History and Achievements

Ausdance WA was established in 1977 after four West Australian dance teachers attended the Dance in Education Conference in Melbourne that led to the establishment of Ausdance, then known as the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE). The four WA teachers, Terri Charlesworth OAM, Joan Pope OAM, Marghita Chudziak and Lynley Campbell were inspired to establish a steering committee for a WA branch of the AADE, which later became known as Ausdance WA.

Recent achievements include:

  • 1998 Ausdance WA moves to new King Street Arts Centre after years of sector lobbying by sector for a “centre for contemporary dance”.
  • 2002 Ausdance WA supports the establishment of STRUT dance as a support mechanism for the independent professional dance community.
  • 2005 The West Australian Dance Awards held for the first time.
  • 2007 Ausdance WA successful in gaining Healthway multi-event sponsorship for further three year period.
  • 2007 Ausdance WA wins tender for the Australian Youth Dance Festival, April 2009.
  • 2006 – 2008 Contemporary Dance Model Development Project managed by Ausdance WA results in release of Future Moves Report that proposes for a significant increase in the financial investment by government to the small to medium contemporary dance sector. The government commits to a 1.6 million dollar investment in contemporary dance over four years.
  • 2009 – 2012 Ausdance WA takes responsibility for implementing Strategies 5-11 of the Future Moves Strategic Initiative with an additional $150,000 investment from government for the four year period.
  • 2010 Ausdance WA successfully applies to the Regional Development Fund, Department of Culture and the Arts, to produce a large-scale regional contemporary dance project in regional Western Australia.
  • 2010 The MoveMe brand to promote professional contemporary dance in Western Australia is endorsed and the MoveMe website established.
  • 2011 Ausdance WA delivers Future Landings, a regional contemporary dance project choreographed by regional dance artists and performed by dancers from Albany, Bunbury, Busselton and Denmark.
  • 2011 Successful tender to host the Australian Dance Awards in Perth for the first time in September 2012.
  • 2011 Ausdance WA receives Lotterywest grant to continue an Oral History of WA dance project.
  • 2011 Ausdance WA hosts the first ever biennial Ausdance Director’s meeting in Perth in November.
  • 2012 Ausdance WA hosts the Australian Dance Awards for the first time in the State Theatre Centre
  • 2012 Ausdance WA completes involvement in Future Moves Initiative and acquires two new major projects: ongoing management of the MoveMe brand and Future Landings.
  • 2013 Ausdance WA successfully applies to the Australia Council’s Creative Communities Parnterships Initiative for a large triennial project grant to continue the delivery of Future Landings in regional and remote communities across the period 2013-1
  • 2013 Ausdance WA launches the warmly-received second phase of the Oral Histories Projec
  • 2013 First full-colour edition of Ausdance WA quarterly publication dancewest.
  • 2014 Successful Pilot year of the Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100, a program offering dance groups, regional communities, WA dance filmmakers, children, parents, grandparents and office workers in the city with over 100 free opportunities to engage with DANCE in a range of metro and regional settings.