Ausdance Chronology of Achievements
Awarded the second Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship
Presented Australian Dance Awards in Canberra with Ausdance ACT.
Represented Ausdance in Britain and in Europe at Tanzkongress
Convened DEAS Roundtable with Ausdance VIC
Convened National Dance Forum with Australia Council for the Arts
Published 2 editions of Brolga & Channels
Attended WDA–AP AGM in Taiwan
Awarded the inaugural Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship
Presented Australian Dance Awards held in Perth with Ausdance WA.
Convened National Dance Research Forum with Tertiary Dance Council
Attended World Dance Alliance Global Assembly and festival in Tawian
Published 2 editions of Brolga & Channels
Published revised edition of Australian Guidelines for Teaching Dance online
Ausdance NSW conducted AYDF
Dance Education in Australian Schools (DEAS) roundtable with Ausdance NSW
Launched new website
Conducted National Dance Forum (NDF) in Melbourne with the Australia Council
Published 2 editions of Brolga & Channels
Contributed to new book Celebrating Dance in Australia—Shaping the Landscape
Presented Australian Dance Awards (ADAs) in Melbourne with Ausdance Victoria
Published the Australian Guidelines for Teaching Dance (2ed) online with collection of Fact Sheets.
Western Sydney Dance Action (WSDA) was a joint initiative between Parramatta Riverside Theatres and Ausdance NSW established as an outreach program of the NSW Ministry for the Arts, Western Sydney Arts Strategy in 2000. Since then WSDA has been transformed from a community outreach program into an independent dance service provider in 2004, and a professional arts organisation FORM Dance Projects in 2011, presenting and supporting many dance artists and initiatives in NSW and Australia.
Published 2 editions of Brolga & Channels
Presented Australian Dance Awards in Melbourne with Ausdance Victoria
Built Australian Dance Awards website
Convened meeting with ArtsPeak organisations & the Arts Minister and produced advocacy document Dance Plan 2012 with The Australia Council
Submitted recommendations for the National Cultural Policy
First delivery of Ausdance skill set for Teaching Dance (AssTD) by Ausdance Victoria
Co-ordinated a national youth dance forum at the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Mandurah, hosted by Ausdance WA.
Managed the nominations process for the second Australian Dance Awards held in Melbourne at the State Theatre, presented by Ausdance Victoria.
Led the National Advocates for Arts Education in its successful campaign to have the arts included in Phase 2 of the National Curriculum.
Ausdance National included in the national reference group for the arts in the National Curriculum, convened by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
Represented Ausdance on the new Board of SCOPE for Artists, launched as an independent organisation with an extended program to include circus and physical theatre performers.
Assisted the development of a Schooldance component, the Ausdance skill set for Teaching Dance, written by Ausdance Victoria.
Coordinated the design and production of new marketing materials for the Ausdance skill set for Teaching Dance.
Co-ordinated the production of the ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at the opening of the 42nd Parliament in Canberra on 12 February by the Treading the Pathways National Indigenous Dance Coordinator.
Assisted with the presentation of the World Dance Alliance Global Assembly in Brisbane, hosted by Ausdance Qld and the Queensland University of Technology.
Presented the eighth Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address by Professor Susan Street at the WDA Global Assembly.
Renamed the NAAE as the National Advocates for Arts Education and recruited new members.
Launched and coordinated a national campaign to have the arts included in the National Curriculum.
Managed the nominations process for the Australian Dance Awards held in Melbourne at the State Theatre, presented by Ausdance Victoria.
Launched Dance Plan 2012 at the WDA Global Assembly, in partnership with the Australia Council.
Presented Dance Plan 2012 at the Biennale de Danse de Lyon in France.
Celebrated the founding of Ausdance and its achievements since 1977.
Convened the first joint meeting in 18 years between Artistic and Tertiary Dance directors, in collaboration with the Australia Council and The Australian Ballet.
Managed the nominations process for Australian Dance Awards at Sydney Opera House, presented by Ausdance NSW.
Ausdance Victoria secured three-year funding from the Joan & Peter Clemenger Trust for presentation Australian Dance Awards in Melbourne from 2008-1010.
