Selection criteria

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    This award honours the achievements of an outstanding senior figure in the Australian dance community who has dedicated at least 40 years to dance as a performer, choreographer, advocate, educator, administrator or visionary.

    • The nominee’s body of work in dance should have clearly earned them national and/or international recognition.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked outside Australia.

    Services to Dance

    This award acknowledges outstanding service by professionals in a dance or dance-related field including, musical composition, lighting design, costume design, set design, photography, writing, administration, criticism, historical research, health and injury prevention etc.

    • The nominee’s body of work should have clearly earned them broad national or international recognition.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Services to Dance Education

    This award acknowledges an individual who has performed an outstanding service to dance education as a teacher in a studio, school, college or university; a mentor, advocate or researcher; a dance education specialist working with an organisation.

    • The nominee’s body of work should have earned them a national or international reputation.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where a part of their career may have taken place outside Australia.

    Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance

    This award honours an outstanding project produced by an individual or team working in youth OR community dance.

    • The project must have been produced in the eligible period.
    • Nominations for ‘body of work’ will not be accepted
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.
    • Nominations may include work produced in regional and remote communities.

    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography

    This award honours an outstanding achievement by an individual choreographer, or choreographic team, for a specific work.

    • Nominees may be from any field of dance and in any medium (stage, film, video).
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.
    • Work must have premiered in the eligible period (remounts or return seasons do not qualify.)

    Outstanding Performance by a Company

    This award acknowledges an outstanding performance by a company* for a specific work. *A 'company' must have a legal administrative structure and a board. If not, the group belongs in the Independent category.

    • Nominations may be from any dance style/genre
    • Nominations should be for excellence in production and performance rather than for choreography.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.
    • Nominees must have a legal administrative structure and a board.
    • Work must have been presented in the eligible period.

    Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance

    This award acknowledges an outstanding new work by an independent dance artist/s. (including, but not limited to, performance, choreography, movement direction, lighting design, sound design or score)

    • Work must have premiered in the eligible period (remounts or return seasons do not qualify.)
    • Nominations should be for excellence in performance, production and realisation rather than for choreography.
    • Nominations should be for work taking place outside a major dance company* (*a company has a legal administrative structure and a board)
    • Nominees may be project funded, but understood to be non-recipients of long-term funding.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

    This award acknowledges an outstanding performance by a female dancer in a particular work.

    • Nominations may be from any dance style/genre.
    • Nominations must be for a specific performance.
    • Nominations for ‘body of work’ or ‘years work’ will not be accepted
    • Nominees may work in a company or be an independent artist.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer

    This award acknowledges an outstanding performance by a male dancer in a particular work.

    • Nominations may be from any dance style/genre.
    • Nominations must be for a specific performance.
    • Nominations for ‘body of work’ or ‘years work’ will not be accepted
    • Nominees may work in a company or be an independent artist.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film/New Media

    For outstanding new dance across all digital platforms.

    • Work must have premiered in the eligible period.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre

    This award acknowledges an outstanding achievement in a TV production, live event, stage musical or cabaret show.

    • Competitive dance is NOT eligible
    • Nominees may work in a company or be an independent artist.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.
    • The performance must have been presented in the eligible period

    Hall of Fame

    The Hall of Fame was introduced by Keith Bain and the Australian Dance Awards committee in 1997, when the dance community lost three outstanding dance artists and educators. The aim was to ensure that the people who were responsible for major achievements within the Australian dance community were recognised and honoured publicly, and remembered by the publication of the citations. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is the highest honour bestowed by the Australian Dance Awards. The Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by the Australian Dance Awards Advisory Panel and an appointed dance historian/researcher in consultation with the Selection Panel.

    Inductees will have made a major and lasting contribution to the development and quality of dance in Australia. Inductees may still be living and continuing to contribute.
    Nominations for the Hall of Fame are NOT received from the general public.