The Australian Institute of Classical Dance runs several events each year in most states of Australia. These may include Ballet Awards, Workshops and Masterclasses.
The Australian Institute of Classical Dance also runs special events including:
The Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship
The New Zealand School of Dance Scholarship (biennial)
National Awards (biennial)
Dance Creation; for emerging choreographers
Central Queensland Ballet Awards
Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship
The Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship is run in conjunction with the AICD Inc. and the Houston Ballet Academy annually. The recipient of this award is offered return flights, accommodation, meals and tuition to attend the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. This scholarship has been offered from the Institute and the Houston Ballet Academy since 2010.
Previous recipients include: Harley Campbell (2010); danced with Houston Ballet II and now dancing with Queensland Ballet, Laura Jones (2011); now dancing with Royal New Zealand Ballet, Jessica Brown (2012); studied at Houston Ballet Academy fulltime course, Sara Andrlon (2013); presently at the Australian Ballet School and Caleb Durbin (2013); presently dancing with the Houston Ballet Company, Jasmin Forner (2014); studied fulltime at Houston Ballet Academy, Kalea Teixera (2015), Gabriel Sinclair (Jahnke) (2016), now with Royal Swedish Ballet and Pearl Arrowsmith (2017), now with Houston Ballet Academy. Winner of the 2018 Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship was Chloe Reynolds and in 2019 the recipient was Josie Byrnes.
The adjudicators in 2019 were AICD Founder; Marilyn Jones O.B.E. and Daryl Brandwood; former dancer with the Australian Ballet, WA Ballet and Australian Dance Theatre.
The AICD acknowledges and is very grateful for the support of the Houston Ballet Academy and the Artistic Director; Stanton Welch A.M.
Houston Ballet Scholarship 2016
New Zealand Scholarship winner 2019 - Lucinda Mann
New Zealand School of Dance Scholarship
The AICD via the Victorian Committee run a biennial event which provides a scholarship for an outstanding participant. The scholarship consists of two weeks training at the New Zealand School of Dance; compliments of the NZSD, with airfares, accommodation and meals supplied by the AICD.
The most recent recipient (2019), was Lucinda Mann from the Victorian College of the Arts – Secondary School, she managed to spend two weeks training at the New Zealand School of Dance in March of 2020, arriving back into Australia only two weeks before both countries went into lockdown.
Unfortunately, due to continued restrictions and border closures, the scheduled 2021 event has been postponed to 2022/23.
The AICD acknowledges and is very grateful for the support of the New Zealand School of Dance and Artistic Director; Garry Trinder M.N.Z.M.
National Ballet Award
The AICD runs a prestigious International Ballet Award, open to students from within Australia and from other countries. This award is offered to the recipients to assist them with further training and/or aid with travel expenses that may be incurred in seeking further training. The International Ballet Awards have been run on a biennial basis since its inception in 2001 and the inaugural winner was Yuki Yashima; who is now dancing with Nashville Ballet, 2nd
“Hailed as Australia’s answer to the Prix de Lausanne, the prestigious ballet competition held each year in Switzerland, former AICD winners including Satoko Konishi (second place 2009 and now dancing with the Houston Ballet) have gone on to international ballet careers”.
– Michelle Dursun, Dance Australia
Claudio Munoz giving class at AICD International Awards
Dance Creation 2014 - XXHume #2, Lina Limosani. Photo credit: Ron Fung Photos.
Dance Creation was established by the Institute in 1996. Originally presented as a biennial competition, it was designed to nurture a new generation of choreographers by providing them with some financial assistance to develop their craft.
Dance Creation is a sub-branch of the AICD and operates with its own committee and sub-committees. The ‘Dance Creation’ name is registered with the Australian Registry of Business and it is on the Registry of Cultural Organisations (ROCO), allowing for all donations to be tax-deductible.
The format has grown and evolved many times since its inception, allowing for changes in dance styles as well as public perception of the art form.
Central Queensland Ballet Awards
The Australian Institute of Classical Dance is introducing the AICD Central Queensland Classical Ballet Championship Awards to be held in Biloela, Queensland in 2022.