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Become an Ausdance NSW member today to help support the NSW dance community and to receive some great membership benefits along the way. 
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Bloch 10% Discount for Ausdance Members

Ausdance is excited to announce that Bloch are offering members a 10% discount* on in-store purchases. To receive this discount, all you need to do is show your membership card or membership email at the point of purchase.  

*Terms and conditions are as follows:

  • 10% Discount on Bloch and Mirella branded product only

  • Only Valid at a Bloch store

  • Members must present their Ausdance membership/subscription card or membership confirmation email, at the time of purchase to obtain the allowed discount

  • Only current Ausdance members are eligible for the discount

  • Discount cannot be used on sale or discounted stock or in conjunction with any other offer

  • Discount cannot be used for online purchases

Ausdance Members will receive a 20% discount off the 5% platform fee

Ausdance is pleased to announce a special offer to our members wishing to pitch projects through crowdfunding platform Pozible. 

Ausdance members will receive a 20% discount off the 5% platform fee. All you need to do if provide proof of your membership (receipt, membership number or members email) to Pozible here>> to redeem your discount.

Promotion of Events

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Ausdance News Bulletin

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Facebook Up to 3 posts per project (2 on our Ausdance NSW Facebook page)
Posts have no word limit and can include photos and links 
eNews 50 words in up to 3 Ausdance NSW eNews per project. We have over 1,600 people on our mailing list! None
Instagram Takeover the Ausdance NSW Instagram for one week! Over 1800 followers and up to 7 posts in 7 days. None


Apply for Ausdance initiated opportunities:

DAIR - Dance Artist In Residence Program

As an Ausdance NSW member you are eligible for the DAIR (Dance Artist In Residence) program provides space residencies at various host venues for independent dance artists, collectives or companies. This program is a direct response to the ongoing challenge of access to affordable and appropriate spaces for the development of their dance practice, creative development, mentorship and rehearsal of work. We have been working hard on your behalf to secure some wonderful new venue partners and are delighted to announce that The McDonald College, NAISDA Dance College, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Alstonville Dance Studio 40min outside of Bryon Bay, will be supporting the 2020 DAIR program.

Returning are our much-loved supporters ACPE Australian College of Physical Education, Royal Academy of Dance Australia, ReadyMade Works and Imagine Residency with Art in Motion.

For more information on the DAIR program click here

 IDP - Innovating Dance Practice Dance Program

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop their practice through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills, for example; program of activity that develops professional practice, secondment with an organisation, mentorship with an individual or residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice. Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000.

For more information about the IDP program and to read about the 2019 recipients click here

Professional Arts Learning Series - PALS

PALS (Professional Arts Learning series) is a series of workshops aimed to enhance the practice of dance artists, makers, educators and choreographers. Throughout the series of workshops, guest teachers will provide insights and information that equip the artists or educators to further their knowledge of the dance sector. 

The Artists Stream: 

The artist's stream of PALS provides a platform for dance artists, makers and performers, to enhance and develop their practice through a series of curated workshops. The workshops are led by national and international dance artists in various fields, offering insights into their practice. All courses are open to artists from across all career stages both early and established and have been tailored to support artists in their continued professional development in the sector. In 2018 Ausdance members worked with Monica Davidson from Creative Plus Business on 'Business Tips for Freelance Dancers,' a workshop with Viki Malin (UK) presented in partnership with Accessible Arts 'Inclusive Approaches to Dance Movement,' and 'Effective Budgeting for your Project,' with Create NSW Penny Miles. Past workshops have included Becky Hilton, Anouk Van Dijk (Artist Director of Chunky Move) and Hofesh Shechter Company.

The Teachers Stream:

Company. The Teachers Stream of PALS is a platform of educators working within the Primary and Secondary sector, both specialist and non-specialist, to undertake Professional Learning workshops and networking opportunities. The workshops can be attended individually or as a series, and are designed as an opportunity for teachers to stay current and connected to top Australian dance makers and educators in the sector. The Teachers Stream aims to empower the teacher and student to create innovative tools beyond genre and age lines and advocate for dance in their schools, studios and communities. All courses are open to teachers are open to teachers from across all stages and have been tailored to support syllabus learning outcomes. Ausdance NSW members receive a discounted rate for these workshops.

