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Full-Time Performing Arts Courses 2018

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Do you want a career in the Performing Arts? Do you know where and what you want to study?
We have a comprehensive list of some of the top Full-Time Dance & Performing Arts institutions from ACT,NSW & VIC to QLD to SA, WA & International! Also, to give you an insight into the expectations at each level of study, we’ve outlined the various courses in detail. Remember to choose the course and school that is right for you, one that resonates with who you are as a person as well as a dancer. Good luck!


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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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A&L Danse | anguslucindadanse.com
Lucinda Bensoussan
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? A vital one, dancers cannot have a long career without good technique, as injuries will occur. Technique also offers freedom of movement and a versatile performance base.
First term issues? Emotions can run high when students are getting used to the long hours of training and when they feel tired. This is normal and not so much an issue as it is part of becoming a professional athlete.
When should you see a health care professional? When the teacher suggests this is necessary. Perhaps after talking to the student or noticing there is an issue to be addressed.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic is perhaps the most vital ingredient alongside a positive attitude.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? A good level of respect for each other and an honest work ethic from both the teacher and student in each class.


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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
We’re great sports, you can be too.
acpe.edu.au | [email protected] | 1300 302 867
Accredited
Established in 1917, the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is a leading national provider of Bachelor degrees in dance, sport, health, and education. ACPE is a private higher education institution with nationally accredited degree programs registered with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. Study amongst the sporting elite at ACPE’s purpose-built campus in the mecca of sports excellence, Sydney Olympic Park. Recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport as an Elite Athlete Friendly University, the only private college of its kind to receive this prestigious status, ACPE has an Elite Athlete & Coach Program designed to facilitate elite athletes and coaches to study alongside their professional sporting career to enhance their future prospects.
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. The 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 with a wide range of community groups, in roles such as teachers, 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 & Social Development through the Lifespan, Building Professional Relationships (WIL), Teaching Skills: Dance Studio, Dance Promotion, Dance & Health (WIL), Dance Performance, Dance & 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 and 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 ACPE Cheer Squad, The Treasures, to perform 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 ground.
brentstreet.com.au | [email protected] | 1300 013 708
Accredited
Brent Street’s cutting-edge training from the industry’s best coaches and teachers has produced the most employable talent for over three decades. Our alumni can be found on stage in Australia, multiple international tours and productions, on the West End and Broadway. We provide the ultimate training program through our Full-time Courses and Academy. Brent Street Pty Ltd (RTO ID: 91488) is a Registered Training Organisation approved to deliver nationally recognised training. Brent Street has 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) in Performing Arts CUA50113
Time: 1 year
Aims: An intensive course based around the “Triple Threat” performer ideals and is Brent Street’s signature performing arts training program.
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) 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 10, 11, and 12.
Aims: This intense training program has seen our graduates work continuously in the commercial dance industry, major musicals in Australia, the West End and Broadway, feature films, tv presenting, recording artist world tours, tv roles and in choreography. Graduates have also gone on to become So You Think You Can Dance winners, Julliard scholarship recipients, physiotherapists and lawyers.
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
classicalballet121.com | [email protected] | 0451 953 768
CB121 resides at Dance 102, close to St Leonards station. Director Gillian Revie, former ballerina with The Royal Ballet and current 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 for a healthy, injury free studio. Gillian has helped place students into full-time schools such as QPAC, RBS, ENBS, Elmhurst and Dutch National, and coached Isobel Anderson Awards winners and Alana Haines, YAGP and Genée finalists. Our flexible structure encourages students to take the time needed to achieve their personal goals.
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
Time: 1-3 years (depending on the individual)
Aims: To prepare students aged 12-18 years for the next step in their pursuit of a career in classical ballet.
Subjects: Dance: Ballet, Pointe, Solos, Virtuosity, RAD (exam work prepared by Teresa Johnson), Repertoire, Character Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary.
Education: Research, Anatomy, Dance History, Tutor Doctor for Distance Education.
Fitness: Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Kick Turn Leap, In Power, Stretch.
Workshops: Choreography, Benish Notation, Stage Design. CV writing, biographies and research on worldwide vocational schools and companies.
Private mentoring: 121Ballet with Gillian Revie, 121Reformer with Alistair Stewart, 121Self Savvi with Alisha Coon and 121Contemporary with Natalie Ayton. Distance Education Schooling.
Performance opportunities: Term 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 two years, every full-time graduate has gained a place in the finishing school or company of their choice. The brand 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 tarkett), an in-house dance physiotherapist, lockers and change room facilities, 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, Dancers Company, 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).
Cert IV in Dance Course
Time: 1 year
Aims: To focus on each student individually to ensure they are successful in gaining their Certificate IV in Dance Qualification – Classical or Contemporary.
Subjects: Contemporary (Martha Graham, Cunningham), Open Classical Class, RAD Classical Option, Partnering, Choreography, Dancers Company, 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).

