Ausdance NSW Annual Reports
2020, the year that became COVID 19. We stood together and responded to the pandemic through pivoting programs online and supporting artists and organisations through one-to-one and facilitated meetings as well as helping the dance sector safely return to dance activity.
2019 saw an increased focus on growing pathways and creating opportunities for artists across NSW, while facilitating a varied program of professional development, activities and events.
2018 was the third year of Ausdance NSW 2016 – 2018 strategic Plan, aligning with Create NSW’s triennial funding.
Ausdance NSW aim was to see dance thrive across the state and provides opportunities and platforms for dance. Ausdance NSW services the NSW dance community, including metro, Western Sydney and regional and remote NSW through advice, information sharing, sector support, delivery of programs in response to gaps and trends, artist support and, and promotion of dance works.
2017 was our second year of our 2016-2018 strategy and our 40th anniversary of the Ausdance Network. From Bridge Dance Intensive and many parnterships, Ausdance NSW expanded our projects and programs.
2016 was an extraordinary year for Ausdance NSW. See our annual report here or search Ausdance NSW in the Issuu app for mobile users. 2016 included large scale events such as Waste Not and continuation of our auspicing services and DAIR (Dance Artist in Residence) program.
2015 was another big year for Ausdance NSW. Engaging with many artists, organisations, teachers, and educators, along with government and funding agencies. Some highlights from across the year include the Birrang 3-year program for Indigenous artists, introducing A Glance at Dance - Industry nights, taking a cohort of 12 NSW dance artists to attend The National Dance Forum and Dance Massive, working with all our various partners, promoting and enabling work to happen by incredible artists.
The 2014 Annual report reflects the outcomes of year 3 of 3 in our triennial planning cycle, principally funded by Arts NSW. In 2014, Ausdance NSW continued to pursue the key priority areas outlined in the Strategic Framework of the 2012-14 Business Plan endorsed by the state funding body, Arts NSW. 2014 was a high profile and very productive year for Ausdance NSW, including Big Dance in July and the Australian Dance Awards in November. In 2015, and beyond, we look forward to continuing to bring opportunities for NSW artists including the National Dance Forum, Birrang, DAIR, Bridge Dance Intensive and our Industry Event A Glance at Dance with Ausdance NSW.
The 2013 Annual report reflects the outcomes of year two of three, in our 2012-14 planning cycle, principally funded by Arts NSW.
The key priority areas of the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance NSW are outlined in the Strategic Framework of the 2012-14 Business Plan endorsed by the state funding body, Arts NSW. The Plan articulates three priority areas with various strategies to deliver effective outcomes. These are informed by the broader strategic key policy directions of Arts NSW and the NSW state government. The dance sector in NSW is diverse, talented and growing, as are its needs. Ausdance NSW, as the peak professional body for dance for NSW, continues to work with the sector to increase the visibility of dance and build capacity whilst embracing some new priority areas. During 2013 all three levels of government decided to review their arts programs and create a cultural policy. While this presents opportunity for the arts/dance sector to input into future plans it also presents a period of unknown and potential anxiety for the dance sector. The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW and The City of Sydney all went through their own consultation period internally and open external consultation.
While there were opportunities to input, the timeframe’s were often quite short and in some cases quite complex. Ausdance NSW received feedback from many individuals and companies that they felt they did not have enough time or capacity to respond fully. Ausdance NSW fulfilled its role as the Peak Body for the Industry by meeting with Senior Executives from all three funding agencies, held a sector meeting attended by 60 people and submitted written responses to the City of Sydney and Arts NSW.
The 2012 Annual Report reflects the outcomes of year one of three in our current planning cycle. The key priority areas of the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance NSW are outlined in the Strategic Framework of the 2012-14 Business Plan endorsed by the state funding body, Arts NSW. The dance sector in NSW is diverse, talented and has huge potential. Ausdance NSW, as the peak professional body for dance in NSW, continues to work with the sector to both build on the last trienniums innovative program. That aimed to increase the visibility of dance and build capacity whilst embracing some new priority areas.
The Business Plan 2012-14 articulates three priority areas with various strategies to deliver effective outcomes. These are informed by the broader strategic key policy directions of Arts NSW and the NSW state government. Two areas to explore during 2013 & 14 and beyond will be education and regional work.
Key achievements for the organization in 2012 include; delivering the Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) a biannual festival that plays a vital role in the ecology of the dance sector at both state and National level. Several programs streams; professional classes, residencies, masterclass series, beyond training workshops, events, meetings, roundtables, lobbying and advocating have all contributed to building capacity for the NSW dance sector. We have continued to build upon the work of the inaugural NSW Aboriginal Dance Forum delivered in 2011. We have continued to develop our strategic partnership programs with Critical Path, FORM projects, Sydney Opera House, Departments of Education and Training, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Gosford City Council and NAISDA Dance College. We also conduct and facilitate many industry meetings with; individual artists, small to medium companies, major companies, studio owners, and NSW Tertiary Dance Network. We auspice and provide advice on a daily basis to people working and participating in dance in NSW.