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.

2020 Australia Council Award recipient

Michelle Ryan – Australia Council Award for Dance

Michelle has worked as a performer, choreographer and artistic director during her 25 year career in the arts.

She uses her lived experience of disability to inform all her artwork, with humour, warmth and searing honesty.  

Michelle joined Meryl Tankard in Canberra and Adelaide as part of Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre for 7 ½ years, followed by projects in Europe as Tankard’s assistant. Michelle was also a founding member of Splintergroup and worked at Dancenorth for five years in various capacities, and in 2013 she was appointed Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre.  

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