Spaces for Street Dance - research and feasibility study

  • Gunn, Rachael (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Shaheen, Feras (Chief Investigator)
  • Mohamed, Azzam (Partner Investigator)
  • Tauv, Alice (Partner Investigator)
  • Napalan, Lowe (Partner Investigator)
  • Wardana, Jack (Partner Investigator)
  • Peke, Stacy (Partner Investigator)
  • Reid, Kye (Partner Investigator)
  • Cornell, Matt (Partner Investigator)
  • Duong, Amelia (Partner Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


Spaces for Street Dance (unincorporated group) will carry out a research project to
-- gather international best practice models for ‘supported’ public space use for dance
-- collate information on current use of city spaces - the types of use and the barriers to extending or improving this use
-- scout, particularly all weather, spaces with the potential for –
-building relationships and partnerships with local businesses
-building relationships for local communities
-creation of ‘open’ studio spaces to encourage exchange across art communities -creation of ‘open’ studio spaces to enliven a precinct for wider leisure use
in each case to look at the opportunities and barriers both physical and sociological and ways to remove these
-- propose a way forward for suitable spaces
The resulting feasibility study report will be shared with all participating artists, community and businesses, with City of Sydney.
A broader set of insights and recommendations will be shared as a ‘guiding’ paper for other areas and groups who wish to undertake local work.
Publication of a paper on the initiative by Dr Rachael Gunn.
The research will be delivered by key researcher Feras Shaheen. Feras will work with the wider Spaces for Street Dance group to frame the conversations and to shape the research for wider consumption.
A knowledge circle will come together for this research drawn from across Sydney Street Dance forms/communities. They will be utilised in joint meetings and in one-to-one conversations around communities of dance, geographic and cultural communities and their own experiences across the city. The joint conversations will be convened by Rachael Gunn (Raygun).
Feras will undertake desk research alongside on the ground research (physical scouting and encounters with spaces) as well as drawing together ‘reports’ from knowledge circle members and invited guest contributors from arts and business communities.
Street Dance is an established sector in Sydney, growing from early roots in the 80s into a vibrant and diverse community, or connected communities, from across the city and drawing people in from surrounding areas.
An urban form, with a DIY ethos, and created by marginalized communities it is often under-valued by those within formal arts, government and financial structures. At the same time, it is utilized widely in youth work, in the commercial arts sector, in advertising and in promotional events. Street Dance is often the last go to for community-based or targeted activities but often draws the largest participation and attendance.
This research draws on and builds upon this heritage and practices of Street Dance -
Looking at ways in which the DIY ethos can be supported and extended by an enhanced offer at city spaces and by different relationships with local communities
Exploring how local businesses can support and benefit from partnerships with dance communities and their use of ‘local’ public space/s
Encouraging a different understanding of community practices, of youth involvement in Street Dance and related culture
- providing a way forward for improved use of city spaces, stronger arts and business relationships and wider community engagement
Short titleSpaces for Street Dance
Effective start/end date1/02/2331/10/23