Development Program 2016


Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin

Tracks' Development Program creates multiple pathways to engage more deeply with Territory relevant choreographic research and development processes, in a place where dance is culturally diverse and there is no available Tertiary dance training. It is predominantly studio based choreographic laboratory work, and is a way of ensuring our future by sourcing and supporting new and emerging dance artists. Broad in its reach, diverse in its content, it is a way to revitalise established dance artists and Tracks creative staff.

We take pride in working with local artists and will continue to invest in the development and employment of the local arts industry. We want our Northern Territory dance artists to be able to give voice to our own culture. We believe in an intelligent, vibrant, and thriving local arts sector. Through our Development Program we allow local dance artists to explore, dream, develop, test, improve, theorise, and deepen both their own and other people’s engagement with the creative dance innovator.

Choreographic Development Program

Locating and nurturing emerging dance artists, we assist aspiring choreographers through workshops, specific skill uplifts, dance for film, and opportunities to explore the art of creating new work. Although the entrance to this program is not limited, it is aimed at first year University level. Participants are referred to the program by peers, dance teachers and through application.

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Space Time - Studio Residencies

In response to the ongoing challenge of accessible space for the development of dance practice, Tracks is offering an opportunity for Northern Territory dance artists to use our dance studio, free of charge, to work on contemporary choreographic development, either through research or development. We also host dance artists who have a connection to the company.

Culminating in a showing and a forum to discuss and evaluate the processes involved.

To be considered for a Studio Residency in late 2016 or early 2017, complete the online application form.

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Registration Form

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Youth Dance Teacher Training

A block of dance classes will be used to train youth dance teachers. Venaska Cheliah – Bharatanatyam, Aaron Lim – Break Dance, Will Nery - Hip Hop , and Chloe Lauverjon – Contemporary

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Make a Dance In A Week

During the April school holiday’s young males (students in Year's 7-12) enrolled in an intensive week of movement and dance making. Working with guest choreographer Aaron Lim and Macon Riley, participants were involved in a creative process to make and perform a dance work in a week! The week focused on 3 young boys and their 2 older counterparts. The movements looked at push and pull and the dynamics that are created when the small young boys move with the bigger older boys.  The piece was performed at the Good Vibes Youth Fest at Jingili Water Gardens on Saturday April 9.
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Music: Stairway to Hip-Hop Heaven - Gramatik
Creative Team
Choreography: Aaron Lim with Macon Riley in collaboration with the dancers
Participants: Tyler Engels, Jesse Quinell, Kaden Reid, Andrew Hughes-Morris.

Fresh Tracks

An opportunity to show new work as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival.
Tracks presents a series of short dance works created and performed by local choreographers, artists and dancers. Fresh Tracks showcases the development and rich potential of new, independent dance in our community.

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To assist in the creation of pathways for artists development, Tracks takes on mentorships of emerging and/or mid-career choreographers/directors.

In 2016 Tracks is mentoring local break dancer Aaron Lim.

Artists such as Bec Ried, Jess Devereux, Kelly Beneforti and Emma Porteus have instigated self-funded mentorships with the company as part of their professional development.


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Government Partners

Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

Tracks 2016

Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Agnès Michelet
Administrator: Clancy Breasley
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah

Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Agnès Michelet (Ex-Officio Members)

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory


"It was lovely to get to interact with the first moments of new ideas and to gain both insight and inspiration...I saw an emerging artist creating and taking on Saturday and it was really exciting.” Britt Guy (Guest at Track 2016 Residents showing)

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