DanceLIFE Sessions

DanceLIFE Sessions

Convened by ReadyMade co-director Julie-Anne Long;

DanceLIFE is a series of FREE informal, facilitated exchanges and conversations from the direct life experience of the dance community itself.

The motivation for DanceLIFE Sessions comes from the necessity to experiment and devise resilient work practices and tactical approaches, for working as artists in Australia in an ever-changing cultural environment. The focus is on work processes and the complex relationships between artists and their everyday lives.

DanceLIFE Sessions are funded by the City of Sydney and provide a ‘sounding board’ for a multitude of artists’ experiences and is open to all who identify with being part of the professional independent dance sector in Sydney.

Cost: FREE | Location: ReadyMade Works Studio, Ultimo

The Upcoming Schedule

Session #1:

The Kind of Work

In a bid to enhance the altruistic behaviours of our community, come along to share your experiences with mentoring: the good, the bad and the ugly of mentor and artist relationships. We aim to develop some unexpected intergenerational and peer-to-peer mentoring matches that can be fostered over the coming year.


Session #2:

More Than A Job

To generate an inventory that acknowledges the extent of what dance artists ‘do’ and how dance artists work, join the conversation and contribute to a comprehensive dance artist audit. Anecdotes, hard facts and statistics are all welcome.


Session #3:

The Way We Work

Bring a friend who works in another occupation — an office worker, construction worker, cleaners, lawyer — to exchange similarities and differences in our working ethos, business approaches, career projections, professional conduct and work cultures.


Session #4:

Hectic Interactions

Managing interactions with administrators, management, production, training, marketing, producing, audience, critics, funding bodies, other dance artists, cross-disciplinary connections, even physiotherapists, requires a broad skills base and an entrepreneurial flair — essentially a single individual fulfilling the roles that in large companies are carried out by a whole team of professionals. How do you deal with these hectic interactions?


Session #5:

Long Lunch Xmas Picnic

Need we say any more?… bring a picnic blanket, bring a plate, bring a bottle. Join the long lunch at the ReadyMade studio on the balcony overlooking the city, to celebrate the year that was.




Thinking, Writing & Talking About Your Art

TalkWrite is an intimate RealTime workshop about how to present yourself and your work, whether a new creation or a new stage of an existing one. Four participants, working with RealTime Managing Editors, writers and dramaturgs Keith Gallasch and Virginia Baxter.

Workshop duration: 2 days 10am–6pm; 1 day 2–6pm
Cost: Free
*Keep an eye out for EOI
Dates: TBC.

Julie-Anne LongAbout Julie-Anne Long

Julie-Anne Long is an award winning dance artist based in Sydney, Australia. Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991-1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006/2007) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009/2010).

For more than a decade Julie-Anne’s dance practice has focused on solo work. In early 2002 she had a successful solo show MissXL at the Seymour Centre, Sydney, which consisted of three solo works Mrs Whippy, in and around a Mr Whippy van, Cleavage and Leisure Mistress. In 2007 Julie-Anne was awarded an Australia Council Dance Fellowship, which encompassed research, development and the realisation of a body of work entitled The Invisibility Project, exploring and heightening the visibility of the older female performing/dancing body. This project included the 2012 solo Something In The Way She Moves: everyday dances for an invisible woman, and a new performance work outside of a conventional theatrical context, Now You See Her, a performance party in people’s homes.

Julie-Anne is currently Lecturer in Dance and Performance in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University. She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance (2010) and an MA (Hons) in Performance UWS Nepean The Leisure Mistress Dances: an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide (1999).