Co-hosted the first International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) conference in Australia with The Australian Ballet School and the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
In partnership with the Australia Council, began consultations across Australia to gather content for Dance Plan 2012.
Developed new injury protection insurance products with Aon Risk Services for the dance profession.
Collaborated with the Australia Council to establish the ‘Treading the Pathways’ project, a follow-up to ‘Creating Pathways’.
Appointed the first National Indigenous Dance Co-ordinator, Marilyn Miller.
Coordinated Australia-wide signing of Petitions to both Houses of Parliament in support of increased funding in the 2007 Federal Budget for the small to medium dance sector. Presented Petitions to the Senate and the House of Representatives in the Federal Parliament.
Managed the nominations process for the tenth Australian Dance Awards at Sydney Opera House, presented by Ausdance NSW.
Provided support for Ausdance Victoria in its presentation of the 5th Australian Youth Dance Festival.
Produced and published Shifting Sands – Dance in Asia and the Pacific, edited by Stephanie Burridge, on behalf of the World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific.
Partnered with the Australian Sports Commission and the Australia Council to establish SCOPE (Securing Career Opportunities and Professional Employment), a career development program for professional dancers.
Developed a dance component as part of the Active After Schools Communities program published and administered by the Australian Sports Commission.
Produced the ‘Creating Pathways’ Indigenous dance forum at the National Museum of Australia, in partnership with the Australia Council.
Established a partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport to include 12 professional dancers in its Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program for the first time.
Published the Throsby/Hollister dancers’ transition research in two volumes: Dance in Australia – a profile and Moving On – career transition of professional dancers in Australia.
Designed the dance education model ‘Schooldance’, and received funding for its research and development by the Australia Council’s Dance Board.
Assisted with the presentation of the second Dance Education in Australian Schools (DEAS) roundtable, hosted by Ausdance Victoria.
Supported the first conference of Australian youth dance company directors at the Sydney Opera House.
Presented the fourth Australian Youth Dance Festival in Armidale, NSW
Co-ordinated a major advocacy campaign in response to the Australia Council Dance Board’s report Resourcing Dance – an analysis of the subsidised Australian dance sector
Elected to the board of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)
Represented Ausdance at the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers conference in Monaco
Collaborated with Aon Risk Services to introduce a national call centre for the Ausdance Insurance Scheme.
Appointment of Dance Curator at the National Library of Australia; Ausdance becomes part of external steering committee for Australia Dancing.
Contracted dance educator to write endorsed national standards based on the Australian Standards for Dance Teachers, The Interim National Competency Standards.
Assisted Professor David Throsby with a dancers’ questionnaire to gather data about career transition for two new publications.
Presented the seventh Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Elected Secretary of the World Dance Alliance—Asia Pacific.
Launch of Australia Dancing – the Australian Dance Collection website – by the National Library of Australia in collaboration with Ausdance.
Responded to the Cultural Ministers’ Council report into the Small-Medium Performing Arts Sector, and organised meetings with Federal ministers concerned.
Collaborated with the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Australian Choreographic Centre to investigate regional dance touring on behalf of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
Co-ordinated a series of Dance Summits across Australia to identify common issues for future policy development.
Published Australian Dance Summits 2001, a summary of Australian dance recommendations.
Produced the 3rd Australian Youth Dance Festival in Armidale NSW with participation by the local Indigenous communities.
Presented ‘Creating Performance’, a cross-disciplinary professional development workshop for independent artists.
Coordinated the first ‘Dance Education in Australian Schools’ (DEAS) roundtable at the AYDF in Armidale with State/Territory education bureaucracies, teachers and Ausdance network staff.
Produced the ‘Critic as Advocate’ symposium at the Sydney Opera House, and published papers in Dance Forum.
Presented the sixth Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the ‘Critic as Advocate’ forum.
Collaborated with the AIS to form the Elite Performers Lifeskills Advisers Association (EPLAA), which eventually led to SCOPE for Artists, a partnership with the Australian Sports Commission.
Collaborated with Ausdance NSW to present and publish papers from ‘Moving On 2000’, the first national Community Dance Forum.
Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status awarded to Ausdance Victoria, allowing nationally accredited courses to be delivered to the dance community.
