Canberra to Host Australian Dance Night of Nights
This August Canberra will host the Australian Dance Awards for the very first time, as part of the Centenary of Canberra. The Awards celebrate the best in Australian dance, with performances from leading companies, presentations and awards, highlighting the richness of the art form and the vibrancy of the Australian dance industry.
Commencing with a ‘red carpet’ VIP event in the theatre foyer the Awards will extend into formal presentations with performances that showcase some of the best Australian dancers and dance companies.
“The Australian Dance Awards give dance professionals and enthusiasts alike an opportunity to focus on all the wonderful dance that has happened over the course of one year from around the country,” says 2013 Australian Dance Awards Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.
“The presentation evening of the Dance Awards is always as exciting night where the dance community gather to honour the nominees and winners in each category. As the ADA’s move from state to state each year it is a great opportunity to highlight the local dance activity while bringing in nationally significant performers and presenters.”
The awards are presented in eleven categories including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards include the Hall of Fame, presented by special guests David McAllister and Robyn Archer, and the Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship.
Canberra has always produced incredible dance and dancers and the Awards will proudly acknowledge this by celebrating the amazing number of dancers who have made their mark in the world and the role of dance teachers and dance companies in the history of dance in Canberra.
“In Canberra’s Centenary year it is the perfect time to visit, catch up with colleagues and support this fantastic art form,” Ruth Osborne adds.
The Australian Dance Awards 2013 are presented by Harlequin Floors with Ausdance ACT for the Ausdance network and dance lovers across Australia. Dance Informa is the proud media sponsor of the Awards.
Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au to buy tickets or call Canberra Theatre Centre Ticketing on 02 6275 2700.
Australian Dance Awards
Monday August 5, 7.30pm
The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
Photo: Sam Young-Wright by Lorna Sim.