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March Dance 2020

March Dance 2020



Ausdance NSW is excited to partner with March Dance, Sydney's month-long contemporary dance festival is back in 2020 for its second consecutive year, from Sunday 1 to Tuesday 31 March. 189 artists will engage in 114 events across 26 venues over 31 days, incorporating everything from new dance works to workshops, dance classes, residencies, showings, forums, panel talks, and cinema screenings. In 2020 the festival will showcase the dynamic ongoing work of dance artists and organisations in a range of spaces and contexts, with a range of FREE and paid events. The City of Sydney is again supporting the independent Sydney dance artists to reach new audiences through the festival, as well as providing space for 30 residencies during March.

The event is an Independent Dance Alliance (IDA) project a partnership between Critical Path, DirtyFeet and ReadyMade Works.  IDA has joined forces with numerous companies and venues from across Sydney to celebrate the culture of independent dance in Sydney.

"The inaugural March Dance in 2019 was a major success,” says Anthea Doropoulos, festival manager.  "At a time when the arts and dance, in particular, were struggling, the festival brought the community together. Participation from both artists and the general public was above what we expected. Get your diaries ready as the month of March is not to be missed! "

Ausdance will be facilitating 4 main events during March Dance. Masterclass in Inclusive Choreography with Amy Butler (Drill Hall), a UK based dance artist (Stopgap Dance Company, Akram Khan Company) supported by the British Council. Safe Dance Long Table (Australian College of Physical Education) Nalina Wait (ACPE dance lecturer and Sydney dance artist) from access and inclusion to mental and physical wellbeing. 'Open Class' in partnership with ReadyMade Works, will be running for 6 weeks every Monday, a curated program of weekly professional classes taught by experienced local dance artists. And Natasha Sturgis will be heading to Art In Motion to do a residency, working on her collaborative piece 'The Land Of Her.' Full details below.



Ausdance NSW, supported by the British Council presents Amy Butler’s masterclass introducing inclusive contemporary dance technique as practised by StopGap Dance Company. It focusses on developing the ability to access many different qualities in the body through contact work and improvisation. The day will culminate in an exploration of restriction and the creativity that can develop from this with the opportunity to craft set group material. 

Amy Butler is a UK based dance artist, currently working as a senior dance artist, mentor and rehearsal director for Stopgap Dance Company, rehearsal director for Akram Khan Company, specifically for the pieces Chotto Desh and the new re-work of Xenos, ChottoXenos, choreographic consultant for Highly Sprung and delivers intensives internationally, most recently for Solodos Danza in Costa Rica. 

DATE: Sunday 8 March

TIME: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

VENUE: Critical Path The Drill Hall, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point NSW 2027

COST: $20

For more information and to book your tickets head to the March Dance website here>>>


Ausdance NSW and ReadyMade Works are partnering to present Open Class, a curated program of weekly professional classes taught by experienced local dance artists. Whether you’re a trained dancer or performer from the parallel worlds of theatre, music and visual arts, this is an opportunity to develop a movement practise or sustain it and connect with the vibrant independent dance community that Sydney boasts.


DATES: Monday ⁠2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March and 6 April

TIME: 9:30am - 11am

VENUE: ReadyMade Works, 1/247-257 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo NSW 2007

COST: Single ticket $15, 4 class pass $40 and 6 class pass $60

For more information and to book your tickets click here>>>

Image Credit: Natalia Cartley.


Ausdance NSW presents Safe Dance Long Table hosted by ACPE Dance Lecturer and Sydney-based dance artist, Nalina Wait, who will facilitate an informal discussion with dance practitioners and advisors on the topic ‘safe dance’: From access and inclusion to mental and physical well-being, what might safe dance practice look like in Australia today?

Nalina Wait as well as independent artists, dance companies, dance educators at primary, secondary and tertiary levels as well as experts and advisors from the health and well-being industries and state and federal levels of government.

DATE: Tuesday 3 March 2020

TIME: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

VENUE: Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, 2127

COST: This is a free event, all welcome. Please feel free to bring your lunch along. 

For more information and to book your tickets head to the March Dance website here>>>



As part of our first Dance Artist In Residence 2020 Ongoing program, recipient Natasha Sturgis will be heading to Art In Motion for a residency with 2 independent dance artists from Sydney.⁠

Art In Motion is one of our valued regional venues and we thank them for their support of independent artists such as Natasha. Art In Motion is located in rural NSW Australia, in the Great Lakes District, 3.5 hours drive North of Sydney where the recipient will stay in the "Imagine" retreat to have time to themselves to research and discover their artist practice.⁠

Natasha and her collaborator with be working on 'The Land of Her' which examines feminist ideas of taking up space by imagining a world where only women exist.⁠

DAIR Ongoing invites all dance choreographers and practitioners to apply for space in kind to develop a new work or to continue the development of existing work.⁠ We will be sharing photos and videos from Natasha's DAIR on our Instagram page, follow us here to keep up to date>>>


For more information about the DAIR program head to our website here>>>