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Photo Credit: Lorna Sim

Dancer Credit: Alana Stenning


'Hillscape' the film
by Australian Dance Party


'Hillscape' was co-commissioned by Ausdance ACT 2023 Australian Dance Week and Canberra International Music Festival as part of Seeds of Life at the Arboretum.

Choreographed by Australian Dance Party’s Ashlee Bye with composition by Dan Walker, 'Hillscape' was performed by Ashlee Bye, Yolanda Lowatta and Patricia Hayes Cavanagh.

'Hillscape' the film premiered at the opening of Ausdance ACT 2024 Australian Dance Week at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Videography Cowboy Hat Films.

Photo: Olivia Wikner, Scene from the live performance of Hillscape, 2023.

Bangarra Dance Theatre Masterclass


Ausdance ACT is delighted to present a Masterclass with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

While in Canberra, Bangarra is committed to engaging with the community beyond the performance by holding a beautiful contemporary dance masterclass inspired by the company's newest work 'Horizon', on at the Canberra Theatre from 18-20 July.

This session focuses on exploring cultural elements of dance in a contemporary setting. The workshop is open to pre-professionals 14 years plus, independent dance artists, dance teachers and adult dancers with an intermediate to advanced level in contemporary dance.

The workshop is facilitated by four of the company members, who share the rich culture and history that is sewn through their storytelling. Join Bradley Smith, Kiarn Doyle, Emily Flannery and Lucy May to experience the magic!

Places strictly limited.

Wednesday 17th July 2024, 11:30am - 1pm AEST

Patternmakers Research


Dance schools play a vital role for families, communities and Australia's professional dance sector, but the pandemic has impacted their work.

In 2023, Patternmakers, were commissioned by The Australian Ballet (TAB) and The Australian Ballet School (ABS) to conduct research into participation pathways for Australian dancers.

560 stakeholders, including dance teachers, studio owners, students and parents of students, participated in this project, and many expressed support for change in the dance industry. 

The project aimed to help better understand the current landscape of dance participation in Australia, identify motivations and barriers and investigate how wider and more diverse participation in ballet can be encouraged.


Click the button below to read the full story, including statistics around enrolment, diversity of participation, and areas of opportunity within the dance sector. 


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