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Keith Bain OAM

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As a teacher of dance and movement, Keith has influenced the lives of countless dancers, actors and artists in Australia.


With his great generosity, kindness and sense of humour, Keith has been both loved and respected in the dance and theatre communities of NSW and beyond. Originally a primary school teacher, Keith took his first modern dance class at the age of 27 at the Bodenwieser Dance Centre and in a short space of time he was a featured dancer in the company. After the death of Bodenwieser, Keith, with Margaret Chapple, took over the management of the studio and taught numerous styles of dance for many years.

Always passionate about quality teaching and learning, Keith founded the Australasian Teachers Contemporary Dance Association and the Society of Dance Artists before establishing the movement studies course at NIDA. He also pioneered similar courses with other theatre companies in Sydney. For decades, Keith has been an important and influential person in the life of Ausdance, the Australian Dance Awards, the Australia Council and the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

The 2018 Awards are grateful for the support of these sponsors and partners.

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