Join in the celebrations at the 20th Australian Dance Awards, presented by Ausdance Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne with principal event sponsor Harlequin Floors. The Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour dance artists, educators and administrators and feature 12 categories of achievement. 

Get ready for a night of excitement, entertainment and hilarity hosted by cabaret star, Yana Alana and dance sensation Benjamin Hancock. This is a night not to be missed for dance lovers with performances from celebrated artists including Stephanie Lake Company, Raw and Rugged Dance Crew, The Australian Ballet and more. The Australian Dance Awards are an annual event held in a different state each year; this is the first-time Melbourne has hosted them since 2010!

Performances at the Australian Dance Awards include excerpts from Sleeping Beauty by the Australian Ballet; Pile of Bones by the Stephanie Lake Company; Quark by youth dance company Yellow Wheel; Days Like These by integrated performance company Murmuration; Hopak-Kalyna by Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company; a performance by Melbourne’s inner west hip hop crew Raw and Rugged Dance Crew, ranked number 14 in the 2017 World Hip Hop Dance Championships, and the all-female Wurundjeri dance group, Djirri Djirri Dance Group.

Announcing the performance line up Ausdance NSW and VIC Director Michelle Silby said, “Ausdance Victoria is a passionate advocate for dance and believes that ‘dance is for everyone’. This awards ceremony is an important celebration of the dance industry and the performances reflect the wide diversity of dance in this country. From the urban stylings of Raw and Rugged, to the Ukrainian artistry of Lehenda, the sublime ballet of The Australian Ballet, to the unique contemporary dance works from multiple companies. With performers aged 15 years to 75 years old, the audience will see an array of dancers that will leave you moved and entertained.” 

Hosting this year’s awards are cabaret star Yana Alana and dance sensation and 2017 ADA-nominee Benjamin Hancock.

The star array of presenters includes David McAllister AM, Jonathan Holloway, Wesley Enoch, Jason Coleman, Lucy Guerin, Stephanie Lake, Jasmine Moseley, Sue Healy, Helen Simondson, Jerry Remkes, Jane Crawley, Tony Grybowski, Jenny Kinder, Emma Cochran, Paul Selwyn Norton, Angharad Wynne Jones, Angela Conquet, Merindah Donnelly, Carla McGrath, Robina Beard OAM and Julie Dyson AM.


The gala awards presentation is a public, ticketed event, giving anyone with a passion for dance the opportunity to enjoy a night of incredible dance entertainment

The Australian Dance Awards will be Auslan interpreted. To book tickets in clear view of the Auslan interpreter please book here.

View the 2017 Australian Dance Awards Shortlisted Nominees here



Date: Sunday 24 September at 7pm

Venue: Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne

Tickets: $50 Adult

$40 Concession

$38 Ausdance Member/ Group of 6 or more

(plus booking fees)

Bookings: Online or call 1300 182 183

Auslan bookings here.

If you are a member please email us at for your discount code.


Need discount accommodation for the Australian Dance Awards and National Dance Forum?  Click here


Image credits in order of appearance:

TRTH + FNTSY by Phantom Limbs and Luke George. 

Photographer Gregory Lorenzutti.

iD by Bangarra Dance Theatre, choreographed by Stephen Page.

Photographer Jeff Busby.

Cypher featuring Bboy Blue, choreographed by Nick Power

Photographer Prudence Upton.

Faster by The Australian Ballet. 

Photography by Justin Ridler