Ausdance National closes

Dance advocacy body Ausdance National has announced its closure after an unsuccessful search for alternative funding to compensate for the loss of federal funding in 2016. Ausdance was one of the bodies to lose operational funding when the then Minister for the Arts, Senator Brandis, reduced funding to the Australia Council for the Arts. Ausdance’s state-based networks will continue in ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and WA. Calling on State Governments to continue their support for Ausdance, National President Gene Moyle said, “With the demise of Ausdance National, the state-based organisations become even more essential to the health of the Australian dance sector.”