Full-Time Performing Arts Courses 2019

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Dance Development Centre
Developing dancers since 1985
dancedevelopment.com.au | [email protected] | 02 6259 1550 | [email protected] | 02 9557 3736
DDC’s vocational dance courses allow young dancers to participate in a graduated training program alongside academic studies. Many of our DDC alumni are currently dancing in companies worldwide. Our Spence (Canberra) campus boasts a world-class full-time training program for school age students. Part-time and junior intensive streams for younger, developing dancers are available. DDC is now also in Sydney! Our Annandale (Sydney) Campus currently offers part-time and Junior Intensive streams. Our qualified and enthusiastic teachers, headed by Director Jackie Hallahan, are committed to nurture and develop student’s confidence in the pursuit of their personal goals. Entry into these courses is by audition during August and September.
Full-Time Vocational Dance Training Course
Time: School Years 7-12
Aims: To prepare students for university, further study or a professional dance career.
Subjects: Technique, Ballet, Contemporary, Performance, Repertoire, Choreography, (Theatrical dance streams are elective).
Performance opportunities: End of year performance season; Mid-year performances; Competitions; Festivals; Corporate events.
Part-Time Course
Time: Years 5-6 Primary, Years 7-8 High School
Aims: To prepare students for full-time dance study.
Subjects: Technique, Ballet, Contemporary, Performance, Repertoire, Choreography (Theatrical dance streams are elective).
Performance opportunities: End of year performance season; Mid-year performances; Competitions; Festivals; Corporate events.
Junior Intensive Stream
Time: Prior to high school year 7
Aims: To prepare students for part-time and full-time dance study.
Subjects: Technique, Ballet, Contemporary, Performance, Repertoire, Choreography (Theatrical dance streams are elective).
Performance opportunities: End of year performance season; Mid-year performances; Competitions; Festivals; Corporate events.


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Alegria Dance Studios
alegria.com.au
Hilary Kaplan
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? A good, pure technique is crucial for a solid career in dance. It will prevent injuries and will guarantee excellent results and ongoing consistency in performances.
First term issues? As most new full-time students are unaccustomed to the extended hours of the course and managing their schoolwork by correspondence, they are often very tired. Also, if they are working in a different way from what they are used to, they sometimes have minor injuries e.g. shin splints or the occasional tendonitis.
When should you see a health care professional? We are very aware of safe dance measures but we nevertheless suggest students see a physiotherapist once a month to ensure that everything is in order as a preventative exercise. Students see a podiatrist if and only when needed.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic is vital at all times as this trains them for future employment. Directors want not only good dancers, but dancers who are bright, alert, motivated, willing, reliable, and with a pleasant disposition who can work as a team.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Teachers, students and parents need to respect one another and realise everyone has a role to play in creating the dancer. Students need to trust their teachers and believe that are getting the best possible training. Parents need to trust the teachers and not interfere unnecessarily in their method of training. Teachers need to realise that while the training of the students is all important and time is short, they need to also ensure that the students are not being deprived of family and social life, so they can develop as normal human beings with their own individuality too. The students need to be, not only physically strong, but psychologically too.


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Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)
Move Into a Career in Dance
acpe.edu.au | [email protected] | 1300 302 867
Accredited
Established in 1917, ACPE is a leading national provider of Bachelor degrees in dance, sport, health, fitness and education and is a private higher education institution with nationally accredited degree programs registered with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. Study at the purpose-built campus in the mecca of sports excellence, Sydney Olympic Park. Dance courses deliver a mix of theoretical and practical learning that enable students to secure a career in dance across many different industry contexts.
Bachelor of Dance Education
Time: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Aims: To provide the knowledge and skills for students to become a qualified Dance teacher and Physical and Health Education teacher. This specialised degree, unique in Australia, develops the requisite pedagogical knowledge and understanding to be an effective classroom ready teacher with students undertaking school based practical experiences throughout their degree.
Subjects: Dance History, Foundations of Dance, Understanding Health, Skill Acquisition, Dance Composition, Dance Production, Popular Dance Styles, Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology, Professional Experience, Classroom Skills, Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching HPE, Classical Dance Styles, Practices in Movement, Child and Adolescent Development, Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching Dance, Dance Analysis, Theory and Application of Playing Sport, Contemporary Youth Health, Social Influences and Student Diversity, Dance Performance, Elements of Movements, Teaching Skills, Youth Health and Resilience, The Inclusive Classroom, Applied Exercise Physiology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Current Issues: A Teaching Research Report, Dance and Technology, and Literacy for Learning and Teaching.
Bachelor of Dance Practice
Time: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Aims: To produce graduates who are able to work in a range of capacities in dance development and the dance industry by providing students with the skills and knowledge required to be leaders within the dance industry and a wide range of community groups, in roles such as teachers, dance artists, facilitators, and administrators.
Subjects: Foundations of Dance, Understanding Health, Skill Acquisition, Dance Composition, Dance History, Dance Production, Popular Dance Styles, Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology, Classical Dance Styles, Functional Anatomy, Professional Integrity, Introduction to Sports Business, Dance and Somatics, Dance and Technology, Exercise and Social Development through the Lifespan, Building Professional Relationships (WIL), Teaching Skills: Dance Studio, Dance Promotion, Dance and Health (WIL), Dance Performance, Dance and Communities, Introduction to Performance and Exercise Psychology, Event and Project Management (WIL).
Bachelor of Health Science (Dance)
Time: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Aims: To enhance a professional’s understanding of synergies between dance and health science to facilitate work in both public and private organisations across a range of occupations. Students will learn how to apply scientific principles to dance movements, and develop a greater understanding of dance techniques and the risks associated with improper execution.
Subjects: Foundations of Dance, Understanding Health, Chemistry, Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport, Dance Composition, Biology, Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Nutrition, Dance History, Classical Dance Styles, Systems Anatomy and Physiology, Applied Exercise Physiology, Popular Dance Styles, Dance and Somatics, Principles of Health Promotion, Biomechanics, Professional Integrity, Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Research Design and Epidemiology, Research in Action (Dance), Psychology, Health and Physical Assessment, Small Business Management Principles, Exercise Prescription through the Lifespan, Dance Performance.
Performance opportunities (for all courses above): Assessments in class; extra assessment pieces; end of year performance. Students can join the ACPE Dance Company and the Cheer Squad, The Treasures, performing at graduation, community events, and relevant competitions and events.

Diane Grant
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Dance technique is the foundation of physical skills and understandings developed over time upon which dance students are able to perform a variety of dance styles with confidence, expression and conviction. Dance technique requires persistent training, and inherent in dance technique is an understanding of safe practice at all times, where the body is conditioned to be free from the risk of injury.
First term issues? Transitioning to tertiary study presents challenges, whether directly from high school or after a gap year or period of work. Adaptability is key to a successful learning experience. Students are expected to meet their educational challenges with maturity. Adapting from the dance studio environment to the tertiary dance environment also requires students to come to their theory and practical subjects open to new ideas and new ways to experience dance. Time management is also a common issue. Today’s tertiary students are over-extended with commitments to family, work and study. Students need to prioritise and make choices to create a healthy study pattern that will allow them to succeed.
When should you see a health care professional? It is important for students undertaking a three or four year dance course to fully acknowledge the physical requirements of consistent dance training. Students should consult a physiotherapist or other practitioner for a full body check to ensure that the prospective student is capable of meeting the physical requirements of the course. If, during the course, physical problems occur, it is vital to address the issue or injury immediately and act to minimise it.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic in dance studies means valuing the acquisition of knowledge and applying new ideas and concepts to broaden current understandings. Persistence, curiosity, responsiveness and reflection all contribute to a positive work ethic.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? The student/teacher relationship is one of mutual respect and learning. Dance teachers and lecturers guide students in their learning and provide individualised feedback to assist them in meeting their full potential. Connect with the teachers in all subjects, ask questions, apply feedback and build skills in each dance class, theory tutorial and assessment task.


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Brent Street
Australia’s Leading Performing Arts Training Facility
brentstreet.com.au | [email protected] | 1300 013 708
Accredited
Cutting-edge training from the industry’s best coaches and teachers producing the most employable talent for over three decades. Alumni can be found on stage in Australia, multiple international tours and productions, on the West End and Broadway. Brent Street Pty Ltd (RTO ID: 91488) is a Registered Training Organisation approved to deliver nationally recognised training. We have direct links to Focus Talent Management, Brent Street Creative Entertainment Consultancy, Hayes Theatre, Broadway Dance Centre NYC and countless Australian and international contacts in the entertainment industry – all of which will prove invaluable to students in launching their professional career.
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Time: 1 year
Aims: Designed for students either with a background in singing, dancing and acting or who excel in one or two performance areas and wish to refine their skill sets in the others and extend their musical theatre performance skills to a professional level.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Theatre Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Dance Audition Techniques, Safe Dance Practice, Musical Theatre History, Vocal Technique, Audition Repertoire and Masterclass, Harmony and Score Reading, Music Theory, Theatrical Make-Up and Hairstyles, Nutrition, Anatomy, Body Conditioning, Career Planning – self-promotion, networking, marketing, budgeting (includes 20 hours of volunteer work placement), Various guest lectures/ masterclasses/ industry forums.
Performance opportunities: 2 musical productions; 1 self-devised cabaret; End of year industry showcase.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) focusing in Performing Arts CUA50113
Time: 1 year
Aims: An intensive course based around the “Triple Threat” performer.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Tap, Commercial Lyrical, Pas de Deux, Urban Contemporary and Classical Contemporary, Acting, Singing, Performance Skills (and opportunities), Safe Dance Practice, Repertoire, Floor Barre, Theatrical Make-Up and Hairstyles, Career Progression including audition and casting preparation, Mentoring and how to prepare to be a freelance artist, Nutrition, Anatomy, Body Conditioning, Cultural Dance History and Theory.
Performance opportunities: Numerous competitions; Corporate events; End of year industry showcase.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) focusing in Classical Contemporary CUA50113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To produce a versatile, employable and technically diverse dancer by responding to the needs of contemporary dance and dance-makers working in the world today
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Commercial and Urban Contemporary, Classical Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Pas de Deux, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Commercial Lyrical, Contact and Improvisation, Choreography, Career Progression including audition and casting preparation, Mentoring, Nutrition, Anatomy, Body Conditioning, Performance skills and opportunities, Film, Repertoire, Floor Barre, Acting, Safe Dance Practice, Cultural Dance, History and Theory, Various industry workshops/ masterclasses/ forums.
Performance opportunities: Numerous competitions; Corporate events; End of year industry showcase.
Brent Street Academy
Time: School Years 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Aims: To provide talented, passionate, driven and highly engaged students an opportunity to study academic subjects alongside performing arts subjects.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Commercial and Theatre Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Commercial Lyrical, Urban Contemporary and Classical Contemporary, Acting, Singing, Performance Skills (and opportunities), Physical Conditioning.
All academic studies are through Cairns School of Distant Education (CSDE). In addition to your CSDE Contact Teacher, an Academic Supervisor is in attendance daily to oversee the student completing their studies.
Performance opportunities: Numerous competitions; End of year industry showcase.


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Classical Ballet 121
A personal approach
Accredited
classicalballet121.com | [email protected] | [email protected] | 0451 953 768
Students are enrolled in Distance Education Schooling. Tutoring is provided for best possible academic results. CB121 resides at Dance 102 a short walk from St Leonard’s station. Director Gillian Revie, former ballerina with The Royal Ballet and guest artist with The Australian Ballet offers personal guidance and equal attention to every student. In addition to the rigorous world-class ballet training, focus is given to physical and mental wellbeing. We nurture confident young dancers who understand their individual strengths and limitations, which leads to positive and realistic decision making for their futures. Our physiotherapist/anatomy tutor works closely with the faculty and students for a healthy, injury free studio. Students have successfully secured places in vocational schools such as QPAC, Houston Ballet Academy, Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and Dutch National. 100% of all RAD examinations have passed with distinction and we have had finalists in the Alana Haines, YAGP and Genée.
Classical Ballet 121 Part-Time
Part-time tuition can be provided to suit the needs of the individual. Programs can be tailor made around schooling/other dance commitments or activities.
Classical Ballet 121 Full-Time
Levels are determined by standard and numbers. Ballet, Pointe, Solos and Pas de Deux are split into standard appropriate groups with no more than 12 dancers in each class. Students age 13-18 are accepted into the school by audition and are placed in levels according to their ability. Classes begin at 8.30am and finish at 3.30pm Monday–Friday. Dancers are encouraged to take extra-curricular lessons that will complement their training. RAD exam work is led and prepared by Teresa Johnson as required.
Time: The length of this course depends on the individual. With our flexible structure, students are encouraged to take the time needed to achieve their personal goals.
Aims: To prepare students for the next step in their pursuit of a career in classical ballet. We care about our students dreams and aspirations and work hard to encourage them in the most appropriate direction to achieve them. Attention is given to CV writing, biographies and research on worldwide vocational schools and companies. We also provide unique opportunities in dance related subjects to encourage forward thinking and an appreciation of the broader picture.
Subjects:Fitness – Pilates, Yoga, In Power, Stretch. Dance – Ballet, Pointe, Solos, Virtuosity, RAD, Repertoire, Character, Pas De Deux, Contemporary, Spanish, Jazz. Education – Research, Anatomy, Ballet Theory, Tutor Doctor, Self Savvi. Workshops – Dance Styles, Dance History, Choreography, Benesh Notation, Stage Design, Nutrition. Private mentoring is available with Gillian Revie, Alistair Stewart, Alisha Coon and Natalie Ayton.
Performance opportunities: Termly Open Days, In House Choreographic Competition, Selected national and international competitions, End of year presentation, External event opportunities.


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The Conlan College
Individual Attention from World Class Teachers in State of the Art Facilities
conlancollege.com | [email protected] | 02 9144 6532
The Conlan College prides itself on working with each student to attain their personal best, with world-class teachers and small classes facilitating individual attention for each student. For the past three years, every full-time graduate has gained a place in the finishing school or company of their choice. The new, state of the art facilities in Pymble (5 minute walk from the station) comprise of six large studios (all with fully sprung floors and performance quality tarket), an in-house dance physiotherapist, lockers and change room facilities, dedicated café, yoga/pilates room and an academic study area. Parents are welcomed as partners in their child’s progress and encouraged to become part of The Conlan Community.

