eXcelsior, performing at Blak Out as part of Festival 2018 for Commonwealth Games, South Bank.

eXcelsior, performing at Blak Out as part of Festival 2018 for Commonwealth Games, South Bank.

The BlakDance Residency Program exists to grow the sector, connecting our communities to opportunities to engage and explore dance practice. Delegates of the National Indigenous Dance Forum 2017 prioritised the need for ‘space and time to develop contemporary dance practice’. We are excited to announce successful applicants for the BlakDance Residency Program 2018, in partnership with Backbone Youth Arts, Ausdance Queensland and Brisbane City Council’s Gathering.

Karul Projects
New work in development: SILENCE (working title)
Gold Coast company Karul Projects, founded by Yugambeh, Bundjalung and Wiradjuri choreographer Thomas E. S. Kelly. Featuring artistic collaboration from the hottest new talent in choreography Taree Sainsbury, Karul Projects works with graduates of the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA) and National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA). During their residency, they will create a new work titled SILENCE, developing much-needed career pathways, employment and opportunities for dancers in Queensland. 

Katina Olsen and Aleksandra Borys
Astronomy and the human body (working title)

Katina is a Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri contemporary dance artist and Aleksandra is a Polish born, UK-based artist. The duo is working on a cross-cultural project grounded in the relationship astronomy has with the human body. Their work will feature Kombumerri cosmology developed through protocol and cultural performance making methodology.

New work in development
eXcelsior is an intracultural dance company made up of Queensland Murris, based in Brisbane. Featuring Tibian Wyles, Jeremy Ambrum, Leonard Donahue, Ben Maza, Benjamin Creek and Joshua Thaiday. Their practice is anchored in body based storytelling and they have performed at the Sydney Opera House and festivals across Australia, most recently they were part of Festival 2018, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast.

Image by Carla Zimbler; Karul Projects, Snap*Click*Shot

Image by Carla Zimbler; Karul Projects, Snap*Click*Shot


BlakDance has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland's Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative


The BlakDance residency program invests in sector development and choreographic practice through offering specific First Nations dance residencies in partnership with allied organisations.





Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program

Supports new work, research and collaborations by making the Bundanon properties available to creative thinkers and professional artists. pProgram is open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups.


Critical Path 

Offers space grants and non-financial Research Room residencies for choreographers to explore new ways of working, develop new collaborations and engage in debate and critical appreciation of dance.  



House Mate Performance residency, is open to professional choreographers living and working in Australia who wish to CREATE and PRESENT a NEW work in partnership with Dancehouse. The Program focuses primarily on creative development leading to the presentation of a new work and formal performance season produced and presented by Dancehouse.


Dance Artist in Residence Program (DAIR)

DAIR is a direct response to the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces to dance artists for the development of dance making and practice.


Dancenorth Artist Residency in the Tropics Program

Dancenorth offers two A.R.T. Dance Residency opportunities for Independent dance practitioners. The opportunity to live and work in the pristine environs of Tropical North Queensland. 


Lucy Guerin Inc Studio Residencies 

Six full time studio residents and four part time studio residents, who will each receive up to two weeks in-kind studio space at the Lucy Guerin Inc studio. For independent choreographers.


International Young Choreographers Project

A World Dance Alliance Taiwan project held in Taiwan during July/August every 2nd year, choreographers are required to create a work with local dancers to create a work. Accommodation, local transport, dancers, studios, publicity, production and office assistance are all provided, as well as an honorarium of US$800.


QL2 Dance Curated Residencies 

For young people (up to 26) and older artists. Curated Residencies provide theatre or studio space and may include other support.


STRUT Choreographic SEED Residencies

Open to choreographers, three opportunities for WA choreographers and one opportunity for interstate choreographer. Residencies offer choreographers financial and administrative resources to explore new concepts, and begin new artistic projects. 


Tasdance Residency Program

Open to professional Tasmanian, Australian and International contemporary dance artists and choreographers. Residencies under this program are not required to involve production outcomes, 2019 applications open now


Time_Place_Space: Nomad

A research-based travelling laboratory with an emphasis on collaborative trans and cross disciplinary art making, site-specificity and artistic resilience.



BlakDance provides information and support from a dedicated producer to apply. Please contact Hannah Scanlon at for support in applying to these residencies.