Despite announcing its closure four months ago, Ausdance National has confirmed it will continue operating after members rallied to keep the peak dance body alive and kicking.
In August, then president Gene Moyle had said the 42-year-old organisation – which is responsible for the Australian Dance Awards, the National Dance Forum and dance sector advocacy and education – could not continue to exist due to a tough funding environment and a lack of “sustainable financial support”. Ausdance National lost its federal government funding in 2016 amid sweeping cuts to the Australia Council.
However, last week Ausdance members – which include major performing arts companies The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Queensland Ballet – overwhelmingly voted in favour of the organisation continuing, said Paul Summers, who has been appointed president of an interim board while the organisation gets back on its feet.
“The previous board, after having lost funding some three years ago, searched far and wide to try and find ways of supporting their activity and they, in the end, felt there wasn’t any way forward other than to wind up the organisation,” said Mr Summers, who is an honorary life member, former national vice president and former Ausdance Victoria president.