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The National Dance Forum is the most significant platform for dialogue across the Australian contemporary dance sector. In 2015, dancers, makers, researchers, writers, directors, producers, advocates and educators participated in three days of discussions and dialogue about the inherent concerns and realities affecting current professional practice in Australia. 

Ausdance NSW was able to send 10 NSW artists, both individuals and organizations, to the National Dance Forum in Melbourne thanks to Arts NSW. 

One of the basis in CI (Contact Improvisation) is to understand how much we can trust ourselves and our dance partners in terms of giving and taking weight, but also in negotiating the journey of a dance. Grabbing and directive manipulations are common strategies to minimise the trust and to narrow down to options in the communication. 

The BUILD YOUR PRACTICE series invites all artists who are interested in exploring the body as part of their art practice. It is a process for dancers, performers and visual artists to explore notions of dance and movement from the basis of Bodyweather. The workshops often include a strong physical workout through the MB (muscle/bone, mind/body) training and an exploration of activities and exercises to increase sensitivity, performer presence and an awareness of stage and space. All levels of experience are welcome to attend.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR LUCY GUERIN INC'S SECONDMENT PROGRAM FEB/MARCH 2015. In the first half of 2015, one week Secondments are available at the Lucy Guerin Inc West Melbourne studio from 9th February to 6th March (excluding wk 16th – 20th Feb) during the final development and rehearsal period for Motion Picture, Lucy Guerin Inc’s new work premiering in Dance Massive on March 17th 2015.

Sydney Dance Company welcomes a bevy of new faces to the studio in 2015 - new dancers Daniel Roberts, Chloe Leong, and Sam Young-Wright, trainee Josephine Weise, and Rehearsal Director Lee Johnston; and is also thrilled to announce the return of dancer Richard Cilli, following two years working independently in Australia and Europe in 2013 and 2014. All of the new recruits are currently in the studio, working with Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, on the creation of his new work for the Company’s upcoming premiere season, Frame of Mind, opening at Sydney Theatre on March 6, and touring to Canberra and Melbourne in April and May.

Soft Landing Photo

Soft Landing is about you, a performing artist and human being.You will choreograph, perform, train in and teach dance among a group of committed and skilled artists at similar stages in their career, while being lead and supported by experienced dancers and choreographers.

Jumping Picture of Kay Armstrong

A not to be missed professional development opportunity! Last chance to come and immerse yourself in a two week Performance LAB with the amazing Barney O’Hanlon a core member of The SITI company in New York one of Americas most innovation companies and Australian Director Laura Sheedy. Presented by ReadyMade Works the Lab goes from the 26 January - 6 February 2015 from 10am - 5pm, Monday - Friday with a showing of work at the conclusion of the two week on the 6th February at Carriageworks followed by a Q&A. 

Ausdance NSW is currently seeking a proactive, motivated and marketing savvy individual to lead & coordinate a broad range of marketing campaigns. Ausdance NSW invests the ongoing development opportunities for dance in NSW.

 

Anton with Michelle Silby Director of Ausdance NSW

A fond farewell! Anton is moving from his role in Marketing/Communications at Ausdance NSW. After a year of tremendous projects, hard work and laughter. A huge thank you from the staff, board, dance sector and of course myself. 

All the best, 

Michelle Silby Director, Ausdance NSW

Kyle Page as Artistic Executive Dance North

Dancenorth is excited to announce that former Dancenorth and Australian Dance Theatre dancer, Kyle Page, has been appointed the company’s first Artistic Executive. Also joining the team are Artistic Advisors, Prof Cheryl Stock (founding artistic director of Dancenorth and Secretary General of the World Dance Alliance), and Bradley Chatfield, former Dancenorth rehearsal director and current head of dance at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts in Brisbane. Very exciting changes ahead!

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