The Ausdance network celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms every year during Australian Dance Week.


Dance Week raises the profile of dance and focuses on the values, importance and the many cultural contributions of dance to the Australian community. Canberra's dance scene is abundant and thriving and Ausdance ACT's annual Australian Dance Week celebrations are a true reflection of that.


Check out our 2021 Australian Dance Week program and celebrations.


Start planning for 2022 and save the dates 29 April to 8 May!


Australian Dance Week 2021 was officially launched on International Dance Day by Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne MLA at Belconnen Arts Centre. Featuring performances by Wiradjuri Echoes, Chip Lo, Divyusha Polepalli and Jazida. 


Read more here Celebrating a diverse dance community | Canberra CityNews


The 2021 International Dance Day Message was shared at the launch by Ausdance ACT Director Dr Cathy Adamek.


The intention of the International Dance Day message is to celebrate dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language - DANCE.

Every year, a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is circulated throughout the world. This year principal dancer from Das Stuttgarter Ballett, Friedemann Vogel was selected by the International Theatre Institute to deliver the 2021 International Dance Day message.


Photos by Art Atelier

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Love, in all its forms, took centre stage at the National Portrait Gallery's 'Australian Love Stories' exhibition during Australian Dance Week. Romance through dance with ‘Love Dance’! The exhibition experience was enhanced with pop-up performances that filled gallery spaces (and hearts) in surprising and delightful ways. Featuring performances by Australian Dance Party,
Debora Di Centa, Canberra Dance Theatre, Dance Development Centre and Tap Kix from Bom Funk Dance Studio. 


Photos by Art Atelier

Video by Ryan Telfer Media


First Nation dancer and choreographer Tammi Gissell presented her new work 'Mundaguddah' during Australian Dance Week.

A dance and music commission responding to The Rainbow Serpent (1982) by Australian modernist composer Brian Howard and performed with Ensemble Offspring.

In Mundaguddah (The Spirit of the Rainbow Serpent) Tammi explores the notion of premonition as an expression of past-presence on country. A flooding of personal and cultural histories in tribute to the great Murruwarri spirit who demands we look, listen and keep moving in the right direction.

Ausdance ACT co-presented this dynamic cross collaboration during Australian Dance Week with the Canberra International Music Festival.

Two performances took place on Sunday 9 May, at The Fairfax Theatre National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

More here: Tammi Gissell – Rainbow Serpent – Living Arts Canberra


Photos by Peter Hislop