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 opening for 2018 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 2018. 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.

Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113 (delivered in partnership with ATOD RTO#31624)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To produce all round professional performers with strong technical and commercial training, who understand ‘life after fulltime’ 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 along side 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 | [email protected] | 02 9746 0848
Accredited
ED5INTERNATIONAL is proud to offer their exclusive, unique, accredited Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts. 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 many other entertainment arenas. The course is Youth Allowance Approved and Accredited by ASQA, NRT and AQF. Located in North Strathfield, a 5 min walk from the train station, there is ample street parking. Our students will become the employed performer, achieved through dedication, discipline, talent and a lot of laughter and love. Our mission has been to create, enhance, and 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 17 years.
Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts 10149NAT
Time: 2 years
Aims: To produce talent that is entertainment industry ready and employable at successful completion of the course through individual monitoring, assessing and guiding each student to achieve successful Graduation and a career with longevity.
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?
ettingshausens.com.au | [email protected] | 02 9545 3033
Accredited
The faculty has been carefully selected for strength in their respective fields, from the industry recognised career and competitive dance choreographers, enthusiastic and experienced recreational dance team or handpicked martial arts instructors. World class teachers such as Stephen Tannos, Cassie Bartho, Eden Petrovski, James Barry, Neale Whittaker, David Mclean, Sophie Holloway, Sarah Stollery, Natasha Crane, Gaynor Hicks, Jayde Westaby, Jo Ansell, Kate Larter, Aric Yegudkin, Troy Harrison and Aimee Regan teach weekly. Industry guests include Kelley Abbey, The Squared Division, Marko Panzic, PJ Clarke, Amy Campbell, Paul Malek, Thern Reynolds, Kaylie Yee and Michael Stein who develop the students’ industry readiness and awareness. 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 deepen their knowledge of the professional performing arts whilst developing their unique brand under the watchful encouragement of industry specialists in a nurturing environment.
Subjects: Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Latin, Choreography, Improvisation, Tap, Singing, Acting, Acrobatics, Fitness, Nutrition, Performance Theory, Business Skills and more.
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 by providing 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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Ev & Bow Full Time Dance Training Centre
Innovation, Passion & Supreme Quality.
evandbow.com | [email protected] | 02 9542 1260
Accredited
Under the direction of Sarah Boulter and Lisa Bowmer, Ev and Bow has a reputation of supreme quality. It is the premiere studio for innovation, passion and outstanding results and leads the way in the dance industry with cutting edge choreography and professionalism. Exceptional dancers are selected and personal care is provided in a nurturing environment and limited class sizes. Ev and Bow provides many performance opportunities with the focus on integrating students into the professional world. Previous graduates have gone on to work with Australian Dance Theatre, T.H.E Dance Company, Dance North, Footnote Dance Company, Lucy Guerin Inc, STRUT Dance, MOD Dance Co, Alvin Ailey, Australian Opera, Rambert Dance Company, Dream Dance Company, Shaun Parker & Meryl Tankard.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Diploma of Dance CUA50113
Time: 2 years
Aims: To provide quality training enabling the dancer to be a versatile and valuable member of the dance industry and broaden their knowledge, creativity and respect for their craft.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Choreography, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Jazz, Acting, Singing, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Artist Development, Personal Training, Professional Development.
Performance opportunities: Mid-year showing; City of Sydney Council engagements; Chinese New Year; Mardi Gras; Hair Shows; TV and Film; Australian Dance Festival; Corporate Work; Charity Balls; Graduation Performances in which industry professionals and agents are invited to seek out talent.


