Wrapping up the National Dance Forum

Physical communication, learning from sport’s successes, and a focus on inclusion and diversity were highlights of NDF 2015.

Image: ECHO, choreographed by Huang Yi (Tasdance/ Dancenorth). Dancers Erynne Mulholland and Andrew Searle. Photo by Leigh Turner Bottlebrush Studios via ausdance.org.au.

Co-presented by the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National, the third National Dance Forum (held at Footscray Community Arts Centre from 19-21 March) was not focused on ‘policy or recommendations or point forms on butcher’s paper,’ said the event’s producer Kath Papas.

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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