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Want to dance? Want to create dance? Want to explore different movement styles? Then you should apply to ESCALATE! Application are open and we encourage you to apply - please feel free to contact us and ask any questions.

ESCALATE is an exciting new mentoring program for ACT based dance artists between the ages 16 - 26 years. We encourage applications from ALL STYLES of dance. We want to see ballet, Indigenous, hip hop, contemporary, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Ballroom and Circus… ESCALATE provides the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals to develop and stage your own work in a season produced by Ausdance ACT.

We want to see you dance, soar and explore new territories. We will support and guide you through a rehearsal and creation process, bringing you to the theatre with a fully formed work. We will provide the technical and marketing support you need.

Up to 6 dance artists will be mentored – dancers and choreographers – by four teams of mentors. You will have the opportunity to work closely with your mentor team one-on-one here in Canberra and also engage with a team of nationally and internationally based dance experts online.


The ESCALATE artists will individually be guided by industry professionals through a full process of creation from their initial concept to a 5-8 minute work. These works will then be presented in an exclusive 3 day performance season.

  • Free 4 day mentoring program, 21-24 January 2020

  • 6 Mentoring sessions held on weekends at Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon

  • Three day performance season at the Ralph Wilson Theatre in early May 2020 - for the opening of Dance Week!


What will be provided

One on one time with your assigned mentor and online sessions with interstate and international mentors. Advice on career development, breaking into the dance industry, maintaining and supporting your career, how to write your CV, edit music and film, develop strong collaborative relationships, how to prepare for auditions, how to look after your body outside of dance and ways to build new connections.