Full-Time Course
Time: 2-4 years (depending on standards upon entry)
Aims: To focus on each student to ensure they follow their own individual path, whether that is to an elite classical finishing school, a contemporary career, a university course, teaching or other goal.
Subjects: Vaganova Classical and Character, RAD Classical, Contemporary (Martha Graham, Cunningham), Pas de Deux, Choreography, Repertoire, Jazz, Company Class, Eisteddfod Groups and Solos, Improvisation.
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfod Groups and Solos; Examinations; Whole College concert; Professional positions (e.g. The Australian Ballet Company child roles, Limitless Dance Company).
Certificate IV in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA40113* & Advanced Diploma in Dance
(Elite Performance) CUA60113*
*offered in partnership with ATOD RTO 31024
Time: 1 year – Certificate IV; 1 year – Advanced Diploma
Aims: To focus on each student individually to ensure they are successful in gaining their Certificate IV in Dance (Elite Performance) and Advanced Diploma in Dance
(Elite Performance) Nationally recognised qualifications.
Subjects: Contemporary (Martha Graham, Cunningham), Open Classical Class, RAD Classical Option, Partnering, Choreography, Repertoire, Jazz, Company Class, Eisteddfod Groups and Solos, Improvisation.
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfod Groups and Solos; Examinations; Whole College concert; Professional positions.


Emma-Jane Morton
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Good and well-executed technique will ensure a dancer’s longevity, prevent injury, build strength, flexibility and refine movement quality.
First term issues? Exhaustion, muscle pain and concentration.
When should you see a health care professional? In a perfect world approximately once a month would be ideal, this would ensure that little niggles can be addressed and rectified without major consequences.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Extremely important, one should always strive for their personal best in every class. Speaking from experience not every role that you will perform will inspire you but you must always put the same amount of effort into everything asked of you. This quality is well respected by directors and choreographers.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Most of the communication with parents is through the director of the school Susan Anderssen. Nevertheless, there needs to be a trust between what the teacher/director is saying and the parents. Teachers have the students best interests at heart and are helped to achieve results with the support and understanding of the parents. Students need to also trust in their teachers. Each point of the triangle has its role and success relies on common respect.


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Dargie FULLTIME
Relevant Training for Today’s Industry
dargieentertainment.com.au | [email protected] | 0430 110 824
Accredited
Dargie FULLTIME is open for 2019 in Broadway, Sydney. With a top faculty of agents, current entertainment employers and industry professionals, our course is about relevant training for today’s industry. Focusing on technical training, commercial and industry practice/readiness, this is where you need to be for 2019. Students will graduate technically proficient, with the ability to quickly pick up and retain varied styles of choreography and will have a sound knowledge of what is required to work as a professional entertainer. The course is located 5 minutes from Central Station.

Dargie FULLTIME Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To produce all round professional performers with strong technical and commercial training, who understand ‘life after full-time’ and can find employment in the competitive world of professional entertainment.
Subjects: Ballet, Commercial, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Audition Technique, Fitness Training, Musical Theatre, Vocals, Acting for Camera, Heels Technique, Hip Hop, Choreography, Industry lectures, European Cabaret, Burlesque, Image Management, Business Practice.
Elective Majors: Vocals, Acting for Camera, Musical Theatre.
Performance opportunities: Graduation and Charity events/charity fundraisers; View professional rehearsals and work alongside current professionals through Dargie’s Professional Agency and Production Company. Students do not perform for free at corporate events that would otherwise be paid jobs for professionals. We believe in preserving the professional dance industry so that students may graduate into a world with many paid opportunities available.


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ED5 INTERNATIONAL
We Are Passionately Committed to Striving for Brilliance
ed5international.com.au | gotoed5.com |[email protected] | 02 9746 0848
Accredited
ED5INTERNATIONAL is proud to offer their unique accredited Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, exclusive to ED5INTERNATIONAL. Guided by William A. Forsythe with founders Elena & Mario De Cinque it boasts Australia’s leading faculty. Graduates perform in Musical Theatre, television, stage, theme parks, overseas contracts, cruise ships and a multitude of other entertainment arenas. The course is Accredited by ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority), NRT (Nationally Recognised Training) and AQF (Australian Quality Framework). ED5INTERNATIONAL is located in Bakehouse Lane, George Street, North Strathfield, a short 5 min walk from North Strathfield train station, there is ample street parking available. Our students will become the employed performer. They achieve this through dedication, discipline, talent and a lot of laughter and love. Our course is also full of a lot of joy, for the love of performing arts. Our mission has been to create, enhance, elevate the profile of Performing Arts in Australia and internationally and we are proud to say our mission has been and continues to be accomplished after 18 years. We are passionately committed to striving for brilliance.
ED5INTERNATIONAL 10149NAT Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts
Time: 2 years
Aims: To produce talent that is industry ready and employable at successful completion of the course. During the course each student is individually monitored, assessed and guided to achieve successful Graduation and a career with longevity. ED5INTERNATIONAL graduates are currently very strongly working in the Entertainment Industry both nationally and internationally.
Subjects: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Singing, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acting, Group Harmonies, Repertoire, Performance Coaching, Cabaret, Lyrical, Nutrition, History of Musical Theatre, Music Theory, Anatomy, Image Management, Make-up, Acrobatics, Improvisation, Choreography, Audition Technique, Mock Audition Class, Heels, Strength and Conditioning, Yoga, Cardio, Pilates, Swing Class and more.
Performance opportunities: Repertoire Performances, Acting Showcase, Graduation Performance, Arnott’s Biscuits Charity Ball, Nicole Fitzsimons Fundraising Ball & Cara House Charity Function


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Ettingshausens
Looking for an all-round triple threat full-time course?
ettingshausenspro.com.au | [email protected] | 02 9545 3033
Accredited
Ettingshausens PRO faculty has been carefully selected for their strengths in their respective fields. World class teachers and mentors such as Stephen Tannos, Cassandra Bartho, Eden Petrovski, Neale Whittaker, David Mclean, Sophie Holloway, Sarah Stollery, Natasha Crane, Gaynor Hicks, Jo Ansell, Kate Larter, Julian Caillon, Tobias Madden, Troy Harrison, Jake Murray and Aimee Regan make up the weekly teaching faculty. Students receive personal attention and advice from Australian and International Industry Guests, including but not limited to: Kelley Abbey, The Squared Division, Marko Panzic, PJ Clarke, Amy Campbell, Thern Reynolds, Kaylie Yee and Michael Stein. The renowned facility offers 12 fully equipped air-conditioned studios, professionally staffed reception and office, separate junior and senior campuses, plenty of parking and a student area with kitchen. RTO#40539.
Certificate IV Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To refine students’ talents, extend their skills and build their knowledge of the professional performing arts industry whilst developing their unique brand.
Subjects: Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Latin, Choreography, Improvisation, Tap, Singing, Acting, Acrobatics, Fitness, Nutrition, Performance Theory, Business Skills, Modelling, Dance to Camera, Broadway Jazz, JFH.
Performance opportunities: Mardi Gras; Comedy Festival; Australian Dance Festival Showcase; Festivals; Corporate Events; End of year Graduation Show.
Certificate IV Teaching and Management CUA40313
Time: 1 year part-time
Aims: To produce the dance teacher and choreographer that everyone wants to hire. To provide the tools to make a positive impact as a teacher and skills to build the studio of your dreams by learning the secrets of running a successful dance studio and how to create your own professional dance business from well-known mentors.
Subjects: Dance Technique and Choreography, Safe and Effective Teaching, Planning Classes and Assessing Students, Production Management, Business Management and Operations, Managing Small Teams, Marketing The Small Business.
Performance opportunities: Practical teaching placements across all age groups and genres; Show production; Professional dance events; Concerts.

Sophie Holloway

Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique is a prerequisite for any dancer, as it helps to sustain an injury-free and fully mobile body. A dancer’s body is their instrument, it continually needs to be strengthened and reassessed over time. Technique also enables a dancer to execute more difficult movements and in a long term career, having strong technique means you are more likely to be employed for a wider range of work and performance opportunities.
First term issues? Many students battle with fresh or pre-existing injuries in their first term due to over-use as well as lack of strength. Dancing 6 hours a day, 5 days a week – the recovery time between classes is sometimes not enough for their level of technique. The over-use, repetition and stress on the body causes this. Trying new skills, too early, can be another factor. Give your body sufficient rest and recovery time, implement correct warm up and cool downs, do lots of stretching and ensure you only attempt skills at your level.
When should you see a health care professional? Do not ignore minor aches and pains in the hope they will disappear on their own. Many students self diagnose or ignore pain, in fear of missing out on dancing. Consult with a physio at the earliest stage possible, to help with quick relief and injury prevention. A dance specialist physiotherapist understands that the priority is to keep you dancing.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A teacher can tell a lot about a student’s potential by analysing the way they apply themselves in classes and most importantly, their consistency. A strong work ethic makes you reliable and shows self motivation, imperative skills for booking gigs later on. It means you continually apply yourself in all genres, self correct, take initiative and tackle your weaknesses with confidence and determination.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? A successful and rewarding relationship among teachers, students and parents doesn’t happen overnight. Many ingredients come into play to make this a harmonious and rewarding experience however the first is trust. Trust that the teacher will know the pace the student should be learning at, the choreography they should be attempting, the music, the amount of classes they need etc. Also, communication is important. Students should feel like they can ask for help when needed and parents and teachers should be able to discuss concerns freely.


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FIRST POSITION AUSTRALIA
Tailor made curriculum for a tailor made professional dance career
firstpositionaustralia.com | [email protected]
FIRST POSITION AUSTRALIA offers the highest training for classical students. Our Intensive programs are designed for dancers from junior through to pre-professional levels. With our internationally renowned faculty: Vicki Attard, Vadym Domashchenko, Hassan Sheta, Mark Dubovsky and Cloudia Elder, we concentrate on the refinement of skills and the professional development of the dancer. Our Programs are deeply committed to a high caliber of training to maintain the respected tradition of classical ballet. We focus on coaching correct placement technique, correct physical development, and personal discipline balanced with pure aesthetic vision, emphasising the joy, beauty and tradition of classical ballet.
Intensive Ballet and Contemporary Programs
Time: Part-Time Program: (12-18 years old)
Intensive Trainee Ballet Program: Junior Transition Division (7-10 years old); Pre-Professional Division (11- 18 years old).
Aims: To nurture promising talent so that every provision is made for them to be the best.
Subjects: Open Classical Ballet, RAD Ballet, Vocational Grades, Repertoire, Variations, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Neo-Classical, Pilates, Stretching and Body Conditioning, National Character, Contemporary, Nutrition, Audition Training Technique.


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FSDance & College of Creative Arts
Creating Artists of Tomorrow
Accredited
fsdance.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4973 3133
FSDance & College of Creative Arts produces exceptional dancers who are independent & equipped for the Dance Industry. Experience powerful growth with one-on-one guidance and expertise from inspiring & professional mentors. Dancers are encouraged to develop their own artistry and to explore expression through other ‘creative arts’ mediums giving diversity and an edge on their competitors. Whilst ballet and contemporary are the foundations for the full-time courses, a comprehensive list of subjects are offered and students are personally coached to enable employment in a wider context of dance and related careers. Our Transition Schooling Program is tailored specifically for the dancer who wishes to complete their schooling alongside increased hours of dance training. Students thrive as a result of the holistic, nurturing, learning experiences in Education & the Arts.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Majoring in: Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Majoring in: Commercial Dance
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
All Full Time courses Auspiced with the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD)
Transition Program
(YRS 7-12 SCHOOLING & DANCE)
Time: Courses are taken between 1-3yrs full-time depending on ability and previous training.
Aims: FSDance & College of Creative Arts strives for excellence in every program and encourages a healthy self-esteem and confidence through dance and personally assists every student to achieve their personal dreams. We seek to challenge students’ creativity and expression, to continue to provide new and exciting opportunities in dance and performing arts, empowering them to be the best they can be. We are proud of our many graduates that are now dancing professionally in Australia & overseas, in ballet, theatre & commercial styles, running their own studios, or have successful employment in related dance careers.
Subjects: Comprehensive training in RAD Ballet & Open Classes, Exam Coaching, Repertoire, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Character, Contemporary, Jazz, Singing, Musical Theatre, Pilates, Drama/Mime, Anatomy, Nutrition, Music, Safe Dance Practice, Dance History, Composition, Acrobatics, Career Preparation & Audition Technique. ** Creative Arts classes to enhance dance training; include movement in photography, textures & environments, drawing, painting, design and music.
Performance opportunities: Mid-year performances & End of Year Productions, Graduations, Comps, Festivals and Corporate events.


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Joanne Grace School of Dance
Be Inspired. Be Challenged. Reach your potential
joannegrace.com.au | [email protected] | 0413 006 110
Accredited
Joanne Grace School Of Dance is an emerging full-time school situated in Wollongong. Offering courses for the passionate and dedicated, and providing relief from lengthy commutes to the CBD for students outside Sydney. Graduates have secured contracts, short term offers, scholarships and/or summer school offers with various cruise ships, theatre shows, and contemporary and classical dance companies and schools around the world including Joffrey Ballet School, Rambert School, New Zealand School Of Dance (Classical and Contemporary stream), The Australian Ballet School, Alvin Ailey, Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet School, West Australian Ballet, New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden and Houston Ballet Academy. Certificate IV is offered via an auspice arrangement with National College Of Dance Pty Ltd RTO#91281.
Certificate IV In Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To further develop, inspire and challenge, with the aim of helping dancers reach their full potential as artists, through exceptional teacher/student ratios and a careful, structured and individual approach in all classes, and to provide students with a Nationally Recognised Qualification.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Repertoire, Boys Coaching, Contemporary, Pilates and Conditioning, Choreography
Full-Time or Part-Time Program
Time: Full-Time (5 days/wk) or Part-Time (on an individual basis)
Aims: To improve strength, flexibility and alignment to assist with injury prevention and longevity as well as develop a strong sense of performance and artistry in both Classical and Contemporary dance, and prepare students for pre-professional training leading to a career in classical or contemporary dance. Also, to support students existing schooling whilst maintaining the connection to their dance school of choice when choosing the part-time option.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Repertoire, Boys Coaching, Contemporary, Pilates and Conditioning, HSC Dance.
Performance opportunities for all courses: Competitions and Masterclasses locally, state wide and internationally.


