Dance

Australian dance is recognised for its athleticism, distinctive style and diversity

A host of outstanding dancers and choreographers has earned Australia a global reputation for taking the artform to new heights.

The Australia Council fosters the development and growth of Australian dance. It supports excellence, encourages participation, increases distribution and builds artistic sustainability. Its vision is to  see dance thrive.

The Australia Council shares the strategic directions of the Council. It also engages in international market development and promotion, education and creative communities via partnerships and strategic relationships with other sections of the organisation and government.

Read more about the Dance section here.

Image: Ben Hancock in Stain, Pieces for Small Spaces 2009, Lucy Guerin Inc. Credit: Byron Perry

Dance Skills Development Opportunities

Explore a variety of funding opportunities available across Australia and internationally. Find out more

New: Market Development Skills Resources

Our online resource, which contains practical tips about how to best plan for and position your work in international markets, and how to identify priority markets.

For more information, click here.

Why the world stage is so important today for Australian dance?

Opinion piece by Carin Mistry, Director of the Dance Board

Until the 1970’s, many successful Australian dancers just packed up and left for Europe. For most, this was a permanent move – there was little zipping back and forth between the hemispheres – for most, a choice had to be made. Europe offered them an established dance infrastructure, a dance culture of practice and appreciation, with career opportunities not then available in Australia.
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Latest News and Projects

Artform Development

Artform Development

Combining Australia Council Artform Development funding and project and program funding from Arts Queensland, Ausdance Queensland has provided five creative development grants to Queensland dance artists.

Australian Performing Arts Market

Australian Performing Arts Market

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is a key event on the Australian performing arts calendar, presented in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Festivals Focus: Am I

Festivals Focus: Am I

2014 sees a number of works supported through the Major Festivals Initiative, including the new work AM I by Key Arts Organisation Shaun Parker & Company.

Western Australian Contemporary Dance Initiative

Western Australian Contemporary Dance Initiative

The Australia Council for the Arts is now calling for applications to the final year of the Dance Section’s 3-year Western Australian Contemporary Dance Initiative.

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Dance sector plan

Sector plan

Read about our involvement with the sector, current issues, short and medium term goals and priorities for the sector. Find out more

Our team and contacts

  • Carin Mistry, Director
    Email or call on (02) 9215 9114
  • Sandy Collins, Program Manager
    Email Call on (02) 9215 9164
  • Kristian Pellissier, Program Officer
    Email or call on (02) 9215 9179
  • Kerian Du, Acting Section Coordinator
    Email or call on (02) 9215 9105
  • Darshika Patel, Administration Officer
    Email or call on (02) 9215 9088

General Dance Board Email