Ausdance National announces its closure

Ausdance National has regrettably announced it will be winding up the association. The impact of shrinking government funding for the organisation has resulted in dwindling reserves and severely limited resources. Despite significant fundraising efforts and organisational restructuring, Australia’s national advocate for the dance sector could not secure sustainable financial support.


For over forty-two years, Ausdance National has been ‘home’ for the dance sector through its delivery of high-level advocacy, industry development initiatives, publications, conferences, and the Australian Dance Awards.


Ausdance National has been a key dance advocate, addressing issues and fighting for increased resources to support the dance sector in Australia. Importantly, it has created a sense of belonging for extraordinary dance artists, creators, educators and dance lovers.


“The dance sector in Australia has experienced significant disruption and change, in part due to shifts in funding and the lack of a comprehensive arts and cultural policy. Despite the best efforts of the Board, staff members and volunteers, regrettably Ausdance National will take its final bow at the 2019 National Dance Forum and commence the process of winding up.” said, Professor Gene Moyle, Ausdance National President.


“This announcement does not impact on Ausdance National’s commitment to the 2019 National Dance Forum. We are particularly proud of this year’s Forum with its strong regional voice and powerful Indigenous content.” continued Prof. Moyle.


The Ausdance network, of which Ausdance National was just one part, continues on with Ausdance ACT, Ausdance NSW, Ausdance QLD, Ausdance SA, Ausdance VIC and Ausdance WA. They work independently and collectively on key areas and programs. They provide advocacy, advice and services and deliver a diverse range of projects that specifically address the needs of their state’s dance sector.


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