Ausdance In Conversation With...

‘Ausdance In Conversation With...' is a podcast created by Ausdance NSW that address the hard-hitting issues that affect the dance sector and wider arts community. Topics include mental health & the body, biodiversity, and parenting in the dance industry. In the first Podcast, the conversation features our guest host Annalouise Paul who speaks with Gwen Korebrits (CEO of Dance Health Alliance) and Linda Gamblin (Head of Training and Sydney Dance Company) about mental health in the dance industry.

 

Mental Health

The societal rise in awareness of mental health and surrounding issues is currently more evident than ever. How is the dance sector responding to this in 2019? How is the dance sector responding to trends in thinking and being proactive about mental health? What are your approaches to self-care so we can learn from and share with each other?

Bio Diversity

New Australia Council for the Arts CEO, Adrian Collette says "arts companies that ignore diversity are "out of touch". See full article Here on ABC arts. Bio Diversity in all living systems is crucial for survival, so what of our dance ecosystem? There is much talk about euro-centricity, in dance culture but what does it all mean? Sharing cultural knowledge respectfully in the studio, classroom or workplace is essential for creativity, growth, and longevity of our Australian dance landscape. How do we sensitively share cultural and folk dance forms while not misappropriating them?

Parenting and Family life 

Working in the arts can be demanding on many levels, commonly with our time and often for a lower income than in other industries. 
How do we manage our responsibilities to families, such as parenting or caring for elders or siblings? What are expectations and associated myths inside our industry when it comes to work and family balance? 
Does this come with an inherent clash? 

 

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

 

You can go to the podcasts here at our Soundcloud!