21st Australian Dance Awards Winners

Man MadePresented by Ausdance and Harlequin Floors, the 2018 Australian Dance Awards were held at Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday, September 8 alongside an exciting display of Australian dance.


The annual Awards celebrate the talent, vibrancy and innovation of our dancers, choreographers and leaders across the country. The Awards specifically recognise the vast diversity of the dance profession, acknowledging and rewarding those whose achievements help to shape the future of dance in Australia.


Australian Dance Awards (ADA) Committee Chair Robina Beard OAM said, “As non-voting chairperson, I am amazed by the dedication, expertise and knowledge this selection panel has given to the nominations for the 2018 Dance Awards. The result of these hours of commitment are before us and I congratulate all our winners!”


Attendees were treated to performances by the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA), Elements Collective, Expressions Dance Company, Phluxus2 Dance Collective, Sprung! Integrated Dance Theatre (Northern Rivers, NSW) and Queensland Ballet.


2018 Australian Dance Awards Winners:





Lifetimes Achievement


Athol Willoughby


Services to Dance


Hilary Trotter


Services to Dance Education


Katrina Rank


Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance


Tracks Dance Company

Man Made

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance



Project NEXT

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography


Stephanie Lake

Pile of Bones (Stephanie Lake Company)

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance


Martin del Amo


Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer


Jana Castillo

construct (Australian Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer


Beau Dean Riley Smith

Bennelong (Bangarra Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre


Gravity & Other Myths


Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media


Sue Healey


Outstanding Performance by a Company




Photo: Tracks Dance Company’s Man Made won the Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance Award. Photo courtesy of Ausdance and Tracks. 

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