YouTube Me Dance is a regional dance project designed to involve young people in hip-hop dance by collaborating with schools, youth groups and the local community in remote regions of Western Australia.
In 2012, the project took place in Broome, Derby and the Dampier Peninsula.
The project engaged groups of young people in physical and creative dance activity to help build self esteem and confidence. Participants had the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally renowned lead artists Jason Bird (WA) and Katie Cesaro (NSW), both from So You Think You Can Dance.
YouTube Me Dance aims are to:
The Ausdance WA YouTube Me Dance project was proudly supported by: Australian Council for the Arts, Healthway Be Active, The Department of Culture and the Arts/Lotterywest, Broome Youth Support Group, Shire of Derby West Kimberley, Youth in Action Burdekin, MoveMe, 2b Six on Pembroke.
The West Australian Dance Awards (WADAs) recognise and celebrate the achievements of the West Australian dance community, in the areas of performance, choreography, technology, service, teaching and community.
Ausdance WA calls out for nominations for the WADAs around March. Anyone may submit a nomination, regardless of whether or not they are on an Ausdance member. Nominations generally close at the end of August.
A committee of judges, selected by Ausdance WA, then convenes to create a nomination short-list which is made public through the Ausdance WA enews and dancewest. From the short-list, the judges then select the winners, which are announced at a celebratory event held in the second half of the year.
Ausdance WA did not hold the WADAs in 2012 due to the national event, the Australian Dance Awards being held in September at the State Theatre Centre.
Ausdance WA is pleased to announce that in 2013 the West Australian Dance Awards will be held at the Courtyard, State Theatre Centre, Perth on 27 November 2013.
Click here to download WADA Category Descriptions and Criteria.
The West Australian Dance Awards have been held since 2005. View the complete List of Award Winners.
The Country Week Dance Program gives students from WA regional schools the opportunity to participate in a week of dance skill development with highly experienced dance artists. The program includes contemporary and choreography technique as well as cultural dance forms such as hip-hop, swing, African or lyrical.
In 2013 Country Week takes place from 1 to 5 July.
The week will culminate with the students working together to create a new dance, which they will perform to an adjudication panel and an audience of peers. The performance program will also feature a presentation by a youth dance ensemble.
Country Week Dance is part of the Country Week event for regional schools organised in association with School Sports WA annually. If you would like to participate in Country Week, please contact the Projects Manger at Ausdance WA.
Presented with Be Active
23 - 24 October 2010
Dance Dialects is an annual project that highlights and celebrates the culturally diverse dance artists who contribute to the Western Australian dance landscape.
In partnership with Kulcha Multicultural Arts of WA, Ausdance WA will continue to facilitate dance development programs for the professional development of culturally diverse artists and artists working with diverse dance forms.
The structure of this programme changes each year and information will be available as details are confirmed. For more information please contact Ausdance WA.
Click on the link for performance info (please note this info may be for last year's event - info for this year's event will be posted when it becomes available).
In 2013 Australian Dance Week takes place 28 April to 5 May.
Swing, Wiggle, Sway your way into Australian Dance Week 2013
Kick start the week with DANCE LIVE, a free dance performance at Forrest Place in the Perth CBD on 28 April 3-5pm.
Enjoy a dance film at the Northbridge Piazza between 3 – 5pm on 29 April, 1 & 3 May.
Or attend a dance workshop with Philip Channells from Dance Integrated Australia, presented by Tracksuit and DADAA WA on disability-inclusive dance practice.