Curtain falls on national dance advocacy body

The decision to fold was made ahead of the opening of the 2019 National Dance Forum this week in Darwin, that brings together dancers, researchers, writers, directors, producers, advocates and educators in professional dance practice.

The theme of this year’s forum, presented by Ausdance National in partnership with Tracks Dance Company, is Home – dance of place, disruption and belonging.

Ausdance National was one of a number of arts organisations that lost operational funding in 2016 following the raid on the Australia Council for the Arts by the former arts minister, Senator George Brandis. Its board restructured and trimmed operations, and repositioned the association while pursuing alternate revenue streams.

Unfortunately, this was not enough to sustain operations into the future, the body’s president Professor Gene Moyle said.

Professor Moyle, associate dean of creative practices at the Queensland University of Technology, said the dance sector did not have the capacity to fund its own advocacy body.

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