Tracks Dance offers studio ‘Space and Time’ to Northern Territory resident dance artists in order to investigate, explore and develop new ideas for dance performance. Up to 4 creative proposals will be supported each year via application. Our focus is on emerging and independent dance practitioners. SPACE TIME is a component of Tracks Dance Company’s Dance Development Program.

SPACE TIME residencies can be for pure ‘Blue Sky’ research, or for creative development of new project ideas. SPACE TIME is for development projects that would clearly benefit from a residency in a fertile environment that supports the creation of new Northern Territory dance works. (A SPACE TIME residency is not for rehearsing a performance.)

The primary aim of SPACE TIME is to identify and support NT based dance makers of vision and excellence, and to provide a level of support and resources. We are interested in ensuring strong development outcomes both for the dance artists we support and for the work they create. Non-NT residents may apply if their application has at least one NT dance artist who will benefit.

SPACE TIME is one of the mechanisms that Tracks uses to identify and develop future collaborations and partnerships.

Applicants will be encouraged to seek additional support for their work and the securing of such will not be seen as an impediment to the granting of a SPACE TIME residency.


Successful residents are selected through an open application process assessed by the Tracks Artistic Directors and Dance Animateur. Applicants are encouraged to talk through their applications with the Artistic Director/s and or the Dance Animateur before submitting.

SPACE TIME has 3 tiers
1. Solar: 2 week residency (up to 80 hours) for dance artists with consolidated project ideas
2. Planetary: Up to 40 hours for dance artists with emerging project ideas
3. Nebula: Up to 20 hours for dance artists engaging in open research and practice exploration
All SPACE TIME residencies will be supported by the Tracks Dance team, who will provide assistance with the following as appropriate:
• induction session for all residents
• studio scheduling & co-ordination
• feedback & professional advice
• advocacy & promotion (via our website, social media, and newsletters, and media releases)
• future project 'mapping' if requested
• residency wrap-up including public presentation outcomes
• resident Artists will be covered by Tracks Inc.’s Public Liability and volunteer’s workers compensation insurances for their scheduled dates and times.
• successful applicants will be contracted by Tracks Inc. for legal and safety purposes. However, the applicant remains the Producer of their work and is responsible for negotiating with any other artists involved in their residency.

• A clearly articulated and passionate vision with ideas that are bold, pressing, committed and relevant.
• Demonstrated plan of how a studio residency would be used to develop project ideas or pursue dance/movement research, including budgeting where appropriate.
• Suitably high standard of practice: Tracks will where necessary assist artistic initiators in identifying other potential collaborators.
• What are the development and professional practice opportunities for Northern Territory artists? (Tracks seeks to support artists that cultivate a thriving NT dance sector.)
• Who else would benefit from your residency? (Collaborating artists/dancers, community members, NT audiences)
• Tracks will, where appropriate, suggest ways to maximise the skills and profile development opportunities offered through the development.
• Tracks is particularly supportive of dance artists from Indigenous and Culturally diverse backgrounds.

• The potential to deliver quality artistic outcomes
• The use of NT Artists
• The experience of and/or potential benefit for the artists involved
• Top End dance sector development
• The potential to progress the project artistically, beyond a SPACE TIME residency
• Audience relevance – Does this development have potential to move towards performance?
• Does this project reflect contemporary expression of NT arts and culture?

The Tracks Rehearsal Studio is housed in the premises tenanted by Tracks Dance Company in the Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, entered from the car park located at 56 McMinn Street, Darwin 0800.

12m x 6m sprung timber floor
Fans and air- conditioning
High quality sound system
External toilets, showers and change room
Internet access
Television, DVD, Video player, and Data Projector can be made available for use. (The Tracks Production Manager can provide a range of technical and infrastructural support with prior arrangement).
Off street parking available

Up to 80 hours studio space at the Tracks Dance Studio will be provided at no cost to the artist. Tracks encourages the use of the studio space in two, four or six hour time-slots. Contact us prior to making your application to discuss studio availability.

Contact us to discuss your proposal.
David McMicken and Tim Newth - Co-Artistic Directors
Kelly Beneforti - Dance Animateur