We are seeking your support to raise $40,000 this year so we can continue to provide essential services to the dance sector beyond November 2017.
Ausdance National's work continues to have a lasting impact on Australian dance artists and their working lives.
It would be virtually impossible to find a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, dance student, dance academic, or dance audience member who has not been positively and substantially impacted by the activities of the organisation. —Brian Lucas, Brisbane Independent Artist and Ausdance National President 2012–2016
Ausdance National's sector leadership in political advocacy, dance education, international dance research, Safe Dance® practice, and business and teaching resources is now reliant on the support of our sponsors and donors.
We have much to look forward to in 2017
In March 2017, a new eight-person skills-based National Council was appointed to lead the organisation into the future. They have been working closely with the Honorary Life Members Julie Dyson and Shane Colquhoun, Ausdance National staff and various Ausdance stakeholders to progress the 2017 Strategic Plan into 2018 and beyond, with a focus on securing Ausdance National's ability to provide future services to the sector.
Alongside our daily work providing advice and support, we are currently:
- producing the 2017 National Dance Forum—in partnership with Ausdance Victoria—to bring together the professional dance sector, alongside the Australian Dance Awards in Melbourne in September.
- continuing our advocacy for the sector—through ArtsPeak, the National Advocates for Arts Education, and the World Dance Alliance—even with greatly reduced resources.
- coordinating the 2017 Australian Dance Awards Selection Panel.
- administering the 3rd Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship—a biennial fellowship of $10,000—which will be awarded to a mid-career choreographer.
- working towards the publication of a Safe Dance IV booklet which will assist with the long-term goal of safely sustaining dancers in their chosen career for as long as possible.
Your financial contribution will directly support the employment of our two part-time staff in Canberra during 2017. Our staff currently provide information, project support and advice to the Australian dance sector, National Council and the Ausdance network across multiple issues. With your support, we seek to continue and increase our dedicated staff time so that the dance sector and Ausdance members can continue to receive essential services.
Please consider making a donation at this critical time for Ausdance National. All donations above $2 are tax-deductible. Your support will be acknowledged on our website and in our publications.
A 40-year legacy
A brief review of the last 40 years highlights our leadership role with projects that have had a long-lasting impact on Australian dance artists and their working lives, many of which will be familiar to you:
- We have led ongoing analysis and advocacy for the independent and small to medium dance sectors at the highest political levels.
- Initiated SCOPE for Artists—our partnership with the Australian Sports Commission and the Australia Council to promote dancers’ career development.
- Successfully advocated for dance to be a stand-alone subject in the new Australian Curriculum: The Arts.
- Sourced funding to establish the Australian dance collection at the National Library of Australia.
- Initiated Safe Dance research that has directly contributed to changed practices in teaching, leading to the Australian Guidelines for Teaching Dance.
- Gained a reputation as Australia’s leading publisher of international dance research and best-practice guidelines.
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