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 who have collaborated with the dance sector over a sustained period (at least 20 years) in a dance-related field including (but not limited to) musical composition, lighting or costume or 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 they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance

    This award honours an outstanding project with a performance outcome produced by an individual, team or company working with young people (up to 26 years).

    • The project must have been produced in the eligible period and performed by young non-professional dancers.
    • 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.
    • Performances by tertiary dance students, dance school concerts and eisteddfod groups are not eligible.

    Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance

    This award honours an outstanding community-based project with a performance outcome produced by an individual or team.

    • The project must have been produced in the eligible period and performed by non-professional dancers.
    • Nominations for ‘body of work’ will not be accepted
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.
    • Projects should involve community members and 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. This award is for innovative, excellent or exceptional composition and choreography.

    • Work must have premiered in the eligible period (remounts or return seasons do not qualify.)
    • 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.

    Outstanding Performance by a Company

    This award acknowledges an outstanding performance by a company (i.e.must have a legal structure and a board) for a specific work. Nominees may NOT be independent or freelance artists.

    • Nominations should be for excellence in performance and production rather than for choreographic excellence or innovation.
    • Nominations may be from any dance style or genre.
    • Nominees should be recognised as Australian even where they have worked extensively outside Australia.

    Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance

    This award acknowledges an outstanding achievement by an independent dance artist or artists in a particular work (including, but not limited to, performance, production, 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 all aspects of performance, production and realisation rather than specifically for choreography.
    • Nominations should be for work taking place outside a dance company structure.
    • 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 Male Dancer

    This award acknowledges an outstanding performance by a male dancer in a particular work presented in the eligible period.

    • 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 Female Dancer

    This award acknowledges an outstanding performance by a female dancer in a particular work presented in the eligible period.

    • 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 or New Media

    For outstanding new dance across all digital platforms—film, video and all new media. This award is for innovation, excellent or exceptional production and realisation.

    • 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, Musicals or Physical 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.