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First Position Australia
Tailor made curriculum for a tailor made professional dance career
firstpositionaustralia.com | [email protected]
First Position Australia’s tailor-made curriculum has been designed to provide a deep understanding of Ballet & Contemporary technique and caters for students that thrive in an elite atmosphere. FPA training programs have an extensive and rigourous curriculum designed for serious ballet students delivered in a creative and artistic environment. Our holistic approach includes counselling sessions and individualised advice, which will help students overcome the difficulties of the training and ensure effortless positioning into the professional world of dance. The school has a renowned faculty and established program with a well-rounded selection of classes. FPA has a long-time partnership with numerous companies throughout the world. Our company is committed to developing exceptional dancers by encouraging each dancer the chance to audition for reputable companies.
Full-Time & Part-Time Program
Intensive Trainee Ballet Program
Time: Full-Time & Part-Time Program (12 – 18 years)
Intensive Trainee Ballet Program: Junior Transition Division (7-10 years); Pre-Professional Division (11- 18 years).
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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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, New Zealand School Of Dance (Classical and Contemporary stream), Australian Ballet School, Alvin Ailey, Sydney Dance Company, 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
Performance opportunities: Competitions and Masterclasses locally, state wide and internationally.
Full-Time or Part-Time Program (not accredited)
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: 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. The full time courses get students a huge leap closer to their dreams and guide them into a successful professional career, with the nationally recognised qualification to go with it.
Advanced Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Acro & Aerial Fulltime (including Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113)
Certificate IV in Arts Administration CUA40511
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management CUA40313
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 & 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 & History, Partnering, Pointe, Pop Vocal, Private Tuition, Professional Development, Performance Psychology, Silk Tissue, Trapeze & Lyra, Stage & Screen Choreography, Stage & 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.
Provider Number: 70230

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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Lee Academy High School
Jo Cotterill

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance), Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management, Diploma of Musical Theatre.
Focus: Jazz, Contemporary, Acrodance, Partnering.
Experience: Teaching for 23 years.
Advice for parents? Give as much support and love to your dancing child as you possibly can. It’s okay if your child has a bad day at full-time every now and then.
Approach to injuries? Be physically fit and capable of performing at the level that you are studying. Take classes that are appropriate to your level of ability, undertake physical conditioning classes to ensure your fitness is up to the required standard. Take technique class. If you do suffer an injury, seek medical advice immediately and don’t ignore the problem.


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The McDonald College
Australia’s Leading Academic and Performing Arts School for Years 3 – 12
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 & Bone), Emma Watkins (The Wiggles), and Kip Gamblin (The Bodyguard: Musical, All Saints, Home & 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
With a clear focus and a long history of preparing students for a professional career in dance, the National College of Dance (NCD) provides creative new methods and advanced dance training that prepares students to be a valued and versatile dancer in our professional industry. Building on student strengths, developing artistry and nurturing students to strive, our proven methods have graduates gracing stages all over the world. Whether a classical or contemporary career, NCD embrace each student’s unique artistry and talent preparing them to thrive in a competitive industry. Specialising in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Jazz Dance, our students will utilise their classical training to strengthen all genres. Studying at NCD provides you with the perfect platform to commence your professional career.
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.
Performance opportunities: 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.
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.
Performance opportunities: 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.
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.
Performance opportunities: 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.
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: Mid-year performances; Competitions; Festivals; 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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Redlands Ballet & Dance Academy
redlands.nsw.edu.au
Karen Martin
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? The steady development and continued practice of correct technique is an essential part of injury prevention. Correct technique, including a proper cardio warm up, is an integral part of a long dance career.
First term issues? The building up of physical and mental stamina required for the increased number of classes, along with patience and managing of expectations, are all common issues during the first term of full-time dance.
When should you see a health care professional? It depends on the individual, however working with a health practitioner every month or more can help with the prevention of potential injuries.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A consistent work ethic is the main factor in a successful dance career. Consistency is key. Hard work and a ‘can do’ attitude, self-discipline, learning how to learn, life-long learning, taking responsibility for your own learning are also key. Working hard to cultivate critical and creative thinking in academic studies provides a sound basis for all future employment.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Collaborative, open communication is the key, as is letting students take care of themselves and be responsible for their own choices and passion.


