Held for the first time in Adelaide, the event brought together some of Australia’s best dancers, dance companies, and dance elders to present 13 Awards and to welcome two new members of the Hall of Fame.
The Australian Ballet’s Lucinda Dunn OAM was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her farewell performances inManon.
Waangenga Blanco of Bangarra was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer forPatyegarang.
Marilyn Jones OBE and Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM were formally inducted into the Hall of Fame for their distinguished contributions to dance. The Lifetime Achievement Award was made to Marilyn Rowe.
Performances on the night included Dancenorth, Melbourne City Ballet and a restaging of Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s early Australian Dance Theatre workCreation.
Also joining in were Queensland Ballet Principal Dancer Clare Morehen; Leigh Rowles, Kenneth Watkins, and Jasmine Mosely of The Australian Ballet; Kim Walker of NAISDA; Thomas Bradley from Sydney Dance Company; Jesse Rasmussen of The Tap Pack; David McMicken and Tim Newth from Tracks Dance Company of Darwin; Paige Gordon from Perth; and principal sponsor Guy Dagger, Managing Director of British Harlequin, who expressed his appreciation at the range of Australian talent on display.
Marilyn Rowe OBE
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance
STEPS Youth Dance Company for Fights & Flights
Services to Dance Education
Tanya Pearson OAM
Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre
Gravity & Other Myths for A Simple Space
Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media
Claire Marshall for Ward of State
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Narelle Benjamin for Hiding in Plain Sight
Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance
Tracks Dance Company for Milpirri (Jarda–Warnpa)
Services to Dance
Jeff Busby (photographer)
Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance
Torque Show and Michelle Ryan with Lavender vs Rose for Intimacy
Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer
Lucinda Dunn OAM for Manon [The Australian Ballet]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
Waangenga Blanco for Patyegarang [Bangarra Dance Theatre]
Outstanding Performance by a Company
Queensland Ballet for Romeo & Juliet
Hall of Fame
Marilyn Jones OBE
Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM