AusDance Awards 2017 Winners

Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company. Photo by Samara Clifford Photography

Winners Lists 2017 Australian Dance Awards

The 2017 Australian Dance Awards were presented on Sunday 24th September at Melbourne’s Arts Centre acknowledging a year of outstanding artistic achievement from dance companies, choreographers and dancers from around Australia.
Performers on stage included the The Australian Ballet, Stephanie Lake CompanyYellow WheelMurmuration, Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, Raw and Rugged Dance Crew, & Djirri Djirri Dance Group. 
Hosting this year’s awards are cabaret star Yana Alana and dance sensation and 2017 ADA-nominee Benjamin Hancock.

Samara Clifford Photography


Lifetime Achievement
Helen Herbertson

Services to Dance
Jennifer Irwin

Services to Dance Education
Kim Walker 

Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance
Liz Lea
with Canberra Dance Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Dance for Parkinson’s ACT and KAGE for Great Sport! 

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance
Catapult Dance The Flipside Project
for In Search of the Lost Things 

Samara Clifford Photography

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Lucy Guerin for The Dark Chorus  [Lucy Guerin Inc]

Outstanding Performance by a Company
Bangarra Dance Theatre
for OUR Land People Stories

Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance
Liesel Zink
for The Stance

Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer
Ako Kondo
for Coppélia [The Australian Ballet]

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
Benjamin Hancock
for The Dark Chorus [Lucy Guerin Inc]

Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre
Jack Chambers
for Singin’ in the Rain [TEG Dainty, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises & Michael Cassel Group]

Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media
The Samaya Wives
for The Knowledge Between Us

Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Recipient
Kristina Chan