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Who can I nominate?

You can nominate any professional choreographer, dancer, company, teacher or a person who has made a significant contribution to the art form through their designs or compositions for dance.

You can nominate professional performance that has premiered (or been remounted or recast) between 1 January and 31 December the previous year.

Is the performance eligible?

Check the eligible works list. (This list is compiled throughout the year by Ausdance staff and is intended simply to serve as a reminder. Sometimes a work or an artist slips through the system and does not make it onto this list. Please email the Nominations Coordinator if you think a work is missing.)

Before you nominate, please read the selection criteria for each award category.

How are the awards decided?

1. Public nominations

You nominate examples of the year's best professional dance. Anyone can nominate online or by emailing the Nominations Coordinator.

Our team makes sure all eligible work has a chance of being nominated. We contact Australia’s dance companies and independent artists, consult with the Ausdance network and advertise the nominations process.

We contact the people you nominate and collect their DVDs and reviews. We combine this with your nomination comments for the Awards selection panel to review.

2. The selection panel chooses their shortlist

The selection panel first considers the supporting comments received with each nomination. They also watch recorded versions of performances they have not seen.

Each panel member shortlists and rates their top four in each award category, giving:

  • 4 points for first place
  • 3 points for second place
  • 2 points for third place
  • 1 point for fourth place

3. The final shortlist and winners

We add up these points, and in each award category, the four nominees with the highest scores become this year’s Australian Dance Awards shortlist. The nominee with the highest score in each award category is the winner.

How do I get my work nominated?

Are you a professional dance company or independent dance artist?

Here are some ideas to help you get your work nominated for an Australian Dance Award.

  • Invite Australian Dance Awards panel members to your performances via the Nominations Coordinator
  • Invite your audience and your friends to nominate your work for the Australian Dance Awards (remember, the number of nominations is not important - it is the comment that accompanies the nomination that the panel considers)
  • Include the 'Australian Dance Awards – you can nominate!' invitation in your programs and on your website

Include this invitation in your programs and on your website:

Australian Dance Awards – you can nominate!

Were you excited or moved by the performance this evening? Did a particular dancer deliver a stunning performance?

You can nominate a choreographer, a dancer, a company or a piece of choreography for an Australian Dance Award. Nominate now while your memory is fresh! Visit the Australian Dance Awards website.

The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists.