Big Dance is the largest celebration of dance in the world and it’s hitting Australian in 2018!

Initiated by the Mayor of London in 2006, the biennial Big Dance is a participatory dance festival.

It is a celebration of dance for all ages and all levels of ability.

2018 sees Australia take the leading role for this global event, with Ausdance Victoria and Ausdance NSW presenting the 2018 Big Dance.

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative. The third year of this program opens May 2018.

The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills, for example:

·       program of activity that develops your professional practice

·       secondment with an organisation

Inspired by our successful Future Makers and Movers program in 2017, this series will provide teachers unique tools to inspire their students. From technology, to urban dance foundations and HSC tools, this year long program is essential for any teacher teaching kids years K-12. More information coming soon. 


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Glance at Dance is back! Our signature industry networking evening next week features special guest Olivia Ansell, Head of Contemporary Performance at Sydney Opera House as we discuss, network and mingle with the NSW dance sector. Learn about our 2018 Ausdance NSW program and celebrate the launch of our new podcast, Let’s Talk About It, featuring Natasha Crane.

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In partnership with Natasha Crane, Ausdance NSW is creating a podcast called “Let’s Talk About It” in which we address face on issues dancers are facing today in the industry. From mental health, work visas and career strategy, choreographer and life coach Natasha Crane chats with guests across the dance sector sinking their teeth into what the community wants to speak about. Guests include Kelley Abbey and more! If you need a transcript of this for access purposes please email 

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Ausdance NSW Dance Space Residency Program (DAIR - Dance Artists In Residence) invites independent dance artists, collectives, collaborations and companies of any dance genre to submit proposals for the 2018 DAIR program. Activities may involve creative development, research, mentorships and rehearsal of work. Applicants are able to apply for a residency of a minimum 1-week, up to 3-weeks.
 Applicants may apply twice per year (once per round), but may only be successful once per calendar year. Ausdance NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

The Sydney Festival packed with lots of Dance and Theatre to see!

Read what's on.

Our friends at Naisda Dance College are presenting their end of year show KAMU next week.

Tickets to what is set to be a fantastic performance are selling fast, so make sure you book yours today. Visit:

Four years in the making, Shaun Parker & Company is a small thriving dance company, based in Sydney at The Seymour Centre. Its founder Shaun Parker, a Monash University science degree graduate, turned dancer/choreographer is fêted for his dynamic, youthful work which ‘is so cutting edge it actually wanders off the edge of any single-word definition.’