Ausdance NSW Industry programs aim to support and connect the dance sector through increasing access to dance and space. This is part of our active advocacy in NSW, where through our partnerships and statewide projects, we provide leadership for a strong and unified voice for dance in Australia. We champion for all forms of dance, as we represent the interests of all dance artists. Our 3 industry programs include DAIR (Dance Artist in Residence), Create Space and Big Dance.


(Dance Artist In Residency)

DAIR (Dance Artist in Residence) program is a direct response to Ausdance’s goals; to champion, to support, to advocate, and to promote artists and the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces for dance artists for the development of new work and practice based research. DAIR aims to build on relationships and collaborations, creating opportunities for both artists and venue partners engaging the sector and building capacity in the research and creation of new work. 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 involves creative development, research, mentorship, rehearsal and remounting of work.


Create Space in a residency for dance artists with Disability, which was developed from our DAIR program, in partnership with Sydney Opera House and Form Dance Projects (western Sydney). Create space provides a platform for research, exploration in an artist’s dance practice, creation of new work.  Past recipients include Dean Walsh (2019) to develop his work, Eosystems.


Big Dance is the largest FREE special celebration of dance in the world and was held for the first time in Australia, on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on Sunday the 13th of July. 2000 dancers of all ages and abilities participated. Big Dance is Ausdance NSW’s platform for participatory dance that is large scale, site specific and artist/ community led. Big Dance combines the ritual of gathering in public en masse with dance as a unifying and highly visible practice of social and artistic cohesion. Big Dance is a successful program with a track record for delivering high quality, site specific dance. Big Dance reimagines what dance is in contemporary Australia, engages new audiences and commissions new choreographic works.


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


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

02 8076 9480

ABN 36 824 207 095