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Professional Arts Learning Series


PALS Webinars in 2021 bring together the brightest and best dance minds from across the state to choreograph, discuss, perform, enlighten and reveal the state of play for dance now and the future bringing together communities of practice featuring curated panel discussions on themes including but not limited to:

  • Choreographic Methods and Virtual Reality
  • Disruption, Social practice and Digital Technologies
  • Art and Economies of the future with Lydia Fairhall, Sidney Myer Foundation Creative Fellow, First Nations singer/songwriter and Executive Producer



Ausdance in Conversation

A collaboration with Blue Mountains Radio (regional), independent dancers and curators and Ausdance NSW. is our podcast series addressing issues dancers face. 2020 recordings addressed mental health in dance, parenting and maintaining dance practice and the body, movement and biodiversity. The platform provides opportunities to investigate the lived experiences of dancers in NSW, our lives, challenges and current practices and innovations. Podcasts slatted for Ausdance in Conversation 2021 include:

  • Managing pressure and expectations – transitioning from a good dancer to an elite dancer
  • Dance’s biggest employer: the Dance Studio – Interviews with dance studio owners (Ben stokes, Commotion Smeaton Grange, Josephine Lancuba, Next Move, Stanmore, Jenny Jones, Dance Life and Eisteddfods, Wollongong). What is next for studios in the aftermath of COVID-19? Why could some survive and many not? Will a generation of kids have access to less dance because of local studio closures? Where are dancers working now?
  • The Pandemic Diaries – a monthly collection of 500 word stories from dancers about their experiences of dance and their experiences of the pandemic
  • Barriers: Breaking them down – stories of oppression cannot be told without stories of liberation. This episode addressing discrimination in dance and what dancers and choreographers are doing to address systemic discrimination in the dance industry


Professional development workshops (subsidised as well as fee-for-service)

These workshops aim to enhance the practice of dance artists, educators and choreographers including composition, technique and dance by children.

Guest artists provide insights and information that equip the artists and teachers to further their knowledge of the dance practice. 

Two courses are NESA approved and serve an important function to generate income for Ausdance NSW through professional development for teachers. Ausdance NSW has also focused on supporting Artists though a digital medium in order to maximise access in 2020 and going forward.

Workshops and seminars coming up in 2021 are:

  • Racial Equity in Dance Public Forum
  • With Diversity Arts Australia we will design and deliver cultural competency training for dance (fee for service)
  • What Now: Regional Dance Long Table discussion
  • (Dis)Dance With Accessible Arts NSW deliver a 5 day intensive in inclusive dance practice for dancers with and without a Disability
  • Peer practice sessions
  • The Safe Dance Think Tank
  • Composition with and by young people for adult facilitators
  • Composition with and by children under 8 years old