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Sydney College of Dance
sydneycollegeofdance.com
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
Internationally renowned and established by Tanya Pearson OAM over 40 years ago, the Academy has produced many internationally acclaimed graduates. 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, four studios plus on-site physiotherapy facilities, and 5 minutes from St Leonards train station, the Academy continues to provide specialised coaching for dedicated and talented students wishing to pursue a professional career in ballet in Sydney’s lower North Shore. 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. Mid-year intake auditioning now.
Full Time Pre-Professional Course
Full Time Dancers Course
Full Time Transition Course
Time: 1-5 years (depending on age and level)
Aims: To nurture and develop artistry whilst inspiring and educating young dancers to excel with a strong worth 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; Tanya Pearson Overseas Audition Tour.

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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The Next Step Performing Arts
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] | 0457 732 593
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 min walk. Students are eligible to apply for Concession Opal Cards. Students in the course full-time may apply for Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-Time
Aims: To provide our students with the best all rounded education to prepare them fully for a professional career in the performing arts industry.
Subjects: Develop Dance Partnering Technique, Develop expertise in jazz dance technique, Develop expertise in street dance technique, Develop expertise in dance performance technique, Develop expertise in ballet dance technique, Develop expertise in contemporary dance technique, Develop expertise in tap dance technique, Develop Self as Artist, Develop choreography skills and perform dance pieces, Refine movement skills for performance, Rehearse technique for performance, Develop expertise in musical theatre, Apply movement and behavioural principles to physical conditioning.
Performance opportunities: Corporate Events working with industry professionals; Television appearances and commercial opportunities;
City of Sydney Eisteddfod; Australian Dance Festival; Graduation Performance.
Prepared for Professional Auditions


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Aerial Angels Academy
Renowned Circus & Aerial Arts school of excellence located on the beautiful Gold Coast.
aerialangels.com.au | [email protected] | 07 5522 0702
Aerial Angels Academy is a division of the award winning Aerial Angels Australia Production Company, renowned for excellence in live show and entertainment production, artist development and training. As well as creative and cutting edge productions, they also specialise in developing new artists with training programs designed and taught by the industry’s best. Today just being a dancer is no longer enough, dance professionals are now required to have additional skills such as acrobatics and aerial skills. The Full Time Pro Course combines supervised coaching via scheduled classes with access to open training in a state of the art performing arts academy. Designed by former Aerialist Sue Porrett who, with over 25 years’ experience, is now one of Australia’s hardest working live show producers with hundreds of shows to her credit including seasons at Jupiters Casino, Warner Brothers Movie World, Ocean Park Hong Kong, The Great Moscow Circus, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Malaysia, and upcoming shows for Galaxy Entertainment in Macau. Acceptance by audition only.
Aerial Angels Australia Full-Time Pro Course
Time: 1 year
Aims: To create a professional multi-skilled performer for those with dance, gymnastics or aerial experience who are wanting new skills or to refine current skills through extensive training. The course also assists students in gaining performance work via industry exposure, management, performance experience, exclusive audition opportunities and the creation of an artist portfolio of photos, videos and fully choreographed routines.
Subjects: Primary – Various Aerial Techniques including solo and group apparatus. Secondary – Nutrition, Fitness, Strength and Flexibility, Dance, Acrobatics, Stage Presentation, Make-Up, Basic Rigging, Yoga, Pilates, Injury Prevention, Creative Development, Act Creation. Optional – Nationally accredited Certificate 4 in Business.
Performance opportunities: 4x End of Term assessment performances of several routines;
Graduation Performance is a professionally produced public theatre performance; Various paid and unpaid professional performance opportunities.


