Ballina Dancer Awarded NSW Young Regional Artist Fellowship

Ballina Dancer Awarded NSW Young Regional Artist Fellowship

Tara Coughlan, a senior dancer with Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, has been awarded a NSW Young Regional Artist Fellowship worth $10,000 by the NSW government through Create NSW.

The Fellowship is for the project, Escalate Further, which will allow Tara to be mentored by Canberra dance artist Liz Lea on solo and duet work, including a duet called Gemini with fellow Sprung!! dancer Sinead Skorka Brennan.

The Escalate program, coordinated by AusDance ACT, supports emerging dance artists between ages 16-26 across a variety of different dance genres. Tara was invited to apply to Escalate following her performances at a 2017 ACT International Women’s Day Cabaret , and at the BOLD Festival which honours the ongoing legacy of contemporary dance in Australia.

Approved by the NSW Minister of the Arts, Don Harwin MLC, and coordinated by Create NSW, the regional fellowships are designed to support professional development and participation in the arts and cultural activities in regional areas.

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Photograph | Andrew Sikorski