Statement From Ausdance NSW

Dear Ausdance members, independent dance artists, dance organisation and companies, supporters and friends,

Ausdance NSW is committed to the safety of our staff, artists, members and associated organisations. We have been and will continue to monitor the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to minimise the spread of the virus.

As a result, Executive Director Michelle Silby, General Manager Susan Doel and the team, Lauren, Kate, and Remi, will be working remotely until April 17. This means our office in The Rocks is not staffed as of today.

Especially during these uncertain times, the Ausdance NSW team will maintain our high-quality care and engagement with the diverse community of dancers, teachers, and students in the State. We are very aware of the dramatic financial, mental and artistic impacts this crisis is having in our sector especially for independent artists and organisations. Please email and call us. We will happily arrange phone and online meetings.

What we are doing:

  1. All Ausdance NSW events will be cancelled until further notice. Including Open Classes in partnership with ReadyMade Works and Professional Arts Learning Series – Primary Creative Arts. All ticket holders will be contacted shortly.
  2. We are sharing information through social media of closures as well as artists and works that are still operating
  3. We will continue to promote the value and needs of dance in the NSW arts sector and are speaking to all levels of Government to take action on the #Livesupport campaign from Live Performance Australia
  4. We will maintain resources specific to dance and the COVID-19 pandemic on our website
  5. We will continue to meet and speak to everyone who contacts us for support, advice and sharing information. We will gather this information as data to further our advocacy work during this crucial time
  6. We are taking the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our staff and sector very seriously


What members and dancers can do:

  1. Register any loss of income at ‘I Lost My Gig’
  2. Follow #Livesupport
  3. Many venues and small gatherings are still going ahead if you are safe and well to attend

LPA has recorded that over 20, 000 work opportunities have been cancelled impacting more than 190, 000 people.

Please contact the team if you would like to talk about the situation, need information or just to have an online-virtual-dancing coffee.

 This is a time to take care of each other. 

Susan Doel:

Lauren Vassallo:

Kate Maguire Rosier:

Remi Harvey:


From Executive Director Michelle Silby​ and the Ausdance NSW Team, Susan, Lauren, Kate, and Remi.


Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 – a free, confidential service, available 24/7 to anyone who works in the performing arts. We are doing our very best to keep up with the additional demand, but there may be a slight delay. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk, please contact the Emergency Services on 000.

Phone Lifeline 13 11 14Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or click here for additional services.

Visit ‘Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak’ from Beyond Blue.


Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey for the Dance Sector.

This survey provides an understanding of the immediate and medium-term needs of dance professionals in order to develop sector-specific responses to the impact of COVID-19.

Ausdance as a collective body is collecting state and national data to help support the sector during this difficult time. We need strong sector-specific data to inform and lobby for solutions. Ausdance is working both for members and the broader dance community and welcomes your input at this challenging time.

Please note: this survey is currently being channelled through Ausdance Queensland who have been working with professionals in the industry and with the Ausdance network as this branch was best positioned to do so at this point in time. However, the survey is national and we ask all dance professionals based in Australia to complete it.

Before completing this form please read our policy on data collection and sharing.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. For more detailed information click here>>>



Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Media Release 24 March 2020, Joint Media Release: Tech sector & Government back Australian businesses during COVID-19. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Media Release 22 March 2020, Media Release: The Cultural and Creative Sector and COVID-19. Read here>>>

Australian Government - The Treasury, 22 March 2020, Economic Response to the Coronavirus. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Media Release 16 March 2020. Read here>>>


The National Disability Insurance Agency has published Easy Read advice and information about COVID-19 that’s relevant for people with disability or who are Deaf. 

Click here for the NDIS response>>>

Accessible Arts are the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales

Head to their website here Accessible Arts or you can contact them at


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