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Dance Artists in Residence

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Applications are now closed for the 2018 DAIR Round.

Thank you to all applicants. Residencies will be announced by Thursday, July 12th

What is Dance Artists in Residence (DAIR)?

Click here for DAIR Information Sheet

As the peak body for the West Australian dance sector, Ausdance WA seeks to address the challenges faced by dance artists in developing their dance practices. As we have learned from our 2017 Membership Survey, access to affordable dance space was sighted as one of the top 3 challenges influencing member’s dance practice. Dance Artist in Residence (DAIR) responds to this barrier through partnerships with dance studios, schools and other available dance spaces. These partnerships create the opportunity for dance artists to access free rehearsal spaces in the form of a residency to develop their practice and their ideas.

Residencies aim to support the creative development of new works. This can include the initial planning and exploration of ideas, new developments of existing work or the exploration of new collaborations or processes. There is no expectation that a residency will produce a performance outcome, allowing artists to access space and focus solely on investigating their ideas.

Through the investment in future work and development of artistic practices, the benefits of DAIR have the potential to reach beyond the individual artist, facilitating creative exchanges across the dance and performing arts sector.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for DAIR, artists must be current members of Ausdance WA and be based primarily in Western Australia. To become a member of Ausdance WA you can do so by registering here.

Selection Criteria

  • The clarity of the project description.
  • Concept and methodology proposed by the applicant.
  • Desired outcomes and benefit to the artist in receiving the DAIR at this point in the development of their practice and their ideas.

DAIR Recipients Receive:

  • Residency placement in appropriate studio space.
  • Administrative and planning support from Ausdance WA where applicable.
  • Studio visit from an Ausdance WA representative.
  • Promotion of artist/residency through Ausdance WA e-news and social media channels.
  • Feedback session post-residency
  • Opportunity to present work to studio partners where applicable.


Ausdance WA understands the need for flexibility in residency scheduling for artists. The residency availability outlined below can be shared across multiple artists and split into blocks as required. Your application must include your preference for studio space, listed from primary preference descending and your residency availability.


140 Stirling Highway, Mosman Park



  • Studio is roughly 120 square metres
  • Bamboo wooden sprung floors
  • Fluoro and natural lighting
  • Aux cable available for music playback
  • Change rooms, washrooms, showers and small kitchen access.


16 July – 21 September 2018 School Term

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday

24 September – 5 October 2018 School Holidays

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Proposed Structure

Several artists share space over school term residency. Single artist two week intensive during school holidays.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

2 Bradbury Street, Mount Lawley




  • Studio is roughly 120 square metres
  • Parquet flooring
  • Standard studio lighting
  • Aux cable available for music playback
  • Washrooms, cold water taps and instant hot water urn in foyer
  • Coin operated food and drink machines.


Saturday 21 July 9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Studio 5

Sunday 22 July 9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Studio A

Saturday 28 July 9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Studio 5

Saturday 25 August 9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Studio 5

Saturday 1 September 9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Studio 5

Proposed Structure

Single artist residency.

YMCA HQ Leederville

60A Frame Court, Leederville




  • Gig Space studio – approx. 100+ square metres
  • Stagecraft AirFlo Flooring System
  • Standard house lights
  • Kitchen, shower and washrooms available on site.


16 July – 7 September 2018

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Proposed Structure

Several artists share access over residency. Potential of 4 x two week residency placements.

Dance Artists in Residence Artists must provide a certificate of currency of their Public Liability Insurance before the commencement of their residency.


For any further questions or queries about the DAIR Initiative 2018 please direct them to:

Miranda De Baughn

Marketing and Memberships Officer

9322 6101


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