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National Dance Forum 2015: call out for proposals

Ausdance National is currently welcoming proposals for sessions at NDF2015

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Big Dance and The Keir Choreographic Awards

Big Dance and The Keir Choreographic Awards: two major dance events in 2014.

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National Dance Forum 2013 full program released

The full details of sessions and speakers at the National Dance Forum 2013 are now available. Opening and closing with interactive visioning sessions, the program also features a full morning 'Open Space' session on the Sunday tapping the pulse of the forum, and through it that of the dance sector in Australia.

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Gary Lang welcomed as new Dance Board fellow

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that Gary Lang of the Gary Lang NT Dance Company has received a Fellowship from the Dance Board.

Sue Peacock & Stefan Karlsson in Sprung by Sue Peacock. Photographer Christophe Canato

National forum asks the question: Why dance?

The National Dance Forum 2013 is set to continue the national conversation set in motion by the inaugural event in 2011. Providing a space for sector debate, discussion and ideas, the forum will focus on the central question, "Why dance?"

Family: a dance and sound performance about dying and living

The Dance Project engages communities in the creation and presentation of contemporary dance with the purpose of strengthening the capacity of community, producing excellent quality dance works and actively engaging the community in all aspects of the project.

Screen Dance Initiative

Carriageworks is set to undertake the three year, $300,000 Screen Dance initiative established by the dance board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Internationally - acclaimed former contemporary dancer, Michelle Ryan joins Dance Board.

Michelle Ryan has over twenty years experience in the areas of performance, choreography, film and administration.

Dance Massive returns to Melbourne in 2013

Dance Massive will present an exciting program of new independent contemporary dance works, events and activity in Melbourne from 12-24th March 2013.

MAPS for Artists in SA

Following a rigorous and competitive process, Insite Arts has been appointed to deliver the Managing and Producing Services (MAPS for Artists) in South Australia.

Sandra Parker receives Two Year Dance Fellowship

Choreographer, Sandra Parker received the Australia Council Dance Board’s Two Year Fellowship.

National Dance Forum 2013

Presented by project partners Ausdance National and Australia Council for the Arts, the second National Dance Forum (NDF2013) will take place at Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, 15-17 March 2013 and is set to coincide with Dance Massive.

New Chair for the Dance Board

Elizabeth Walsh’s work and knowledge span the performing and visual arts from small to medium size companies to major centres for the creative arts and international multi art form festivals. She has played a key role in the development of new Australian work that is both culturally relevant to audiences and pushes the boundaries of contemporary arts practice.

The Dance Board Congratulates Nanette Hassall on Lifetime Achievement award

Australia Council for the Arts congratulates Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 recipient, Nanette Hassall, who was selected by the Australian Dance Awards panel.

Nominate for 2013 Australian Dance Awards

Nominations are open for the 2013 Australian Dance Awards, which will be held in Canberra on Monday 5 August.

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Dance dialogues: Carin Mistry and Jeff Khan on the 2013 National Dance Forum

Dance dialogues: Carin Mistry and Jeff Khan on the 2013 National Dance Forum in Artery.

Massive month of dance in Melbourne - Dance Massive in Artery

Two weeks. Fourteen shows. Hundreds of dancers. Thousands of steps. This March, Dance Massive returns to Melbourne for a fortnight of Australian contemporary dance. There are new works, including the final piece of Matthew Day’s solo trilogy, Intermission, and Lee Serle’s P.O.V. There are works you might have missed the first time around, such as Lucy Guerin’s Conversation Piece and Natalie Abbott’s Physical Fractals, as well as the chance to engage with works still in development that may just become the next big thing.

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Dance on Tour

Dance on Tour (DOT) is a joint initiative of four internationally acclaimed and award winning dance companies, Expressions Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, KAGE and Shaun Parker & Company. This initiative has been created to maximise awareness, access and engagement with outstanding dance theatre in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Packing a punch in Dublin

Australian contemporary dance packed a punch with Irish audiences at Dublin Dance Festival, from 14 to 26 May 2013, in an initiative titled 'Small Island: Big Island'.

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National Dance Forum 2013

The 2013 National Dance Forum (NDF2013) brought members of the dance sector together to share their perspectives, foster connections and open discussions about dance...but missing NDF2013 doesn't mean you've missed out.

Image: Natalie Allen and Andrew Crawford in Rafael Bonachela's 2 One Another for Sydney Dance Company. Credit: Ken Butti

Australian Dance Awards 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts is proud to support a number of Australian Dance Awards 2013 recipients including Sydney Dance Company, who scooped the pool by winning three awards for '2 One Another'

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New: Creative Australia – Presentation grant

As part of the Creative Australia Artists program, the Dance section of the Australia Council has released information about the Creative Australia – Presentation initiative for 2014.

Image  Humphrey Bower and Danielle Micich in Overexposed. Credit- Ashley de Prazer

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.

Image of Josh Mu in AM I by Shaun Parker & Company. Image Credit - Michele Aboud

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.

Lisa Wilson and Timothy Ohl in Lisa Wilson's Lake. Credit: Fen-Lan Chuang

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

Tyler Hawkins performing in Fifteen by Liesel Zink. Credit Fenlan Chuang

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.

Image - Deep Soulful Sweats by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen.  Credit - Kylie Else

Next Wave Festival 2014

Through innovative programming that aims to present diverse work in fresh contexts, Next Wave Festival builds a new narrative for audiences and emerging artists.

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