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Tasdance Residencies

TRIP (Tasdance Residency for Independent Practice)

Tasdance offers an exciting opportunity for professional dance artists and choreographers Australia-wide, the Tasdance Residency for Independent Practice (TRIP).  Hosted by Tasdance at their premises in Launceston, TRIP is an artist-in residence program intended for both project-based and research-based residencies.

Tasdance has a long history of supporting dance practice and dance artists in Australia. TRIP reinforces and expands on this commitment with an artist-in-residence program that takes advantage of their unique situation and superb facilities.  The Tasdance Studio and Cottage are located amidst tranquil gardens providing resident artists with much needed space and time for reflection, invigoration, collaboration and response.

Australian dance artists and choreographers are invited to submit a proposal for a residency which may include developing a new dance work; investigating some aspect or idea in their dance practice or undertaking choreographic or other research.  Each resident artist will be offered up to 3 weeks with access to both the Tasdance Studio and Cottage free-of-charge.


The Tasdance Residency for Independent Practice is open to professional dance artists and choreographers. Residencies under this program are not required to involve production outcomes and can be for the development of a new work; to develop some aspect or idea within the resident’s practice; or to undertake choreographic or other research.


Resident artists will gain free-of-charge access to the Tasdance Studio (14m x 12m sprung floor with tarkett; unavailable after 5pm Mon–Thurs and Sat mornings), and free accommodation in the Tasdance Cottage. Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the artist however support can be provided in identifying funding opportunities within their own state. An audience for a showing and/or discussion at the end of the residency can be arranged.

Time & place

The 2017 Tasdance Residencies for Independent Practice will take place in Launceston, Tasmania, during April-May and July-September. 

How to apply

A preference will be given to artists who can demonstrate that this residency aligns with their strategic professional development. Evidence of forward planning will be valued.

Online application form

Prior to completing the online application from, residency applicants should prepare the following information:

  • CV (no more than 3 A4 pages, saved as a PDF)
  • 2 referees for contact by phone
  • Showreel as follows (all showreel works must be post-tertiary)
    • 10 mins max, 2 works min OR an existing showreel with excerpts no longer than 5 mins/work, up to 10MB in a single video file
    • OR links to a single showreel on Vimeo/YouTube (recommended option for larger files)
  • Statements to the five questions below, in support of the application

I. Statement of Intent

Responses should include a description of how you intend to use the residency; your area of choreographic interest or how this residency fits into a choreographic development; whether this is an initial investigation or a continuation of an existing practice/ project; and whether you anticipate the need for a discussion or showing (300 words max)

II. Development

Responses should explain how this residency will support strategic career development and/or project development and how your residency will contribute to dance in Australia (300 words max)

III. Participants

Responses should include information about any proposed partnerships or collaborations during the residency including any other artists/participants who will be joining you for some or part of the time (100 words max)

IV. Planning

Responses should include evidence of forward planning by way of a timeline from submission of application through to post-residency goals or plans (200 words max)

V. Evidence of Funding

Responses should elaborate on how the applicant will manage financially in Tasmania over the duration of the residency, including what sources of funding they have applied for/secured, if any (150 words max)

Further information

If you need further help please contact Tasdance. Applicants are assessed by the Artistic Director.

TRIO (Tasdance Residency by Invitation Only)

Demonstrating commitment to supporting creative sector development, Tasdance developed the Tasdance Residency by Invitation Only (TRIO) program.

Tasdance Artistic Director will invite individuals who can use make use of the studio for a strategic partnership or simply to advance the work of dance artists, emerging or otherwise.

Since inception, TRIO residents have included Raewyn Hill (Artistic Director, Dancenorth), Joshua Lowe (Australia Council for the Arts Early Career Residency recipient and 2014 Asialink resident), Trisha Dunn (Tasmanian independent dance artist and Tasdance Rehearsal Director for Threefold: Webber / Hill / Huang Yi), Lisa Griffiths and Adam Synnott (Adelaide-based independent dance artists), and Rosalind Crisp and Andrew Morrish (internationally acclaimed Australian dance artists).

There is no application process for this residency program.