History

Founded in 2000 by the then Parramatta Riverside Theatres and Ausdance NSW as an outreach program of the NSW Ministry for the Arts Western Sydney Arts Strategy, Western Sydney Dance Action (now FORM Dance Projects) became an incorporated association in 2004 following many successes in developing dance practices and initiatives in Western Sydney.

The inaugural Dance Bites seasons, established in 2003, has served to provide local and regional artists with the support to present their work in Western Sydney at Riverside, Parramatta. The development of this program has supported artists such as Kay Armstrong, Rakini Devi, Shaun Parker, Frances Rings, Narelle Benjamin, Martin del Amo, Anton, Tammi Gissell, Dean Walsh, Tess de Quincey, Annalouise Paul, Liz Lea, fLiNG Physical Theatre, Tasdance and Sydney’s then youth dance company, youMove.

Since its inception, FORM Dance Projects has established vital relationships with other Western Sydney Arts venues such as Riverside Parramatta, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Powerhouse Youth Theatre. The organisation has co-produced many artistic developments and residencies, productions and education programs such as the Westbound Work Experience Program, Choreographic Workshop, Puncture Project and the inaugural annual season of Fast+Fresh Dance. These partnerships, some of which continue to flourish, have played an important role in the development of dance and audiences, as well as providing fundamental support for artists in Western Sydney.

In 2011, after 10 years of growth and with an accelerating artistic program Western Sydney Dance Action emerged as a professional and sustainable arts organisation, under the name, FORM Dance Projects. The three successive directors, Kathy Baykitch, Olivia Ansell and Annette McLernon, in collaboration with the Board, have contributed to the ongoing development and success of the organisation.