• Zoe Gay & Felicity Boyd, photo by Sofia Calado
  • Mieke Kriegesvelt, photo by Chris Herzfeld

ilDance Professional Development Opportunity

Presented in partnership with The Mill and ilDance

The ilDance Professional Development Opportunity provides the opportunity for an emerging dancer from Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University to work with ilDance’s project-based junior company ilYoung, and to tour a new dance work throughout Sweden.

The opportunity will provide valuable mentorship from ilDance company’s founders Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni as well as experience in working and touring with a professional dance company.

ilDance is an international and independent contemporary dance company that initiates and operates several pioneer and international projects. The company was founded in 2012 by its current Artistic Directors, Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer, and it is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

2020 Residency and Tour Dates – TBC

The total value of the Development Opportunity is approximately $17,000. This is comprised of both cash and in-kind support.

The selected dancer will be awarded up to $5,000 cash. They may also have to provide additional funding through their own contribution or other income sources, to support costs not be covered by ilDance. These costs will include international airfares, travel insurance, and living expenses outside those provided by ilDance.

There will likely be a two-week period between the development and touring of the work, that the selected dancer will need to cover the cost of accommodation, food, local travel and living expenses.

Previous recipients self-funded an average of between $1,000 – $2,000. If shortlisted, applicants will be asked to research and prepare a budget showing how the above costs will be covered.

Applicants must be final year students or graduates from the Adelaide College of the Arts and Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) program. Graduates must be within five years from their final year of study to apply. 


“My time at ilYoung has really shown me how I want to portray myself as a dancer and maker. I am more aware of what sparks interest within me and excited to continue to explore it. Through daily improvisation and Gaga classes, I have been able to push my unique style to new and unexpected places, while continuing to challenge my habits and push into the unexpected. The creative process was tough due to the context and nature of the work, but it allowed me to open up and push myself mentally to create from these unknown and often challenging areas. As cliche as it sounds, I feel like I’ve found myself as a ‘human’ and not just a ‘dancer’ throughout this process after separating the two for so long. I managed to bring my authentic self and personality into what I do, and not just let the alter ego of the ‘performer’ do all the work.” Zoe Gay, 2018 Recipient

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call. I never expected that I would be chosen for this opportunity and was over the moon. This particular award is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that an emerging artist would never otherwise dream of. My creative practice has been expanded through friendships and professional relationships that have formed through my time with ilYoung. I feel so grateful to have these networks to draw on from all over the world and to be able to reciprocate. The relationships developed through this process have been ones that will last for life, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to do this on both a personal and a professional level.” Felicity Boyd, 2018 Recipient

For more information:
Contact Helpmann Academy (08) 7089 0720 / [email protected]

Presented in partnership with The Mill


Eligible dancers are invited to register for an audition:

DATE: Saturday 7 December 2019

TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm

VENUE: Adelaide College of the Arts, Rehearsal Room, Level 3

Note: We recommend that the dancers bring along a bottle of water and a small meal with them for the audition day.

Following the audition, applicants will be shortlisted. These applicants will progress to the next round of assessment and be asked to complete a written application. The successful applicant will be notified end January 2020.

To register:

Email your CV and answer to the following question to [email protected]

“What interests you about this opportunity and how will it benefit you?”

For more information about this audition:

Contact The Mill Director – 0406991330 / [email protected]

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2019 | Jacinta Jeffries
2018 | Zoe Gay & Felicity Boyd
2017 | Mieke Kriegesvelt