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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 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


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.

Events Calender

>> Keep up to date with all upcoming Events with in South Australia


>> 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.