Ausdance NSW’s Dance Artist in Residence Program (DAIR) has offered space residencies at various partner venues for members of Ausdance NSW who are independent dance artists, collectives or companies since 2013. DAIR is a direct response to the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces to dance artists for the development of new work  and practice based research. DAIR involves creative development, research, mentorship, rehearsal and remounting of work.

DAIR 2021 continues with 8 active partners and 20+ weeks of residencies. DAIR is by application process and is assessed by an Independent panel, chaired by the Executive Director of Ausdance NSW.

Stay tuned for the applications for the next DAIR round. 

2020 remained a successful year for DAIR:

    • 12 funded residencies, 23 collaborators, 11 mentors, 8 venues and 3 online residencies.
    • Within 10 days of COVID-19 sparking a national lockdown, Ausdance NSW’s flagship program Dance Artists in Residence 2020 (DAIR) had shifted online with the enthusiastic support of the artists involved.
    • The online nature of 2020 sparked the creation of Making Space a filmic essay celebrating our 2020 Dance Artists in Residence produced in collaboration with Bam Studios.

Between 2014-2019 DAIR has achieved: 

    • DAIR (Dance Artist in Residence) – new work, performances, tours, critical acclaim, award winners and employment
    • 50+ residencies and the creation of new work
    • 150+ dancers and collaborators
    • Grown from 3 to 12 DAIR partners
      Thank you to our Venue Partners for your continued support of the DAIR program. Without you, none of this would be possible.
      • Australian College of Physical Education
      • Alstonville Dance Studio (Byron Hinterlands)
      • Art in Motion
      • Bankstown Arts Centre
      • Catapult (Newcastle)
      • Campbelltown Arts Centre
      • The McDonald College
      • NAISDA Dance College
      • ReadyMade Works
      • Royal Academy of Dance
      • The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

      We are pleased and privileged to be a program partner with Ausdance. Providing dance studio space for the DAIR program enriches our profile as a contributor to and supporter of the dance industry. As a partner, we develop strong relationships with professional dance artists which in turn offer opportunities for our students to engage directly with the artists and their community, learn about their practices and keep abreast of dance industry standards. Offering our facilities to host Ausdance-facilitated dance industry projects, conferences and forums contributes to widening our network, supports the strong integration of our community and fosters ACPE as a hub of tertiary dance education in NSW.

      Diane Grant, Head of Dance at ACPE.

      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

      Ausdance NSW
      10 Hickson Road, Level 3, Arts Exchange Buliding, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

      P: 02 9256 4800

      ABN 36 824 207 095

      Opening Hours

      9am-5pm Monday- Friday