Nominees announced for 2013 Australian Dance Awards

The annually presented Australian Dance Awards (ADA) recognise and honour professional dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to dance. First presented in 1986, the awards are a significant part of Australia’s dance calendar and celebrate the diversity and richness of our dance sector.

Members of the public have put forward a range of nominees and a panel of dance leaders have selected the shortlist, with winners to be announced at the Australian Dance Awards ceremony at Canberra Theatre Centre’s Playhouse on August 5th.

The 2013 shortlist includes David McAllister AM for Services to Dance, Dancenorth and Raewyn Hill for Services to Dance Education, Steps Youth Dance for Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance, Sue Healey for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media and Antony Hamilton’s Black Project 1 for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.

Chair of the ADA Selection Panel Robina Beard OAM said, “We congratulate all the nominees and thank all those dance fans who nominated some great performances, performers and educators. The awards would not be possible without our intrepid selection panel, and as non-voting chair of the panel, I want to thank them all for their passion, their commitment and their goodwill. We look forward to a joyous and celebratory Australian Dance Awards presentation.”

Jackie Hallahan, Australian Dance Awards nominee

Jackie Hallahan, nominated for ‘Services to Dance Education’.

The 2013 Australian Dance Awards will be held in Canberra for the first time this year, as part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations. The ceremony is an evening of performances that showcase some of the best Australian dance from across the country and highlighting some of the great local talent Canberra has to offer.

The exciting and diverse performance program features Sydney Dance Company, West Australian Ballet, Phly Crew, Ghenoa Gela, QL2 Dance, Force Majeure, Dalisa Pigram and Wayne Scott Kermond and Katie Kermond and dancers.

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.

2013 Australian Dance Awards Nominees

Australian Dance Theatre in Be Your Self

ADT’s ‘Be Your Self’ in nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’. Photo by Chris Herzfeld.

Services to Dance
Shane Carroll

Geoff Cobham
David McAllister AM
Michael Pearce

Services to Dance Education
Dancenorth & Raewyn Hill

Jackie Hallahan
Vicki Thompson

Outstanding Achievement in
Youth or Community Dance
Dancenorth for Small Dance Big Stories

fLiNG Physical Theatre for The Idea of South
Steps Youth Dance for Try Hard
Tracks for Eight to Eighty

Rachel Rawlins of The Australian Ballet

Rachel Rawlins of The Australian Ballet. Nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’. Photo by James Braund.

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Rafael Bonachela for 2 One Another
[Sydney Dance Company]
Force Majeure for Never Did Me Any Harm
[Force Majeure & Sydney Theatre Company]
Anouk van Dijk for An Act of Now [Chunky Move]
Antony Hamilton for Black Project 1 [Antony Hamilton Projects]
Frances Rings for Terrain [Bangarra Dance Theatre]

Outstanding Performance by a Company
Australian Dance Theatre for Proximity

Australian Dance Theatre for Be Your Self
Bangarra Dance Theatre for Terrain
Sydney Dance Company for 2 One Another

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance
Antony Hamilton for Black Project 1

Sue Healey for Variant
Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal for Opal Vapour
Lisa Wilson for Lake

Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer
Sue Peacock for Harakiri [STRUT Dance]

Rachel Rawlins for Swan Lake [The Australian Ballet]
Vivienne Wong for Waramuk—In the Dark Night [The Australian Ballet]
Charmene Yap for 2 One Another [Sydney Dance Company]

Leah Howard in Mary Poppins. Photo by David Wyatt

Leah Howard is nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre’ for her performances in ‘Mary Poppins’. Photo by David Wyatt.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
Wen Chen for 2 One Another [Sydney Dance Company]

Daniel Riley McKinley for Terrain [Bangarra Dance Theatre]
James O’Hara for There’s Definitely a Prince Involved [The Australian Ballet]
Paul White for Anatomy of an Afternoon [Martin del Amo]
Kimball Wong for Proximity [Australian Dance Theatre]

Outstanding Performance in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre
Leah Howard for Mary Poppins

Sian Johnson for A Chorus Line
The Company for Tap Dogs

Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media
Richard Allen for Monk: Re-loaded

Peter Greig for Sharing Spaces: A day in the life of Sydney Dance Company
Sue Healey for Virtuosi
Claire Marshall for Pulse

Photo (top): Sam Young-Wright by Lorna Sim.

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