Back from the brink: Ausdance National saved from closure

Despite heralding its own demise in August, advocacy body Ausdance National has been saved by its own members.

The members of Ausdance National – a peak body for the dance sector and a leader in arts advocacy – have fought back against plans to wind up the organisation.

A Special General Meeting held on 4 December saw members of the association reject plans for Ausdance National’s closure established by the previous board and the determination of a new direction for the association.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts