DAIR (Dance Artists In Residence)

DAIR 2014-2020+1

Active Advocacy: responsive, programming

  • 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  Venue partners and counting...

Ausdance NSW's Dance Artist in Residence Program (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 is a direct response to the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces to dance artists for the development of new work and practice based reserach. DAIR involves creative development, research, mentorship, rehearsal and remounting of work.

  • Ausdance NSW represents the interests of artists. Through our advocacy in NSW, our partnerships and state wide projects, we provide leadership for a strong and unified voice for dance in Australia. We champion for all forms of dance.
  • DAIR, Dance Artist in Residence program is a direct response to Ausdance’s goals; to champion, to support, to advocate, and to promote artists.
  • 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 Aims

The DAIR program currently successfully supports:

  • access to suitable arts spaces for NSW based artists
  • the capacity building potential in the independent sector through the creation of new work
  • diversity in the creation of new work across the sector
  • access for independent dance practise across the sector career stages – early, mid and established
  • continued collaborations with venues and artists in both metropolitan and regional areas such as: Sydney Opera House –Access Program, NAISDA – First Nations, Campbelltown Arts Centre - Western Sydney, Alstonville Studio (Regional), Royal Academy of Dance, ReadyMade Works and Australian College of Physical Education (Metro NSW).

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

Read the full DAIR Triennial Report 2016-2019 here>>>

Read more about the DAIR program below:

2016 DAIR

  • Round 1 Supported - 7 Artists - 10 weeks of space in kind - 3 Partner Venues
  • Round 2 Supported - 9 Artists - 14 weeks of space in kind - 5 Partner Venues

2017 DAIR

Round 1 Supported - 5 Artists - 6 weeks of space in kind - 3 Partner Venues

Round 2 Supported - 7 Artists - 9 weeks of space in kind - 5 Partner Venues

2018 DAIR

  • Round 1 Supported - 3 Artists - 4 weeks of space in kind - 3 Partner Venues
  • Round 2 Supported - 8 Artists - 11 weeks of space in kind - 4 Partner Venues

2019 DAIR Supported

  • 20 artist residencies
  • 19 weeks of space in kind
  • 14 choreographers
  • 44 collaborators
  • 7 venue partners: 2 regional, 3 Western Sydney, 2 Metropolitan
  • 722 hours of rehearsal space
  • Amounting to an investment of $38,000

Thank you to our Venue Partners for your continued support of the DAIR program. Without you, none of this would be possible.

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.