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 IDP grant assisted dance artists and practitioners across NSW, and provided professional development opportunities focussing on an aspect of their practice. Each year six recipients, spanning metro and regional NSW, took on mentorship and residencies to explore new mediums and deepen their knowledge. The recipients each year shared a total of $30,000, awarded by the NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin. The impact to these recipients is both tangible and intangible, with most practitioners establishing new global networks. Funding covered costs such as artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences, and documentation.

The recipients from 2017-2020 are celebrated dance artists from all over the state, residing from Metropolitan Sydney, Western Sydney to Regional New South Wales and they participated in mentorship and residencies to explore new mediums for research and development. The outcomes go beyond New South Wales borders and span the globe across three continents, with the impact to these recipients and the greater dance sector are both tangible and intangible, with practitioners establishing new global networks. Ausdance NSW Director Michelle Silby states; “we are thrilled to have been successful in initiating this opportunity for independent dance artists in NSW. This [IDP grant] aims to support peoples dance practice through small one-off grants that inspire and develop dance artists’ skills.”

Responding to the announcement of the inaugural six recipients of the IDP grant, Executive Director of Create NSW, Michael Brealey stated, “True to its vision, Create NSW, the NSW Government is working to build the skills of our diverse dance practitioners and to raise their profile and recognition here and overseas. I’m delighted that this initiative to innovate dance practices is helping such a variety of talented dance professionals around the state to stretch their limits and reach their goals.”

Ausdance NSW is very thankful for the support from Create NSW during the 4 years of the program. We hope to continue to help support artists reach their artistic goals, both overseas and here in Australia.


    Since 2016 the IDP grant program has facilitated:

    • NSW dance ived $90,000 in funding
    • Artists have travelled to 10 countriesartists have collectively rece
    • Worked in 5 Australian cities, in 4 states


    The IDP program currently successfully supports:

    • First Nations dance artists people living and/or working in Western Sydney
    • Regional NSW Artists people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • CaLD people with disability
    • Young people
    • Early career; mid career; and established artists
    • Senior Artists


    • program of activity that develops your professional practice
    • secondment with an organisation
    • mentorship with an individual
    • residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice.
    • Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000.

    To read the ‘Innovating Dance Practice Quadrennial Report 2017-2020 click here.


    Congratulations to our past recipients of the IDP Grant:

    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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