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Lee Academy
The Most Complete & Versatile Training Program
leeacademy.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4358 1528
Accredited
Lee Academy Full-Time makes the link for dancers from students to professionals. Providing a guided career pathway for aspiring performers and giving students every opportunity to expand their skills, nurture versatility and explore artistic self expression.
LA Fulltime PTY LTD : RTO #70230
Advanced Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Acro and Aerial Fulltime: including Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40313
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management CUA40113
Certificate IV in Arts Administration CUA40813
Certificate III in Dance CUA30113
Time: Advanced Diploma: 3 years
Diploma: 2 years
Cert IV: 1 year
Cert III: 1 year
Aims: To enable students to take a huge leap closer to their dreams and guide them into a successful professional career with a nationally recognised qualification.
Subjects: Accent Training, Acrobatics/Gymnastics, Acrodancer, Acting, Anatomy and Nutrition, Ballroom Dance, Choreography, Classical Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Dance Psychology, Heel Technique, Hip Hop, Industry Practices, Jazz – Broadway, Jazz – Commercial, Kicks Turns Leaps (Ktl), Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Theory and History, Partnering, Pointe, Pop Vocal, Private Tuition, Professional Development, Performance Psychology, Silk Tissue, Trapeze and Lyra, Stage and Screen Choreography, Stage and Theatre Practices, Stagecraft, Tap, Theatre Dance, Theatre Vocal, Theatrical Make-Up, Tumbling/Flips, Vocal Ensemble.
Performance opportunities: Multitudes of performance opportunities available in the best theatres and performance spaces across the country.


Jo Cotterill
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique, along with versatility, work ethic, communication skills & passion for dance are tantamount in achieving a long and happy career. At Lee Academy Fulltime, we make sure that all our students have technique classes across all genres of dance whilst in full-time to ensure that the journey of a sensational career begins and continues.
First term issues? A common issue amongst first year full-timers would be challenges with adherence to the training schedule. Our class timetable is designed to work perfectly and get excellent results when it is undertaken in its entirety. I encourage all dancers to be in class as much as possible.
When should you see a health care professional? It is important that all dancers be proactive in prevention of injury by taking weekly technique classes, and staying fit and healthy. Make sure your body and your mind get adequate rest. If you do get an injury see a professional immediately and follow their advice. Never ignore an injury.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic is essential whilst studying as our students work with industry professionals every day with most hiring dancers straight out of our classes. We also have many international guest artists come into our facility to share their knowledge and skills, which provides great opportunities for our students to learn and network for job opportunities.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? We are committed to open and honest communication at all times, between the dancer, parents and support team and the teaching team. This always leads to enjoying successful & rewarding relationships.


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The McDonald College
Australia’s Leading Academic and Performing Arts College
mcdonald.nsw.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9752 0507
Accredited
The McDonald College is the only school of its kind in Australia, which provides students with a combined academic and performing arts education. We are Sydney-based, non-denominational and co-ed, catering for Years 3-12. We specialise in Acting, Ballet, Dance, Music and Musical Theatre. As an industry provider for over 30 years, we have produced an impressive alumni network both locally and internationally. From Film and Television, to Ballet and Broadway, our diverse alumni successes are a testament to our teachings. Some of our alumni include Amanda McGuigan (The Australian Ballet), Daniel Raso (Grease the Mega-Musical, Matilda), Dimitri Kleioris (An American in Paris on Broadway, Flesh and Bone), Emma Watkins (The Wiggles), and Kip Gamblin (The Bodyguard: Musical, All Saints, Home and Away, Neighbours). Enrolments open all year.
Performing Arts College
Time: School Years 3-12.
Aims: To provide our students with the opportunity to pursue their passion for the performing arts whilst benefitting from a full academic education.
Subjects: Performance streams include Acting, Ballet, Dance, Music and Musical Theatre.
Performance opportunities: Yearly performances at some of Sydney’s biggest venues including NIDA Playhouse and Riverside Theatres.


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National College of Dance
Producing Australia’s Future Leading Artists
nationalcollegeofdance.com | [email protected] | 02 4952 9294
Accredited
In 2017, 100% of our graduating students received offers from institutions all over the world. Statistically National College of Dance, located in Newcastle NSW, is one of the most successful schools within Australia. Every student receives world class training from some of the most acclaimed teachers in Australia, all in the comforts of being close to home and without the worries and expense of having to go to a big city.


WE ALSO OFFER
• Classical Ballet and Contemporary streams up to Diploma level;
• The extra support of preparing students for auditions through regular in-house audition classes;
• Career planning sessions;
• Life skill sessions;
• Assistance with photo portfolios;
• Audition videos;
• Healthy eating nutrition sessions;
• Train in Australia’s most dynamic coastal town
Certificate III In Dance CUA30113
Time: 1 year part-time (Distance Education Year 10); 2 years part-time (Distance Education Year 9)
Aims: To prepare students at the start of their journey towards a professional career by focusing on a foundation level in all genres with a concentration on the foundations of classical ballet, and technique and performance in all genres.
Subjects: Technique, Ballet, Jazz, History, Nutrition, Anatomy, Choreography, Audition Techniques, Teaching, Goal Setting And Career Planning.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To train dancers, with a concentration towards choreography in both classical and contemporary, and develop skills leading to audition for a wide variety of national and international ballet or contemporary programs. A lead in to further training in pre-professional dance programs, musical theatre productions, stage shows, pantomimes, fashion parades, TV shows, films and commercials.
Subjects: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, History, Nutrition, Anatomy, Choreography, Goal Setting and Career Planning, Audition Preparation.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50114
Time: 1 year
Aims: To produce a strong, versatile and employable performer able to perform complex technical routines across a wide range of dance genres in preparation for a professional career within Australia or Internationally.
Subjects: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, History, Nutrition, Anatomy, Choreography, Goal Setting and Career Planning, Audition Preparation.
Intensive Training Program
Time: 1-3 years part-time from School Years 7-9 (½ day to 2½ days per week option available)
Aims: Designed as a bridging program between a student’s academic training and working towards full-time training.
Subjects: Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Choreography.
Performance opportunities for all courses: Mid-year performances; Competitions; Extras; Festivals; Corporate Events; End of year productions. Our students regularly perform to live musicians and we have one commissioned composer where students are choreographed to while the music is being composed.


Brett Morgan
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique plays a huge role in dancers longevity. Firstly being a safe and strong dancer. When going in and out of difficult steps as well as taking risks with virtuosity, having strong technique prevents you from getting injured and makes you durable and consistent. The second aspect is the aesthetics of performance, with strong technique it will be the foundation of all aspects of dance genres and will assist in promotion and employment in work.
First term issues? The most common issue dancers have is simply tiredness. Generally their weekly hours increase by a third which really takes a toll on a young person’s body both mentally and physically. Getting plenty of rest and a healthy diet is crucial at this time.
When should you see a health care professional? A new full-time student should get a massage once a week and if any injury presents itself they should have it seen to immediately with their preferred carer. You need to learn to understand your body and have it cared for appropriately. Good nutrition is also key in muscle maintenance and energy levels.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic is vital to employment opportunities. This of course also equates to good time management. Getting into a familiar routine and being open to direction in a polite courteous way is how we improve and what outside prospective employers take notice of. Directors will take work ethic as a key ingredient to employment.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? The most essential ingredient for teachers, students and parents is trust and communication. The students and parents need to trust the teacher and all parties must be honest and able to consistently communicate with each other.


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Newcastle Ballet Theatre
Excellence in Classical Ballet & Contemporary Dance Training
newcastleballettheatre.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4956 9372
Accredited
NBT’s Full-Time Program aims to improve and refine technique, strength, knowledge, and presentation. Focusing on Classical Ballet, and with over 30 studio hours each week, including Private Coaching, dancers are challenged to become stronger technicians, and well rounded artists, ultimately preparing them for entry into the professional dance world. All qualifications are issued through ATOD (RTO #31624). Non-Certificate study is also available.
CUA30113 Certificate III in Dance
Time: 2.5 days per week Part-Time
CUA40113 Certificate IV in Dance & CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) Time: Full-Time Program.
NBT Full Time Program
Time: 2 years (Certificate IV in Dance 1st Year full-time), (Diploma of Dance – Elite Performance 2nd Year full-time).
Aims: To mentor and train young dancers, in a positive and professional environment, to become technically sound and well rounded artists.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variations/Repertoire, Contemporary, Boys Coaching, Pas de deux, Pilates, Yoga, Stretch & Conditioning, Aqua Fitness, Dance History, Anatomy, Competition Coaching, Choreography
Performance opportunities: 2 Concerts annually, as well local and national competitions & local performances


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Redlands Ballet & Dance Academy
Dance Tuition Combined with Academic Study
redlands.nsw.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9908 6461
Accredited
The unique Redlands Ballet and Dance Academy, established in 1998, is a nurturing and challenging environment enabling students to combine academic study with a full ballet and dance program. Over 250 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 participate in the various programs developing confidence, mental alertness, commitment and exceptional strength of character. Students can either undertake vocational Dance education and training in Secondary School, including the choice of HSC and IB Dance, or participate in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap as a co-curricular activity. The Academy has provided an important stepping stone for students to gain places in overseas Ballet Schools such as the Royal Ballet School of London, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School of American Ballet, as well as our own Australian Ballet School.
Higher School Certificate Dance
Time: 2 years – Years 11-12
Aims: To undertake a broad study of Dance as an art form organised around the three interrelated components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation. The course is a precursor to university or vocational study of Dance.
International Baccalaureate Dance
Time: 2 years – Years 11-12
Aims: To develop the creative aspects of composing original works, the comparative knowledge of several dance styles from more than one culture and/or tradition and an understanding of dance technique and facility in performing dances. The course is a precursor to university or vocational study of Dance.
Year 8-10 Curriculum Dance
Time: 3 years – Years 8-10
Aims: To develop Performance, Composition and Appreciation skills as a precursor to HSC or IB Dance.
Subjects: HSC Dance – Core: Performance, Composition, Appreciation; Major Study – Performance, Composition, Appreciation, Film
IB Dance – Performance, Composition and Analysis, World Dance Studies
RAD Grades and Senior Examinations
Performance opportunities: Students have many performance opportunities including Eisteddfods externally, the School’s Gala Arts Festival, Musical and end of year Ballet & Dance Concert, all held at The Concourse, Chatswood and the School’s Speech Night.


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Sydney College of Dance
Creating Successful Futures for Aspiring Young Artists
sydneycollegeofdance.com | [email protected] | 02 9450 2652
Accredited
SCD offers professional Full-Time Dance and Transition programs for students from the age of 11-20 years. The internationally renowned syllabus, ArtistPro International, optimally prepares students for an international career in ballet and contemporary companies. Dancers will achieve a strong adaptable technique; develop their own individual artistry and are guided to achieve the psychological and emotional readiness needed to enter the professional dance world. Students will be individually prepared for mid-year assessments, RAD exams; professional school and company auditions; scholarships; national and international competitions. The focus of our program is always on the individual. Class numbers are kept small to meet the needs of each student and recognise and nurture individual talent and potential. Regular opportunities to discuss and set long and short-term goals are an integral facet of the program.
ArtistPro International
Advanced Diploma of Dance CUA60113* (5 days) for advanced pre-professional students (ages 16+) (In partnership with ATOD – RTO 31624).
ArtistPro Full Time Dance (5 Days) for experienced pre-professional students (ages 14+)
ArtistPro Transition (1-3 Days) for students getting ready to start Full Time Dance (ages 14+).
ArtistPro Youth Transition (1 Day) for students starting pre-professional training (ages 11-15).
Time: Dependent upon age and level of each student.
CUA60113 – Advanced Diploma of Dance (18-month) Jan 2019-July 2020
Aims: The ArtistPro Full Time Dance and Transition Program (APP) has been created to enable graduates to emerge as complete dancers who are ready to work and succeed in a professional dance environment.
Subjects: Ballet, Contemporary, Ballet & Contemporary Variation, Girls Pointe & Technique, Boys Ballet Technique, Pas de deux , Virtuosity, Improvisation, Composition & Choreography, Company Repertoire, Studio Pilates (Reformer available), Safe Dance & Injury Prevention, Nutrition for dancers, Performance Psychology, Performance & Audition Coaching, Private Coaching, Career planning, Preparation for auditions & Preparation for national/international competitions and Dance history, Stage Makeup and Hair.
Performance opportunities: Each year a professional full-length end of year theatre production – Sydney Ballet Theatre Youth Company (SBTYC) – and an annual Winter Showcase on a stage. National and International Tours, Eisteddfods, International Competitions, Scholarships, Dance Festivals and choreographic competitions.

Xanthe Geeves
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? A dancer’s technique plays a vital role in the longevity of a dancer’s career. A weak technique can result in incorrect alignment and an imbalance of muscles which can lead to chronic injuries. Professional company directors expect their dancers technique will ensure a high quality of movement in any type of choreography.
First term issues? When dancers increase their hours from part-time to full-time, they will experience energy depletion from the increase in physical exertion. Focusing on correct technique will assist in avoiding injuries. Many students struggle to balance their academic and dance studies because of tiredness and lack of time management skills. To ease into this transition dancers should increase hours incrementally to build up strength and avoid overloading developing bodies.
When should you see a health care professional? I think it’s vital to have a dance physiotherapist to assess students initially to identify any potential problems and to set short term and long term physical goals. A tailored conditioning program to improve areas of weakness and to also prevent injuries is optimal. During the assessment, a physio will also refer students for podiatry treatment if necessary. Teachers working in collaboration with health professionals ensures that each student’s needs are specifically addressed.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Drawing from my personal experience, after working with different directors and choreographers, opportunities always resulted from a strong work ethic, consistent effort and reliability. It’s important for students to learn, that through consistent hard work, self-determination and positive frame of mind, they will be resilient through adverse times. Directors want to work with dancers who inspire them as artists, dancers they can trust, and dancers whose professionalism they can rely upon.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? A teacher needs to look at each student as a unique individual and be fully aware of their strengths and areas needed to be worked on. Communication with parents is an ongoing process and can be initiated by both parent and teacher. If parents understand that a teacher has the best interests of their child at heart then trust will be built in the relationship. An important part of the student/teacher relationship is the ongoing process of review and shared goal setting. The teacher is there to facilitate, through careful guidance, the student’s talent and future prospects as a professional with a long lasting career.