2019 workshops include HSC Dance - Core Composition with Carla Cherrie; Urban Dance Day facilitator by Neale Whittaker and NESA approved Primary Dance - Primary Creative Arts with Kei Akida.

For more information about these workshops click here

Ausdance In Conversation - An Ausdance NSW Podcast

Ausdance NSW is committed to keeping our members informed on current topics relating to all areas of the dance sector. ‘Ausdance In Conversation' is a podcast created by Ausdance NSW that address the hard-hitting issues that affect the dance sector and wider arts community. In 2019 we recorded 4 podcasts with guest host Annalouise Paul. Topics covered were Mental Health - The Educators & The Artist, Biodiversity, and Parenting and Family Life. The podcasts were broadcast on Radio Blue Mountains during a segment called ‘Dancing On Air.’ The podcast series is now available to download on iTunes and Spotify podcast.

To read more head to Ausdance in Conversation page here

Originally called ‘Lets talk about it’, our pilot podcast program was partnered with choreographer, Natasha Crane. The program addressed issues and points of discussion that dancers are talking about, including mental & body health, project management, work visas, and career strategy. 

Guests and topics included: Kelley Abby, choreographer– mental tips to spark creativity; Petros Vournelis, Master of Chiropractic and Health Science - treatment and pain management for the dancer's body; Amy Campbell, choreographer – the power of Networking.

Head to the Ausdance NSW Soundcloud now to listen to the 'Lets Talks About it' series here

Forms of Insurance for Dance Professionals - Aon

Ausdance NSW has partnered with Aon insurance to offer a tailored Ausdance member discounted dance policy. Aon arranges insurance for thousands of dance studios, dancers and dance groups in Australia and are also our approved insurance broker. The comprehensive, affordable insurance package includes Public Liability, Professional Indemnity, Product Liability, and property owners' liability. 

To read more about the importance of insurance for the dance sector and our relationship with Aon head to Ausdance National website here

Grant Auspicing

Auspicing is a service provided to members of Ausdance NSW. It is the management of grant funds for individuals and organisations that are not incorporated associations or that have a very limited infrastructure. Auspicing by Ausdance NSW means that your grant funds are managed on your behalf, and reported on to the funding body at the end of (and occasionally during) the funding period.

Auspice fees apply to cover administrative, bank, and audit costs. Ausdance NSW charges a fee of 10% of grant funds. The auspicing fee will be included in your grant application budget as an ‘on top’ percentage charge after your complete budget is set. If the amount available is fixed, the percentage must be included in the fixed amount.

Receive One to One Career Advice Mentoring

Offered throughout the year by appointment, Ausdance NSW members have an opportunity to book in and have a one to one career advice session with members of the Ausdance NSW Team, tailored for your specific needs and requirements. Including Director Michelle Silby, Projects & Programs Manager Claire Gammon and Marketing Manager Lauren Vassallo.

End of year industry event Glance@Dance

Each year Ausdance NSW hosts an industry social event for members. This event is a way to bring the dance sector together to listen to speakers, network and have an opportunity to discuss the important issues. 

We held our industry and members networking event Glance@Dance on Thursday 21 November. In 2019, the NSW dance sector faced considerable challenges and the event was an opportunity for this community to gather, meet one other – artists, educators, and administrators – learn about others’ work, listen to a range of diverse voices, workshop and exchange ideas, stories, experiences, pearls of wisdom and ways forward. This year’s Glance@Dance represents the culmination of a series of consultations that Ausdance NSW has been conducting as 2019 draws to a close. Departing from discussion points at consultations with NSW independent dance organisations and the NSW Tertiary Dance Network, independent artist Annalouise Paul will hosted a panel featuring an assortment of practitioners, academics and cultural workers including Dean Walsh, Claire Hicks, Vicki Van Hout, Skip Willcox, and Nalina Wait. The panel discussion covered key topics affecting the NSW dance sector; What are some of the most urgent issues we face collectively in the Dance sector right now? What are the opportunities for dance artists in metropolitan, western Sydney and regional NSW? Diversity and mental health of the dance sector? And what is the future vision for the NSW dance sector moving towards a sustainable future?

