How are the awards decided?
1. Public nominations
You can nominate examples of the year's best professional dance. Anyone can nominate online, and artists and companies may also self nominate except in the Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement, Education & Services categories.
Our team makes sure all eligible work has a chance of being nominated by advertising the nominations process as widely as possible throughout the industry.
When you nominate you will be asked to provide reasons for your nomination, and, if self-nominating, links to the work, photographs, photo credits etc. There will be a small charge for each nomination: $25 for individuals nominating, $60 for funded companies.
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.