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Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
A Selective School for the Talented and Dedicated
classicalcoaching.com | [email protected] | 02 9439 4424
The Tanya Pearson Academy is internationally renowned for its quality of training in classical ballet and its outstanding students achievements. In 2014 Lucinda Dunn OAM (The Australian Ballet’s longest serving ballerina and former Tanya Pearson student) was appointed Artistic Director. With the esteemed and reputable faculty bringing extensive international experience, five studios plus on-site physiotherapy facilities and academic tutoring, excellent public transport, the Academy continues to remain a leader in providing world-class ballet training. Many students have gained success in international competitions including the Prix de Lausanne, Genée International Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix. The Academy prides itself on its extensive alumni who are now performing professionally around the world and is committed to its mission of creating career opportunities for dancers overseas and within Australia. 2018 graduate Cameron Holmes was accepted directly into The Australian Ballet.
Full-Time Pre-Professional Program
Full-Time Classical Ballet Program
Full-Time Dancers Program
Full-Time Junior & Senior Transition Programs
NEW Full-Time Cygnet Program
Time: 1-6 years (depending on age and level)
Aims: To nurture and develop artistry whilst inspiring and educating young dancers to excel with a strong work ethic needed for a professional dance career.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, RAD Syllabus, Cecchetti Syllabus, Boys Coaching, Contemporary, Improvisation, Repertoire, Pointe, Competition Coaching, Anatomy, Nutrition, Dance Theory, Rehabilitation Classes, Technique Coaching, Pas de Deux, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique, Onsite Academic Tutoring.
Performance opportunities: Sydney City Youth Ballet; The Australian Ballet Company; Guest artists for youth companies or events; International Competitions, Overseas Audition Tours.

Lucinda Dunn
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique is imperative not only for aesthetics, but also for safe dancing and looking after one’s body. Understanding your technique, and the capabilities of your body, enhances lines, enables artistic freedom and the ability to develop as an artist.
First term issues? Fatigue! I find that students coming into our full-time program in the initial weeks are very excited, but long and repetitive hours become evident in the body during Term 1. Also sore toes for the girls with increased amounts of pointe work. Trying to keep up with schoolwork needs to be kept in check, which having access to professional Tutors on site to assist with academic studies can help with.
When should you see a health care professional? We have an onsite physiotherapy team, who give lectures on anatomy and ballet specific knowledge. It’s such a benefit to be able to have immediate care on little issues and questions that may become bigger issues if left too long. It’s a good idea to have a massage and preventative treatments, and have toes and feet cared for by a professional when needed.
How important is a consistent work ethic? I’m adamant that work ethic is paramount in succeeding in today’s world, especially the ballet world! Students must be self-driven and ready to work in every class. Nothing is handed to you, you must work! Be self-motivated, watch, listen and implement corrections.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Lead by example, as a teacher, be prepared, on time, and positive. Leave all other external issues at home. Correspondence with parents, information, changes etc to be relayed and not left to be heard by others. Same applies with faculty, listen to concerns, suggestions, or queries, so everybody is aware of what is expected.


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TNSPA.PROFESSIONAL @ The Next Step Performing Arts
Take THE NEXT STEP in your Performing Arts Career in 2019 and Join TNSPA.PROFESSIONAL Full-time Course NOW
tnspa.pro & tnsperformingarts.com | [email protected] | 02 7900 3108
Accredited
The Next Step Performing Arts is proud to present TNSPA.PROFESSIONAL, THE WINTERS EXPERIENCE & COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS 2019. Audition now for our one year Full-time Performing Arts Course or College Of Performing Arts. TNSPA.PRO is a pre professional full-time performing arts training course for young artists looking at creating a career in the performing arts industry. We deliver the highest level of performing arts training. Guided by world-class teachers, experts and mentors in all area’s of the entertainment industry.
Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) majoring in Performing Arts or Contemporary Dance
Time: 1 Year
Aims: Pre Professional Performing Arts course for students wanting a career in the entertainment industry.
Subjects: All areas of the performing and creative arts.
Performance opportunities: Graduation, Charities, Corporate Events, Film Projects and other professional opportunities.

Laura Webb & Kris Lewis
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique gives a dancer core strength. Being able to control your body allows you to control movement in motion. Without strength in the right areas as a dancer, it can cause injuries therefore shortening the life span of a dancer’s career.
First term issues? Although this is our first year running full-time training, our extensive experience in the dance industry tells us that fatigue and the change of environment & training habits will have a huge impact on first time full-timers. Full-time is a pivotal point in student’s lives which creates questions about who they are as an artist. Also, injury prevention is a focus during first term due to a more intense and higher level of training.
When should you see a health care professional? Once per month to ensure that their body is staying in peak condition and to strengthen weaker areas to avoid injury and better the overall result within training.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Work ethic is the key in training. Within our course we will have industry choreographers & mentors training our students. Being that our course is exclusive and having industry mentors (potential employers) monitoring them on a weekly basis, students will be taught that work ethic is paramount to becoming successful within the performing arts industry.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Creating a community of open communication within a positive environment.


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Village Nation
Once a Street, Then a Village, Now a NATION
villagenation.com.au | [email protected] | 02 9043 0338
Accredited
Village Nation is committed to providing the best teachers and trainers alongside emotional and spiritual support to allow students to reach their fullest potential both on and off the stage. Village Nation currently operates from a state of the art studio located at 32 Bowden St Alexandria. All 7 studios are custom-built with sprung Harlequin floors, mirrors, sound systems, and audio/visual equipment. The campus is well serviced by public transport, bus and train services, with Green Square station only an 8 minute walk. Students are eligible to apply for Concession Opal Cards. Students in the course full-time may apply for Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy.
RTO- 31624
Fulltime Cert IV in Dance CUA40113
Fulltime Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Fulltime Diploma in Dance CUA50213
Fulltime Cert IV in Dance Teaching Management CUA40313
Village Nation College
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide students with the best all rounded education to prepare them fully for a professional career in the performing arts industry.
Subjects: Partnering, Jazz, Street Dance, Dance Performance, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Choreography, Performance Skills, Musical Theatre, Physical Conditioning, Hip hop, Lyrical.
Performance opportunities: Corporate Events working with industry professionals; Television appearances and Commercial opportunities; Australian Dance Festival; Graduation Performance; Prepared for Professional Auditions.


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Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy
Queensland’s Elite Classical Ballet Academy Nurturing Talented Young Dancers to Achieve Their Individual Goals
vaganova.com.au | [email protected] | 07 5591 7027
ABDA the original Gold Coast ballet school offering Vaganova based program. Located near private schools and Southport bus/tram lines, the premises boasts 3 purpose-built, spacious studios fitted with tarkett floors and wall-to-wall mirrors, a study room, student lounge/kitchen, physiotherapist, and photographic studio. Students accepted by audition only. Teachers are former professionals with extensive teaching experience, with the careful training and nurturing of each child being paramount. Since 2008 every student has gained placement at the international school of their choice including: Royal Ballet School, John Cranko Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy, Junior Company of the Kirov Academy Washington DC, Bavarian State Opera Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Rudra Béjart Ballet School Lausanne, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Palucca University of Dance Dresden, Tanzakademie Zurich, Tanzakademie Mannheim, ABS, NZSD, Rambert, London Contemporary Dance School, School of Contemporary Dancers Winnipeg, École Superieure de Danse de Marseille, École Professional Bruxelles.
Full-Time Program
Time: 1-3 years (depending on the age and level)
Aims: To prepare dancers from 14 years to join an internationally recognised Classical or Contemporary dance institution overseas or in Australia through extensive training and mentoring.
Subjects: Classical Ballet (Vaganova, ACB syllabus), Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Character (ICDS syllabus), Composition and Choreography, Jazz, Drama, Body Conditioning (Yoga, Cardio, Pilates).
Half-Day Program
Time: 1-2 years (depending on the age and level)
Aims: To provide 12-13 year old dancers with the training and preparation required to join a Full-Time Program.
Subjects: Specialised coaching classes in Classical Ballet are provided in addition to the evening classes. Classes are recognised as an alternative to sport at the dancer’s academic school and are tailored around each student’s schedule.
Performance opportunities for all courses: Solos and Groups at local and international Competitions; End of year professional production; Galas; Displays.


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Annette Roselli Dance Academy
Dedicated to Providing Exceptional Training for the Aspiring Dancer
annetteroselliballet.com.au | [email protected] | 0400 664 661
The Elite Training Programs along with the Junior Excellence Program have been developed to nurture, support and train talented and promising young dancers in Classical Ballet. Limited intake ensures students are fully supported and receive individual attention. The professional tuition is provided in a supportive and encouraging environment offering positive reinforcement and promoting confidence in each student. Students are encouraged to work hard, set individual goals and maintain a high standard of dedication to dance. Students are able to continue their academic studies through distance education. State of the art facilities include three large modern studios with sprung floor, dance vinyl, air-conditioning, kitchen, lockers and schoolroom. Dance society certificates can be used towards nationally accredited Certificates I – IV in Dance through Australian Dance Institute RTO 91600.
Audition: Sunday 16 September or by private audition.

Elite Training Program (Full-Time and Part-Time)
Junior Excellence Program
Time: Length of study is dependent upon age and level of student.
Aims: To prepare and develop students for a career in classical ballet.
Subjects: Classical, Pointe, Repertoire, Eisteddfod and Solo Coaching, Contemporary, Stretching, Body Conditioning, Progressing Ballet Technique, Pilates.
Performance opportunities: Repertoire; Scholarships; Bursaries; Eisteddfods.


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Atelier Australia
Tailored Individual Training
Facebook: Atelier Australia | [email protected] | 0408 077 865
“Atelier” is commonly used in Europe to describe an artist’s studio or workroom of the highest calibre. With staff dedicated to moulding high-performance and artistically superior ballerinas, Atelier Australia offers a very specialised training regime to a select group of students aiming for an illustrious career in classical ballet. Students are auditioned by arrangement. Atelier boasts an exceptional track record, with our alumni going on to dance with leading classical companies and schools around the world including the Royal Ballet Company, The Australian Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Opera National Bucharest, Staatsballett Berlin, West Australian Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, Queensland Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program and Jette Parker Young Artist Program, and Dutch National Ballet Academy.
Full-Time Ballet Program
Time: Length of training will be advised upon audition.
Aims: To equip young dancers with the technical and artistic skills required to attain a career in classical ballet.
Subjects: RAD Syllabus, Pointe, Character, Open Work, Repertoire, Contemporary, Ballet Theory.
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfods and Competitions at local, national and international level as well as several In-House performances.

Heidi Landford
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? My teacher used to tell me that all injuries stemmed from incorrect technique, therefore correct technique is absolutely paramount for a long and injury-free career. The more I teach, the more I believe this is true. It’s also really important for dancers to understand their bodies and their physical limitations in pursuit of correct technique. Sometimes forcing things like turn out or flexibility when the body is just not structured to move that way can be dangerous, so it’s important to have correct technique and dance within your means.
First term issues? We always start the year off slowly to reduce the risk of injury. Young and new full-timers need to push themselves without having unrealistic expectations after a term. It’s much more important to have a sustainable drive and work ethic than to feel bitterly disappointed or burnt out after the first ten weeks.
When should you see a health care professional? Prevention is always better than cure, so we recommend weekly Pilates with a physiotherapist so our students have the strength to take on full-time training.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic is the most important thing in a dancer’s career. I have seen less talented dancers go far further in their careers because of their focus, drive and work ethic than those blessed with perfect physical attributes for ballet.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? The key in any relationship is consistent communication. I try to maintain an open and approachable attitude to the students and parents I am dealing with, so everyone is aware of what is going on and we are all moving towards a common goal.


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Conroy Performing Arts College
Train with the Best to Be the Best
conroydance.com.au/cpac | [email protected] | 07 3205 7717
Accredited
As one of Australia’s best known training facilities, Conroy Performing Arts College has a proven track record of producing industry-ready professionals of the highest standard. With one of the country’s most qualified list of technical teachers, CPAC also fly’s choreographers from interstate on a weekly basis. Courses offered are not accredited as we don’t want to be bound by the theoretical constraints in scheduling – you’re here to learn real-world skills in the studio. Students are offered the choice of receiving assistance to complete a CERT IV in Dance. CPAC is unique also in it’s offer for students to finalise their CSTD and RAD qualifications, culminating in their CSTD Teaching Diplomas. Graduates are world-renowned for their adaptability, technicality, versatility, and a strong work ethic. Alumni span across all genres in the industry including Musical Theatre, Cruise Lines, Disney, Universal Studios, Cabarets, Film & television, and even the Radio City Rockettes!
Diploma of Performing Arts
Time: 2 years
Aims: To gain employment for all graduates! Students are trained across a variety of genres, with high-level coaching in multiple career paths, opening a world of opportunity for them in the future. A solid foundation in technique is insisted on, and versatility in multiple choreographic styles. Conroy students graduate as true ‘triple threat’ performers! With unlimited classes offered in the evenings and weekends, CPAC ensures students are progressing at an accelerated pace in all genres – students attend upwards of 25 classes per week.
Subjects for Diploma and Part Time Cert: Jazz Technique, Commercial Jazz, Singing, Classical, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Drama, Lyrical, Heels, CV & Showreel Preparation, Audition Preparation. CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance) Jazz, Tap, and Diploma, RAD Vocational Grades Classical.
Performance opportunities for Diploma and Part Time Cert: Graduation performance as well as competition performances. Students are regularly offered professional opportunities in corporate functions, major public events, television appearances, and paid professional shopping centre appearances.
Part-Time Certificate of Dance
Time: 1-2 years
Aims: To provide advanced training one day per week to accelerate students’ learning, and provide a seamless transition into full-time training after high school. Students are offered the chance to be given assistance to complete a CERT IV in Dance if they wish. CPAC happily liaises with schools to facilitate the completion of a government accredited qualification.


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Dance Force
Everybody deserves greatness
danceforceoz.com.au | [email protected] | 0410 237 699
Accredited
Dance Force has become one of Australia’s leading performing arts facilities with a very high percentage of its graduates gaining employment in the industry. Located on the Gold Coast, all courses are nationally, government accredited and in association with Empower Dance Pty Ltd. Every week students are exposed to a minimum of 12 teachers who are some of Australia’s most sought after choreographers as well as our industry Fridays where an interstate teacher is flown in weekly. Full-Time students are able to attend classes at our part-time studio at no extra cost. Dance Force dancers are known for their versatility, hard working attitude and humbleness, making them employable in all areas of the performing arts industry. Students receive individual attention with an intake of 1 group per course. Most importantly, you are joining a family.
Certificate III in Dance CUA30113
Time: 1 or 2 year option
Aims: For school aged students to obtain a qualification whilst still studying as well as to prepare them for full-time.
Subjects: All Dance Styles, First Aid, Dance Teaching, Business and Marketing, Health and Safety.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide individual dancers wanting a career in the performing arts industry with the tools and guidance required to develop their technique and performance in all genres to an exceptional standard. Deliver an important education in the workings of the entertainment business including marketing their own unique brand.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Singing, Lyrical, Business and Marketing, Choreography.
Academic Excellence program
Time: 1, 2 or 3 year option
Aims: To allow students who are wanting to work towards a career in the performing arts industry whilst finishing school. Their schooling timetable is incorporated with their full-time training. Students have one teacher per 5 students to ensure they have the individual attention needed to achieve their desired results.
Pre-professional Year
Time: 1 year (3 or 5 day option)
Aims: This course is 100% practical and aimed at refining the dancer’s skills and ensures that on completion they are at an exceptional standard and can begin their journey in the professional world.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Singing, Business and Marketing, Choreography, Developing your own unique brand.

