The Innovating Dance Practice Grant (IDP) is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice. Funds are made available through devolved funding from Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The grant assists dance artists and practitioners across NSW to providing professional development opportunities that enable them to develop their professional practice. Six recipients, spanning metro and regional NSW take on mentorships and residencies to explore new mediums and deepen their knowledge. Congratulations to the 2016 IDP Grant Recipients – Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Ryuichi Fujimura, Sarah Houbolt, Patrick Lartey, Lewis Major and Carl Sciberras.

​Carl Sciberras

Carl will travel to Malta to be mentored by Francesca Tranter, Artistic Director of Contact Dance Company where he will participate in her curated summer program ‘Dance Hybrid Malta’. Carl will participate in workshops, conduct research with folk and contemporary dancers and develop work with artists.


Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal 

Jade will develop her capabilities in teaching dance technique and directing solo and ensemble choreographic process from an embodied anatomy and kinesiology perspective. Jade will complete an online course from the NYC Breathing Project, engage community dancers with free sharing and evolve her choreographic practice during freelance commissions and inter-arts projects.


 Lewis Major

 Lewis will embark on an intensive period of professional development through a one on one mentorship with acclaimed NSW choreographer and artistic director Shaun Parker to develop his choreographic and dramaturgical skills as a dance maker.


Lucky Lartey

Lucky is a Sydney based dancer and choreographer originally from Ghana, West Africa. Patrick will travel to Ankata in BoBo Burkina Faso West Africa to complete a four week dance residency with Serge Aime Coulibaly and the Faso Dance Theatre. 


Ryuichi Fujimura

Ryuichi will undertake a mentorship with Dance Artist and Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner Alice Cummins in Melbourne. They will explore somatic and perceptual techniques to generate original ways of moving, refine technique and develop sensitivity to the relational field.


Sarah Houbolt


 Sarah will undertake an exploration project, supported by Sydney Dance Company. She will explore her partial sight in relation to dance, with particular focus on researching new ways of stacking the senses, new methodologies, and technologies.






Ausdance NSW is supported by the
NSW Government through Create NSW