Martin Del Amo

Martin will be undertaking a one-week residency at ACPE in February to work on his solo, choreographic work, ‘Scary piece of work’. ⁠

Martin will use his DAIR to conduct research for his new full-length solo dance work. We look forward to seeing what Martin develops! ⁠

Thank you to ACPE for their continued support of the DAIR program⁠

Image Credit: Belle Dipalo⁠

Gabriela Green Olea

Gabriela will undertake a one-week residency at Bankstown Arts Centre in March to work on her development of CALLE, a dance research project that focuses on dance as protest, using current times in Santiago, Chile as its case study. The project asks, how can dance be political? How can the artistic value in dance as protest be foregrounded from a non-western perspective?

Thank you to Bankstown Arts Centre for their continued support of the DAIR program⁠.

Image Credi: Emma Harrison


Eliza Cooper

Eliza will be undertaking a one-week residency at ACPE in February to work on her recent work ‘Bat Lake’ a dance work celebrating the dark, theatrical world of bats. From pollination to echolocation, the work exposes their nocturnal escapades usually hidden in the shadows. Bat Lake transforms the performance space into the night sky as elegant beasts glide swiftly across a twilight stage. The work aims to bare these misunderstood creatures, bring their complex characters to life and reveal what lies beneath their mystique.

Bat Lake is directed by Eliza Cooper and choreographed in collaboration with dancers. The work features an original composition by Mason Peronchik, production design by Eliza Cooper and a short story by Maxine Carlisle.

Cast: Strickland Young, Allie Graham, Mitchell Christie, Maxine Carlisle, Cassidy McDermott Smith, Remy Rochester, Jasmin Lancaster, Emma Grill

Thank you to ACPE for their continued support of the DAIR program⁠

These workshops aim to enhance the practice of dance artists, educators and choreographers including composition, technique and dance by children. Guest artists provide insights and information that equip the artists and teachers to further their knowledge of the dance practice.  

Two courses are NESA approved and serve an important function as a platform for educators working within the Primary and Secondary sector, both specialist and non-specialist, to undertake Professional Learning workshops and networking opportunities. to generate income for Ausdance NSW through professional development for teachers. Ausdance NSW has also focused on supporting Artists though a digital medium in order to maximise access in 2020 and going forward. This aims to empower the teacher and student to create innovative tools beyond genre and age lines and advocate for dance in their schools, studios, and communities. All courses are open to teachers from across all stages and have been tailored to support syllabus learning outcomes.

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
  • Academy of Music and Performing Arts
  • 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. 

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