Dance

A host of outstanding dancers and choreographers has earned Australia a global reputation for taking the art form 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.


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

Phillip Adams (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Dance

Phillip Adams is an interdisciplinary choreographer and artist who established BalletLab in 1998, following a decade in New York.

His professional practice draws on collaboration through hybrid mediums of music, design, fashion, architecture, cinema, visual arts and photography engaging with the unorthodox, queer and popular culture.

He has been commissioned to make works for companies including the Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, MONA, Dance Works Rotterdam and Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China) among others.

The Australia Council Award for Dance was introduced in 2015 to recognise the outstanding achievements and considerable contribution of an artist in dance.

Past award recipients include Stephen Page (2017), Lucy Guerin (2016) and Garry Stewart (2015).

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