About ADV

How ADV is different!

Australian Dance Vision was founded by Sydney dance teacher Penny Lancaster who, in conjunction with other dance teachers and assessors, felt the need for a comprehensive assessment program which was Australian owned and developed plus allowed students to progress at their own pace.

ADV founders created a "vision" in a new approach to assessing young dancers, hence ADV has become a unique Australian dance society and syllabus organisation.

ADV addresses the dancer as a complete person and along with the fundamentals of Classical, Tap, Contemporary and Jazz technique, young dancers are taught elements of body science, nutrition and personal awareness as well as dance history, musicality and are encouraged to improvise and choreograph. The students are assessed in a non-threatening environment. Dance teachers welcome this approach as the student progresses at her/his own rate and in keeping with their physical, emotional and cognitive development. ADV listens to teachers and encourages their input into improvements of both syllabuses and assessment processes. ADV provides support through professional development workshops and our newsletter To The Pointe.

All income generated remains in Australia and creates employment. We aim to assist, not just potential dancers, but creative individuals, choreographers, teachers, dance administrators and articulate, intelligent dance audience members.

The People Behind ADV

Director of Syllabus Development

Penny Lancaster

National ADV Coordinator

Emma Williamson

Technical Assessors
Currently 20+ technical assessors all suitably qualified and dance oriented meet ADV's stringent guidelines for field assessments.

Vicki Attard former Principal The Australian Ballet

Vicki firstly became aware of ADV through a dance colleague at The Australian Ballet who had become a teacher of The Australian Dance Vision syllabus. She felt an immediate connection to the core values of promoting a well-rounded dancer and person through the incorporation of body science, safe dance and nutrition from a young age, supplemented by the importance of dance history and choreography.

Technical support

ADV gratefully acknowledges support from Microsoft®, FileMaker® and the Lancaster familiy in provision of platforms, customisations and software licenses deployed by ADV to sevice all teachers, students, schools and other organisations served by ADV, since inception in 1990, in technical support  and evolution of dance education in all forms.