Ausdance National Network

Ausdance Queensland is the state’s peak body representing the interests of its diverse dance community.  Established in 1992, this membership organisation provides advocacy and sustainable industry development for Queensland dance. Ausdance is endorsed by the sector as its primary advocate and advisory representative in the development of government policy, sector planning, the identification, review and implementation of strategic industry initiatives.

The focus for the organisation’s development efforts is with emerging and professional sector. Ausdance increases opportunities for dance artists to access information, resources, venues, employment opportunities, profile and professional development. It builds audiences through not only increasing community awareness of, participation in and support for dance, but also by investing and improving conditions for the development of new dance works. We address the needs of independent artists, community dance practitioners, youth and emerging artists, educators (institutional and community), and individuals in the broader community.

It is supported by local, regional, national and international networks, including Ausdance National, the network of Ausdance offices in other states. Here is the Ausdance National 2014 Annual Report.

Here are three key events that Ausdance provides to the national sector:

Australian Dance Awards

Each year, Ausdance National facilitates the selection process for the Australian Dance Awards and one state branch hosts the ceremony. In 2014, Ausdance NSW will present the Awards at the Sydney Opera House on 9 November. Nominations close on 28 February, for the previous year.

Australian Youth Dance Festival

The biennial Australian Youth Dance Festival is a non-competitive, affordable, culturally inclusive, regional event. The week long intensive includes showcase performances, a dance for screen program and an outdoor riverbank promenade performance created for, by and with the local community.

Ausdance SA, the leading provider of dance development in South Australia, is working in partnership with Carclew, Ausdance National and Country Arts SA, to present the AYDF from 10-16 April 2014, during the April School holidays in Renmark.

Tertiary Dance Forum

The Tertiary Dance Forums are run by Ausdance National and the TDCA. Here is the report from the latest DEAS forum.  For more information about this supportive, collaborative group, please call Ausdance National on 02 6248 8992.