Current contemporary dance teaching has expanded far beyond the transmission of training techniques authored by individual practitioners. This pilot program will explore ways to develop a practice relevant to the knowledge and interests of the teacher and the skills required by today’s contemporary dancers.

The program is aimed at those who have a strong interest in teaching dance and are either new to teaching or have some experience that they want to build on. The selected artists will take part in an introductory workshop with the program mentor, Jo White, that will offer practical advice and insight, and discuss questions related to developing a teaching practice.

Each artist will then be offered the opportunity to teach 3 public Monday evening classes (paid) over a three-week block at WXYZ Studios. Peer feedback mechanisms will be included in each class. One class will be attended by the mentor followed by a one-to-one mentoring session. Scroll down to read more about Jo White

Program details:
Successful applicants will receive:

  • The invitation to teach 3 evening classes (paid) as part of a new public program.
  • A professional development workshop with the program mentor.
  • A one-to-one feedback session with the program mentor.
  • Peer and participant feedback.
  • Free participation in evening classes throughout the program.

This pilot program runs between February and April 2021, and is part of LGI’s Back to Practice program.

Applicants must:

  • have a strong interest in and be committed to developing teaching skills and experience through participation in this program.
  • be available to participate in the introductory workshop on Saturday 6th February [time TBC], and be available to select at least one of the date options listed in the application.
  • work professionally in dance or identify as a professional dancer / dance artist.

We actively encourage applications from First Nations and CALD artists as well as artists who identify as Deaf or Disabled, or those identifying as LGBTIQA+.

Lucy Guerin Inc endeavours to make this application process and program accessible to all artists. Please list any access requirements in the application form. If you’d like to discuss alternative modes of submitting your application, such as via video, Word document or hard copy, please call, email or otherwise discuss with Tom Pritchard (contact details below).

How to apply:

Please note: It is not possible to save an application in progress and submit later. Please find a preview of the application questions here then complete the application in one go.

Complete this online form to apply.
Deadline for all submissions: 5pm, Friday 22 January 2021
Applicants will be notified via email shortly after the deadline.

Any questions, please contact Tom Pritchard: or call 03 9329 4213.

Jo White - Bio
Jo White is a Melbourne based performer and teacher. She danced in Germany with the Hamburg Ballet for four years and was a member of Phillip Adams BalletLab between 2002 and 2014, touring extensively with both companies. Most recently she has worked and performed with Shelley Lasica, Alice Will Caroline, Phillip Adams, Jude Walton and Siobhan Murphy.

Over the last 20 years Jo has had the pleasure of sharing, teaching and learning with and from people, experiencing a multitude of teaching scenarios, genres and learning styles. For the past 11 years she has taught ballet and contemporary at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (VCA) and has been a regular teacher of professional morning class at Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move. Jo is a certified Pilates and yoga teacher and has an ongoing interest in exploring modalities that deal with the dynamic and energetic relationships of the body, mind and spirit.

This program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Lead image: Bryony Jackson