Applications are now open to performing artists and companies from across Australia and New Zealand who wish to be a part of Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2018.
Thanks to Australian Dance Vision (ADV), dance teachers and students Australia-wide will soon have the opportunity to participate in a three-day educational workshop at the Ecole Ballet & Dance Theatre in Lindfield (Sydney) on April 11-13. The workshop will provide content-rich training and development.
The Australian Ballet recently announced the appointment of three new Directors to its Board – Edwina McCann (editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia), Annabelle Chaplain (former investment banker) and John W.H. Denton AO (CEO of Australia’s leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth).
The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) will soon hold a Regional Meeting in Melbourne that will address the training and care of the adolescent dancer. The educational event will be hosted by Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
On May 12 – 14, Limitless Dance Company will return to NIDA’s Playhouse Theatre in Sydney with its second production, SE7EN. Last year saw the debut of the young contemporary dance company with its first show Both Sides.
West Australian Ballet’s most innovative season of the year is just around the corner. Following a sell-out season each year running, Genesis is back and already sold out again. The program will present new creations by André Santos, Meg Parry, Christopher Hill, Liam Green, Melissa Boniface and many others.
Greek dance company Jukstapoz recently performed its work Fragile Matter at the Moonah Arts Centre in Tasmania. Presented by Tasdance and the Ten Days on the Island Festival, Fragile Matter will come to Launceston’s Princess Theatre next.
Bangarra Dance Theatre recently announced that two young Aboriginal dancers will join the company for 2017 as part of the Russell Page Graduate Program, thanks to the generosity of a group of philanthropists and a matched funding grant from the Sherry-Hogan Foundation.
The world record for the most dancers en pointe for one minute was broken on Saturday, March 18 at the Victorian Dance Festival at the Melbourne Town Hall. Channel 7 and 10, along with a crowd of several thousand dancers, were there to witness Australian ballet students snatch the record from the U.S.A, previously set in 2011 by 245 dancers in Orlando, Florida.
Western Australia’s contemporary dance company Co3 recently had its dancers Andrew Searle, Talitha Maslin and Zachary Lopez join The Farm on the Gold Coast to rehearse the company’s newest production, Frank Enstein. The company will be performing it at the Bleach* Festival on 31 March and 1 April. The dancers and The Farm will then bring the show to Perth.
On Sunday, April 2, Queensland Ballet (QB) will host a half-day health conference about all things wellness and ballet. The company invites dancer parents, studio teachers and students ages 11 years and older to attend.
Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) recently announced it will return to Melbourne for the first time since 2013! It will bring Garry Stewart's Be Your Self to The Sumner, Southbank Theatre in August. Following this engagement, the troupe will embark on a national tour.
Cancer Council NSW has launched the 2017 Stars of the Beaches: Dance for Cancer fundraising gala and dance competition. Set to be staged on 6 May at Dee Why RSL Club, Stars of the Beaches is a fundraising event that challenges local celebrities to learn a dance routine and perform it live in front an audience, all while raising funds to help beat cancer.
As part of their residency exploring ideas around social/partner dance, Swiss-based duo József Trefeli and Gábor Varga will present Creature at Critical Path’s Drill Hall in Sydney on Wednesday 15 March. Creature draws traditional folk dance into a relationship with the world of contemporary choreography.
Victorians are invited to join Fun Run, a riotous celebration of endurance, at Arts Centre Melbourne on Sunday 12 March from 4:30pm. Over five hours, crowds will cheer on Melbourne artist Tristan Meecham as he runs a grueling 42km marathon on a treadmill. Hundreds of performers drawn from the local community will join in the celebration.
Blush pinks, soft petals and floral accents dominate the change of season, much like Australian dancewear brand Energetiks’ newest collection, Oriental Bloom. Perfect for the tween dancer, Oriental Bloom is a playful and active collection that launched this week.
Following a spectacular season in 2013, Gale Edward’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen will return to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2017. Featuring choreography by Kelley Abbey, it will run March 24 – April 23.
Austinmer Dance Theatre, a part-time professional company for 17-25 year old contemporary dancers based in NSW, will bring together two choreographic forces in its new production of T W O at the Adelaide Fringe Festival on March 16-18. T W O is a special double bill of contemporary dance created exclusively for the company by choreographers Sagi Gross and Maurice Causey.
As music icon Carole King celebrates her 75th birthday, the Broadway sensation based on her remarkable rise to stardom announces its leading lady. Multi-award winning musical theatre star Esther Hannaford will play the legendary singer/songwriter in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which begins its Australian season at Sydney Lyric Theatre in September.
Tracks Dance Company in Darwin has announced a call out for male performers. Directors want to cast up to 25 community members for Tracks’ Darwin Festival show Man Made in August.
Who’s officially counting down till the Victorian Dance Festival? We are! Set for March 17-19 at Melbourne Town Hall, this dance event welcomes students, teachers, parents and anyone who loves dance! One event that is surely going to be a highlight of the festival is the Gala Showcase on Saturday, March 18. Over 30 performances will be presented!
On 26 February 2017, philanthropist, “arts angel”, and the Deputy Chair of The Australian Ballet School passed away at home at the age of 90. The School announced the news Tuesday, expressing grief and surprise at the death of its “dear friend” – Vale Miss Betty Amsden.
Restless Dance Theatre will present Intimate Space for the 2017 Adelaide Festival on March 3-19. Each performance will travel throughout the Hilton Adelaide hotel in Victoria Square.
Emerging local and international choreographers are set to be propelled into the spotlight from 3-11 March when Queensland’s premier contemporary dance troupe, Expressions Dance Company, presents Propel at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art.
Eden Dance Company, a professional platform for dancers under the umbrella of the urban arts nonprofit 3dArts in Melbourne, will present the return season of its Where Have All The Flowers Gone? on 1 – 4 March at Cranbourne Community Theatre.
Dance teachers, if you haven’t registered to attend the 2017 Victorian Dance Festival yet, you’re missing out! Christened as the country’s “premier dance event”, VDF will host its fifth festival at Melbourne Town Hall on March 17-19. In addition to your students getting to enjoy an incredible lineup of master classes, you will be treated to a full day of inspiration and professional development at the Langham Hotel.
IN-SIGHT Dance Events will present JAZZ JAM on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9 at the Burwood RSL Club, NSW. This dance competition will boast choreographer Stephen Tannos as adjudicator.
Following its highly successful inaugural season in 2015-16, The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is back with a brand-new production of The Nutcracker. Created especially for children aged three years old and up, Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker will tour to Adelaide, Sydney and around Victoria in April 2017.
Melbourne City Ballet invites local audiences to be transported to beautiful Barcelona as the company takes to the stage with its first production for 2017, the classic tale of Don Quixote. This ballet will run March 17–19 at Darebin Arts Centre in Preston.
Melbourne's Dancehouse has announced that the opening of SKYLAB is set for February 24. A new world-class multi-use dance studio, SKYLAB is one of the first initiatives to be funded though the Room To Create fund, a visionary initiative of Yarra City Council in partnership with Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.