Ausdance Victoria

The voice for dance in Victoria - we lead, support and champion all things dance.


Ausdance represents your interests at both a national and international level for dance development in Australia. Through our political advocacy in Canberra, our partnerships and national projects, such as the National Dance Forum, the Australian Dance Awards and the National Curriculum, we provide leadership for a strong and unified voice for dance in Australia.

Ausdance Victoria was founded in 1977 and is the sole peak body for dance in Victoria and plays a key role in providing high-level strategic advice and vision for the sector. Ausdance Victoria supports individuals, companies and organisations in a coherent ecology of arts services. It enables members and partners to flourish, creating connections and opportunities to increase the capacity of the sector. Our members consist of individuals and organisations (dancers, choreographers, directors, teachers, administrators, related professionals, venues, dance schools, companies, organisations, education providers, students and dance enthusiasts).

Ausdance Victoria is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Ausdance Victoria is part of a national Ausdance network with an office in nearly every state and territory in Australia. The Ausdance network has a history spanning over 40 years - formed for the Australian dance sector by its leaders and advocates. 

Ausdance Victoria is part of the Ausdance National network. Ausdance National has a unique place in the Australian dance environment, as a leader in dance advocacy and in bringing new resources and funding to the profession through partnerships and collaborations. It also has a well-recognised brand and strong credibility internationally, and across many other areas of the Australian arts environment.
Ausdance National’s strengths lie in its advocacy and representation roles; the extent of its online information, publications and resources; its facilitation of networks and opportunities for dialogue; national partnerships that bring new resources to the sector and its leadership in dance education at all levels.


Read our 2016 achievements in our 2016 Annual report. 


In 2015, Ausdance Victoria:

·      Produced I Could Have Danced All Night for White Night Melbourne in partnership with VicHealth. It featured 12 community group performances, 12 free dance workshops and a performance from the cast of Strictly Ballroom.

·      Curated Open Studios, Company meet & Greets and a Masterclass series for Dance Massive.

·      Undertook residencies at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital

·      Partnered with local councils to deliver The Alice Project.

·      Ran professional development programs including the International Dance Educators Workshop (IDEW)

·      As a Registered Training Organisation, served 37 delivery partnerships and facilitated the training of 522 students.

Ausdance Victoria honours dance photographer Gregory Lorenzutti and his contribution to the Victorian Dance Community.  Photography of Carly Jane Sheppard (2014) 

Ausdance Victoria honours dance photographer Gregory Lorenzutti and his contribution to the Victorian Dance Community. 

Photography of Carly Jane Sheppard (2014)