Ausdance National President’s update August 2017

Over the last four weeks since the last update, the Ausdance National Board and office team have been focused on the two key events for the year on the Ausdance calendar – the Australian Dance Awards and National Dance Forum (NDF). Working closely with the Ausdance Victoria team on both, these events are shaping up to be a wonderful way in which to recognise the significant contributions so many make to our vibrant dance community, explore and advance the digital agenda for our sector, and celebrate Ausdance’s 40-year contribution to dance in Australia.

Alongside the existing Advisory Panel members, the NDF is being curated by Helen Simondson who is the current Acting Head of Public and Education Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Ably supported by Shane Carroll from the Advisory Panel, the program is currently being finalised with a range of exciting presenters and panel members joining the keynote speakers – Wesley Enoch, Distinguished Professor David Throsby AO, and Sue Healey.

I would also like to share that we have had a recent change to Board Membership with Marinda Burger stepping down on 12 July 2017. Due to a change in personal circumstances, Marinda was no longer able to commit to Ausdance National in her role as Treasurer; however, she has been very generously working closely with the Board in her transition out of this role, in addition to the identification of an on appropriate replacement. On behalf of the Board, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the great deal of hands-on work and significant contributions that Marinda made in such a short time that were so central to assisting Ausdance National effectively transition to the new skills-based board structure. We wish Marinda all the best with her continued endeavours and know that she will still be a passionate Ausdance National supporter from afar!

Please ensure you book your Australian Dance Awards tickets and register for the National Dance Forum as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on these two wonderful opportunities to both celebrate and advance the Australian Dance Sector in Ausdance’s 40th Anniversary Year.