Ministers Agree to Deliver National Arts Curriculum

At a meeting of all Education Ministers via TelePresence on Tuesday, the first national Arts curriculum for Foundation to Year 10 (F-10) was endorsed. The Australian Curriculum: Arts F-10 provides the opportunity for every Australian student to engage with quality learning experiences in five Arts subjects – Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts – in the primary years. In secondary school students will study one or more subjects in greater depth. Students will gain the confidence and the tools to understand and critique the Arts in everyday life and learn that the Arts connect many creative and mainstream industries to the development of a vibrant, modern and inclusive Australian society. The Arts curriculum values the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Australia’s arts heritage and contemporary arts practices through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience. Under the Better Schools Plan, implementation of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum is required by 2018. For more information please visit

Bollycise on Totally Wild

Congratulations to Brisbane Bollywood Dance company Bollycise on their recent appearance on Channel Ten’s Totally Wild. You can see the segment below. You can catch Bollycise dancers performing around Brisbane throughout August and September at the following dates and venues: Ormeau Fair, Peachy Rd  –  Sat 10 Aug @ 1.30pm & 4.30pm India Fair Day, Roma St Parklands  –  Sun 11 Aug @ 5pm The Colour Runn Fundraiser, Coorparoo Bowls Club  –  Sun 01 Sept Rivermount College Spring Fair  –  Sat 07 Sept Gold Coast Multicultural Festival  –  Sun 08 Sept

Force Majeure Announce 2013’s Cultivate Company

After a selection process that encompassed over 100 applicants, Force Majeure have announced their Cultivate Company for 2013. Cultivate is a unique lab-style workshop that gives choreographers, directors, dancers and physical performers/actors direct experience of the methodologies employed by Force Majeure to create new work. Taking place 15 July – 2 August 2013, the lab is led by Kate Champion, Artistic Director of Force Majeure and Byron Perry, Associate Director of Force Majeure. The company-members are listed below. Directors Ghenoa Gela Victoria Hunt Kirk Page Jason Pitt Performers Phillip Benjamin Jenkins Paea Leach Gregory Simon Lorenzutti Katina Olsen Bhenjamin Radburn Taree Sansbury (NAISDA Secondment) Carl Sciberras (JUMP Mentee) Melinda Tyquin Samantha Williams

Leadership Spill Veiled Groundbreaking Arts Legislation, says Ben Eltham.

Writing for, Ben Eltham has reported that the past week has seen not just a shift in Australia’s leadership but crucial arts and cultural legislative reforms. “Amid the spectacular pyrotechnics of the Rudd-Gillard confrontation, the last week of Parliament before Julia Gillard’s proposed September 14th election date saw some significant developments in cultural policy,” Eltham says. “Most importantly, the Australia Council Bill passed the Senate. This law, the culmination of Labor’s Creative Australia policy, enshrines the most significant reform of the nation’s top cultural funding agency since its creation in the 1970s.” To read the whole story, see here.

Congratulations to Fresh Ground Residents

Ausdance Queensland would like extend our congratulations to the Judith Wright Centre’s latest array of Fresh Ground residents. Fresh Ground supports artists, collectives and companies to create high-calibre contemporary performance work able to entice, excite and inspire audiences. Designed to assist in the development and delivery of new projects, Fresh Ground optimises the return on investment for artists by focusing on the long-term future of the work created and the artists creating it. As part of the initiative, four companies will now share in $35,000 of Fresh Ground funding and approximately $80,000 of in-kind support during residencies of six to eighteen months. The four collectives chosen for the current round represent some of the most interesting dance/movement artists in Queensland. Phluxus2 Dance Collective, under the stewardship of Artistic Director Nerida Matthaei, will be collaborating with Queensland dancers Liesel Zink, Gareth Belling and Elise May. Polytoxic’s Lisa Fa’alafi will collaborate with Neridah Waters and Lucas Stibbard. Prying Eye Productions is the work of acclaimed dancers and choreographers Zaimon and Lizzie Vilmanis. Company 2 consists of circus artists David Carberry and Chelsea McGuffin – who will be working with musician/composer Ben Walsh to create a new circus work. Ausdance Queensland offers our Continue ReadingCongratulations to Fresh Ground Residents

Brisbane Festival Program Launch

Brisbane Festival’s program launched on Wednesday. We’re pleased to report that it has a fantastic array of dance shows on offer. Locally, we have excellent work coming from Queenslanders Expressions Dance Company and Bonemap. Internationally, we have works from UK’s Dan Canham and Aakash Odedra and the US’s Debbie Allen. And, really, that’s just a selection. See the full program here.

