Ausdance WA provides a diverse range of programs, opportunities and resources for the WA Dance Community.
Current Ausdance WA Projects
Ausdance WA run a wide range of projects that advocate for Life-Long Dance involvement; providing access and opportunities to dance for all ages and abilities.
The 2019 program offers specialist workshops for teachers delivering the dance curriculum in schools, and workshops addressing specific areas of dance practice relevant for teachers in schools, in studios and in community contexts.
Act-Belong-Commit Dance 100
With thanks to our Partner, Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, The Dance 100 Program is a large-scale community dance program offering participation and skill development opportunities for beginners, enthusiast and audiences throughout the year.
Managed in conjunction with Country Arts WA, May We Have this Dance? is our current regional program offering contemporary dance and performance opportunities in the Peel, Great Southern and Esperance Goldfields Regions. Individually tailored programs have been devised by the regions themselves to address the needs of their community.
The WA Indigenous Dance Network is a new program currently in development. The ambition of the Network is to establish a sustainable a state network for Indigenous dance, led by Indigenous dance artists, supporting the development of emerging artists and engaging with young people.
Image featured is Bibbulmun Koorda Ngoons based in Peel.
Image Credit: Peta Stenhouse
Ausdance WA offers a range of resources for dancers, teachers and students. These include a physical dance library, online oral dance histories, access to Ausdance National publications.
Ausdance WA in conjunction with Parkinson’s WA launched the internationally-acclaimed program for people with Parkinson’s, Dance for Parkinson’s, in 2015. The classes are run regularly in Maylands at the WA Ballet and in Mandurah at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. In 2018 the first season of classes in Fremantle was held.
Past Ausdance WA Projects
Since our formation in 1977, Ausdance WA has run hundreds of projects across regional and metropolitan WA. Here is a sample of just a few of these programs.
MoveMe Festival is a biennial performance showcase of Western Australian contemporary dance. The festival aims to raise the profile and develop audiences for contemporary dance in WA. MMF presents the best new professional contemporary dance works from the state’s leading companies, organisations and independent artists delivering a diverse program of local, national and international content. Ausdance WA facilitates the Festival programming and undertakes the significant and innovative marketing campaign required to publicise the Festival and promote the program to established and new audiences.
Future Landings was a biannual production arm of the Regional Program. Ausdance WA commissioned and oversaw the delivery of contemporary dance performances in three regional towns/centres. These productions were created by and for the community they are delivered in, and as such belong to these communities.
Future Landings was produced by Ausdance WA with support from the Federal Government of Australia through Australia Council for the Arts and from the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts.
AUThe West Australian Dance Awards (WADA’s) were an initiative of Ausdance WA that ended in 2014. Established in 2005 the WADA’s were a key event in the WA Dance Calendar. The event was an opportunity to celebrate, acknowledge and award, outstanding achievements for emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in WA. The event concluded in 2014 in favour of focusing efforts to the National Australian Dance Awards.
Ausdance WA managed King Street Arts Centre for the better part of two decades. Under Ausdance WA management, KSAC flourished as the central hub of dance in Western Australia. Management of the studios was taken from Ausdance WA in 2017 and is now under the management of the Place Activation Team at Perth Theatre Trust. Ausdance WA is unable to offer discounts for members booking studios at KSAC.
The 2001 National Dance Summit, facilitated by Ausdance, revealed a crisis in contemporary dance practice. The independent dance sector was recognised as critical to the health of the entire dance community and this sector in Western Australia was struggling for survival. With a vision to re-invigorate the independent dance sector STRUT Dance was formed by Ausdance WA in conjunction with independent artists. STRUT Dance is now the internationally recognised National Choreographic Centre of WA.
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357-365 Murray Street
Perth WA 6000
PO Box 7452
Cloisters Square WA 6850
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