When do applications open?

Applications open Sunday 1st October 2017. Visit:


When do applications close?

Applications strictly close on Monday, 23rd October 2017 at 6pm.


Does it cost money to apply?

There is a non-refundable $50 Registration fee to submit your application for the Dance Architect.


When will I find out if my application is successful?

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by COB Friday 27th October 2017


Do I need to have my piece created by the application date?

No. We are only wanting to get an idea of your passion, ability and initial idea for your work through the first application.


How are the applications selected?

Applicants are selected by our jury of industry leaders.


What if I turn 15 or 26 in 2017?

Age will be taken as of the 1st July 2017, you must fit within the age bracket as of this date.


What if i’m not available on one of the Showcase Dates in October?

Unfortunately if you are not available for the Showcase dates, you won’t be selected for the program.



Where will the performance be held?

Gasworks Art Park - 21 Graham St, Albert Park VIC 3206


When will the performance be held?

Tuesday 12th December 2017 | Over 18 Rehearsal and Performance (Showcase 2)

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | Top 10 Showcase & Award Presentation


Will I be needed both days?

At the end of each Showcase 5 works will be chosen to perform in the Showcase Grand Final on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 7:30pm.


Does my work have to be in the genre of Contemporary?

Yes, this award has been created for aspiring Contemporary Dance choreographers and makers.


How long can my piece be?

Each piece must be between at least 5 minutes long without exceeding 6 minutes


How big is the stage?

The stage is 8 meters (W) X 10 meters (D) . Full details of the performance space will be provided on acceptance


Who can be in my work?

Maximum of 15 dancers. You choose your dancers as long as they are between 13 - 25 years.


Can my dancers be used in other Dance Architect choreographers works?

There is a limit of two works per dancer.


Can I create and dance in my own work?

Yes, you can.


As choreographer, can I create a solo for the showcase?

The two chosen winners will expand their first development into a 15-30 minute work to be performed in 2017 season. If you believe you can develop your solo work to this, then we would love to see it!



What is the award?

The two lucky DANCE ARCHITECT™ award winners will receive:

Three day performance season at Footscray Arts Centre.

Studio Residency at Transit Dance Company studios for development

Personal Mentorship from Artistic Director Paul Malek & Producer Chris Curran

Marketing & Promotion package

Lighting and Sound theatre package

$500 cash for production costs


How many award recipients are there?

There will be 1 Dance Architect award presented in each age bracket.


When will the award recipients be announced?

Ten applicants will go through to the Showcase Grand Final. Two award recipients will be announced at the conclusion of the performances. (Wednesday 13th December 2017 - 7:30pm).



Who are the judges?

Artistic Director Paul Malek, Executive Producer Chris Curran, Dancer Jayden Hicks and Choreographer Adam Wheeler


How are the works judged?

Works will be judged on their creativity, bravery, structure and design. Covering across all basics of dance creation, choreography, artistry, intention, performance, staging and the impact on the audience.



When will the season be held?

All details will be given to the two award recipients after the 2016 Showcase in October. Expect this to be within the first half of 2017.


Can my work be altered?

Yes! The award recipients will have several months to develop and expand their initial concept into a 15 - 30 minute work. Along with personal mentorship from Artistic Director Paul Malek and Producer Chris Curran.