This page features some of Victoria's ,workshops and performances facilitated by Ausdance Victoria.

National Dance Forum 2017

25 & 26 September

The 2017 National Dance Forum will bring together makers, producers and presenters to discuss and share knowledge on current digital practices and technological developments. The two-day forum will focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain.

Led by Ausdance National and produced by Ausdance Victoria.

Image: Image of Sydney Dance Company in Gideon Obarzanek’s L’Chaim! Photo by Wendell Teodoro.


Image by Ausdance Victoria

Australian Dance Awards 2017

24 September 

Join in the celebrations at the 20th Australian Dance Awards, presented by Ausdance Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne with principal event sponsor Harlequin Floors. Twelve awards, eight performances, from amazing companies including The Australian Ballet and Stephanie Lake Company. The Awards recognise and celebrate Australian dance.

Photo of iD by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Choreographed by Stephen Page, photography by Jeff Busby

Ancestors and Anecdotes

21 September - 30 September

Opening concurrently with the Awards is Ancestors and Anecdotes, 40 years of Australian Contemporary Dance, an exhibition that pays homage to the invaluable work of Australia’s dance pioneers and the manner in which their legacy endures today. Opening 21 September at Lulu Gallery in North Melbourne, the exhibition is focused on five legendary dance pioneers, Carole Johnson, Cheryl Stock AM, Margaret Lasica (via the perspective of her daughter Shelley), Shirley McKechnie AM and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM. 

Image: Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse, Sarah Aiken at KEIR Choreographic Awards 2014


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Australian Youth Dance Festival 2017 

The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) is back in 2017, and for the first time ever, the Festival will be held in a major city – Melbourne!

Under the artistic direction of Adam Wheeler, AYDF2017 will be remodelled into three days of intensive masterclasses with some of Australia’s leading dance artists, choreographers and companies, and will premiere excerpts from at least six new works from leading youth dance companies across the country. 



Dance Artist in Residence 

Ausdance Victoria Dance Artist in Residence Program (DAIR) invites independent dance artists, collectives, collaborators and companies of any dance genre to submit proposals for the 2017 program. Originally started by Ausdance NSW in 2015, DAIR makes it Victorian debut in 2017. 

DAIR is a direct response to the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces to dance artists for the development of dance making and practice. DAIR activities may involve creative development, research, mentorships, rehearsal and remounting of work. Applicants can apply for a residency of one or two weeks.

Photo from DAIR in Ausdance NSW, Photo of DAIR Artist Yukino McHugh's development at Catapult in Newcastle, NSW. Photography by Jessica Coughlan

Dance Massive 2017 

Ausdance Victoria is a proud partner of Dance Massive 2017.

Ausdance Victoria facilitated Battle Massive, workshops and Open Studios-New Works and Meet and Greet-Tour Ready as part of Dance Massive 2017. 


Photography by Gregory Erdstein

Photography by Gregory Erdstein

Teaching Dad to Dance 

Developed with the support of Independent Schools Victoria, Teaching Dad to Dance (TD2D) is a dance program where primary school students become the teachers. The students will show their ability to comprehend the basics of the dance moves by teaching others these moves.

Teaching Dad to Dance (TD2D) will be available to schools in Victoria through Regional Arts Victoria's 2018 Arts & Education Program, as a one-off workshop or week-long residency program.



Photography by Hillary Goldsmith

Photography by Hillary Goldsmith


The 360 Artist Development is an initiative of Ausdance Victoria in conjunction with Gertrude Street Projection Festival to assist dance practitioners stage works for the virtual realm. This artist development program provides mentorship, and equipment to stage a dance work in Virtual Reality.


Photography by Ausdance Victoria

Photography by Ausdance Victoria

The Alice Project 

Inclusive, active, exciting, colourful, quirky and fun, The Alice Project invites young and old, active and inactive people to get moving in a fun, free and non-judgmental way.