DAIR 2019



  • 20 artist residencies
  • 19 weeks of space in kind
  • 14 choreographers
  • 44 collaborators
  • 7 venue partners: 2 regional, 3 Western Sydney, 2 Metropolitan
  • 722 hours of rehearsal space
  • Amounting to an investment of $38,000


      • Residency space at host venue
      • Pre-residency planning support from Ausdance NSW
      • Administrative support from Ausdance NSW for the showing of work during residency (if required)
      • Promotion of artist/residency through Ausdance NSW e-news and social media
      • A studio visit from Ausdance NSW during the residency

Our DAIR 2018-2018 Triennial Report is now available online, to read about each artist in detail and their achievement you can read our report here

ausdance nsw would like to thank our dair 2019 venue partners


ACPE is Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the related disciplines of sport, dance, and physical education. As an independent tertiary institution located in the centre of Sydney’s internationally renowned Olympic Park, ACPE attracts individuals from around Australia and the world who which to launch or further their careers in the sports sector and its related professions. ACPE offers both a Bachelor of Dance Education and Bachelor of Dance Practice.



Ausdance is pleased to announce our new regional partner Alstonville Studio, located a 40min drive from Byron Bay. Director of Alstonville Studio Suzanne Whiteman has been dancing since she could walk and has had a long career in all styles of dance as a performer, teacher, choreographer, examiner and adjudicator in Australia Asia and the South Pacific. The Alstonville studio has been in operation for over thirty years and has genres, who are now working as professionals all over the world.

Alstonville Dance Studio is an integrated inclusive space in the Northern Rivers of NSW in the hinterland of the Ballina Shire and has hosted dance examinations, master classes and workshops. It is also the home to a community group known as the Little Dragons, a dance, drama and creative arts group for people living with and without disabilities. The Studio is in the original Presbyterian Church premises and has two spaces within the old church known as the “Temple” and the Church Hall “Studio” as well as a large garden space. 

Suzanne is offering the “Studio” space for this DAIR project which features a wooden floor, barres and mirrors, sound system, with an equipped kitchen and outdoor seating area. Artists can stay in the space with overnight accommodation available. Local shops and public transport are within walking distance of the studio. The Northern Rivers is one of NSWs creative hubs and Suzanne collaborates with local artists and community groups, she is open to helping you with your residency and assisting you with your plans. 

Practicing integrated artists are encouraged to apply for this residency.

Art In Motion - Imagine Residency<br />

Art In Motion is located in rural NSW Australia, in the Great Lakes District, 3.5 hours drive North of Sydney where the recipient will stay in the “Imagine” retreat to have time to themselves to research and discover their artist practice. Facing the spectacular views of the lake this is a space to feel free enough to focus on whatever project you aspire to as an artist. There is an outdoor stage that is available all hours (early morning and late afternoon are good for weather considerations) and a shed studio which is suitable for early mornings and afternoons in the summer.
This residency places focus on the process rather than the outcome, and invites mid or established career stage artists to apply and is suited to those wanted to create a multi-artform / experimental / research project.



Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities through the creation of new curatorial situations and challenging streams of practice. Contemporary artists are at the forefront of Campbelltown Arts Centre’s programming and through consultation with communities, we deliver a program that profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices. Campbelltown Arts Centre is a cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council and located on Tharawal land. Campbelltown Arts Centre is assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, and receives support from the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation.





Ausdance is proud to announce a new partnership with The McDonald College. Established in 1984 and now with over 30 years of excellence in performance, The McDonald College is committed to the academic and performing arts development of Australia’s youth. Their programs include acting, ballet, dance, music and musical theatre. Within the Dance programs, students study many styles to help develop their skills in a variety of dance forms:  Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. The Dance Department employs ex-professional and working professional dancers/teachers who have a wealth of experience and reputation in the entertainment industry. Their combined expertise and knowledge aims to develop intelligent, knowledgeable, skilled and artistic performers who are versatile in many dance genres. The McDonald College recently announced the Senior Contemporary Dance Program with Sydney Dance Company, commencing 2019.



NAISDA Dance College is Australia’s premier Indigenous training college with a proud tradition of producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers since 1976. NAISDA Dance College offers professional expertise and word class training facilities to deliver accredited training programs that are rich in cultural learning and practice.  Located on Darkinjung land just north of Sydney, they provide a creative learning space designed to inspire and equip Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people for the future.   Their dance performance program is delivered by qualified trainers comprised of former principal dancers, respected choreographers and cultural tutors from diverse Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.



ReadyMade Works Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that provides programming and studio space support for the independent dance community in Sydney and is a multi-purpose rehearsal studio suitable for the performing arts with a focus on the independent dance and its development. The ReadyMade Studio in Ultimo has been made possible through the generous support of City of Sydney & Create NSW.


This residency places focus on the process rather than the outcome, and invites mid or established career stage artists to apply and is suited to those wanted to create a multi-artform / experimental / research project.




With over 14,000 members’ spread across 84 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. The Academy’s patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II. RAD Membership supports the advancement of dance and includes professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.



Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

Contact Info

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02 9256 4800

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