Free Online Open Class with Nick Jachno

Open Class is Online and FREE during lockdown

Join Nick and get ready to get your bodies moving and grooving with a high-energy contemporary flow class.

Nicholas Jachno is a Canberra based contemporary dancer. He studied a range of dance techniques at Canberra Dance Development Centre before attending The New Zealand School of Dance, graduating with a Diploma in Dance Performance majoring in contemporary.

Thursday 23rd September, 7.30-8.45pm

Dance.Focus 2021

Dance.Focus 2021 premieres this week online! The two SA films have landed. The two ACT films have been delayed due to the ACT lockdown and we look forward to sharing these with you as soon as possible.

The SA Dance.Focus films '(T)HERE’ by Cinzia Schincariol and Chloe Moir 'Whispers Down The Lane' will premiere on the Dance Hub SA Facebook page: 7pm ACST on the 24 & 26 September.

Dance.Focus is a dance film commission by Dance Hub SA in partnership with Ausdance ACT and supported by Ausdance SA. The commission is designed to challenge, resonate and engage with screen dance.

Coffee with Dr. Cathy

During ACT's lockdown we have been holding regular drop in Zoom 'Coffee with Cathy' chats with our sector, hosted by Ausdance ACT's Director Cathy Adamek.

On Monday 13 September, the theme of the Zoom chat was 'Challenges of Online Dance Teaching'. Cathy was joined by Caroline Wall, Lisa Clark, Kym Degenhart, Olivia Fyfe, Jacqui Simmonds and other members of our dance community.

It was a great turn out from the Canberra dance teaching community and made for insightful and supportive discussion and commentary.

If you missed this discussion you can listen to the recording here.

Our next 'Coffee with Cathy' Zoom meet will take place on Monday 27th September at 11am and we will be discussing the impact of show cancellations. We hope you can join us.

HOMEFRONT is back to support Canberra artists to maintain and develop their arts practices during a challenging COVID-19 situation.

Applications will open on 2 September 2021 and will close at 5pm on 23 September 2021.


A total of $350,000 is available in this round, with funding of up to $10,000 granted to successful applications that

  • increase accessibility to the arts;

  • enhance an applicant’s capability or capacity or artistic skills development; and/or

  • promote or market an artistic practice or creation, or promotion and marketing skills development.

How to Keep Dancing During Lockdown

Canberra let's dance our way through lockdown! We have developed a one stop shop with links to online dance classes, online performances, things to watch, webinars and local dance studio offerings. Check it out and keep dancing!

Youth Dance Festival

Youth Dance Festival has been postponed. We are working closely with the Canberra Theatre Centre to reschedule our dates. There are a lot of unknowns currently however we are committed to making the 2021 Youth Dance Festival happen - in whatever format may be possible. The end of lockdown and the restrictions that follow will determine what we are able to do. Stay tuned and keep dancing!

Artist in Residence Partnership

Ausdance ACT has partnered with QL2 Dance to support their Curated Residency Program. Through this collaboration we are able to provide four QL2 Dance residencies with a financial contribution towards their creative development.

We are pleased to announce the successful artists.
~ Ashlee Bye
~ Crossroads:  Lilah Gow & Stephen Gow
~ Claire Holland
~ Jason Pearce

Ausdance ACT and QL2 have a joint commitment to the professional development of local dance artists and we look forward to sharing their creative journey.

ZEST: Dance for Wellbeing

With Canberra currently in lockdown, classes have moved online.

Tuesdays & Fridays, 11.00am -12.00pm

Go to to register for this week’s class. 

Online Masterclass with Jesse & Joel Rasmussen

Check out our online Masterclass with Jesse & Joel Rasmussen. Featuring audition preparation and advice, tutorials, tips on networking and branding as well as industry insights. An invaluable resource for young dancers considering professional careers.

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!

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.

You can can now also access our newsletters online here.