our vision is for all South Australians to embrace, experience and enjoy dance.



Ausdance SA…

>> 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-centered 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 Street, 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

Dance Directory

>> 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 Dance Hub SA, Mill and ADT have supportive programs for emerging choreographers.



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.


Born in Perth, Judy Swan (B.Ed., Grad Dip Arts Management, Masters of Management: Arts and Cultural Management, ARAD, Associate ISTD), has had extensive training and professional performance experience in classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz dance technique, including training at the Laban Centre, London.  She has recently completed her Masters of Arts and Cultural Management, and her teaching experience extends across primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, having also taught for a number of private dance studios.  She has initiated a number of programs on a state level that have promoted Dance in education and has mentored pre-service teachers and teachers new to Dance.  Judy has contributed to Dance curriculum development for many years through a range of roles with the SACE Board.  Her current full-time job is teaching Dance and managing the ‘GifT Dance program’ at Mitcham Girls High School

Committed to educating the ‘whole’ dancer, Judy enjoys sharing her lifelong passion for dance. She sees her role with Ausdance SA as an exciting opportunity to continue to contribute to the various dance sectors in South Australia.  If you see Judy, and you haven’t seen her for a while, she would rather you not ask, ‘Are you STILL teaching Dance?’


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 C.S.T.D 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 SA board as a new challenge during her spare time to keep in touch with the dance world. 


Rebecca has completed a number of professional development courses, training and tertiary studies in dance and fitness including the Ausdance Skill Set for Teaching Dance, The Groove Method facilitator trainings, Bokwa Fitness, C.S.T.D examinations in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) specialising in Drama and English at the University of South Australia.

Rebecca has been dancing for more than 30 years and began teaching dance at the age of 17. She has trained primarily with Jazz Company @ Fancy Foot Dance, The Dancers Studio and Flava Dance Studios in a wide variety of styles including jazz, funk, hip hop, contemporary, cabaret and musical theatre.

Rebecca has taught children as young as 2 years to mature adults in a variety of styles. She has worked in dance studios (The Dancer’s Studio, MTM Cheerleading, Hip Hop Bounce – Port Pirie) and in Middle / Secondary and Primary schools throughout South Australia as a freelance dance coach with Ausdance SA and her own company, Essential Arts. Rebecca previously worked with the Australian Sports Commission’s Active After Schools Community Program and with Netball SA teaching dance fitness sessions and performing and choreographing with the ANZ Net Set Go Dance program.

Rebecca is an educator and innovator in dance. She enjoys presenting workshops for teachers at educational conferences (ACHPER and The Australian Dance Festival) and offering professional development workshops in dance for school teachers.

Since 2018, Rebecca has worked as a school teacher in a middle and secondary setting with students from years 5-12. The is where Rebecca’s passion for entrepreneurship, innovative technology and creating pathways for cross-disciplinary teaching with the Arts flourished. Rebecca is committed to working with young people and helping students ‘think like artists’ by immersing themselves in the collaborative and creative processes of theatre-making. She encourages students to take risks and imagine new ways of entertaining and educating audiences through the arts.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination…Imagination encircles the world” – Albert Einstein.


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. 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.


Sebastien 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 National Representative is looking after the finances and implementing systems to ensure the smooth running of both organisations.



Sabrina Turtur - ORDINARY MEMBER