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Emerging Choreographers Program 2021

EOIs are now closed

'Future City Inflatable' (2018), Ellen Davies & Alice Heyward. Photo by Jacqui Shelton.
5 November 2020


EOIs are now closed.

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Become a member

If you’re passionate about making choreographies and dance performances; if you’re driven to develop your own artistic voice; if you’re excited to learn from established dance artists from different dance genres; and if you’d like to meet others at similar stages of their careers, then this program is for you.

Dancehouse’s Emerging Choreographers Program (ECP) is a year-long capacity building and professional development initiative. It gives 20 young choreographers from diverse cultural and training backgrounds support to develop the skills required for ongoing self-sustaining artistic enquiry, including the concrete tools needed for creating and administering their work.

Who is this for?

The Emerging Choreographer’s Program is open to Victorian emerging choreographers and dancers from diverse dance training backgrounds interested in developing an ongoing, sustainable choreographic practice – tools, processes and thinking – alongside a community of other artists at similar stages in their careers.

Priority will be given to artists who can or have demonstrated

  • the potential for thoughtful, rigorous, inventive and generous approaches to art making
  • who take initiative and create opportunities for themselves and others
  • who can connect their artistic interests to broader social questions

Whist we accept applications from older artists, priority will be given to artists aged between 21 to 26 or those in the first 5 years of their professional practice.

Artists working in other disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided they can show a history of commitment to embodied and/or choreographic practice.

Groups of artists who have a history of collaborating are encouraged to apply, but they still must apply as individuals.

Dancehouse has provisioned funds to support artists’ accessibility needs. We welcome applications from all people.

We want to ensure there are no financial barriers to participation: please contact us if you require support.

What we offer

  • Free access to workshops, masterclasses and seminars with iconic local, national or international dance and performance artists
  • Opportunities to share your ideas and practice with industry and peers
  • An opportunity to curate and/or lead an activity, event or workshop
  • Dancehouse Membership
  • Regular free space at Dancehouse’s studios
  • Mentoring from Dancehouse’s associated artists and Dancehouse staff*
  • Networking opportunities with others at similar stages of their careers

*In 2021 participants will be guided by either Dr Priya Srinivasan, Joel Bray, Stephanie Lake or Efren Pamilacan.

If selected, we expect you to

  • Commit to the full 12 months of the program
  • Participate in all compulsory activities and a minimum of 40% of the program
  • Share your practice as part of the formal sharings
  • Pay a one off $200 administration fee
  • Occasionally volunteer for Dancehouse events across the year
  • Participate in online discussions and where possible attend the regular free studio sessions
  • Project co-ordinate at least one activity, rehearsal or online discussion
  • Articulate your goals and how you plan on achieving them at the beginning of the program (created in conversation with Dancehouse).
  • Come to the program with curiosity, generosity and openness

After attending the compulsory activities, participants choose which of the remaining activities — masterclasses, seminars and workshops — best suit their needs and availability.


Responsibility: you are the main driver in making this opportunity work for you; you assess what you need.

Self-determination: you are in charge of determining what your goals are and how you might achieve them.  This is not a course of study with predetermined assessments or learning outcomes.

Practising Practice: the program is focused developing your processes not products or specific outcomes.

Building Networks of Support: Dancehouse staff, workshop facilitator, mentors and the other participants are a sounding board for the path you need to negotiate.

Cultural Safety:  the program is committed to validating diversity and creating a safe space that recognizes, respects and embraces all identities.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday October 6 Applications Open
  • Thursday November 5 Applications Close
  • Tuesday November 24 Decisions Advised

Compulsory Activities

  • December 5 — 10am to 4pm Planning Day
  • February 5, 6, 7 and 8 — 10am to 5pm Workshop#1
  • May 7 and 8 Midpoint Sharings
  • August 27 and 28 Final Sharings
  • October 2 Debrief Meeting


Full details of these and other activities will be detailed during the planning day.

As a guide, the 2020 group were offered free places in a number of masterclasses, workshops, seminars and discussions with national and international dance artists.  These included: Andrew Morrish, Philipa Rothfield, Lucy Guerin, Jill Orr, Priya Srivinasan, Rosalind Crisp, Kimberly Bartosik, Takao Kawaguchi, Matteo Fargion, Leisa Shelton, Auspicious Arts, Kara Ward, Dan Koop, Stephanie Lake, Freya Waterson, Daniel Kok, Ahilan Ratnamohan, József Trefeli, Victoria Hunt, Vicki Van Hout, Yumi Umiumare, Jacob Boehme, Angela Conquet, Jonathan Homsey, Audrey Schmidt and Ashley Dyer.

Participants were also given the opportunity to imagine their own public facing events.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • DISTINCTION or the uniqueness and excellence of an artist’s interests and/or choreographic work
  • CAPACITY to operate as part of a group and to contribute to its dynamics
  • POTENTIAL of the artist to benefit from this program

Selection Process

Applicants are required to submit an EOI by midnight Thursday November 5th.

The EOI includes a number of short answer questions and a video. Applications will be assessed by an advisory panel of industry peers who have experience working with emerging artists. In some cases — but not necessarily all — artists, or their referees, may be called to discuss the applicant and or their application in more detail.

Given the subjective nature of our curatorial approach, no feedback will be offered to any of the applicants.

Main Mentors and Selection Panel:

Ashley Dyer, Stephanie Lake, Dr. Priya Srinivasan, Efren Pamilacan and Joel Bray.

Further Questions

Email Ashley Dyer at program@dancehouse.com.au

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