DAIR 2019 Round 1

DAIR 2019 Round 1

Ausdance NSW's Dance Artist in Residence Program (DAIR) invites independent dance artists, collectives, collaborators and companies of any dance genre to submit proposals for the 2019 Round 1 program.  

DAIR is a direct response to the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces to dance artists for the development of dance making and practice. DAIR activities may involve creative development, research, mentorship, rehearsal and remounting of work. Applicants can apply for a residency of one or two weeks.

To be eligible, primary applicants should be NSW based and an Ausdance NSW member, however, collaborators may be interstate or internationally based. Click here to become a member.


DAIR recipients receive:

  • Residency space at host venue
  • Pre-residency planning support from Ausdance NSW 
  • Administrative support from Ausdance NSW for the showing of work during residency (if required)
  • Promotion of artist/residency through Ausdance NSW e-news and social media
  • A studio visit from Ausdance NSW during the residency

Please note:

  • Applicants can apply for both rounds but may only be successful in one round per year. 
  • Applicants may apply for up to two weeks residency. 


In 2019, DAIR is divided into two rounds.

  • Round 1 OPENS Thursday, September 27 2018
  • Round 1 CLOSES 5PM Friday, 26 October 2018
  • Round 1 outcomes will be announced on Thursday, November 22 2018
  • Round 2 will open in 2019 for residencies in August-December


Round 1 2019 Dates & Locations:

A Monday 7 January - Friday 11 January​ ACPE (Australian College of Physical Education)​
B Monday 7 January - Friday 11 January​ ACPE​
C Monday 7 January - Friday 18 January​ Art In Motion - Imagine Residency​
D Monday 14 January - Friday 18 January​ ACPE​​
E Monday 21 January - Friday 25 January​ ACPE​​
F Monday 21 January - Friday 25 January​ Alstonville Studio​
G Monday 28 January - Friday 1 February​ ACPE​​
H Monday 4 February - Friday 8 February​ ACPE​​
I Monday 11 February - Friday 15 February​ RAD (Royal Academy of Dance)​
J Monday 11 February - Friday 15 February​ ACPE​​
K Monday 18 February - Friday 22 February​ RAD​
L Monday 18 March - Friday 29 March Campbelltown Arts Centre​
M Monday 25 March - Friday 29 March​ ReadyMade Works​
N Monday 15 April - Friday 26 April​ Alstonville Studio​
O Monday 24 June - Friday 28 June​ ACPE​​
P Monday 1 July - Friday 28 June​ ACPE​​
Q Monday 8 July - Friday 12 July​ ACPE​​
R Monday 15 July - Friday 19 July​ ACPE​​
S Monday 15 July - Friday 19 July​ McDonald College​
T TBC​​ NAISDA Dance College First Nations Artist​





ACPE – Australian College of Physical Education

ACPE is Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the related disciplines of sport, dance, and physical education. As an independent tertiary institution located in the centre of Sydney’s internationally renowned Olympic Park, ACPE attracts individuals from around Australia and the world who which to launch or further their careers in the sports sector and its related professions. ACPE offers both a Bachelor of Dance Education and Bachelor of Dance Practice. 


Ausdance is pleased to announce our new regional partner Alstonville Studio, located a 40min drive from Byron Bay. 

Director of Alstonville Studio Suzanne Whiteman has been dancing since she could walk and has had a long career in all styles of dance as a performer, teacher, choreographer, examiner and adjudicator in Australia Asia and the South Pacific. The Alstonville studio has been in operation for over thirty years and has genres, who are now working as professionals all over the world.

Alstonville Dance Studio is an integrated inclusive space in the Northern Rivers of NSW in the hinterland of the Ballina Shire and has hosted dance examinations, master classes and workshops. It is also the home to a community group known as the Little Dragons, a dance, drama and creative arts group for people living with and without disabilities. The Studio is in the original Presbyterian Church premises and has two spaces within the old church known as the "Temple" and the Church Hall "Studio" as well as a large garden space. 

Suzanne is offering the "Studio" space for this DAIR project which features a wooden floor, barres and mirrors, sound system, with an equipped kitchen and outdoor seating area. Artists can stay in the space with overnight accommodation available. Local shops and public transport are within walking distance of the studio. The Northern Rivers is one of NSWs creative hubs and Suzanne collaborates with local artists and community groups, she is open to helping you with your residency and assisting you with your plans. 

Practicing integrated artists are encouraged to apply for this residency. 



Monday 7th January - Friday 18th January


Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities through the creation of new curatorial situations and challenging streams of practice. Contemporary artists are at the forefront of Campbelltown Arts Centre’s programming and through consultation with communities, we deliver a program that profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices. Campbelltown Arts Centre is a cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council and located on Tharawal land. Campbelltown Arts Centre is assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, and receives support from the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation.


Ausdance is proud to announce a new partnership with The McDonald College. Established in 1984 and now with over 30 years of excellence in performance, The McDonald College is committed to the academic and performing arts development of Australia’s youth. Their programs include acting, ballet, dance, music and musical theatre. Within the Dance programs, students study many styles to help develop their skills in a variety of dance forms:  Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. The Dance Department employs ex-professional and working professional dancers/teachers who have a wealth of experience and reputation in the entertainment industry. Their combined expertise and knowledge aims to develop intelligent, knowledgeable, skilled and artistic performers who are versatile in many dance genres. The McDonald College recently announced the Senior Contemporary Dance Program with Sydney Dance Company, commencing 2019. 


NAISDA Dance College is Australia’s premier Indigenous training college with a proud tradition of producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers since 1976. NAISDA Dance College offers professional expertise and word class training facilities to deliver accredited training programs that are rich in cultural learning and practice.  Located on Darkinjung land just north of Sydney, they provide a creative learning space designed to inspire and equip Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people for the future.   Their dance performance program is delivered by qualified trainers comprised of former principal dancers, respected choreographers and cultural tutors from diverse Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. 


ReadyMade Works Inc.; a not-for-profit organisation that provides programming and studio space support for the independent dance community in Sydney and is a multi-purpose rehearsal studio suitable for the performing arts with a focus on the independent dance and its development. The ReadyMade Studio in Ultimo has been made possible through the generous support of City of Sydney & Create NSW


RAD – Royal Academy of Dance Australia

With over 14,000 members’ spread across 84 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. The Academy’s patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II. RAD Membership supports the advancement of dance and includes professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.