Ausdance is Australia’s peak body for dance. We design and deliver programs and resources that support and sustain professional dance practice, and provide representation and nation-wide services for the dance profession. The organisation grew out of a 1977 conference convened by leading artists and educators who determined that the future of dance in Australia should be guided by understanding about the art form at all levels: political, economic and artistic. Our members include performers, choreographers, researchers, educators and students.


Ausdance National is based in Canberra, and is funded by the Dance Board of the Australia Council. We work across a broad range of policy and advocacy issues, form major partnerships with dance and non-dance organisations, and provide advice to government. We also work closely with our Ausdance network partners in the States and Territories which are funded by local arts ministries, and together we provide an integrated national and local service. We have also developed strong international links through the World Dance Alliance, and work with our art form colleagues through organisations such as the National Advocates for Arts Education and ArtsPeak. Ausdance’s aims are to:


• Provide a national voice in the development of dance in Australia.

• Provide leadership in dance education, advocacy, policy development and debate.

• Champion innovation, creativity and diversity in dance.

• Encourage access to and understanding of dance in communities throughout Australia.

• Assist in the identification and promotion of all dance traditions which exist in Australia, in recognition of their cultural importance.

• Foster international links with dance and dance-related organisations.