Associated Organisations

Associate Organisations

Ausdance NSW is proud to announce our Associate Organisations: Catapult Dance, Dance Integrated Australia and Murmuration Dance Theatre.


Catapult Dance is a contemporary dance and dance theatre organisation for professional dance artists,  young people and emerging artists based in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter. 

Catapult Dance is a not for profit organization, not a private dance school, our mission is to strengthen the presence of contemporary dance in a non-traditional dance school setting, in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter, creating a non-competitive, inclusive hub for young and emerging dancers: extending their networks and profile both in the professional arts and broader community.


▪ To Provide creative and performance opportunities to professional artists and emerging artists through choreographic residencies, performances, and youth engagement in Newcastle, NSW.

▪ To Build a  contemporary dance sector in Newcastle, and create a hub for emerging artists, young people and professional practitioners to create and develop as artists in Newcastle.

▪ To Foster an appreciative audience for dance theatre work and build audience capacity in the Hunter region through performances, community development and creative opportunities for the general public.

▪ To Expose young people to the power of contemporary dance practice, through creative processes, choreographic developments and public performances.

▪  To Engage Australian dance and arts professionals to inspire, mentor and work with young dancers (14-25) to develop performance skills, increase confidence and engage  the creativity of young people and audiences alike through  contemporary dance theatre.

Read more about Catapult Dance.


Dance Integrated Australia creates new opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds to collaborate artistically.

·      The mission is to develop the dance sector with disability-inclusive processes of engagement through dance education and community cultural development.

·      The vision is to generate high quality artistic outcomes and develop exciting opportunities for artists to excel in dance.

Philip Channells / Dance Integrated Australia (DIA) engages people of diverse cultural backgrounds in an inclusive environment. Led by a co-operative of associate artists with and without disability, we specialise in high quality dance education and performance projects, advocacy for disability arts practice, and professional development for dancers, teachers and artists working in schools, community groups and day centres.

Dance Integrated Australia was established in 2012 by Creative Director, Philip Channells (former Artistic Director, Restless Dance Theatre 2009 – 2012). Channells is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in disability-inclusive dance practice. He is fiercely committed to the development of thriving artistic cultural communities that integrate people from diverse age groups, backgrounds and life experience.

Read more about Dance Integrated Australia 


Murmuration is an integrated performance company based in Sydney, Australia. We work closely with a collective of multi-disciplinary artists dedicated to creating innovative contemporary theatre. The artist’s disciplines include dance, theatre, music, scenic and costume design, digital media and film.

Based at Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, our annual program is made up of creative developments with professional artists, inclusive dance theatre workshops, community events and public performances.

We foster artistic vibrancy and life-long learning by providing professional and community arts development. We do this through two streams; making and learning.

The Making stream supports professional arts practice, through the research and development of new contemporary theatre works.

The Learning stream is open to all people to participate in the performing arts through workshops, outreach and events.

Both streams provide opportunities for creation, participation, observation, and conversation.

Murmuration is committed to diversity and aims to create an environment that values and utilises the contribution of its people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.



 Murmuration is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW; devolved funding by Accessible Arts on behalf of the Lifetime Care and Support Authority; Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, ClubGRANTS Scheme and Marrickville Council. Murmuration is an Associate Organisation of Ausdance NSW.

Read more about Murmuration Dance Theatre.