (Bangarra Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance

  • Martin del Amo for CHAMPIONS
  • Australian Dance Artists for Restraint(s)
  • Michelle Heaven for In Plan
  • Nick Power (choreography), Jack Prest (sound design) for Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច

Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

  • Jana Castillo for construct (Australian Dance Theatre)
  • Amber Haines for Spectra (Dancenorth)
  • Ako Kondo for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Australian Ballet)
  • Charmene Yap for Ocho (Sydney Dance Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer

  • Richard Causer for Behind Closed Doors (Expressions Dance Company)
  • Nelson Earl for Ocho (Sydney Dance Company)
  • Beau Dean Riley Smith for Bennelong (2017) (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
  • Kimball Wong for construct (Australian Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre

  • Gravity & Other Myths for BACKBONE
  • Michael Ralph for SELF
  • Andrew Hallsworth for Muriel’s Wedding (Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures)
  • Nicola Gunn and Jo Lloyd for Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster

Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media

  • Richard James Allen for Enchant
  • Sophia Bender for Behind Barres
  • Sue Healey for Eileen
  • Catherine Moore & Jade Lowry for Unstilled

2018 Australian Dance Awards shortlist media release (50 KB PDF)

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Kerry Comerford announced as Executive Director Ausdance National

The Australian Dance Council—Ausdance Inc, the national peak body for dance, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director for Ausdance National.

Kerry ComerfordKerry Comerford, Executive Director Ausdance Nationa

Board President Professor Gene Moyle today announced the appointment of Kerry Comerford, who takes up the position this week.

Professor Moyle said, ‘After a comprehensive recruitment process, the Ausdance National Council is pleased to welcome Kerry Comerford to our Ausdance community.

Kerry is an exceptionally experienced senior executive and CEO who has worked for more than 30 years across the global arts and entertainment industries. She brings a broad range of experiences to the role having worked extensively with small-to-medium arts organisations in Australia through to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group Asia Pacific. 

With an early passion for dance and previous experience working with both the art form and many artists within the sector, Kerry will use her leadership, producing, directing and board experience to work closely with the dance sector and our other arts sector colleagues to best represent and advocate for dance in Australia.’

The appointment of an Executive Director is the first stage in the implementation of Ausdance National’s 2018 Australia Council for the Arts funded project. The project refocuses the work of Ausdance National to better represent and service the dance sector in Australia in 2018 and beyond.

Under Kerry's leadership, and with the support of the Ausdance National Board, Ausdance National will achieve a number of key outcomes that support identified sector priorities including the review and update of Dance Plan 2012 involving sector-wide consultations; advancing advocacy items with key federal politicians, representation and relevant sector submissions; and establishment of a career development project.

For interview contact:

President Ausdance National Council – Ausdance Inc.
Phone: +61 7 3138 3616

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Arts educators call for a visionary approach to arts education and creative work

Media release 27 February 2018

In meetings in Canberra yesterday with advisers from all political parties and senior staff from the federal education and arts departments, the National Advocates for Arts Education called for a rethinking of all political parties’ commitment to various key aspects of arts education, and made specific recommendations.

A delegation of members of the NAAE asserted yesterday that arts skills are at least as important as literacy and numeracy and should be prioritised alongside STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

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Dancenorth winners of a prestigious 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award

Five Dancenorth dancers walk out of the sea through rough waves.Photo: Amber Haines

North Queensland based and nationally renowned dance company Dancenorth have been awarded the 2017 Sidney Myer Group Award

The winners of the prestigious 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced by Carrillo Gantner AO, Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

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Fatigue identified as major contributor to injury in Australia’s professional dancers

The Safe Dance Report IV: Investigating injuries in Australia’s professional dancers, published today on the Ausdance National website, examines the Australian context and occurrence of injury in professional dancers and makes recommendations to support sustainable, healthy, and productive dancing careers.

A collaboration between The University of Sydney and Ausdance National, Safe Dance IV is the fourth in a series of Safe Dance research projects. It continues the important work started by Ausdance National almost 30 years ago.

The survey of 195 Australian professional dancers found 97% experienced at least one significant injury in their dance career, compared with 89% in 1999. And 73% of dancers reported experiencing a dance-related injury in the past 12 months.

Author and lead researcher Amy Jo Vassallo, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney, said the consequences of these injuries can be quite substantial and include missed performance opportunities and income, ongoing pain and disability, and expensive treatment including surgery. Serious injuries can even lead to early retirement from dance careers and lifelong disability.

