Channelled Impulse Residency

Channelled Impulse in partnership with Dance.Here.Now is a dance residency that invites two choreographers to work with 6 emerging dance artists each. Over a two week period the choreographers are able to collaborate and experiment while honing their craft and creating a new work that will culminate in a public showing. Emerging dancers are given the opportunity to work in a professional fulltime creative process. 

Apply as choreographer or dancer.  

2 weeks 

12 dancers 

Two works 

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Channelled Impulse is a new residency programme that aims to support dance artists in innovative dance making to build their professional network, exchange with others in the field and develop their practice while generating new knowledge. Across the programme, Channelled Impulse invites two dance artists to work and collaborate with emerging dancers to create a new dance work. 


As a choreographing artist you will be grouped with a selection of young dancers in the region with the purpose of exploration of new ideas and creation of a new short work. The residency involves a two week rehearsal period with a public showing at the end of the development. Throughout the residency industry mentors will visit to work with and support the artists in their process. 


The application is divided into two sections one for choreographers and another for emerging performing artists.


Who is it for? 


Emerging choreographers are encouraged to apply. This is an opportunity to create and play with a full company of dancers. 



Emerging dancers are encouraged to apply age 14+. If you have practiced experience in contemporary dance and are hoping to participate in a full time creative process this is a perfect opportunity for you.    




Application Open: 7th September 

Application Deadline: 25th October



Dates: 6th-17th December Monday-Friday 

Location: 131 Currie St Nambour (entrance at 34 Howard st driveway) 

Times: 9am-3pm

Showing Location: TBC 

Showing times: TBC 




This call is open to dance artists with demonstrable experience in choreography. Applicants should come with an excitement and willingness to collaborate and share knowledge between artists. Artists are to take care of their own insurances. Selected artists must be able to commit to the proposed residency dates. 


Artists must be a minimum age of 14 with an intermediate level of dance technique behind them. They will need to come with a willingness to develop new skills and collaborate with their selected choreographer. They will need to be available for the duration of the residency. 


What Channelled Impulse Offers:

– Full rehearsal days Monday-Friday 9am-3pm 

– Both groups will have their own studio working out of both LJ Projects and 2nd Studio Space in Nambour. With full facilities. 

– 24 hour studio access for the duration of your residency

– Opportunity to present works in progress in front of a public audience. 

– Mentorship with industry professionals over the duration of residency. 

– WiFi service


Stipulations and requirements affecting residency program:

  • Channelled Impulse is unable to provide artists with a living stipend or funds not detailed in this description.

  • During the residency the choreographers are required to give at least one workshop or lecture for all emerging artists and local residents.

  • During the stay, the choreographer should be self-reliant in terms of planning and actualizing their project.

  • Channelled Impulse does not provide insurance. Therefore the artist is responsible to secure insurance for their residency period. 



All planned activities and dates may change due to the progress of the pandemic and restrictions to travel and social interaction, therefore we remain flexible.  

Fees and support

There is no remuneration for artists and choreographers. In Kind support is given in the form of studio space, public showing, mentorship, and administration assistance. 


Application Form Details: 



  • Provide a short overview of your practice. 

  • Brief description of what you hope to achieve during this residency 

  • Current CV or career biography (max 2 pages) 

  • Links to documentation of recent, relevant work (Videos)

  • One headshot



  • Current CV (Max 2 pages) 

  • Links to visual documentation of dance experience (Videos)

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Our Mentors

Lizzie Vilmanis

Lizzie lives on Jagera and Turrbal country and currently works predominantly as an independent dance artist, often with Zaimon Vilmanis under the guise of ‘Prying Eye’, on a range of different projects in collaboration with other artists, project partners, and service providers. Her experience within, across, and beyond the dance sector provides tacit and embodied knowledge to help comprehend complex interconnectivities of Australia’s dance ecology. Spanning a dance career of more than twenty-one years, she’s worked locally, regionally, nationally and internationally with a broad range of companies, communities, festivals, schools and institutions; for private businesses; as an independent; with professionals and non-professionals; with people of diverse cultures, ages and capabilities and on new and established initiatives. She has a Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology (2017) and has held roles in: performance; choreography; direction; collaboration; teaching; consultancy; research; management; production; producing; grant and residency peer assessment; disability and aged care; advocacy; administration; governance, and entrepreneurship.  


Melissa Lanham

Melissa began her professional career as a dancer in Sydney working with some of Australia's foremost independent choreographers and commercial artists.  For several years she danced in works for Double Vision, Darc Swan, Kinetic Energy, Sue Spence, Annette Eyland and Chrissie Coltai.  In commercial work she danced on television for Channel 7 as a backup dancer for Karen Knowles, Julie Anthony, the Australian Opera and Tommy Tycho amongst other commercial work.  


She then moved into independent work after gaining a postgraduate Qualification in Dance Therapy and spent many years instigating and facilitating social inclusion projects in Queensland.  She has choreographed for many years across South East Queensland in Tertiary and Secondary Schools.  Melissa received the Maroochy Shire Achievers Cultural Award for her services to dance and moved to the U.K to work at DanceEast. Melissa choreographed for several youth dance companies, led and facilitated community based projects in south east England.


Since returning to Australia, Melissa now teaches and choreographs constantly and extensively throughout Australia and has continually facilitated projects throughout S.E Qld.  In 2015 she choreographed Counter World - where she brought in 150 students across 9 schools in one complete performance. This began an annial youth dance project every year since that has brought together countless schools in the region. 

Working under the banner of LJ Projects - Melissa continues to bring in well-respected creatives and artists to work on theatre that fuses, movement, text, original scores and rich visual design.