Nicole Wells
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Having the correct technique and training is imperative for a dancer. Without technique injuries become more frequent. This becomes even more important once students start working professionally as it can be hard to find the time and motivation to keep up your technique training.
First term issues? A lot of students don’t realise how demanding full-time is both physically and mentally and can become quite overwhelmed in Term 1. We always ensure that during this term staff work with students on time management, looking after their bodies, nutrition, finding time to relax and having a positive approach. Students fears quickly disappear by the end of Term 1 as they start to see the results of their hard work which then puts the fire in their belly for the rest of the year.
When should you see a health care professional? We advise our full-timers to have a remedial massage or see a physiotherapist weekly especially in Term 1 when the body is trying to adapt to the increased workload. We have a physiotherapist we work closely with to ensure students are seen promptly. Staff, students and physiotherapist work together to ensure exercises and rehabilitation are adhered to.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Having a consistent work ethic and respectful attitude is the most important quality for a performer. We expose our students to a number of different teachers and choreographers from all over Australia and overseas. It’s extremely important for students to be respectful and give 100% to their future employers.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Running a dance studio is my life, my dream, ensuring those students who train with me also realise their dreams, is part of that. All the teachers and choreographers I bring in to work with the students have the same values and are 100% invested. It’s extremely important for the lines of communication to be open between staff, students and myself. The students spend so much time with us they need to feel comfortable to be honest. We acknowledge it’s a big decision and investment for parents to send their children to full-time, we ask that they trust in the staff as we also want what’s best for their child. Communication and having each other’s back is the key!


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Danielle’s Studio of Dance
Dedicated to Excellence
daniellesstudio.com.au | [email protected] | 0407 492 767
Our Full-time & Elevé program students are nurtured by an inspiring faculty in a dedicated environment. Each student is encouraged and inspired to reach their full potential through careful and consistent training. Students have been offered places at The Australian Ballet School, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, Royal Ballet School, Akademie des Tanzes Mannheim, Balletschule Theater Basel, Palucca Schule Dresden, Dusseldorf Ballet Company, Heinz Bosl-Stiftung Munich, Hamburg Ballet School, Tanz Akademie Zurich, Canadian National Ballet School, Charlotte Ballet, English National Ballet School, Narodni Divadlo Ballet, Vienna Opera Ballet School, Rudra Bejart Lausanne school, Junior Ballet de Geneva, New Zealand School of Dance and WAAPA.
Time: Tailored to student’s age & ability
Aims: To develop dancers with strong technique, artistry, musicality and creativity, a thinking dancer for todays repertoire and beyond.
Main Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Acro, Pilates, Anatomy, History & Theory.
Students complete their academic studies via Distance Education.
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfods & Scholarships Locally, Nationally and Internationally. Annual concert and in-house concerts.


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Promenade Dance Studio
Your Journey to SUCCESS
promenadedance.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3733 0900
Accredited
Promenade’s Pre-Professional Programs provide part-time and full-time intensive dance training for the aspiring professional dancer. Our unique programs focus on refining technique as well as developing artistry by encouraging the individuality and creativity within each dancer. The courses offer students the flexibility to choose a program that meets their individual needs and at the same time enhances their versatility as a performer. Our programs offer students access to cutting edge technique and the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best professionals in the industry. Students train daily in state of the art facilities, which provide the optimal environment for their performance development and increase their employability in the dance industry.
Pre-Professional Programs
Ballet/Contemporary CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Commercial Dance CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Musical Theatre CUA50213 Diploma of Musical Theatre
Time: 1 or 2 years (Full-time)
Aim: To provide students with a solid, technical foundation that will prepare them for the transition into higher dance qualifications and/or full-time dance training.
Subjects: Ballet/Contemporary – Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Repertoire, Jazz, Performance Coaching, Physical Conditioning, Partnering, Improvisation & Composition, Acrobatics, Anatomy & Nutrition, Performance Psychology
Commercial/Musical Theatre – Musical Theatre, Vocal Coaching, Acting Coaching, Jazz, Cabaret, Heels, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Physical Conditioning, Improvisation & Composition, Performance Coaching, Anatomy & Nutrition, Performance Psychology.
Pre-Professional (Non-Diploma) Ballet Program
Available to talented applicants from 13 years of age.
Performance opportunities for all courses: Eisteddfods, Scholarships and Bursaries including International Ballet Competitions, In-house Performances and Theatrical Productions.
Dance Excellence Program
Certificate III in Dance CUA30113
Time: 1 or 2 years (Part-Time)
Aims: To provide students with a solid, technical foundation that will prepare them for the transition into higher dance qualifications and/or full-time dance training.
Subjects: Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Physical Conditioning, Improvisation & Composition, Performance Coaching, Anatomy & Nutrition.
Junior Elite Program
1 day per week, students from 9-11 years
Senior Elite Transition Program
3 days per week, students from 11-13 years


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Queensland Ballet Academy
Developing the Artists of the Future
queenslandballet.com.au/academy | [email protected] | 07 3013 6666
Accredited
The Academy provides a clear career pathway, producing young dancers whose talents and abilities are in demand throughout Australia and Internationally. Offering world-class training programs for gifted students from 10 years of age, as well as masterclasses, workshops and an annual Summer School. All programs are supervised by Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Academy Director Christian Tátchev, and supported by our highly acclaimed coaching team. QB are thrilled to extend programs to include aspiring dancers from Years 7 – 12 in a purpose-built, on-campus facility set to open in 2020. This facility will bring together the academic and artistic training of young talented dancers, enabling them to complete their dance classes and schooling on one site at Kelvin Grove State College. Entry to programs is by invitation or audition, ensuring a learning environment committed to technical and artistic excellence.
Jette Parker Young Artist Program
Time: 1 year
Aims: To prepare young artists at the start of their professional careers with a full-time apprenticeship through elite coaching, unique mentorship and opportunities to perform as part of the Company ensemble.
Subjects: Work-based training with the Company including classes, Classical Ballet and Contemporary performances.
Performance opportunities: Queensland Ballet’s Mainstage season, standalone productions and other prestigious events.
Pre-Professional Program
Time: 1 year
Aims: To prepare students for a successful career through daily, professional training to develop their skills to the highest artistic and technical standards. Graduates are equipped to audition for professional ballet and contemporary dance companies.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Male Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Contemporary, Male Fitness, Body Conditioning, Yoga, Pilates.
Performance opportunities: At least two Company productions per year; professional end of year showcase and other prestigious events.
Senior Program
Time: 1-3 years during Years 10, 11 and 12
Aims: This world-class training program, in partnership with Kelvin Grove State College, provides advanced students the opportunity to pursue intensive ballet training while simultaneously completing on-campus, senior academic studies in Years 10 to 12. Students who successfully complete the Senior Program graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education and an OP or tertiary entrance ranking.
Subjects: Years 11 and 12: Classical Ballet, Male Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Classical Character Dance, Contemporary Dance, Male Fitness, Body Conditioning.
Year 10: Ballet, Male Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Contemporary Dance, Body Conditioning.
Performance opportunities: Mid-year demonstration and annual showcase, Prelude; students may also be engaged in Queensland Ballet mainstage productions.
Associate Program
Time: Weekly, 1hr 45mins classes during school terms
Aims: To supplement the ballet training which talented young dance students, aged 10 to 15 years, receive from community dance schools and teachers. The program also offers the opportunity to observe Company classes, rehearsals and performances.
Subjects: Classical Ballet
Performance opportunities: Students are given first consideration when the Company requires youth performers for a production.


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Qld National Ballet School
The Art of Excellence
qldnationalballet.com | [email protected] | 0415 951 077
Accredited
Students are offered the highest regarded faculty of former professional dancers available. Graduates have been accepted into Hamburg Ballet School, Bejart Ballet School, Houston Ballet II, English National Ballet School, The Australian Ballet School, Basel Ballet School, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp,Le Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower, Elmhurst Ballet School-Birmingham, Central Ballet School-London, Akademie des Tansz-Mannheim, Miami City Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Arizona Ballet School, Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Year, Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Year and many more. Fully government accredited and nationally Recognised Training Organization (RTO#31713) Full-Time courses are offered in the new purpose built facility, which is within walking distance to public transport with student fares. Youth Allowance and Austudy/Abstudy approved with schooling through Cairns School of Distance Education (subsidised fee) offered as well. The Annual Maina Gielgud Male Scholarship now available.
Advanced Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: Advanced Diploma: 2-3 years
Cert IV: 2-3 years
1 or 2 day options available for students in conjunction with local high schools.
Aims: To ensure students develop all the skills to pursue a career in the dance industry with particular dedication to developing dancers with strong, refined and secure classical ballet technique with a solid contemporary technique. Students are trained to be versatile dancers and experienced performers.
Subjects: Russian Vaganova Method of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Repertoire, Performance, Stretching and Strength Conditioning, Cardio, Jazz, Industry Development Practices. Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Exam syllabus classes also available.
Performance opportunities: QLD National Ballet School (2 performances); Local and interstate Eisteddfods; Live performances with the Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra and Lord Brisbane Imperial Orchestra.


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Queensland Dance & Performing Arts
Australia’s First Fusion of Dance and Circus Arts
qlddanceperformingarts.com | [email protected] | 0407 103 860
Accredited
QDPA offers a professional Full-Time Dance and Circus training program for students from the age of 12-22 years. Dancers accomplish a strong technique; develop artistry and are guided to achieve the psychological and emotional readiness required to enter the industry as a professional performer. Students are prepared for mid-year and end of year assessments, Borovansky exams, professional school and company auditions, international summer schools, scholarships and national competitions. As well as International competitions; Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), Alana Haines (New Zealand) and YAGP (USA) for approved students. Class numbers are kept small to individualise and meet the needs of respective student’s potential. Regularly setting long and short-term goals is an essential aspect of the program. Students will be given access to professional guidance regarding auditions, CV preparation, DVD production and portfolio shoots. Safe Dance and Injury prevention are central features of a professional career and because of this we have an appointed dance physiotherapist and certified Pilates instructor to support and educate students in managing their physical needs. The School is passionately committed to training and dedicating ourselves to investing in the artistic potential of youth for the development of the dance art form. The School affirms its dedication to train an individual through its well-structured and varied syllabus and through the provision of excellent role models in its faculty and guest artists. Partnership with Asset College
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 1 year Full-Time, 24 Months Part Time (add 6 months for Circus skills).
Aims: To train and create prospective young professional artists to succeed in professional international ballet, contemporary or circus companies. In addition, students may progress as a precursor to University.
Subjects: Principal Subject areas – Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Circus and Acrobatics. Minor Subjects – Hip Hop/Jazz


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Flinders University
TAFE SA, Adelaide College of the Arts
Learn where the professionals learn
flinders.edu.au/dance | [email protected] | 08 8463 5000
Accredited
Flinders University in partnership with TAFE SA, Adelaide College of the Arts offers a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) degree specialising in elite dance performance. The combination of study associated with theoretical knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice is essential for gaining employment in the field of contemporary dance performance. This course offers a rigorous program of study, intense dance training and the building of integral choreographic skills in purpose-built teaching spaces. Helpmann Academy I Mill Dance Award enables one College graduate to undertake a 3 month residency in Sweden. Teachers: Peter Sheedy, Lisa Heaven, Shane Placentino, Kailea Nadine-Williams. Guest lecturers: Larissa McGowan, Niv Marinberg, Michael Getman, Kimball Wong, Jo Stone, Terry Simpson and Tobiah Booth-Remmer. Students enroll concurrently in TAFE SA’s Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)(CUA60113) and Flinders’ Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance).
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
Time: 3 years
Aims: For students to train as a professional performer in the contemporary dance industry and develop a mix of dance techniques and skills in state-of-the-art dance studios, alongside a grounding in dance theory and history that supports professional practice.
Pre-Requisites: Minimum ATAR is 60. Applicants are required to audition and meet the University’s minimum entry scores.
Subjects: Contemporary Dance, Classical Ballet, Composition, Production Performance, Double Work, Yoga, Pilates, Anatomy and Kinesiology, History of Dance, Critical Studies, Music Studies for Dancers, Career Management, Dance Vocational Secondment, Song and Dance, Live Arts, Performance.
Performance opportunities: Industry Secondments (final year). Adelaide College of the Arts have also partnered with the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) giving our students the opportunity to benefit from ADT’s globally acclaimed artistic director Garry Stewart and ADT dancers experience.


