sorry jhanner - i have quite a comprehensive sort of brain/approach...i usually begin at the beginning, and go on until i get to the end...by which time of course no-one is listening, but i figure that's THEIR problem!
so i'm afraid i still don't know what to tell you.
bruce is right (of course): ausdance (the australian dance council) is the umbrella organisation for dance here - that doesn't mean it represents ANYone, necessarily...just that they are a good first source of basic information.
the site bruce suggested has links to most australian dance companies. it has lots of other interesting stuff too, and the helpful skeleton staff there would answer any specific queries you may have later, i.e. maybe when you get here,...
caitlyn is correct - there is an intercity rivalry between melbourne and sydney - you will be the kind of person who belongs in one place or the other...or neither(!) http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/Images/happy.gif"> maybe...it's one of those things that's hard to explain, but crystal clear once you've lived in either place (or both, as i have). i'm a sydney person, despite growing up in melbourne.
in a nutshell, YES we DO have ballet here (sorry - sarcasm is the lowest form of wit...), and other dance too. and NO, we don't do it upside down...
really, i'm a VERY serious person...anyway, AB is the equivalent of your RB or BRB (but smaller than either) - and by 'equivalent' i don't mean "the same as", or "as good as", because it's different - but it's a useful comparison to draw.
Sydney dance company MIGHT be likened to AMP, perhaps. both cities also have more contemporary dance groups - small ones, like, say, the kind of groups you'd see at the place or riverside.
queensland and western australia have small ballet companies of a standard equivalent to small good european companies (maybe, like london city ballet when it existed, but better...shall we say).
these companies necessarily have to cater to the modern/contemporary ballet market as well - they don't USUALLY attempt to do any kind of swan lake, with less than 20 dancers! again, both these states, and the states remaining, each have 'real' contemporary dance groups - again these are small.
are you looking from the point of view of an audience member, wondering what you might see? or as a dancer, wondering where to audition? or as a teacher wondering where to get work?...(you see how i DO go on....)
there is one national dance magazine, dance australia (which i happen to write for) - you can buy it at dance books in cecil court and check things out for yourself! (p.s. they're AUSTRALIANS in dancebooks, too! - very nice people, those australians!)
there is not much newspaper coverage of dance. on TV we get about the same amount as you get: we get english programs a bit after you, and american programs a bit before you, then of course, australian programs in between...i'm talking DANCE on TV here.
the weather is heaps better than england, the cost of living is much cheaper, the people are friendlier, the pace is more human, the air is cleaner, and we really DO go to the beach any day after work (in the summer at least)... -BUT, the catch, if you are used to buying cheap seats like standing room: forget it!
australian theatres aren't allowed to sell standing room, due to fire regulations, so attending a performance in a major theatre here actually costs MORE (gasp!) than buying a cheap seat at the ROH.
oz ballet site: /
whatever ELSE you want to know, please ask...it's a great place, and we like to help people! :-D