Adam Wheeler is a Tasmanian born dance artist based in Melbourne. He began dancing with Stompin and Launceston Dance Centre before relocating to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Adam’s passion is in the development of youth and emerging dance practice. The future of a strong and vibrant Australian contemporary arts landscape is in our next generation of dance makers and thinkers. Throughout the last 15 years he has founded Yellow Wheel, Victoria’s premier pre-professional dance company and is an Artistic Associate of Stompin. Adam has also created and produced dance works with companies such as Chunky Move, Tasdance, 2NDTOE , Yellow Wheel , Stompin, Steps, QL2 and Fling Physical Theatre.
Adam’s relationship with Chunky Move began as a dancer from 2004-2009. Highlights have been touring across Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand in I Want To Dance Better at Parties. He has been a teacher for the company since 2009 and 2011 he made It Sounds Silly, commissioned as part of Chunky Move’s Next Move program. It was later remounted in 2014 in conjunction with Frankston Arts centre. Adam is also the curator of the Chunky Move Easter Intensive.
In 2007 Adam created 2NDTOE, which he now Co-Directs with Frankie Snowdon. The Collective have made three major works together, Something Blew, Family & The Lost Dance Project as well as a number of works in schools for St Michael’s Grammar and Penleigh and Essendon Grammar. 2NDTOE run an annual program called Alice Can Dance, where they work with up to 200 school students from Alice Springs. Their work has seen the members of 2NDTOE work all over the country from the Sunshine Coast to Alice Springs.
Other career highlights include performing in Opera Australia’s The Ring Cycle (2013), The Australian Ballet’s Out There Project, Festival Directing Short+Sweet Dance Melbourne/Sydney and The Australian Youth Dance Festival and developing a Contemporary System of Training for The Australian Teachers of Dancing, which is now taught all over Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Photo by Pip Samaya, 2016 Chunky Move Easter Intensive