2015 Australian Dance Awards shortlist announced

Bangarra_Patyegarang_photo by Jess BialekRecognising professional dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to dance in Australia, the Australian Dance Awards have announced their shortlist of nominees, ahead of the Awards Ceremony in September. Congratulations to all nominees!

Services to Dance
Jeff Busby
Phillippe Charluet
Nicolette Fraillon
Jennifer Irwin

Services to Dance Education
Tanya Pearson
Lee Pemberton
Leigh Rowles
Kim Walker

Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance
DADAA WA for Tracksuit
Happy Feat for Special Olympic Asia Pacific Games
Stompin for My Heart is a Hall
Tracks Dance Company for Milpirri (Jarda–Warnpa)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance
QL2 Dance for Boundless
Restless Dance Theatre for SALT
STEPS Youth Dance Company for Fights & Flights
Yellowwheel for I Came Here to Dance Once

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Narelle Benjamin for Hiding in Plain Sight
Anouk van Dijk for Complexity of Belonging (Chunky Move)
Stephen Page for Patyegarang (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
Garry Stewart for Multiverse (Australian Dance Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by a Company
The Australian Ballet for Chroma
Bangarra Dance Theatre for Patyegarang
Chunky Move for Complexity of Belonging
Queensland Ballet for Romeo & Juliet

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance
James Batchelor for Island
Lina Limosani for A Delicate Situation
Rachel Ogle for Precipice
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)
Amber Haines for Proximity (Australian Dance Theatre)
Lauren Langlois for Keep Everything (Chunky Move)
Brooke Widdison-Jacobs for Giselle (West Australian Ballet)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
Waangenga Blanco for Patyegarang (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
Thomas Bradley for Interplay (Sydney Dance Company)
Daniel Gaudiello for Cinderella (The Australian Ballet)
Andre Santos for La Fille Mal Gardee (West Australian Ballet)

Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre
Michael Dameski for So You Think You Can Dance 2014
Gravity & Other Myths for A Simple Space
The Company for The Tap Pack

Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media
Phillippe Charluet & Graeme Murphy for Graeme Murphy’s Heritage Collection
Sue Healey for The Golds
Claire Marshall for Ward of State
Thomas Pollard & Nathan Smith for Knock
Kim Vincs for The Crack Up

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced shortly!

The 2015 Australian Dance Awards will be presented at Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday 12 September. Tickets on sale soon through BASS outlets and online. For more information, visit: www.australiandanceawards.net.au for details.

Image: Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Patyegarang – photo by Jess Bialek