Newly named creative director to bring 'new era' to Tasdance

A new artistic director has been named for a renowned Tasmanian dance company.

Tasmanian-born dancer Adam Wheeler said he was excited to return to his home state from Victoria to take on the new role at Tasdance from August.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to be coming home to lead Tasdance in its next stage of creating great dance for Tasmania and beyond,” he said.

“Our vibrant approach to the development of dance making in Australia will make Tasdance a beacon for all dance makers to develop, practice and present their craft.”

The Launceston-based dance company is one of two regionally-based companies in Australia, and presents main-stage performances and a range of community and education engagement programs.

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Wheeler began his dance career in Launceston about 20 years ago, with his early influences including Stompin, the Launceston Dance Centre, and Tasdance.

He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has developed his dance practice nationally and internationally. He is considered a leader in the development of dance for youth and emerging artists.

Tasdance chair Peter Matthews said Adam was a part of an extraordinary Tasmanian dance heritage.

“Adam’s skills as a dance maker, director, and manager, reinforced by his native intelligence, enthusiasm and energy promises an exciting new era for Tasdance,” he said.

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