‘The proportion of dancers reporting fatigue as a contributing factor to their injury has increased from 26% in 1990 and 33% in 1999 to 48% in 2017’ she said.

‘However, compared with previous Safe Dance survey results, fewer dancers reported poor technique or environment as a contributor to their injury. This demonstrates the benefits of education, policies and interventions regarding safe dancing practice for dancers and teachers at all stages of a dance career, including early teaching and pre-professional training’.

Ausdance National President, Professor Gene Moyle, said the Safe Dance Report IV continues an important lineage for the Australian dance community. Hearing the words “safe dance practice” being so much a part of our language and approach within the dance sector today is a testament to the impact and contribution of the collective Safe Dance reports within our industry.

Recommendations have outlined that access to dance-educated or dance-specialised healthcare services is essential; addressing the cultural aspects of injury reporting is critical; and that a better acknowledgement of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of injury is required.

Key findings

Survey respondents’ employment as a dance performer was most commonly with a dance company (66%) or as an independent dance artist (38%).

Injuries remain common in professional dance, with 73% of professional dancers reporting experiencing an injury in the past 12 months. The most common site of injury was the ankle (26%), followed by the knee (11%) and hip (10%).

The most common injury type was a strain (25%), followed by chronic inflammation (19%) and a sprain (18%).

There was one accidental or traumatic injury for every two overuse or gradual injuries. The most common responses regarding the self-reported contributor to injury were fatigue (48%), followed by new or difficult choreography (39%) and ignoring early warning signs (31%).

Despite 62% of respondents reporting belief that there is still stigma associated with sustaining injuries as a professional dancer, 75% of dancers did say they would seek professional opinion if they suspected an injury. However, only 50% stated they would tell someone within their dance employment and 49% said they would also take their own preventative steps to manage their injury.

Despite seeing a clinician for treatment of their injury, 40% of dancers whose injury was currently unresolved were unsure if their injury would resolve in the foreseeable future. This indicates that many dancers need to be provided with improved and realistic expectations of their injury, capacity to dance during their injury and likely return to full dance ability.

For interview contact:

Amy Vassallo | PhD Candidate
Faculty of Health Sciences
The University of Sydney
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 02 9351 9010 and 02 9351 9108

Ausdance National Council – Ausdance Inc.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 7 3138 3616

Download Safe Dance Report IV media release

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National Dance Forum 2017: Dance in the Digital Domain


Tuesday 22 August 2017
For immediate release

Australia’s peak dance organisation, Ausdance National, will host a two-day forum next month bringing together dance makers, producers and presenters for a highly topical forum focusing on the future of dance within the digital domain. The National Dance Forum is Australia’s key platform for dance artists, industry professionals and educators in providing rich opportunities to discuss, debate and collaborate with some of the most influential individuals and organisations in the country.

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National forum to explore dance practice in the digital age


16 May 2017

The 2017 National Dance Forum will bring together makers, producers and presenters to discuss and share knowledge on current digital practices and technological developments. The two-day forum will focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain.

Led by the dance sector’s advocate for 40 years—Ausdance National—the fourth National Dance Forum (NDF2017) will take place at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, 25–26 September 2017 and will follow the Australian Dance Awards (Arts Centre Melbourne, 24 September 2017).

Dance artists, companies, presenters and researchers looking for ways to grow meaningful audience relationships and understand the issues around making art in a digital environment, need to attend.

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Ausdance welcomes return of Catalyst funds to the Australia Council

Ausdance National and the Ausdance network welcome news today that the Arts Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, has decided to return Catalyst funds to the Australia Council. 

The sudden removal of funds from the Australia Council, the loss of transparent peer reviewed decision-making processes and uncertainty about the role of Catalyst have caused enormous disruption and distress across the sector.

Ausdance National President-elect, Associate Professor Gene Moyle, said: ‘The Minister’s decision to return remaining Catalyst funds to the Australia Council is a very welcome step. The Minister is to be congratulated for acting on the strong messages he has received about the loss of highly-regarded dance companies and organisations, and has moved to address the ongoing concerns of the arts profession.

‘We now want to ensure that some funding balance will be returned to the small to medium dance sector in particular, so we welcome the Minister’s comment that “This will allow the Australia Council to continue to focus on supporting small to medium arts organisations.'

We look forward to working with the Minister and the Australia Council to ensure that this goal is realised.

Contact: Gene Moyle (0411 640 012) or Julie Dyson (041 2211 513)

Media release, 18 March 2017 (84 Kb PDF)

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