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WA represented at National Forum on Australian dance

14 Mar 2013

Western Australia will be represented by a strong contingent of dancers at a national dance forum being held in Melbourne this week in conjunction with the Dance Massive festival.

Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) Director General Allanah Lucas said the 2013 National Dance Forum included representation from across the Australian dance sector, including choreographers, dancers, independent artists, artistic directors, educators, researchers and dance producers.

“The State Government, through DCA has provided $11,169 to 11 established and emerging dancers to assist them to attend the three-day conference,” Ms Lucas said.

Ms Lucas said the National Dance Forum 2013 aimed to gain a national perspective on Australian dance practice through the forum’s debates and discussions as well as associated performances, showings, workshops and classes.

“This forum will build on the work of the inaugural event in 2011, fostering the artistic development of Australian dance,” she said.

“The forum will foster robust debate, including encouraging the surprising and provocative.

“The dance artists from WA will benefit from the professional development opportunities offered by the forum plus provide their creative skills and ideas to the debate about the future of contemporary dance in Australia.”

National Dance Forum 2013 is a project of Ausdance and the Dance Board of the Australian Council for the Arts. It will be presented at the Footscray Community Arts Centre from Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17, 2013.