Safe Dance Report IV launched

Ausdance National and The University of Sydney have launched the results of the fourth Safe Dance research project—Safe Dance Report IV: investigating injuries in Australia’s professional dancers. The report examines the context and occurrence of injuries in Australia’s professional dancers and makes recommendations to support sustainable, healthy, and productive dancing careers. A lot has changed in the dance industry since we last investigated and reported on injuries in Australia’s professional dancers (18 years ago), and injury prevention and management is something taken seriously by dance teachers, directors and choreographers. However, the Safe Dance IV research found 97% of professional dancers 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. Read the media release: Safe-Dance-Report-IV-media-release Read the full report:

Job opportunity: Sunshine Coast RAD teacher

Sunshine Coast Performing Arts College (SCPAC) is looking for an experienced RAD teacher for 2018 on Monday and Wednesday.  This teacher would also be working with our Elite Teams. Monday – 3:30pm – 8:00pm Wednesday – 3:30pm – 8:30pm We are also looking for a Drama Teacher – Friday 3:30pm – 7:00pm. If available please contact Alicia at with your CV.

Job opportunity: Co-CEO, Dancenorth

Dancenorth are currently seeking a Co-CEO Executive Director to join their team. They are hoping to find an inspirational leader with powerful interpersonal skills; someone who can inspire, internally and externally, and who can collaborate, mentor, and delegate! More information:

Workshops with Bill Shannon

Ausdance Qld is excited to host two workshops with New York based artist Bill Shannon on Wednesday 8 November at the Judith Wright Centre. Bill is an interdisciplinary artist and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, linguistics, sociology, choreography, dance and politics. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, a Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellowship in Performance Art, and has worked as a choreographer and performer for Cirque Du Soleil. Bill’s contributions to dance include a very specific movement vocabulary evolved through his creative use of crutches as a child after the discovery of a physical disability that affected his ability to bear weight in his hips. Bill will be in Australia in November to present a series of workshops with Ausdance Qld, Dance Integrated Australia, Critical Path, ACPA and QUT. Movement Workshop for students and artists Wednesday 8 November, 9.15am – 10.45am Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts – $20 Ausdance Queensland Members – $30 General More Information and Bookings Professional Development Workshop for Dance Educators Wednesday 8 November, 3pm – 6pm Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts – $60 Ausdance Queensland Members – $80 General More Information and Bookings

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:

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: 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:

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.