our vision is for all south australians to embrace, experience and enjoy dance.
>> enables Adelaide’s connection and profile to a global celebration of dance through membership of the world dance alliance.
>> connects local professionals with information regarding national funding, workshops, conferences and training programs, grants, scholarships and auditions.
>> aims to be responsive to current conditions and seeks to be sustainable and accountable in its practices.
>> builds its community profile through fun, youth and family centred events
>> can act as a reliable authority to promote schools and studios
>> provides promotion of Adelaide dance culture
a little on our history
Ausdance national 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 an understanding of the art form at all levels.
The australian dance council (sa) inc. (‘ausdance sa’) is a membership-based not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1977 and later incorporated under the associations incorporation act in 1987. Originally managed by volunteers it has grown to become part of a professional national network. Ausdance sa provides resources, advice, advocacy, education and professional development for dance artists, practitioners and enthusiasts throughout south australia. Ausdance sa is a branch of the ausdance national network, which has independent branches in each of australia’s mainland states and the act.
Ausdance sa was first located at the adelaide centre for the performing arts in grote st, then at the madley dance space in the university of adelaide. It established its own studio in leigh street in the west end arts precinct in 2001. Ausdance sa moved to premises at level 3, the atrium in station arcade in 2006. These premises were vacated during march 2016 due to lack of funding.
looking to the future
In 2015 it was confirmed that no further funding would be provided from arts sa beyond the transitional funding, leaving ausdance sa in a very unstable financial position with an uncertain future. Since then, members of the dance community have volunteered on the board of directors and in other ways to keep Ausdance SA alive until secure funding and/or generation of income can be established.
The funding situation and consequential impact on ausdance sa’s ability to effectively function and deliver many of its popular programs has been critically compromised. The voluntary board is working very hard to manage the administration of the organisation while focusing on governance and strategic planning for the future.
some of our programs
>> Ausdance SA members are able to create a profile to be viewed by schools, studios and prospective employers. The directory is not just for dance teachers, it is for choreographers, mentors and dance artists to connect and find opportunities. You will also be able to use your profile as a landing page in lieu of your own website with links to vimeo/youtube.
>> was a way for emerging choreographers to showcase their developments in a curated performance environment. While we are currently unable to replace this program, the mill and adt have supportive programs for emerging choreographers.
Sebastien Ananian-Cooper – PRESIDENT
Sebastien, Ausdance SA’s president, is the owner of QuickSteps Dance Club Studio – Australia’s largest adult dance school teaching over 200 private and group dance classes per week. QuickSteps focuses on the partner dance styles such as Salsa, Tango, Rumba and Rock ‘n Roll. QuickSteps was set up in 2011 and now employs 8 full-time dance teachers, 2 bartenders for their onsite cafe/bar and a studio manager. Sebastien’s focus at QuickSteps and in his role as Ausdance SA’s treasurer is looking after the finances and implementing systems to ensure the smooth running of both organisations.
Dr Cathy Adamek – PRESIDENT
Trained from the age of 6 with Joanne Priest and Sheila Laing to Advanced RAD standard, tertiary training at NIDA and Webber-Douglas (London) in acting, Cathy is a performer, choreographer, director and creative producer working extensively across theatre, film, TV and radio. Her award-winning physical theatre and dance music works have toured nationally in major venues and festivals. Recent work highlights include: Second Woman for Adelaide Festival; Cargo (starring Martin Freeman); The Nightingale (Best Film AACTA awards), Australian Dance Theatre’s Be Yourself. She presents her work on electronic dance music culture and creative practice at national and international conferences, forums and discussion panels and is published in peer-reviewed journals and books. Peer Assessor for the Australia Council and board member for Ausdance National, she teaches at UniSA in Screen Writing and Professional Communication.
Robyn Callan - VICE PRESIDENT
Robyn Callan has been a performing arts educator and performer for over 43 years. She retired from the position of Education Officer at Adelaide Festival Centre where her responsibility was the delivery of educational programs and workshops partnered with artists and Festivals across all of the Arts.
She has been an active member of the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation and Vice-President of Ausdance SA since her retirement. Recently Robyn established the Ausdance SA Education Committee to focus on improving the arts and advocating for change through the curriculum. The Peace Rules Showcase was established in 2018 to give students a ‘voice’ in providing a more sustainable and peaceful future world through the arts.
Her passion and expertise for learning, planning and accessibility for all in the Arts has reinforced her work with students, teachers and colleagues. A legacy of this passion is that many of these students and colleagues are still in close contact and are working in and promoting the Arts industry.
Robyn believes that by having a ‘voice’ in the Arts and being an Arts activist can make a real difference to change the fabric of our future and make the world a better place.
Mary-Louise began dancing in Wellington, New Zealand. When her family moved to Adelaide she studied RAD with Sheila Laing Dance and later became one of the first SA students to study Year 12 Dance as a sixth subject, before enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Adelaide University. Mary-Louise also studied Philosophy, Law, and Education, receiving a Masters with a thesis in 1999 on the integration of technology and education. Dabbling in various Independent artist work and writing reviews for the Advertiser, she also taught privately, briefly at Norwood Ballet Centre and then with Terry Simpson Studios, for ten years whilst also working for Scotch College and then the Department for Education. Mary-Louise has been Head of the Arts for Charles Campbell College and Adelaide High, Deputy Principal for Birdwood HS and now Assistant Principal at CCC, she is a passionate advocate for high-quality education. Mary-Louise has worked in various roles for the SACE Board, OzAsia Reference Group, is a member of SASPA and Educators SA. She currently works for Charles Campbell College.
Jen Guest – SECRETARY
Jenni is Director of Smart Health Training and Services, a private allied health / medical centre which works strongly on the philosophy for a collaborative care model. Here, she runs the Smart Dancer program and Polestar Pilates Instructor Education. Jenni has combined her formative years as a Classical Ballet Student/Amateur performer with her academic years of pre and postgraduate Physiotherapy study resulting in a passionate focus on Dance Injury / Education and Prevention. As a long-standing member of The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Jenni remains up to date with the current research in Dance Medicine, treatment and preventative methodology.
Lana Adamuszek is a performer, actor, choreographer and teacher of dance and acting. Lana is also experienced in the acting/performance industry as an agent and performing arts school co-ordinator. She is CSTD trained in multiple dance genres, training and performing from four years of age. Since graduating in 2007 from The Adelaide College of the Arts with an Advanced Diploma in Acting, Lana has consistently been acting and directing in many stage productions and musicals in Adelaide. She has taken a break from performing and teaching since the birth of her first child in 2018 and decided to take part on the Ausdance board as a new challenge during her spare time to keep in touch with the dance world. She is now expecting her second child.
Tracey Bryans - TREASURER
Tracey, Ausdance SA’s treasurer is an experienced Business Director with Smart Health Training and Services who has a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Business and is highly skilled in finance and accounting, human resources, technology and equipment, and operations. Having had success in all career paths to date, Tracey has also embarked on a new career in Australia’s thriving style and image industry through studying at the Australian Style Institute. During her successful working career as a detail-oriented, efficient and organised contributor, she realised these attributes transfer seamlessly over to her interest in fashion styling. She enjoys freelancing in both in personal and home styling in her time away from her Business Director role. Tracey has a passion for the arts and continues to contribute by sharing her expertise, skill and experience. Tracey enjoys meeting new people and embracing change and constantly strives to be the best version of herself.