Initiated discussion with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to have dance included in the national Athlete Career & Education scheme.
Administered the second round of Emerging Choreographers grants, awarded to five artists.
Produced the 2nd Australian Youth Dance Festival in partnership with Dance North and Ausdance Qld.
In collaboration with Debra Crookshanks, published Safe Dance III, which revisited the 1990 survey to measure progress in injury prevention and management.
Assisted the Australian Bureau of Statistics to identify new categories for dance for the new Census.
Established a new partnership with the National Aboriginal Dance Council of Australia with assistance from the Australia Council.
Collaborated with the Unspoken Knowledges research team in a three-year partnership with the University of Melbourne, Ausdance and the Australian Choreographic Centre, funded by the Australian Research Council.
Published Movement and Performance (MAP) papers in collaboration with Ausdance Victoria.
Conducted follow-up research to test the take-up of the Competency Standards by teaching organisations.
Produced and hosted Ausdance’s 21st birthday celebrations in Canberra, and published a commemorative edition of Dance Forum tracing the history of the organisation.
Further developed the teaching standards and published Australian Standards for Dance Teachers, The Interim National Competency Standards, a handbook for teacher education bodies and course developers, in collaboration with Arts Training ACT.
Administered the first Australia Council Emerging Choreographers’ grants.
Produced the first Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) in Darwin in collaboration with Ausdance NT.
Coordinated a national teaching and performance tour by UK company, Ludus, including a week-long residency at the AYDF.
In collaboration with the NFSA, appointed the first Curator of Dance.
Presentation of the inaugural Australian Dance Awards by Ausdance NSW at the Sydney Opera House, a major development of the annual Dancers’ Picnic.
Publication of the Australian Guidelines for Dance Teachers in collaboration with Arts Training ACT and peak dance teaching organisations.
Publication of Safe Dance II in collaboration with Tony Geeves, making new recommendations for adolescent dance training based on findings from Safe Dance I.
Presented an ‘Ausdance Advocacy Day’ at the Green Mill Festival, to inform the dance community of developments in funding policies at Federal and State/Territory levels, and sharing strategies for action.
In collaboration with peer arts service organisations, formed the advocacy body Artspeak.
Began producing the biannual magazine Asia-Pacific Channels on behalf of the World Dance Alliance—Asia Pacific.
Presented the fifth Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the final Green Mill festival, ‘Heritage and Heresy’.
Launched the first Ausdance web site in collaboration with the Australian National University.
Received Australia Council partnership funding to establish the Keep Dancing! project, to be housed at the NFSA.
In partnership with Playing Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and venue presenters, implemented an educational support program for ‘Made to Move – Dance Across Australia’, a national dance touring initiative.
Presented the fourth Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the Green Mill dance festival ‘New Dance From Old Cultures’.
Co-ordinated the first meeting of the World Dance Alliance—Asia Pacific to be held in Australia, at the Green Mill dance festival.
Appointed a national youth dance panel to plan the first Australian Youth Dance Festival.
Assisted the development of the first Choreographic Centre in Canberra.
Published an obituary for Margaret Walker in The Australian newspaper.
Presented the case for dance at a Senate inquiry into arts education.
In collaboration with the National Aboriginal Dance Council of Australia, produced the first Ausdance policy for Indigenous dance.
Published the third Green Mill dance festival papers entitled Is Technology the Future for Dance?
Presented Third Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the Green Mill conference.
In collaboration with Ausdance ACT, held a national forum of peak dance teaching organisations to discuss guidelines for dance teachers, and formed a Teacher Registration Steering Committee to assist a consultation process.
Developed a case for establishment of an Australian dance collection across two national collecting institutions, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and the National Library of Australia. Facilitated a joint meeting with the two institutions to discuss a joint collecting policy for dance.
Published the first edition of Brolga – an Australian journal about dance, and the Ausdance Guide to Australian Dance Companies, an Australian history resource for dance students.
Collaborated with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts to produce the second tertiary dance festival, Options.
Published the second Green Mill dance festival papers, Dance and Narrative, which included international speakers.
Mounted a national advocacy campaign on behalf of small companies that lost significant Australia Council funding.
