About the Australian Dancing Society

The Australian Dancing Society is a national organisation founded in 1942 by Mickey Powell providing a democratic national structure for the service of DanceSport in Australia. Many of the prominent names in dancing today started with Mickey Powell whose headquarters at 79 Bourke Street Melbourne became the meeting place. Mickey was an entrepreneur and introduced many initiatives for the improvement and growth of dancing in Australia. Mickey’s desire to foster and encourage Australians to develop a uniquely Australian style – and to lift the profile of Australian dancers. The first team travelled to England by sea in 1948. Alf Davies and Julie Reaby were members of that team. They went on of course to become World Champions. They remain the only Australians to have won the British Professional Modern Championship (twice). Mickey encouraged them never to lose their Australian style. His devotion and encouragement really set an agenda for the future and the development of the Australian Dancing Society.

The ADS is a "not for profit" organisation that "stands alone", providing comprehensive service at all levels and facets of the sport of dance.

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Bereavement Notice.

RIP - Penny De Kauwe

It is with a very heavy heart and wonderful memories of such a true lady of dance, that we pay tribute to the ever beautiful, caring, genuine, classy, special lady, Penny De Kauwe.
She will remain in our hearts forever, and we send much love and prayers to her husband David and their wonderful family that she loved and adored so very much.

Rest In Peace Penny, we will all miss you dearly.