2018 Recipients


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 grant assists dance artists and practitioners across NSW to providing professional development opportunities that enable them to develop their professional practice. Six recipients, spanning metro and regional NSW take on mentorships and residencies to explore new mediums and deepen their knowledge. Congratulations to the 2019 IDP Grant Recipients – Callum Mooney, Elizabeth Thomson, Jo Clancy, Kayah Guenther, Kimberley McIntyre, and Timothy Ohl.


Callum began dancing from the age of 6 years old and trained in Jazz, Tap and Ballet. At the age of 15 he began training in Hip Hop styles with some of Sydney’s top choreographers at Urban Dance Centre and was involved in their crew. In 2014, I moved to London and began training and teaching at studios such as Studio 68 and Pineapple studios, as well as London Contemporary and Greenwich Dance. 2015 he began working with the Dream Dance Company on their works ‘The Secret Society’ (2016) and ‘Enter the Vortex’ (2017) which toured Australia. In 2016 he completed a Diploma in Film and Interactive Media, where I studied film editing and animation which he applies to his dance works. In August 2018, Callum began working on his first solo work, supported by the Ausdance NSW DAIR program titled ‘Struggling Artist.’



Congratulations to the 2019 IDP Grant Recipient Jo Clancy. Jo will be travelling to West Vancouver, BC Canada where she has been invited by Dancers of Damelahamid to participate and have cultural exchange at their Coastal First Nations Dance Festival in February-March 2019. The Dancers of Damelahamid produce the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America.

Jo is an Aboriginal dancer, teachers and cultural mentor and has been an independent dancer for 25 years. She makes dance with and for her community, for their young people and as a legacy for the continuation of NSW Aboriginal dance and storytelling. Her practice draws upon her culture, her connection to people and her connection to place. Jo has developed a dance collective ‘Wagana,’ which has a strong youth focus and they approach cultural dance with humility and respect and recognize that they are the future cultural leaders. Wagana have represented Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, Dance and the Child International in Denmark, the Honolulu Festival in Hawaii and the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Toronto Canada.


Congratulations to the 2019 IDP Grant Recipient Kayah Guenther. Kayah will be traveling to Launceston, Tasmania for a two-week residency. It will be an opportunity for Kayah to be in a professional development with Gabriel Comerford (Tasdance) exploring The Gentle Warrior and culminating with a showing of their two intensive weeks together. This residency will provide Kayah a mentoring opportunity to assist and further his development as an artist.

For Kayah dance holds no limitations and since 2011 he has developed his skills through engaging in workshop programs, performances and artistic collaborations. He would like to dance solo, in duets, as part of a company, to choreograph and to teach. In 2015 he established a mentorship with Gavin Webber after receiving My Choice Matters funding through an NSW government grant. Kayah was selected as one of three artists for the Northern Rivers Screenworks ‘Createability’ program to have a 3 minute short film made about him. HW Collective created his short film, 'The Battle', which Kayah has travelled to introduce. 'The Battle' has screened at nearly 20 film festivals throughout the world including an up coming screening at ENTR'2 MARCHES Film Festival in Cannes.


Congratulations to the 2019 IDP Grant Recipient Kimberley McIntyre. Kimberley will be Travelling to Berlin for a 5 day intensive training with Nir De Volff of TOTAL BRUTAL, followed by 2 week residency at Im_flieger - Independent Artists’ Initiative, Vienna for peer practice & artistic cultural exchange with Berlin-based Dancer Performer Researcher Susanne Martin (PhD). Kimberley Is an independent regional artist based in Mullumbimby, a mother and a dancer who embraces regional living by collaborating with local artists in her area. She has established herself a as workshop leader in the Mullumbimby, developing her own training method, Curious Body, and since 2016 she has run weekly 2-hour classes a 6-week series developing and sharing improvisation, research & composition performance. 

“The residency at Im-Fleiger with Susanne Martin with access to professional local dance artists is a great opportunity to go deeper into my practice by sharing cross culturally my process and my language for training and dance making.”

Photo Credit: Ingrid Pullen, performance : “Sunset on the Roof” Lismore Aug 2016.


Congratulations to the 2019 IDP Grant Recipient Lizzie Thomson. Lizzie will be participating in a professional development program to expand and innovate her practice through collaboration with artists across art forms and with Sydney's Deaf community. In December Lizzie will undertake a residency in Iceland through the esteemed SÍM International Residency Program. SÍM Residencies bring together well-regarded artists from around the world to work in close company with one another. Through this residency, she will extend her choreographic inquiry into exciting new territories and develop meaningful connections with the diverse international SÍM artists and Icelandic-based artists. Through her project ‘Closet Drama,’ Lizzie and her collaborators will explore new processes for generating performance and collaborative writing, as well as new mediums such as text-based sound installations and live radio transmission.

Lizzie is a Sydney-based choreographer and performer. Her professional work spans two decades and has a focus on choreographer, performing, mentoring and educator. Her work has been supported and presented by organisations such as Carriageworks, Performance Space, Campbelltown Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of NSW, Critical Path, ReadyMade Works, SODA Universitat der Kunste, ABC, Eastern Block Gallery, Firstdraft Gallery, and Kudos Gallery.


Congratulations to the 2019 IDP Grant Recipient Timothy Ohl who will be working with collaborators Alejandro Rolandi and Harrison Ritchie-Jones with consultant from Dr Juno Kim at the Manning Valley Visitor Info Centre Theatre in Taree NSW. They will be exploring hyper-sensory stimulative experiments using light, blackout & the body to create a challenging visual experience.Using colour saturation, reflection/transparency, depth perception, spatial sound augmentation & burnt afterimages they interrogate how perception can be distorted, aiming to expose the subjectivity of what we feel, hear & see. Alejandro is an interdisciplinary artist who creates his own work in independent dance, multimedia design, set and aerial rigging and design, including large sculptural scaffolding contraptions for extravagant physicality. Harrison Ritchie-Jones is a young emerging creator/performer with strong music and contemporary dance training. Dr Juno Kim: Field of Research (FoR) Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance UNSW who is concerned with understanding how we perceive real-world and artificial environments. 

Timothy is a Regional NSW independent artist making performance work merging dance, text, voice, live music & visual design. His work takes a personal, magnified, dark comedic stab at topical popular culture as he aims to shine a light on social fads that distract us from having & voicing our truthful opinions. The project has stemmed from his Critical Path/UNSW 2017 research residency.


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