Represented Ausdance and presented at the World Dance Alliance conference in Beijing.
Produced the final national biennial conference in Melbourne ‘The Politics of Dance – Policy, Process and Practice’, which examined the place of political advocacy in dance and the arts, including the development of professional Indigenous dance advocacy.
Presented the second Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the conference.
Assisted the production of the first Green Mill dance festival ‘The Choreographic Process’, which reflected recommendations from the 1991 Dance Summit to provide a forum for choreographic practice and dialogue.
Increased funding from the Australia Council to Ausdance National in recognition of growing status and responsibilities
AADE became the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance Inc.
ArtsQld granted first funding for Ausdance Qld; first Executive Officer appointed.
Assisted first tertiary dance festival, Options, hosted by University of Adelaide’s Dance Department.
Published Opening the Door to Dance, the folk dance teaching method of Margaret Walker.
Collaborated with Ausdance WA to produce the national biennial conference ‘Dance – Australian Made’ in Perth, which considered the creation and presentation of Australian dance.
Presented the first Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Address at the conference.
Participated in the national Dance Summit held by the Australia Council in Canberra, and endorsed as the national industry body for dance by the profession.
Produced the first edition of AADE Dance Forum, the national quarterly magazine for members.
ArtsNT granted first funding for Ausdance NT; first Executive Officer appointed.
Published dancers’ injury survey results and recommendations in Safe Dance I, launched by the Federal Minister for the Arts.
Co-ordinated a national tour by Tony Geeves to publicise the report and educate about its findings.
Represented Ausdance at the World Dance Alliance (WDA) conference in Hong Kong, assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Assisted the Margaret Walker Folk Dance Centre to move to Canberra, and received Australia Council funding to catalogue the archives of the Centre for deposit at the National Library of Australia.
Published the Dancers' Transition Report, the first analysis of transition issues facing Australian professional dancers.
Received funding from CREATE Australia to research the incidence of dancers’ injuries, and their prevention and management by dancers, choreographers, companies and educators.
Conducted survey of professional dancers in consultation with dance companies, and produced an analysis of the data in collaboration with the University of WA.
Introduced the term ‘Safe Dance’ to provide a positive description of the emerging data.
Commissioned the Safe Dance report based on dancers’ injury survey results, and published recommendations in Safe Dance I.
In association with peer art form organisations, co-formed the National Affiliation of Arts Educators (NAAE) to promote the cause of arts education in Australian schools.
In collaboration with the National Arts in Australian Schools (NAAS) project, commissioned the first national dance education position paper, Dance Education in Australian Schools.
In collaboration with Ausdance SA, produced the National Biennial Conference ‘Transitions’, focusing on issues identified in the Dancers Transition Report.
Convened the second joint meeting between Artistic and Tertiary Dance Directors in Sydney to further recommendations from the 1987 meeting.
Facilitated the production of New Music New Dance, to promote contemporary music to dance teachers.
Produced a bibliography Dance Education in Australian Schools, based on Ausdance National’s library holdings.
Collaborated with the Twyla Tharp Company to produce a national series of workshops for pre-professional dance students.
ArtsSA granted first funding to Ausdance SA; first Executive Officer appointed.
Collaborated with Actors Equity and the Australia Council to commence dancers’ transition research.
In partnership with Ausdance Victoria, assisted a national workshop tour by Bolshoi pianist Emma Lippa.
Negotiated and introduced a national insurance scheme for dance teachers, in response to requests from the industry for access to combined professional indemnity/professional liability insurance, tailored for their needs.
Convened the first joint meeting between Artistic and Tertiary Dance Directors in Melbourne, to facilitate dialogue about the education and training of professional dancers.
Contributed to the Small Companies’ Meeting in Melbourne with information about Ausdance programs and projects.
Facilitated ‘A Resource-full Weekend in Folk Dance’ with the Margaret Walker Folk Dance Centre in response to recommendations from the ‘Focus on Folk Dance’ conference in 1986.
Convened a series of State/Territory roundtables for studio teachers to consider the Code of Ethics and other issues of registration.
ArtsACT granted first funding to Ausdance ACT; first Executive Officer appointed.