The event was attended by over 50 Ausdance members[LV1] , including representatives from Australia Council, independent dance companies, dance artists, choreographers and dance education. A special thank you to our event partner Dance Cinema for showcasing 3 dance films from NSW artists; “Reminiscene’ by Lucy Doherty, ‘Abisso’ by Sarah Pini and ‘One The Edge’ by Sue Healey. We would like to thank our all attendees and all speakers, Annalouise Paul, Dean Walsh, Claire Hicks, Vicki Van Hout, Skip Willcox, and Nalina Wait. And for our event sponsors who contributed to our members prize pack from the night; Bloch, Shen Yun, Pozible and Australian Scholarly Press. You can view photos from the 2019 Glance@Dance here

Create your E-News

Contribute directly to the E-News and What's on Section on our website and newsletters through our user-generated facility. List your event, audition, workshop and call outs directly. Get involved by adding your voice to the community. 

Receive Exclusive E-News 

Receive our fortnightly e-newsletters keeping you to date with exclusive industry news, workshops, classes and opportunities. Free listings for members (we have over 2000 subscribers!)

Receive Ticket Offers

Regular discounted Ausdance NSW member ticket offers to dance productions, venues include Sydney Opera House, Riverside Theatre, Performance Space, Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks. 

Member Resources

Ausdance NSW is committed to keeping you up to date with resources relevant to you independent practice, studio and funding needs. Some of these resources are listed below:

Regional Arts

Regional Arts NSW offers grants supporting arts and cultural activities in regional NSW that are sustainable, have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities. Small grants program for performing arts opportunities that arise at short notice in regional NSW. Applications can be made at any time but funds are limited and projects must be discussed with Regional Arts NSW or a regional arts development officer prior to applying. 

Read more about Regional Arts NSW

Working with Children

The Office of the Children's Guardian produces a wide range of guides and fact sheets to help keep children safe in organisations and communities. A Working With Children Check is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. it involved a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

For more information and how to apply, visit the Kids Guardian NSW site here

Occupational Health & Safety for the Dance Industry

In every state and territory of Australia, there is health and safety legislation that applies to all workplace practices. Whether you are a teacher, studio owner, community arts worker or artistic director it is important to be aware of your responsibilities and legal obligations.

This information has been adapted from Safety Guidelines for the Entertainment Industry published by Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA) and Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). It is simplified and generalised, and not intended as personal advice. It is best read in conjunction with all relevant legislation.

All employers, managers or organisations must:

  • have policies and procedures that aim to protect the health and safety of all persons frequenting the workplace
  • ensure such policies and procedures are documented and available to all persons in the workplace
  • undertake risk assessments to identify hazards and implement appropriate control measures

Read more about Occupational Health & Safety for the Dance Industry here

Australian Dance Touring Programs, Networks and Resources

Dance touring in Australia is supported and presented by touring and industry support organisations who deliver government funded touring programs and/or work with many networks of presenting venues and tour coordinators. 

Read more about Australian Dance Touring Programs, Networks and resources  here

The World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (WDAAP)

All Ausdance members are automatically members of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific and it's a great opportunity to extend your own networks and participate in new culturally diverse opportunities at the annual WDA conferences and festivals.

The World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (WDAAP) has been working since 1986 to provide more opportunities for international exchanges in dance. through our World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific networks, we have been able to provide Australian dance artists with opportunities to:

  • publish their writing in books and conference proceedings
  • participate in international choreographic development residencies and choreolabs
  • attend conferences and networking events
  • promote their work in the Asia-Pacific region

Read more about The World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (WDAAP) here

Professional Business Factsheets for Studio Teachers

The link includes information about the code of ethics for dance teachers, problem-solving strategies, professional business practice, privacy and intellectual property laws and much more.

Read more Professional Business Factsheets for Studio Teachers here