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The Australian Ballet School (ABS)
Australia’s National Centre for Elite Vocational Classical Dance
australianballetschool.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9669 2807
Accredited
As providers of a unique, professional dance-training program, the ABS nurtures and encourages the internationally recognised qualities of Australian dancers. The ABS offers training for students from all over Australia and overseas, producing dancers possessing a strong classical technique with a great emphasis on artistry, purity of line, coordination and a quality of movement, free of any stylistic mannerisms. Full-time training commences at Level 4 with fully integrated academic studies and accredited courses from Level 5. Practicum teaching faculty: Lisa Pavane (Director), Sheryl Bates (Executive Head of Teacher Training), Megan Connelly, Simon Dow, Jiayin Du, Katrina Edwards, Christine Howard, Michela Kirkaldie, Irina Konstantinova, Sergey Konstantinov, Sabrina Lenzi, Kirsty Martin, Joanne Michel, Sakis Michelis, Andrew Murphy, Christine Vavladellis, Lynette Wills, Margaret Wilson.
Level 4 (non-accredited)
The first year of full-time training, it is offered alongside Academic Year 8 or 9 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). Students in Level 4 are expected to achieve well in their academic studies as well as consolidate and expand their technical and artistic dance skills.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pointe Studies (F), Foundation for Gymnasium Training (M), Foundation Pas de Deux, Repertoire/Variations, Performance Preparation, Contemporary, Character, Body Conditioning, Theatrical Make-Up, Performance Psychology, Anatomy/Injury Prevention, Nutrition, Introduction to Music And VCASS Academic Programme
Performance opportunities: May include Showcase and End of year performance.
Accredited Courses
The ABS is a NVR RTO (provider code 3132, CRICOS code 00253A) offering the following, accredited courses:
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 2 years (Levels 5 and 6)
Aims: To encourage the special qualities of Australian dancers including youthful freshness, expressiveness, athleticism, musicality and strong technique.
Subjects: Various subjects supporting the technical training and artistic development of the student. In addition Music, Performance Psychology, Nutrition, Cultural Studies and VCASS Academic Programme.
Performance opportunities: May include the following at Arts Centre Melbourne: Morning Melodies; Showcase; End of year performance.
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Time: 1 year (Level 7)
Aims: To produce graduates of the highest calibre who are capable of integrating effortlessly into The Australian Ballet and top professional dance companies in Australia and around the world.
Subjects: Various subjects encompassing Technical Training, Artistic Development and Academic Subjects through VCASS.
Performance opportunities: May include Morning Melodies; Showcase; End of year performance.
Graduate Diploma in Classical Ballet 10296NAT
Time: 1 year (Level 8)
Aims: To prepare students for the dance profession at a virtuoso level by refining their dance technique and developing their professional skills through career development activities and performances.
Subjects: Various subjects encompassing Dance Technique, Professional Skills Development and Performance.
Performance opportunities: May include Morning Melodies; September Showcase; End of year performance. The Australian Ballet Regional Tour – the highest quality productions are taken to regional areas around Australia for approximately six weeks every year.
Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction (Teacher’s Course) 10328NAT
Time: 2 years (generally delivered part-time over an extended duration)
Aims: To train the professional dancer with the appropriate attitude and aptitude in the methodology of vocational dance training, based on an eight level system derived from the Vaganova method. The target group for the course is by nature very specific, therefore the number of course participants at any one time will be small. In order to deliver the course to the highest standard, the small cohort of trainees allows the delivery of the course to be structured as a mentor-model adapted to the individual needs of participants.
Subjects: Classical Ballet Pedagogy Professional Development Training and Practicum. Units delivered are: develop a multi-level training program for elite dance students; plan, deliver and assess dance at an elite level; design and implement an individual professional development plan in dance teaching; foster the health and well-being of elite dance students; provide coaching to elite dance students; select and apply music for dance exercises; and implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs

Lynette Wills
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique plays a crucial role in the longevity of a dancer’s career. A good technique is based on the most correct way a movement should be demonstrated and should protect the dancer from unnecessary injury. A dancer has the opportunity to fine tune and study their technique daily in ballet class, this gives them the opportunity to develop and adjust accordingly.
First term issues? Fatigue, both mentally and physically, would probably be the most common issue when first entering full-time dancing. Each movement is very detailed and it takes time for the information to transfer into the body. Young bodies especially can take time to adjust to the workload.
When should you see a health care professional? All dancers will need to see a physiotherapist and a podiatrist throughout their training and career. For a student I would recommend finding a sports physiotherapist that has worked with dancers previously, as they will have a better understanding of the terminology and the unique demands that ballet can place on the body. How often you will need to be treated will be guided by physical suitability and injury.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A key ingredient to being successful in dance is dedication. You have to push yourself consistently every day to see results. It is not uncommon for these qualities to flow into other aspects of a dancer’s life. Academic studies are strongly encouraged now and provide a necessary balance in their lives as well as the opportunity to be building skills in preparation for when they have to stop dancing, whether that is at 15 or 40.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? A good understanding of the demands and challenges of this vocation would be helpful information for the parents unfamiliar with this industry. The reality of a career in dance can be vastly different to the public image. I believe that honesty between the student/teacher/parent relationships is most helpful for all involved. Working with a passionate approach and building the trust and confidence of the students you are working with, are to me, the key values to the teacher student relationship.


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Jane Moore Academy of Ballet
Beauty, Grace, Power, Strength, Performance – A Dancer’s Journey Begins Here
janemooreballet.com.au | [email protected] | 0457 131 320
Accredited
The Academy is committed to training and developing young dancers, supporting and encouraging them to achieve their goals and to reach their full potential. Jane Moore, founder and Principal is a registered RAD Teacher with over 40 years’ experience. Established in 1987 the Academy has an enviable industry reputation with students regularly being accepted into The Australian Ballet School. This includes Mia Heathcote, Marcus Morelli, Sasha Moffat, Brooke McAuley, Brittany Haws, Maddie Graham, Kristy Corea and Emma Dowling. Following their recent success at the Prix de Lausanne, Emily Bray was accepted into the Royal Ballet School London in 2016, Isabella Wagar into the Dutch National Ballet Academy’s Traineeship in 2017 and Matisse Lewis on a full scholarship into the prestigious ‘John Cranko Schule’ in Stuttgart, Germany in 2018. Jane’s purpose built, fully fitted studio has fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams but her ambition is for her students, some of whom have gone on to join The Australian Ballet Company including Eloise Fryer, Kristy Corea and Marcus Morelli; The Queensland Ballet Company including Mia Heathcote and Vanessa Morelli: The Dresden Opera Ballet Company, Brooke McAuley; and The Manilla Ballet Company, Abigail Oliveiro. VCE VET Certificate II in Dance is offered to Coaching Program students studying Y10-12.
Full-Time & Part Time Classical Coaching Program
Time: Level 4/5 1-2 years Full-Time, Level 1-2-3 2-3 years Part-Time
Full-Time & Part Time Classical Coaching Program
Senior Coaching program Level 4 & 5 15+ yrs. (approx. Yr 9+)
Coaching Level 3 14+ yrs.(Year 9+)
Coaching Level 2 13+ yrs.(Year 8-9)
Coaching Level 1 12+yrs (Year 7-8)
Aims: The Academy provides students with access to professional, highly qualified and dedicated teachers who are committed to training and developing their students, supporting and encouraging them to achieve their goals and to reach their full potential.
Subjects: Full-Time Ballet Coaching Program: Classical, Pointe, Repertoire, Contemporary, Character, RAD Vocational Syllabus (optional), Body Conditioning, Creating a CV, Eisteddfod / Scholarship Solo Coaching, Personal Fitness Training.
Full-Time ballet students elect to study their secondary school academic subjects via Distance Education. *VET Dance Year 11 and 12 is offered at the academy and can be started in Yr10
Practical Dance Classes per week: Classical, Repertoire, Pointe, Pas De Deux, Contemporary, RAD Vocational Syllabus, Character
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfods, Prix, Annual Jane Moore Academy Concert, Festivals and Corporate Events

Jane Moore
Qualifications: RAD Registered (Studied with Kathleen Gorham and Martin Rubenstein).
Focus: Classical RAD
Experience: Teaching for 40+ years.
Transitioning to full-time? Students must be mature enough to cope both physically and emotionally with the demands of full-time prior to full-time dance training. Have clear and honest discussions with teachers/staff so you have a realistic understanding of the demands of vocational training and a student’s potential. Discuss the individual student’s attributes and seek the best possible training to achieve the best possible results.
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique, with careful, correct training of the muscles and alignment of the body, helps prevent injury and supports the dancer’s longevity and potentially long career.
First term issues? Adjusting to self-motivated distance education schooling. Implementing an intelligent eating program to aid in maintaining a healthy body that will be working longer and more demanding hours. Getting enough sleep and allowing a rest day – Sundays are great to keep a balance in their busy schedules.
When should you see a health care professional? As all students from at least 15 years are still developing physically and at the same time increasing their dance hours, they should be seeing these professionals regularly, not only for rehabilitation but also for aiding in injury prevention.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Of the upmost importance! We try to explain that a day off is healthy, but a week off in training can feel like 2 weeks. A focused and reliable student becomes a desired company member.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Whilst keeping a respectful teacher/student relationship, it is important to provide adequate communication via paperwork, emails and parent teacher interviews. A parent needs to have confidence and trust in the teacher’s advice and coaching skills. A positive partnership in these relationships can provide a healthy and nurturing pathway to a successful career.





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Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance
We Don’t Just Teach Shapes, We Shape Lives! Harder, Better, Faster & Stronger!
theministryofdance.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9329 6770
Accredited
JCMOD sets the standard of excellence in dance, performance and musical theatre training. We’re proud to offer a high standard of training, complemented by outstanding facilities used regularly for industry rehearsals and auditions. Direct industry links greatly benefit students as they study in world-class facilities alongside Australian and international production companies. Further support offered to students includes ongoing guidance and support from FTC staff, and on site physiotherapists. We provide students with the tools they need to be the best version of themselves. Ministry takes pride in their graduates continuing careers in all aspects of dance, entertainment and performance. Graduates are performing throughout Australia and internationally with credits including Musicals, Contemporary Dance Companies, Cruise Ships, Choreography, Production and Management, Music Videos, Tokyo Disney, Universal Studios and more.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Diploma of Musical Theatre
Certificate IV in Dance
Certificate IV in Musical Theatre
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management

Time: 2 years
Aims: To provide students with the opportunity and skills relevant to the industry and to ensure graduates leave with the ability to work in diverse aspects of the industry.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Choreography, Performance skills, Commercial Dance, Acro, Latin, Musical Theatre, Singing, Acting, Dance Teaching, Partnering, Audition Techniques, Heels & Make-Up.
Performance opportunities: Corporate functions; Community events; Professional performances; Mid-year performances; Mid-year show for Musical Theatre students; End of year showcase.


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Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance
Join the Revolution
kellyaykers.com.au | [email protected] | 0401 753 205
Accredited
Kelly Aykers is revolutionising the way we experience dance. Again, running at capacity this year, a strictly limited number of students will be chosen in 2019 to benefit firsthand under the guidance of one of the dance world’s true giants. Each course is personally curated and assessed by Kelly and students will have the opportunity to experience and develop that same passion and fire that will launch them into a future in the dance industry. Featuring a teaching roster hand picked by Kelly that represent the cream of their chosen fields, Kelly spearheads five full-time courses that will not only ready students for a career within the entertainment industry, but redefine the industry itself.
Elite Dancer’s Course (not accredited)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To maximise the dance technique, understanding and stamina of the dancer, company performer, professional or recent graduate to lift their game to the next level.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballroom, Acrobatics, Pilates, Body Conditioning, First Aid, Nutrition, Make-Up.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide a complete and exhaustive regime of technique and training to suit the modern professional as a prelude to pursuing a lifetime in dance (Automatic pre-requisite to the Diploma Course).
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballroom, Acrobatics, Pilates, Body Conditioning, First Aid, Nutrition, Make-Up, Choreography, Career Management, Artist Development.
Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management CUA40211
Time: 1 year
Aims: To prepare students with the business and management knowledge as well as comprehensive dance training to run a successful dance business also featuring invaluable practical training throughout the year in conjunction with Kelly’s junior school.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Acrobatics, First Aid, Nutrition, Safe Dance, Safe Dance Teaching, Business Management, Stage Management, Make-Up, Choreography including mapping.
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50211
Time: 2 years
Aims: To be a comprehensive and exhilarating pre-cursor to life on stage where students will combine all the rigour and technicality of the Elite Dancer’s course with extensive singing, acting and stagecraft.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Acting, Singing, Music Theory, Vocal Theory, Nutrition, First Aid, Theatre Make-Up, Business Management, Stage Management.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 2 years
Aims: To be a complete immersion in all things dance. Building on the Certificate IV, the Diploma of Dance takes dancers to the next level in a carefully structured course, which prepares graduates for a life in professional dance.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary, Tap, Acrobatics, First Aid, Safe Dance, Safe Dance Teaching, Nutrition, Business and Career Management, Stage Management, Choreography, Advanced Skills, Music Theory, Make-Up, Fitness Training and Programming.
Performance opportunities for all courses: Masters of Choreography; Australian Dance Festival Showcase (Sydney); Victorian Dance Festival Showcase (Melbourne); Film, Television, Event performance (e.g. Opening Ceremonies); Corporate work; Presentation of Kelly’s professional choreography to clients and producers; Mid-year Raw Showcase; Dance roles in full-scale Musical Theatre production / Cabaret (lead roles for Diploma MT students); Triple Bill annual performance in which agents and industry professionals are invited to seek out talent.

Kelly Aykers
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? No dancer needs injuries so technique for all genres of dance is the backbone of a dancer’s longevity. It ensures the placement of knees, hips, shoulders, spine and ankles is correct so that the dancer can perform eight shows a week without injury, which is the standard company performance schedule. It also guarantees the correct shape and style can be executed within the choreography. Aside from that, good technique informs every step a dancer makes and poor technique will always read from front of house.
First term issues? Psychological issues of comparing themselves to each other are frequent in the first term until they settle and realise that each of them are on their own journey and that each of them have their own strengths and weakness to embrace.
When should you see a health care professional? As the stress of a 30 hour work load is new to their bodies, any issues must be addressed professionally and as early as possible so that they can understand the need for correct maintenance. Working through an injury is never a good idea so responsible self-management is a must.
How important is a consistent work ethic? It is everything. Very few performers make their name from holding back so a solid work ethic is essential to getting the most from your training. That dedication and commitment early on will bleed into their professional life and keep them at the forefront of the industry.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Communication, communication, communication.


