Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Young Australian of the Year
State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2009
Dan Daw became a well-respected professional dancer against all odds. Born with cerebral palsy, Dan has been involved with dance and movement since the age of two when his aunt opened the first ballet academy in his hometown of Whyalla. Since then Dan has worked in both the Australian and UK disability dance communities. In 2006, he was awarded a scholarship to further his skills by studying with the CandoCo Dance Company in London, a company leading the way in professional integrated dance working primarily with disabled performers. Daniel is currently a dancer and tutor with Restless Dance Company, South Australia’s eminent company for young dancers with and without a disability. Dan has performed in many major works, including collaboration with Australian Dance Theatre, and worked with FRONTLINE dance on their fifth anniversary tour. He is passionate about educating and demystifying the community about what it is like to live with a disability, and one of his goals is to develop ways that mainstream institutions can include disabled people in their study programs.
During his life Dan has taken on seemingly impossible odds and turned them into personal triumphs. His philosophy is to ‘reach for the stars and see what you can get.’