In collaboration with the NCTDD, produced the first edition of Further Studies in Dance – a guide for Australian students to promote tertiary dance options and the courses offered.
Collaborated with Ausdance Victoria to present the National Biennial Conference in Melbourne.
Collaborated with Janet Karin to present the first draft of the Code of Ethics for Dance Teachers at the Biennial Conference.
Facilitated first full meeting of the NCTDD, with Shirley McKechnie elected as Chair.
Convened the national conference ‘Focus on Folk Dance’ with the Margaret Walker Folk Dance Centre, which identified teaching standards and cultural context as major issues.
NSW Ministry for the Arts granted funding to Ausdance NSW. Two part-time Executive Officers appointed.
In collaboration with Keith Bain and the International Theatre Institute, produced the first Dancers’ Picnic in Sydney (later to become the Australian Dance Awards)
Arts WA granted funding to Ausdance WA; first Executive Officer appointed.
Co-ordinated a national tour by visiting Chinese choreographers in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australia Council granted annual funding to establish the new national office in Canberra, with two national co-ordinators appointed.
National tour undertaken by the co-ordinators to meet with voluntary committees in each State and Territory, and to establish working relationships with other stakeholders such as funding bodies, arts councils, education departments, etc.
Facilitated formation of the National Council of Tertiary Dance Directors (NCTDD) in Adelaide.
Responded to the Botsman Review into Tertiary Arts Education and Training, outlining the NCTDD’s philosophy of working as ‘a network of collaborating institutions’, particularly with regard to contemporary dance training.
Arts Victoria granted full-time funding to Ausdance Victoria; first Executive Officer appointed.
Published first national newsletter ‘National Dance Action’, distributed to all States and Territories monthly.
Provided a national response to the Task Force into Education and the Arts.
Arts Victoria granted project funding to Ausdance Victoria; committee appointed first project officer.
Collaborated with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) to produce ‘The Development of Dance’ conference in Sydney.
Conferred Founding Life Memberships on all AADE founders at the ACHPER/Ausdance conference.
Facilitated a preliminary meeting of tertiary dance course leaders in Melbourne.
Successfully lobbied the Federal Government’s Task Force on Education and the Arts to have dance included in its terms of reference.
Established the first national dance database in Canberra to map the extent of the Australian dance industry, facilitate exchange of information and provide networking opportunities for the profession.
Produced the second ‘Dance in the Community’ conference to build on previous activities and recommendations.
First International Dance Day celebrations held in Martin Place, facilitated by Ausdance NSW (later to become Australian Dance Week)
National Committee relocated to Canberra under the auspices of Ausdance ACT.
Produced the first ‘Dance in the Community’ conference, which included dance therapy, disability and the aged.
Ausdance ACT collaborated with Human Veins Dance Theatre and the One Extra Company to produce a four-day workshop, ‘Creating Dance Theatre’, for independent artists and teachers.
The National Committee produced the second national biennial conference in Sydney, ‘Development Through Dance’
National Committee produced the first national biennial conference in Sydney, ‘Dance Curriculum’ to begin mapping dance activity in schools.
Ausdance ACT produced the national seminar ‘Learning to Dance and Dancing to Learn’ which examined principles of dance teaching and learning.
Ausdance ACT collaborated with other art form associations to produce the first national Summer School in Canberra as part of its dance development program.
Identified formal Aims for the organisation and adopted an agreed national Constitution at the International Society for Education through Art (INSEA) meeting in Adelaide.
Recognition by the Australia Council for Ausdance ACT’s proposed dance development program, setting a precedent for Ausdance’s leadership role in providing ‘overview’ activities.
Ausdance founded in Melbourne as the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE) to provide a united voice for dance, advocacy for the profession and to educate communities in, through and about dance. Founders represented a wide cross section of the dance community, and included Dame Peggy van Praagh, Shirley McKechnie OAM, Dr Warren Lett, Keith Bain OAM, Dr Peter Brinson, Hanny Exiner and Donna Greaves.
National Committee established in NSW, to be rotated to other branches every two years.
Branches established in each State and Territory. (all run p/t by volunteers)