Dance Massive: Open Studios – New Works

 Ryuichi Fujima, Dance Massive Open Studios – New Works 2017. Photo by Maylei Hunt.

Ryuichi Fujima, Dance Massive Open Studios – New Works 2017. Photo by Maylei Hunt.

Dance Massive Open Studios – New Works is a program of open showings that provides the opportunity for dance artists and choreographers from all state and territories in Australia to present Contemporary Dance work-in-progress to audiences and producers in the informal and intimate surrounds of Chunky Move Studios in Melbourne, Victoria.

Call for Applications

The 2019 Open Studios - New Works will be held at Chunky Move studios on Friday 15 March 12 – 3pm and Thursday 21 March 12 – 3pm. You must be available for these dates and times.

We are dedicated to presenting a program which reflects our diverse community. We welcome applications from Dance Artists and Choreographers from all state and territories in Australia, from diverse backgrounds and abilities, including but not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ, and individuals of all abilities.

Each successful applicant will be allocated approximately a one-hour block in the program which includes:

  • 30 minute set up time (minimal set)

  • 25 minutes to present their Contemporary Dance work to an audience

  • The presentations will consist of a 5-10 minutes excerpt or video of the work, followed by a spoken presentation about yourselves and your work, and ending with a Q&A session

  • 10 minutes to bump out

Dance artists/choreographers with performances programmed throughout Dance Massive are not eligible to apply for Open Studios – New Works 2019.

Successful applicants will be selected by an independent National panel of Dance Industry Professionals outside of the Dance Massive Consortium.

Please read the Application Pack for full information of the program including selection criteria, technical specifications and venue information.

How to Apply

To submit an application, please read the Application Pack above and complete the online application form by 9am Wednesday 7 November 2018. This form is in jotform and must be completed in one go. We suggest you prepare your answers in word prior to completing the form.

You can view a PDF of the application form online to prepare your application.

Important Dates

You MUST be able to meet deadlines and be able to attend your sessions.


Monday 1 October: Applications open

Wednesday 7 November, 9am: Closing date for applications

Friday 23 November: Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified

Late November: Dance Massive program launch
(please note successful applicants will not be included in the printed program but will be included online and in documents sent to delegates)


Monday 29 January: Information on work being presented due for delegate program

Thursday 15 March: Dance Massive Open Studios

Friday 21 March: Dance Massive Open Studios


Please contact Clare McKenzie, General Manager, Ausdance Victoria on 03 9689 2044 or 

Due to the large amount of applications anticipated, we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.