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National Institute of Circus Arts
Australia’s Centre of Excellence in contemporary circus arts training.
nica.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9214 6975
Accredited
A national arts training institute offering Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. The degree is accredited by Swinburne University of Technology and the institute is located at its Prahran campus. NICA’s mission is to deliver innovative training programs to talented students, whose performances will re-imagine circus. As the only training institution of its kind in Australia, NICA fosters passion, creativity and a high level of skill in its graduates who will be recognised as inspiring circus artists. Also offered are Certificate III and a Certificate IV in Circus Arts for students who are preparing for a career in the circus industry, or entry into the Bachelor of Circus Arts course. Employment opportunities offered through CircaNICA, Australia’s leading agency for professional circus artists. Courses can lead to work in community, contemporary, social and traditional circus. It can also lead to stunt work, corporate and festival work as well as teaching and work with other sectors of the international performing arts market. Applications close: 24th August 2018. CRICOS provider code: 00111D
Bachelor of Circus Arts Course code: BA-CIRCA1. CRICOS course code: 078080F CRICOS provider code: 00111D
Time: 3 years (full-time)
Aims: To push the boundaries of circus as an art form to create work that is innovative and inspiring. This elite degree strives to produce employable, skilled and creative artists who will be respected nationally and internationally in the global circus and physical theatre industry.
Study areas include: Circus foundation skills including tumbling, handstands, flexibility, manipulation, aerial and partner work. Group acts incorporating adagio, aerial, juggling, hoop-diving and teeterboard. Circus specialties including: trapeze, tissu, rope, handstands, tightwire, contortion, Chinese pole, rolla bolla, juggling, hula hoops and clowning. Fitness, strength and conditioning for circus artists. Performance skills incorporating improvisation, acting, vocal techniques and approaches to devising innovative performances. Movement skills encompassing ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation, contact and composition. Circus history and cultural studies.
The circus business and career management. Technical aspects of circus production, equipment and safety in the circus environment. Anatomy, physiology, nutrition and sports psychology for circus artists.
Certificate IV in Circus Arts Course Code: 10111NAT. CRICOS code: 086127G CRICOS provider code: 00111D
Time: 1 year (full-time)
Aims: To provide training in preliminary level circus skills and knowledge. The Certificate IV can be used as preparation for the Bachelor of Circus Arts or for those currently teaching in social or community circuses wishing to upgrade their skills.
Study areas include: Circus foundation skills including tumbling, handstands, flexibility, manipulation, aerial and partner work. Group acts incorporating adagio, aerial, juggling, hoop-diving and teeterboard. Circus specialties such as: trapeze, tissu, rope, handstands, tightwire, contortion, Chinese pole, rolla bolla, juggling, hula hoops, and clowning. Fitness, strength and conditioning for circus artists. Performance skills and movement skills for circus artists. Anatomy, physiology, nutrition and sports psychology for circus artists. Safety in the circus environment. Circus history, traditions and practice.
Certificate III in Circus Arts Course Code: 10110NAT
Time: 2 years (part-time)
To be considered for the Certificate III in Circus Arts, students must plan to combine NICA training with Year 11 or 12 studies at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE).
Aims: Offers young people the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Circus Arts. The course provides basic training in contemporary circus arts for students who wish to pursue a career as a circus performer. The Certificate III can be used for preparation for the Certificate IV in Circus Arts and as an entry-level qualification in circus arts.
Study areas include: Circus basics including tumbling, handstands, flexibility, manipulation, aerial and partner work. Fitness, strength and conditioning for circus performers. Performance and movement skills for circus performers.


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The Northern College of the Arts and Technology
Follow your passion
ncat.vic.edu.au | [email protected] | 03 9478 1333
Accredited
The Northern College of the Arts and Technology provides programs and pathways for talented students who want to concentrate on their passion, whether it be in the performing arts, visual arts, design, media, trades or technologies. NCAT caters for Year 10, VCE, VCAL and post-secondary students in a mature, adult environment. Teachers work alongside students fostering individuality and personal growth, encouraging diversity and individual passions. RTO Number: 6736
YR 10 Dance, VCE Dance & VCE VET (CUA20113 Certificate II in Dance)
Time: Starting in Year 10 the Dance program goes over three years and is a combination of VET and VCE scored and non-scored. Or entry at any year level (Year 11 or 12). Entry to the college is via audition only.
Aims: To develop student’s technique and versatility through a variety of dance styles by participating in weekly technique classes; gaining choreographic experience and performance experience across a range of styles. Support students in audition preparation and a career in dance alongside a mainstream academic program.
Subjects: Dance Styles include Jazz/Commercial Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Ballet. Classes include Choreographic and Structured improvisation skill development. Theory classes include text analysis in preparation for VCE studies; VET theory classes include audition techniques, safe dance practice and entertainment industry knowledge.
Performance opportunities: Regular in-house showcases, and an annual dance concert.
Academic Course Program
Time: Year 10, VCE, VCAL and VET
Aims: To provide innovative and engaging curriculum. Our teachers remain at the forefront of educational developments and industry trends with specialist teachers and choreographers alongside academic dance staff.
Subjects: Year 10 Dance, VCE Dance, VCE VET Dance, alongside other academic subjects including English, Maths, Design, Drama, Fashion, Media, Multimedia, Music, Photography, Sound Engineering, Visual Arts, Sport & Recreation, Psychology, Business Management & others on offer.


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Patrick Studios Australia
Exceptional Growth – Continued Success
patrickstudiosaustralia.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9521 1735
Accredited
The school prides itself on its commitment to providing the highest level of training paired with unmatched industry opportunities. In the pursuit of creative excellence in education, PSA’s aim is to train and develop those whose vocation is to work in the professional theatre and related industries to the highest calibre possible. We do this by providing a supportive, inspiring and creative environment from which students can enrich their quality of life through the practice of dance, music and theatre. Our education program fosters students on their personal journey to become innovative, creative artists by teaching skills and discipline needed to succeed in a competitive industry. To achieve this mission, PSA has identified six goals: To continue to elevate its educational and artistic standards by aspiring to be fresh, diverse, inspiring and creative. Provide a caring, supportive, inclusive environment that supports equal opportunities for all students. Ensure technical and artistic training is matched with educational needs, creating a balance for both the mind and body. Continue to provide a collaborative work environment that supports students and teachers alike. Continue to train students using a diverse range of working industry professionals of the highest order, providing them with valuable tools and contacts to use in the world of dance and theatre. Create full rounded performers with strong technique and preparation so that they are completely ready for the professional world.
Performing Arts,
Musical Theatre
Academy (high school of performing arts yr 7 – 12), Elite

Time: Performing Arts (2 years), Musical Theatre (2 years), Academy – high school of performing arts years 7-12 (6 years)
Aims: To build high skills and strong minds ready for any type of career in the performing arts industry. Our aim is for our graduates to be employed and have longevity in the industry. We don’t train dance teachers, we train professional artists.
Subjects: Performing Arts: CERT II in Dance, Cert III in Dance, Cert IV in Dance inclusive of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Music Theatre, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Voice.
Musical Theatre: Cert II in Dance, Cert III in Dance, Cert IV in Musical Theatre, Diploma in Musical Theatre inclusive of Voice, Acting, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Music Theatre, Audition Prep, Cabaret, Repertoire and Dialect Coaching.
Academy: VCE/VET Dance inclusive of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acting, Voice, Contemporary, Hip Hop, RAD, Circus, Acrobatics and Music Theatre.
Performance opportunities: Mid Year Showcase, End of Year Showcase, a Complete Musical Theatre Show, Eisteddfods, many corporate events and professional gigs,


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Russian Choreographic Academy
A commitment to excellence
russianchoreographicacademy.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9882 5378
The Russian Choreographic Academy (RCA) provides gifted students with the opportunity to study the pure system of ballet training (Vaganova). This system has trained some of the world’s greatest dancers and is in high demand internationally. These students will work with master classical teachers from Russia, brought to Australia under contract to the RCA. These teachers have graduated from either the Vaganova Academy St Petersberg (Kirov) or Moscow Bolshoi Academy. The Academy is committed to providing its students with superior training, balanced by a broad artistic and academic program. A partnership with some of Melbourne’s leading secondary schools also allows students the opportunity to pursue their artistic dreams without sacrificing an academic education. All classes are limited to a minimum number to enable students to receive a more personalised level of coaching. The Academy features 3 fully-fitted professional studios with sprung floors, mirrors, heating, cooling and spacious dressing rooms. It is located just 6 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and is close to all public transport.
Full-time (Professional)
Full-time Ballet/Academic Program (Years 9-12 academic)
Part-Time Ballet/Academic Program (Years 7-8 academic)
Junior Program (students aged 9.5-12.5 years)
Time: Dependent on age and level
Aims: To prepare students for a career in classical ballet internationally.
Subjects: Classical Technique, Pointe Work, Male Technique, Partnering, Contemporary, Character for Classical Dancers, Historical Dance (15th century dance, as required in classical ballets), Conditioning and Pilates, Repertoire (Corps de ballet), Solo Repertoire and Variations, VCE VET Dance (as per Victorian Education Department).
Performance opportunities: Numerous guest performances; Studio performances and performances in professional theatres in Victoria.


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Spectrum Dance
Be Seen
spectrumdance.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9830 6588
Accredited
As the name “spectrum” suggests we offer a broad range of varied but related dance and performance subjects, the features of which overlap. The outcome being that Spectrum Dance students become highly versatile performers to ensure a maximum longevity in their chosen career. All members of the teaching faculty are working in the industry. Students receive an individually tailored curriculum to achieve advanced performance techniques in all facets of dance, singing and acting to ensure they become Triple Threat performers. Students are given opportunities to engage in the entertainment industry (Industry Based Learning) placing students at the forefront of their peers. Spectrum offers nationally accredited dance and musical theatre courses. Directors Trish and Katie work closely with their faculty of highly acclaimed dancers, choreographers and instructors to deliver the most outstanding accredited full-time dance course within Australia.
Spectrum Professional Program (non accredited)
Time: 1 year
Aims: An immersive course where performers are prepared for immediate entry into the industry. The course draws on the students’ strengths and nurtures their weaknesses to produce an accomplished performer with a technique grounded in knowledge, creativity and exploration.
Subjects: Advanced Commercial Dance Techniques, Classical Ballet, Jazz Technique/Progressions, Pas de Deux, Hip Hop, Tap (traditional/street), Acrobatics, Pilates, Partnering, Fitness Training, Choreography, Lyrical, Audition Preparation, Show Business Skills, Business Management.
Certificate III in Dance CUA30113 (delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO#3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: Provides the foundational skills to aspiring performers seeking a career in musical theatre and/or commercial dance. Students are given the opportunity to explore and develop a range of dance genres at a pre-professional level for the live entertainment industry. Students are prepared for a higher level of study through intensive classes and performance opportunities.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Hip Hop, Tap (traditional/street), Lyrical, Commercial Dance, Partnering, Pilates, Barre Attack, Fitness Training, Acrobatics, Auditioning Techniques, Vocal Training, Jazz Techniques/Progressions, Industry Knowledge, Show Business Skills.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113 (delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO#3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: Extends on foundational skills gained in the Certificate III in all aspects of performance. Students develop versatility as dancers and performers building the skills to sustain longevity in the dance profession. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore their creativity and broaden the knowledge of their craft. Successful completion of this course leads to further training and specialist qualification at Diploma level.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Hip Hop, Tap (traditional/street), Lyrical, Commercial Dance, Partnering, Pilates, Barre Attack, Fitness Training, Acrobatics, Auditioning Techniques, Vocal Training, Jazz Techniques/Progressions, Industry Knowledge, Show Business Skills.
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213 (delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO#3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: Lead by Stephen Wheat, students who have a background in vocal study, dance and acting will be tutored in performance and production skills to emerge as versatile performers of a professional level expected in all musical theatre, stage, film and television performance.
Subjects: Vocal Development, Drama, Stagecraft, variety of Dance and Movement genres, Choreography, On-camera Performance Skills, Theatrical Make-Up and Hairstyling, Auditioning Techniques, Performance Technologies, Fitness Training, Business Management, Industry Knowledge, Show Business Skills.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113 (delivered in partnership with Australian Teachers of Dancing RTO# 31624)
Time: 1 year
Aims: A technical and performance focused course delivered at an advanced level of training. Subject areas are delivered in a greater depth of study with an emphasis on choreography, improvisational, solo performance and ensemble techniques.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, variety of Contemporary Techniques, Commercial Dance, Partnering, Hip Hop, Choreography, Lyrical, Jazz Technique/Progressions, Tap (traditional/street), Barre Attack, Pilates, Acrobatics, Auditioning Techniques, Show Business Skills.
Performance opportunities (for above courses): Mid-Year performance, showcase performance at the Australian Dance Festival and the extravagant End of Year Showcase performed at The Palms Crown Casino. All Spectrum Dance students have the opportunity to engage in performance through our Industry Based Learning Program (IBL), through Spectrum Talent Agency which includes corporate and children’s entertainment.


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Transit Dance
Your Future Starts Here
transitdance.net/fulltime | [email protected] | 03 9376 0516
Accredited
Transit Dance Full-Time courses are specifically designed to provide the highest level of training in both Contemporary dance and Performing Arts. As a performance based course, all students participate in four professional production seasons each year (a total of 21 individual performances), making it one of the most practical and hands on dance courses in the industry. Boasting a world-class teaching faculty, capped class sizes, focus on career progression, and Nationally accredited qualifications; this unique training institution has quickly become a leader in the field of dance education. Led by industry Directors Paul Malek, Chris Curran, Adam Wheeler, Kim Adam, Daniel Jaber, Jayden Hicks and Karen Malek, Transit Dance is the ideal training institution for any dancer serious about a career in dance. RTO #31624
Pre Professional Pathway – Contemporary Dance: CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Time: 2 years full-time
Aims: Focusing on Contemporary technique, performance and creation; the pre-professional pathway courses have been specifically designed to enhance the individual as an artist, develop their skills, creativity and knowledge as well as encompassing all the necessary tools to ensure a sustainable career in the contemporary dance industry.
Subjects: Include, but are not limited to: Contemporary Technique, Classical Technique, Improvisation, Floor Technique, Partnering/Duo, Pilates and Conditioning, Yoga, Performance Technique, Dance Composition, Breakdance, Anatomy and Nutrition, Dance History, Marketing and Publicity, Acting and Stagecraft, Business Development Skills, Multimedia & Dance on Film and Independent Theatre Production.
Pre Professional Pathway – Performing Arts: CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Time: 2 years full-time
Aims: A uniquely designed Jazz based course aimed at preparing students for a professional career as a dancer in many areas of the Performing Arts including Musical Theatre, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks and Cabaret, just to name a few.
Subjects: Course studies include, but are not limited to: Jazz Technique, Classical Technique, Pilates & Conditioning, Travel, Turn, Cabaret, Fosse, Commercial, Broadway (through the eras), Aerial, Swing, Cabaret, Ballroom, Salsa, Tap, Hip- Hop, Breakdance, Circus Arts, Acting, Prop Technique, Acrobatics, Anatomy and nutrition, First Aid, Marketing and Publicity, Budgeting, Production Company Research, Audition Techniques, Production skills and lighting.
Performance opportunities for Pre Professional Pathway Courses: Students participate in four full scale production seasons each year, and work with leading Australian choreographers on new works. Students also have the opportunity to audition and perform at corporate events and festivals through our in house talent agency, Transit Management Australia.
Other Courses include:
Dance Teachers Course: CUA40313 – Certificate IV Dance Teaching & Management (1-2 years)
Transit International Professional Pathway (Tr.IPP): Professional Contemporary bridging program (10 months)


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Victorian State Ballet
Victoria’s premier Ballet Company boasting a repertoire of outstanding classical ballets and contemporary dance works.
victorianstateballet.org.au | [email protected]
The Victorian State Ballet is Victoria’s premier ballet company boasting a repertoire of full length classical ballets to neo classical and contemporary works. Accompanied with the state’s leading pre-professional program and driven by an internationally recognised faculty of industry professionals, focus is on training, coaching & nurturing selected graduate students. The pre-professional program is the main feeder program into the VSB. Entry is by audition and consists of a ballet class and a prepared classical ballet repertoire variation. The company course offers a unique platform of opportunities to students to open up and grow their dance career. These include exposure to the daily life of working in a professional company in rehearsal, regular touring and performances with VSB’s Company productions and events throughout the year.
Pre-Professional Program
Time: 1 year
(prerequisites: minimum of 3 years full-time Classical and Contemporary training)
Aims: Provides graduate students with the highest level of training in classical ballet technique and artistic skill, meeting today’s industry standards for entry into the Victorian State Ballet and leading professional ballet companies worldwide.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Pas de deux, Pointe, Male Technique, Production, Repertoire, Body Conditioning, Pilates, Artistic Coaching, Jazz Techniques, Limber, Choreography.
Performance Opportunities: Hands on experience in a ballet company with opportunity for choreography and performance with a minimum of 25 shows per year.