Ausdance Queensland’s Dance Careers Day

Ausdance Queensland would like to thank everyone involved with our recent Dance Careers Day. We had a great time and have had lots of positive feedback. Special thanks must go to Christian Tatchev, Simon Lind, Lizzie Vilmanis, Dr Gene Moyle, Melissa Lanham, Courtney Stewart, Erica Rose Jeffrey, Ali Philips, Sponsor and Presenter David Peirce of Pondera Physio and Pilates, Lucy Ingham, Yenenesh Nigusse and Barbara Everson – who kindly lent us her venue. And, of course, the incredible parents – who drove the amazing participants in from places as far away as Gatton, Buderim, Caloundra and the Gold Coast. We’re honoured to have reached so many exciting young dancers. Bring on next year.

Save The Date: Australian Youth Dance Festival 2014

The Australian Youth Dance Festival has a date and a venue for 2014. From 11 to 16 April 2014, Renmark South Australia will play host to Australia’s premiere event for young dancers. The Australian Youth Dance Festival is the nation’s first dance-specific festival for youth. There have been eight Australian Youth Dance Festivals held in: Gosford, NSW (2012), Mandurah, WA (2009) Horsham, VIC (2006), Armidale, NSW (2004 and 2001), Townsville QLD (1999) and Darwin NT (1997). To keep an eye on proceedings as they unfold, see Ausdance SA’s website.

‘Can Science Guide the Arts?’ By Melanie Fuller

In the coming months, Ausdance Queensland will be featuring articles from sponsors Pondera Physio and Pilates. These articles are designed to help dancers manage and maintain their health and wellbeing as performers and educators. This week, Melanie Fuller looks at the importance of science in the health of dancers. The performing arts are steeped in tradition. Physical care of your body is certainly one area where science can be used to potentially guide changes in the way you train. Clinicians who care for artists, teachers, choreographers, company managers and of course the artists themselves can learn from the wealth of clinical research being performed around the world. In the performing arts, ‘the show must go on’ belief is evolving and science is starting to inform us of what the long term effects may be. It is best to be informed. Physios, doctors and other medical consultants have a duty to inform artists of the known and perceived risks.The demand, joy, satisfaction & personal need may out way those risks at times. As an example, a recent MRI study (Chang, Diamond, Nevsky, Regatte & Weiss, 2013) on pre professional contemporary dance students has revealed some preliminary findings into knee medial meniscal (the cartilage on the inside Continue Reading‘Can Science Guide the Arts?’ By Melanie Fuller

‘Do I Really Have to Stop Dancing?’ by David Peirce

The latest article from Ausdance Queensland sponsors Pondera Physio and Pilates. These articles are designed to help dancers manage and maintain their health and wellbeing as performers and educators. This week, David Peirce answers the question – Do I Really Have to Stop Dancing? The biggest challenge of dance medicine is not diagnosing injuries or knowing the right treatment. It is managing the dancer who doesn’t want to (or can’t) stop. The human body is only capable of so much. Injuries need time to heal and no amount of wishing, hoping, praying or negotiating with anyone or anything can change that. The process is simple (in theory): Diagnose (fast – don’t wait until you cant dance) Unload (rest) Heal (nature, treatment, medication, surgery) Gradually Reload (rehabilitation) Return To Dance – some will take two days, some will take months. The worst outcomes happen when any of the steps are not done well. Diagnosis is not always straightforward and may involve radiology or even surgery (along with the skill and experience of your health professional team). Injury history is vital and hiding things will not help you get back. Healing can only be so fast. Injuries like stress fractures or joint impingements have underlying biomechanical or technique problems that need to Continue Reading‘Do I Really Have to Stop Dancing?’ by David Peirce