Neil Pigot to host the Australian Dance Awards


With just ten days until The Australian Dance Awards, Ausdance is delighted to announce the evenings’ presenters and a very special finale performance choreographed by Jason Coleman.

 

Featuring 100 dancers, including Nick Geurts (season 3), Penny Higgs (season 2) and Laura Brougham (season 1) from the hit TV series So You Think You Can Dance Australia, the Awards gala evening will close with the very well known finale piece, One from A Chorus Line, the quintessential dancer’s musical.

 

The host of the 2010 Australian Dance Awards will be actor Neil Pigot. Presenting the awards will be many of the key figures in the Australian dance industry including Minister for Energy and Resources and the Arts, Peter Batchelor MP; Australian Ballet Artistic Director, David McAllister AM; Co-Artistic Directors of Tracks, Tim Newth and David McMicken; Force Majeure Artistic Director, Kate Champion; Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet, Robert Curran; West Australian Ballet Artistic Director, Ivan Cavallari; Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela; Expressions Dance Company Artistic Director, Natalie Weir; Lady Southey AC; Steven Heathcote AM; Lucy Guerin Inc Artistic Director, Lucy Guerin; Bangarra Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Stephen Page; performer Moira Finucane; Chair of the Dance Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, Chrissy Sharp; and director of Treading The Pathways, Marilyn Miller.

 

The brilliant musical comedy trio Tripod will present the award for ‘Outstanding Performance in a Stage Musical’ and then, in a change of tempo and mood, perform a moving a cappella cover of Paul Kelly’s 'Meet Me in the Middle of the Air' for the Vale section.

 

The Australian Dance Awards is a celebration of the excellence and variety of the Australian professional dance sector.

 

The industry’s night of nights will feature performances by some of Australia’s finest dance companies including The Australian Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Lucy Guerin Inc, Buzz Dance, Ludwig and the Northern Territory’s Tracks, who will bring eight young people from the Lajamanu community in the Tanami Desert to perform on this very special night. The Awards will be AUSLAN interpreted by co-presenter Anna Hruby.

 

If you love dance and live in Melbourne a ticket to the Australian Dance Awards is a must. It’s an unmissable opportunity to catch this year’s best dance performances all in one night. The Australian Dance Awards will take place at the Arts Centre, State Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 20 June.

 

Bookings: online at www.theartscentre.com.au, by phone on 1300 182 183 or in person at the Arts Centre Box Office.

 

Tickets start at $15 (for under 26s)

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