Want to dance? Want to create dance? Want to explore different movement styles? Then you should apply to ESCALATE II!

ESCALATE II 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 II provides the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals to develop and stage your own work in a season in September 2017.

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.

Four dance artists will be mentored – two dancers and two 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 four ESCALATE artists will individually be guided by industry professionals through a full process of creation from their initial concept to a 8 minute work. These works will then be presented in an exclusive 3 day performance season.

What will be provided

One on one time with your assigned mentor and online sessions with the 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.

Primary Mentors

Douglas Amarfio
Catherine Goss
Liz Lea
Caroline Wall

National Mentors

Victoria Chiu
Matt Cornell
Tammi Gissell
Paul Knobloch

International Mentors

Marc Brew
Fearghus O’Conchuir
Seeta Patel
Jack Webb

Escalate II Dates

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Friday 7th April 2017
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 27th April 2017
APPLICATIONS ANNOUNCED: Saturday 29th April 2017 at the launch of 2017 Dance Week Celebrations
MENTORING INTENSIVE: 10th-12th June 2017
PREMIERE SEASON: 15th-17th September 2017