2017 Australian Dance Awards

Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Announced Ausdance Australia is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards which will be presented at The Australia Dance Awards (ADA) on Sunday 24 September. This year’s Hall of Fame inductee is dancer, actor, choreographer, activist and writer Noel C Tovey AM. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Helen Herbertson, a seminal figure in Australian Dance. Noel C Tovey AM’s brilliant and creative career spans over 60 years in Europe and Australia as an acclaimed dancer, actor, choreographer, singer, director, designer, author, activist and teacher. He made his professional debut in Paint Your Wagon at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne in 1954 and has had a career full of many highlights include dancing at Sadlers Well, acting with Stella Adler, working as a choreographer and director in the West End, directing the first Aboriginal play to be presented in the Sydney Festival, writing an award-winning biography Little Black Bastard, that was then turned into a highly successful play, directing the Indigenous Ceremony for the Indigenous Welcome at the 2000 Olympics and campaigning for Indigenous and LGBTI elders’ rights. In 2015, Noel received The Continue Reading2017 Australian Dance Awards

2017 National Dance Forum

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). NDF 2017 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. 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. The NDF2017 program will be released in July. For further details, updates and to contribute, visit the NDF2017 page on the Ausdance National website. Follow NDF 2017 on Twitter @natdanceforum, #natdanceforum, and Ausdance National Facebook. Read the full media release: National-Dance-Forum-2017-media-release

WAAPA Music Theatre Audition Masterclass

This Masterclass will help demystify what can be a daunting process – the musical audition. Run by WAAPA’s Co-ordinator of Music Theatre David King and resident director Crispin Taylor, this Masterclass will give you techniques to deal with the most challenging musical audition. The three-hour session includes mock auditions for singing, acting and dance and prepares auditionees for all challenges from cattle-call to call-back. It is suitable for professional and amateur performers, teachers and prospective WAAPA students. Brisbane course details: Date: Friday, 7 July 2017 Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm More information: http://www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/corporate-training-and-short-courses/explore-short-courses/available-short-courses/music-theatre/music-theatre-audition-masterclass

AEQ Conference 2017

Ausdance Educators Queensland Conference 2017 will be held on Friday 5 May and Saturday 6 May in the studios of Queensland Ballet at the Thomas Dixon Centre in West End, Brisbane. This year’s conference title, In Motion, was chosen in contemplation of how The Australian Curriculum is now in motion with the new Senior Curriculum in the final stages of writing. The conference will have professional development opportunities for primary generalists and dance specialists as well as secondary generalists and specialists. Friday will have a Secondary School focus with a keynote presentation on ‘Dance Education for the Future’. On Saturday there will be sessions for both Primary and Secondary educators. Download the full program at: http://ausdanceqld.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/AEQ-Conference-2017-PROGRAM-INFORMATION.pdf More information and registrations: Ausdance Educators Queensland   Registrations close Monday 24 April 2017.

Fun Run at Bleach Festival

Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Surfers Paradise April 8, 2017, 3:30pm Fun Run is a joyously wild community spectacle that pushes one man to his limits of endurance. When the Greek messenger Pheidippides was sent to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persian army in the battle of Marathon, he ran the entire distance without stopping, burst into the Athenian assembly, delivered the news and died on the spot. Fun Run is his story! In homage to Pheidippides, our fearless hero, artist Tristan Meecham, runs a gruelling 42.2 kilometres on a treadmill live on stage; supported by hundreds of community performers and athletes, a cheeky Emcee, a fleet of Fun Run dancers, a booming soundtrack and some very special Gold Coast guests. A free event for the whole family, Fun Run has it all… Dazzling lycra, shiny muscles, bouncing pom poms and a massive Fun Run Flash Mob that everyone can participate in. Full of heart pumping action; stay, play and dance your way through the whole event. More information: http://www.bleachfestival.com.au/events/fun-run/

Dance Massive 2017

Dance Massive, a festival of contemporary dance across three Melbourne venues: Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre, is currently on in Melbourne. Once again Arts Queensland and Ausdance Qld partnered to sponsor travel bursaries for Queensland dance artists to attend the festival in Melbourne. Recipients of the travel bursaries were announced at the Ausdance Qld 2017 Program Launch by The Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier, Ms Jennifer Howard MP. Dance Massive 2017 – Travel Bursary Recipients Anja Ali-Haapala Clare Dyson Melissa Lanham Nerida Matthaei Courtney Scheu Zaimon Vilmanis Rebecca Youdell         At the festival, Queensland delegates and the Ausdance Qld team got together for a catch-up with Adrian Burnett, Arts Practice Director Dance from The Australia Council for the Arts. Drinks were enjoyed in the Malthouse Theatre courtyard on an unusually hot Melbourne March day.

Queensland Dance Forum 2017 – one week to go

Want to have your voice heard in the dance community? Want to make an important contribution to the future of dance in Queensland? Come along to the Queensland Dance Forum and be part of the conversation QDF2017 will connect members of the Queensland Dance community from across the state and provide a platform for discussion and debate about dance in Queensland. QDF2017 will kick off with a diverse and experienced panel, including Kate Champion, Sue Gillingham, Rita Pryce and Sandi Woo, answering the question Why Bother? The panel will provoke passions and drive a discussion about why we care about dance. The main interactive session of the forum, Grand Failures invites participants to embrace the beneficial power of failure. Our provocateurs, Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood from The Farm, will share their past artistic failures and show how they were vital steps of the creative process. Without failure there is no risk and no growth. Letters from the Future will include insightful presentations from a diverse range of dance industry members including Natalie Weir and Zaimon Vilmanis. These letters will describe a future of dance in Queensland as imagined by these members of the dance community. More information: http://ausdanceqld.org.au/queensland-dance-forum-2017/ BOOK Continue ReadingQueensland Dance Forum 2017 – one week to go

Program Launch – you’re invited!

We are delighted to invite Members and Supports to our Program Launch 2017. The launch will take place on Wednesday 22 February at the Judith Wright Centre, after the inaugural Queensland Dance Forum. Ausdance Qld has an expanded program this year after successfully securing increased core funding from Arts Queensland for the next four years. Highlights of the 2017 program include: new professional development opportunities for members, supported by the Tim Fairfax Foundation regional activities in Far North Queensland, subsidised by Catalyst workshops with national, international and local dance artists exclusive to Ausdance members school holiday workshops. When: Wednesday 22 February 2017, 5.30pm-7.30pm Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts RSVP: https://www.trybooking.com/256519 More information: Transport and Parking

Masterclass with Máté Mészáros – next week!

Presented by Ausdance Qld at Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance Open to open to experienced dancers aged 15 and up Join a dance masterclass with internationally acclaimed creator Máté Mészáros. After graduating from the Hungarian Dance Academy, Mate spent his early career at the Szeged Contemporary Ballet working with Tamás Juronics. Mate has since worked with some of Europe’s most reputed choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Wim Vandekeybus, Sharon Eyal, Amanda Miller, Roberto Galvan, Myriam Naisy and Robin Orlin. The masterclass will involve dynamic and powerful material with a focus on the physicality that defines the essential movement. I will explore floorwork and partnering based on the material of Máté creations. “Our body is the same in every movement and in any style but the possibility to change is essential. We focus on these principals through different exercises and ways of approaches.” Dance masterclass with Máté Mészáros Wednesday 22 February 2017, 9:30am – 11:30 am Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Cost: $55 General $40 Ausdance Queensland Member $45 Supercell or Queensland Dance Forum Ticket Holder Bookings: http://ausdanceqld.org.au/events/masterclass-with-mate-meszaros/