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Emerging Choreographers Program 2022

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'We are...', (ECP 2020), Jennifer Ma and David Leupolu. Photo by Andy Kuramoto.
11 November 2021

Applications Open: Tuesday 12 October 2021
Applications Close: Thursday 11 November 2021 at 11:59pm


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Become a member

If you’re passionate about making choreography 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

Whilst we accept applications from older artists, priority will be given to artists aged between 21 to 28 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 2022 participants will be mentored by either Dr Priya Srinivasan, Amrita Hepi, 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.  Full details of the optional workshops will be detailed on the planning day.


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 recognises, respects and embraces all identities.

Key Dates

  • Applications Open: Tuesday 12 October 2021
  • Applications Close: Thursday 11 November 2021 at 11:59pm
  • Decisions Advised by: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Compulsory Activities

  • Planning Day: Sunday 5 December 2021, 10am—4:00pm
  • Compulsory Workshop: Friday 4 February—Monday 7 February 2022
  • Midpoint Showing #1: Friday 3 June—Saturday 4 June 2022
  • Final Showing #2: Friday 16—Saturday 17 September 2022
  • Debrief Meeting: Saturday 24 September 2022

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

As a guide, the 2020 and 2021 groups were offered free places in a number of masterclasses, workshops, seminars and discussions with national and international dance artists.  These included: Antony Hamilton, Shelley Lasica, Sally Chance, Sonny Townsend, Justin Shoulder, Raghav Handa, Andrew Morrish, Philipa Rothfield, Lucy Guerin, Jason Cross, Jill Orr, Priya Srinivasan, 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, Efren Pamilacan, Joel Bray 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 11th 2021. 

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 Amrita Hepi.

Further Questions

Email Ashley Dyer at program@dancehouse.com.au

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