The NSW Tertiary Dance Network meets to discuss the issues within tertiary dance. These meetings included academics, vocational trainers, freelance professional dance teachers, high school dance teachers and administrators, independent artists and representatives from tertiary education organisations where dance has been or is currently taught including the University of New South Wales, the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College, the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA), Macquarie University (MQ), the University of Sydney (USYD) and Sydney Dance Company (SDC).

Key issues of concern that are discussed in these meetings include:

  • Safe dance practice – safe dance is an ongoing concern in the NSW dance sector because there is no central body that endorses safe dance practice in both private dance studio contexts and public high school and university contexts. This conversation sparked the organisation of the Safe Dance Think Tank, run in March 2020.
  • Pathways of and to tertiary dance education and training  – the stark absence of an undergraduate course in dance at a public NSW university was also singled out as an ongoing, though more recent concern because it means prospective dance students move interstate after high school or choose another area of study altogether.

If you are interested in the Tertiary Dance Network or wish to raise an area of concern, please contact admin@ausdancensw.com.au


Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

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