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Dancer Credit: Alana Stenning




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A recap of some beautiful moments during Australian Dance Week.

Featuring Australian Dance Party Artist Levente Szabo, The Training Ground UNRAVEL ensemble, Parice Afro Dance Duo, Project Dust, Canberra Dragon Dance, ZEST: Dance for Wellbeing, Debora Di Centa and Helena Maria da Costa.

We acknowledge our Australian Dance Week partners Canberra International Music Festival and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and thank artsACT for their continued support of Ausdance ACT and our programs.

We also thank Tara Cheyne MLA, Minister for the Arts for her inspiring and passionate opening speech during Australian Dance Week.

 by Ryan Telfer Media.


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Thought about a dance film and ready to get an idea to screen? 


Applications now open for Dance.Focus commission 2022.


Apply online until 4th July.

Dance.Focus is a dance film initiative by Dance Hub SA in partnership with Ausdance ACT and supported by Ausdance SA designed for choreographers with a track record in dance filmmaking to challenge, resonate and engage with screen dance.



We would like to introduce and welcome our new and returning management committee members for 2022.

- Alex Dennison - Chair

- Cheryl Diggins - Vice Chair

- Luke Delaney - Treasurer

- Elle Morris - Secretary

- Nicola Bowman - Member

- Annabelle Davis - Member

- Kym Degenhart - Member

- Natalie Pearse - Member


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Despite the numerous challenges faced by the dance sector during 2021, Ausdance ACT continued to adapt and had a creative, productive and successful year.

We are proud to be a part of and support the rich dance culture we have in Canberra.


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The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy - CoAD’s first Australasian course of ‘Doing Dramaturgy with Lou Copland’ has begun.

Ausdance ACT is thrilled to have been able to offer a bursary place to a Canberra region based dance artist to take part in this course.

The successful recipient is emerging dance artist and dance theatre maker Max Burgess. Max trained at Fresh Funk Canberra before furthering his studies at the New Zealand School of Dance.

Max was a recipient of an artist in residence placement at Canberra Dance Theatre - CDT and recently presented a showing of his new work ‘Synthesise Me’ as part of Australian Dance Week.


Congratulations Max!


During Australian Dance Week, Ausdance ACT was thrilled to make a donation to the National Library of Australia of two ballet shoes - autographed by two of Australia’s greatest dancers, Sir Robert Helpmann and Marilyn Jones! Beautifully on pointe, the ballet shoes now have a new home in the National Library's performing arts collection.

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After a very successful start to our new Dance Artists in Schools 2022 Program in Term 1, Ausdance ACT is excited to open new bookings for Term 2!


Our programs create the special opportunity to work with some of the leading dance artists in Canberra.


There are a wide range of genres available in Term 2 including Cultural Dance (Afro, Chinese, Indigenous), Hip Hop, Creative Dance, Ballet, Contemporary Dance and more!

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We are excited to announce that entries are now open for Ausdance ACT's 2022 Youth Dance Festival

To confirm your participation, please complete and submit your entry form by Friday 20th May.

  • You may enter up to 3 works (live, dance film, multimedia).

  • Each work can be up to 5 minutes in length.

We encourage you to think about making a film or incorporating film as multimedia into your live performance.

We will be announcing the theme very soon!

Don’t forget we are offering free of charge YDF Mentor visits during Term 2 and Term 3, and that you will be able to book a time with Kimmo Vennonen to prepare your sound-track from the 20th of June. Please contact Kimmo at kimmo@kvp.net.au

Contact Debora, our Programs Manager for YDF Mentor visits and for any further information, email ydf.act@ausdance.org.au or call 0422 727 929.

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These classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. Please come and feed your body and spirit with music and movement; be physically and mentally inspired and stimulated, have fun, meet some new friends and feel good! 

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Ausdance ACT helps keep the dance community in the ACT in the loop about events and performances that are happening, opportunities for dance artists, COVID Safe guidelines and any other relevant dance news. 

We send out regular newsletters to connect our vibrant dance community together, encouraging to keep creating, dancing and learning.


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