2016 Australian Dance Awards

The Awards recognise the significant achievements of Australian artists across a range of dance practices.

2016 Australian Dance Awards


There were 10 major awards handed out on Sunday night in categories ranging from youth and community to film and new media. There were also awards in the special categories of Lifetime Achievement, Services to Dance and Services to Dance Education.

The Services to Dance Award went to the late Roy David Page for his many talents across multiple genres and art forms, and particularly for his prolific output of memorable and exceptional compositions for Bangarra Dance Theatre.

The Outstanding Performance by a Company Award went to Bangarra’sLore. The work was described as ‘(an) uplifting, intense and beautiful double bill, incorporating myriad choreographic styles performed by an ensemble of versatile and superb dancers.’

The Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer Award went to Bangarra’s Elma Kris forLore. Elma was praised for her ‘charismatic and stand-out performance in a pivotal role that showed great wisdom, skill and an ability to connect with an audience through her commanding and magnificent storytelling.’

Sydney Dance Company’s David Mack received the Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer Award for his work inFrame of Mind. He was praised for a ‘mesmerising and sensational performance, demonstrating exceptional technique and clarity of line, along with extraordinary focus, strength and fluidity.’

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Terri Charlesworth OAM for her initiative, dedication, generosity and passion in the field of dance. She joined the West Australian Ballet for its inaugural 1953 season and has worked with The Australian Ballet School. Terri co-founded and directed the Graduate College of Dance—the first three-year tertiary dance course in Western Australia – and founded Western Australia’s first professional contemporary dance company Kinetikos (1978), and is the founding Artistic Director of Youth Ballet WA (2004).

AMPAG would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and the shortlisted nominees.

The full list of winners and nominees can be seen here: Australian Dance Awards


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