Ausdance VIC

The voice for dance in Victoria – we lead, support and champion all things dance.

Ausdance VIC is the peak body for dance, leading dance in the State. We aim to provide all Victorians with opportunities to experience and engage with dance. A membership- based organisation, Ausdance VIC provides a platform for the state’s dance sector needs to be heard and creates an environment for dance to thrive.  

Our work includes:

Advocacy

Ausdance VIC offers high-level strategic advice and vision for the dance sector. We advocate on behalf of the dance industry to raise the profile of dance and increase investment in the arts. We also represent the dance sector as part of the Arts Industry Council of Victoria. 

Education

We provide a range of options to people looking to further their dance practise. As a Registered Training Organisation, Ausdance VIC provides accredited VCE and VET training, and we sit on state and national industry-training advisory boards tasked with oversight of professional dance development, courses, and accreditation. 

Special Projects

Ausdance VIC has a successful and sustainable program of projects and events. These include Australian Youth Dance Festival, Big Dance (large scale community dance event), Dance Massive and many more

Ongoing sector capacity building

We support the capacity building of dancers, choreographers, companies, organisations, venues, education sector, dance schools and teachers by offering advice, information and training related to Dance.

Member Support

Ausdance VIC members become part of a vibrant community of Independent Dance Artists, Small to Medium companies, Dance Teachers and Dance Education professionals, Educational establishments, Arts professionals and Arts organisations. Additionally, we offer support to individuals and organisations to secure funding through lobbying, advocacy, research and informal advice. 

History

Founded in 1977, Ausdance VIC is part of the National Ausdance network.  With independent sister organisations in nearly every state and territory in Australia, the Ausdance network has a history spanning over 40 years – formed for the Australian dance sector by its leaders and advocates. Ausdance National has a unique place in the Australian dance environment, as a leader in dance advocacy and in bringing new resources and funding to the profession through partnerships and collaborations. It also has a well-recognised brand and strong credibility internationally, and across many other areas of the Australian arts environment. Ausdance National’s strengths lie in its advocacy and representation roles; the extent of its online information, publications and resources; its facilitation of networks and opportunities for dialogue; national partnerships that bring new resources to the sector and its leadership in dance education at all levels.