Michelle Sierra
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique is vital to the longevity of a dancer’s career. Proper grounded technique based on recognised systems and delivered by experienced faculty is extremely important to train the muscles correctly for health, strength, maximum protection from injury and to support a long term career. Our training embraces the Vaganova method as it is a proven system used by professional dancers worldwide in strength training for ballet, sculpting the muscles for long, lean beautifully aesthetic lines, and warming up the body for injury prevention.
First term issues? We find a vey high level of energy, enthusiasm and expectation is present when students commence full-time training. This usually lasts for most of the term and even longer when performances take place early in our season. When dancers start to experience fatigue, normal at the professional training level, their motivation can drop slightly. This is where inner passion and embracing the process of routine, hard work, and repetition plays a vital role. Dancers spend more time in the studio than on stage so it is important to understand and to manage expectation and fatigue mentally, physically and emotionally.
When should you see a health care professional? We believe it is vital that the whole dancer is well taken care of, with the areas of foot and physical health and nutrition being so important to the training and maintaining of the body throughout the rigorous full-time training programs. We recommend regular checks, plans and follow ups with health care professionals each term.
How important is a consistent work ethic? This is extremely important, it is the key to keeping the dancer open to receiving from mentors and trainers. Improvement and long lasting results come from repetition in the studio. A consistent work ethic enables dancers to build long lasting skills and a solid technique, stamina and strength plus an attitude where they feel a personal satisfaction and the joy of the hard work process. This attitude will prove to any director offering employment that the dancer is reliable, embraces hard work and will be well grounded on stage.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? First and foremost to trust your Director, teaching faculty and mentors. Without trust we cannot do our best for you. Be open to change, especially when your Directors, mentors and trainers have many years of world-wide industry experience working in a number of professional ballet companies and with renowned choreographers, in diverse cultures and with other professional fellow artists. Parents, understand the highly competitive industry and level of hard work the students need to experience and undertake in order to reach their full potential and embark on a career in this field. Communicate with your Directors and trust that they know what they are doing.


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Pevnev Ballet Academy
Passion. Precision. Professional.
pevnevballetacademy.com.au | [email protected] | 0431 766 950
The Full-Time Training Program, led by Sergey Pevnev (former Principal dancer with the West Australian Ballet), is based on the Russian Vaganova method, a training system that involves the body holistically with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Sergey trained for eight years at the renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg before embarking on a successful ballet career. Students will profit from this valuable knowledge and experience, working with Sergey and his dedicated team on a daily basis. Classes are kept small to guarantee each student receives equal attention. Contemporary, Character Dance, Pas de Deux and Conditioning are included providing all elements needed for a well-balanced dancer. The focus is on a high level of performance and aims to foster elite dancers on their path to a professional dance career.
Time: 2-4 years (depending on age)
Aims: To provide quality training in small group settings, focusing on developing the individual, strengthening technique and performance quality, and preparing students for a professional career in dance.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Contemporary, Pas de Deux, Character, Conditioning.
Performance opportunities: Ensemble and solo opportunities at dance festivals and competitions, in addition to the Pevnev Ballet Academy annual concert.


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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – WAAPA
Specialised Unique Dance Training
waapa.ecu.edu.au | [email protected] | 134 ECU
Accredited
WAAPA’s Dance programs prepare classical and contemporary dance artists through teaching methods designed to develop and refine the skills of each individual. Offering a breadth unique to WAAPA and preparing students for a seamless transition into a wide range of careers, the dance programs are intensive and performance based (35-40 contact hours p/wk). Professionally credentialed staff: Nanette Hassall (Coordinator/Senior Lecturer – on sabbatical for 2017), Kim McCarthy (Coordinator, Classical Dance), Andries Weidemann (Lecturer, Classical Dance), Danielle Hunt (Lecturer, Classical Dance), Justin Rutzou (Coordinator, Contemporary Dance), Michael Whaites (Lecturer and Artistic Director of LINK Dance Company), Sue Peacock (Acting Head of Dance/ Lecturer), Jayne Smeulders, David Mack, Kynan Hughes and Brooke Leeder. Recent guest choreographers: Rafael Bonachela, Leigh Warren, Gareth Belling, Nils Christe, Amaury Lebrun and Oded Ronen. Students regularly participate in national and international tours. Undergraduate dance auditions: Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Darwin.
Diploma of Dance(Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide intense technical training and stylistic practical experience in a performance based course.
Subjects: Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Solos, Performance, Contemporary, Choreography, Dance History, Music for Dance, Anatomy, Nutrition.
Performance opportunities: 3 major performances each year with a range of Australian and International choreographers.
Advanced Diploma of Dance(Elite Performance) CUA60113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To take a holistic approach to the needs of the dancers of the future, building the skills required for lifelong sustainability in the dance profession whilst encouraging dancers’ individuality, confidence, flair and creativity.
Subjects: Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Solos, Performance, Contemporary, Choreography, Dance History, Music for Dance, Body Conditioning.
Performance opportunities: 3 major performances each year with a range of Australian and International choreographers.
Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
Time: 3 years
Aims: To encourage students to pursue individual goals as dance performers, choreographers, educators, researchers or administrators and provide insight into dance as an art form, and social and educative experience whilst developing skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis.
Subjects: Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Performance, Choreography, Dance History, Music, Acting, Yoga, Aerial, Tumbling, Feldenkrais, Alignment and Body Conditioning.
Performance opportunities: International exchange programs; International performances; Secondments with Australian companies; 3 major performances each year with a range of Australian and International choreographers.
Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Honours (Link Dance Company)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To bridge the gap between university studies and professional practice and facilitate contributions to choreographic processes whilst creating seasoned and compelling performers.
Subjects: Offered in two modes. Company Research: a member of LINK Dance Company for the year, undertaking 25 hours per week of practical dance classes plus an intensive rehearsal and performance schedule and a professional development component undertaken in an international setting each year.
Individual Research: enables outstanding students to learn and apply practical, theoretical and research skills in either or both creative (choreographic or other media) and scholarly areas of dance.
Performance opportunities: New works are commissioned, with some works also restaged by seminal artists. The company performs locally, interstate and internationally.

Kim McCarthy
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? A strong and consolidated technique is imperative for dancers longevity and artistic expression. It is the foundation upon which the dancer builds their career and is the tool they use to achieve the day-to-day physical expectations required of them. A good technique should keep the body in the correct alignment and be the basis of the language the dancer uses to express themselves on stage.
First term issues? The students who have travelled from interstate can, at times, struggle with some level of homesickness. Fortunately it soon passes once they fully integrate themselves into the WAAPA family. Our course is quite demanding both physically and mentally and that can be quite a challenge in the first few weeks. This however does depend on the level of training the student has had previously.
When should you see a health care professional? At the beginning of semester one we engage health care professionals to discuss nutrition and ways to work within a budget so as to make healthy food choices when preparing meals. We also have a physiotherapist come on campus each week to consult and treat students and create injury management strategies for dancers when necessary. We also have connections with many accredited health care professionals and counsellors and will recommend students see the relevant professional if we have any concerns or feel it is in the students best interests. There is also a gym on campus with one of our units delivered at the gym.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Consistency is key to achieving excellence in any arts endeavour and we value it highly at WAAPA. Whether you are an independent artist or working full-time in a company it is the ability to maintain a consistent work ethic towards your physical and artistic wellbeing that will sustain you throughout the ups and downs of your career.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? At WAAPA we have a huge amount of contact hours with our students and are diligent in making sure we find time to engage with them. The policy at ECU and WAAPA is that we deal directly with the student. This is about student confidentiality and learning to take personal responsibility for their learning and career path. We have an open door policy in regards to students and parents are always welcome to visit, see performances and chat with staff.


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International

New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD)
Providing world class training in classical ballet and contemporary dance
nzschoolofdance.ac.nz | [email protected] | +64 4 381 9252
Accredited
The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading dance training institutions with an international reputation for producing versatile and employable dancers. The full-time program prepares students for a career in dance performance. They major in either Classical Ballet or Contemporary dance, while maintaining a strong base in both disciplines. The NZSD has an outstanding faculty of teaching staff. Guest tutors and specialists in Anatomy, Dance History, Nutrition, Yoga and Performance Psychology round out the holistic training. The School’s impressive purpose built facilities house five dance studios, a 200 seat theatre, library, Pilates/GYROTONIC® and physiotherapy suite. Students have access to a state-of-the-art gym and hostel accommodation. Secondment opportunities are available through the NZSD’s excellent relationships with leading dance companies. Around 75% of graduates enter careers in dance performance.
New Zealand School of Dance Certificate in Dance Performance
Time: 2 years
Aims: To prepare students for a performance career in dance.
Subjects: Classical majors: Classical Ballet Technique, Contemporary Technique, Pas de Deux, Classical variations, Pointe, separate Male classes.
Contemporary majors: Contemporary Technique, Classical Ballet Technique, Contemporary Repertoire, Partnering, Yoga, Choreographic Practice, Improvisation.
All students: Nutrition, Dance History, Anatomy and Music studies.
Performance opportunities: Studio performances; Choreographic Season (Contemporary students only); Graduation Season.
New Zealand School of Dance Diploma in Dance Performance
Time: 1 year (after completing the Certificate)
Aims: To focus on performance skills through a range of performing experiences, secondments and professional placements.
Subjects: Classical Ballet Technique, Contemporary Technique, Pas de Deux, Classical variations, Pointe, separate Male classes, Career Planning.
Performance opportunities: Graduation Season; Secondments; Professional Placements; Choreographic Season (contemporary students only).


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Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Inspirational Learning, Inspired Dancers
www.rambertschool.org.uk | [email protected] | + 44 20 8892 9960
Accredited
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance is a world-leading conservatoire located in the leafy London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. Our mission is to provide exceptional and unparalleled training and education in ballet and contemporary dance. In our studios you will find creativity and excellence; our life blood. We believe in the tradition of our School, and in the innovation that comes from being forward thinking and embracing the new. Our vocation is to realise the potential of every single student. Critical studies give students the skills they need to become thinking dancers and choreographers. Rambert students graduate as versatile, creative and adaptable dance artists. Each member of staff here at Rambert School welcomes individuality, and this is at the heart of our teaching. Every student at Rambert School follows our FD/BA programme validated by the University of Kent.
FD/BA Degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Time: 3 years
Aims: To develop dancers using highly tuned dance training taught by a wide, experienced and varied faculty, all prominent in their specialism. To expose students to a vast range of dance technique and styles with a focus on choreography and performance alongside rigourous technical studio based training.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Choreography, Improvisation, Pilates, Conditioning, Critical Studies.
Performance opportunities: Graduation Show; Christmas Showcase; Spring Showcase; Student Choreographic Showcase; Regional Theatres; Community Performances.

Amanda Britton
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Excellent training is the most important ingredient to prepare a student for a long career. A dancer has to understand his/her own body, its capabilities and the anomalies of their own particular structure. Very few people have perfect structures, so we all have to learn to play to our strengths and work on the weaknesses to make sure they do not lead to chronic injury over time. In terms of technical training, classical ballet, Graham technique, and Cunningham-based technique, supplemented by Pilates, cardio work and some relaxation work (such as yoga, release-based work or even improvisation) are complete necessities to train a strong versatile dancer.
First term issues? Homesickness can be an issue. We do a welcoming tea party on day one, where new 1st years are introduced to current students from the same country, and that helps. Possibly the toughest part for new students is coming into a competitive environment where for the first time in their lives there may be students as talented as they are. Usually students settle very quickly, their happiness is paramount to us: if they are happy they will work at their best and enjoy their time with us.
When should you see a health care professional? We have a full-time osteopath in the STRU department (screening treatment, rehabilitation unit.) Pete Dunleavy, a former dancer, is assisted by Kio Tomiyama, also a former dancer who teaches Pilates and cardio work. Students can see them whenever needed. Students are screened at audition in the U.K. with overseas students screened in the first few weeks as a baseline assessment.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Majorly important! Within the degree we focus on the importance of transferable skills. Dance careers are short, and it’s vital to develop key life skills such as the ability to research and evaluate information, communicate clearly in writing and verbally, and be able to think and work as a team or individually. We promote these through our critical studies programme, where students learn to reflect upon their practice and lectures on anatomy, dance fitness, performance psychology, dance history and other related topics.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Good communication! We believe that if we promote autonomy, have high expectations and ask students to take responsibility for their own lives and practice, this usually provides a good foundation. We give formal feedback to students, but really they are receiving feedback all the time! Sometimes we speak to them in their year groups as cohesion within the group is vital: the success of the individual depends a lot upon the dynamics and relatedness of the group. Teachers are also available outside of class so there is a lot of informal feedback as well as the normal reports and 1-1 sessions. The teacher/student relationship is so important: there needs to be trust and mutual respect. Students’ health and well-being is our number one priority. They are talented and creative young people just starting out. It’s a tough and competitive environment at times and our goal is simply to provide the support they need to thrive, dance at their best and be happy.

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