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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 was the first Gold Coast classical ballet school to offer a 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 the RBS, John Cranko Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy, Bavarian State Opera Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Rudra Béart 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 of the student)
Aims: To ensure dancers from 14 years are ready to join an internationally recognised Classical or Contemporary dance institution overseas or in Australia through extensive training and preparation.
Subjects: Classical Ballet (Vaganova), Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Jazz, Drama, Body Conditioning (including Yoga, Cardio and Pilates).
Performance opportunities: Solos and Groups at local and international Competitions; End of year Professional production; Galas and Displays.
Half-Day Program
Time: 1-2 years (depending on the age and level of the student)
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, allowing a smooth transition into the full-time program. These classes are recognised as an alternative to sport at the dancers academic school and are tailored around each students’ schedule.
Performance opportunities: Solos and Groups at local and international Competitions, End of year Professional production; Galas and 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.
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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Arête Academy of the Arts
aretearts.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3890 8728
Hollie Hewett
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Strong technique is the foundation of not only movement but also safe dance practices. When a new step or movement is learned, the dancer develops neural pathways (from the brain to the body) specific to that movement. These neural pathways form the ‘map of messages’ sent to the muscles in order to repeat that movement again and again. If both the teacher and student do not take care to accurately pave strong technical neural pathways, then poor technique will be repeated each time that movement is performed. This will expose a dancer to a higher risk of injury. It goes without saying incorrect technique dramatically inhibits the potential longevity of a dancer’s career.
First term issues? Full-time training causes an onset of fatigue very quickly. There is a vast comparison between after school and full-time training hours, workload and concentration levels. The expectations of self-discipline, time management and an unwavering positive outlook can be taxing on young dancers. Students need love and support at the studio and at home to be successful.
When should you see a health care professional? Twice a term. First year full-timers often push themselves to keep up with the expectations and workload. This sometimes leads to excess tension throughout the body which in turn can develop muscular imbalances. A muscular imbalance can lead to compensation of a joint and then injury. Furthermore, muscular imbalances impede technically accurate neural pathways causing poor technique, loss in dynamic flexibility and balanced control. Allied health professionals are qualified to identify these issues in the preliminary stages to intervene before the dancer’s physical safety and technical proficiency is compromised.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Employees in any industry must do two basic things: turn up and turn up on time ready to work. Full-time training, particularly in VET Qualifications, simulates the work place and therefore a consistent work ethic from the students is required. If you cannot prove to your teachers that you’re professional enough to hold the qualification, how can they award it to you and allow you to enter the workforce? Full-time training and qualifications aren’t designed to give you work experience; rather they are designed to teach you how to work effectively in the workplace. They also tell your future employer that you are capable of learning skills and applying them. Employers look for accomplished and reliable employees so staying focused and consistent with your studies will build a positive rapport with teachers and future employers.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? A successful partnership begins with the focus on the student. The team needs to remember that the training is education based not revenue based and all parents are paying the same. Access and equality across the training and opportunity aspects of the course builds an awareness of diversity and teamwork amongst students. Parents and students should trust the teachers as professionals and leaders. Open communication between teachers and parents helps to build strong relationships, develop understanding and support for the individual student. Nurturing a hard-working ethos and collaborative learning environment gives the best foundation for study and future employment success.


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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 a 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, 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: Training is tailored to each individual, the 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 examination syllabus training, Pointe, Character, Open Work, Repertoire, Contemporary, Ballet Theory.
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfod and competitions at local, national and international level; 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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Australian Dance Performance Institute
adpi.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3262 2277
Barbara Everson
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Correct technique is essential for a dancer to continue in the industry for as long as they are physically able. Bad technique causes injuries which can seriously impede progression, dedication and length of a career.
First term issues? Most students are very tired. The sudden increase in the hours of work in a day needs to be approached carefully so that the body is conditioned to be able to withstand the demands of the extra work. Some students also sustain more injuries because they are motivated by being better than fellow classmates rather than working at their own pace and building strength accordingly.
When should you see a health care professional? All full-time dancers should be treated as elite athletes. As the body is working extremely hard, stress can build up in the muscles and these need to be relaxed and lengthened. They should consider massage as an important addition to their program and may also find acupuncture very beneficial. If they have concerns or injuries then a dance physiotherapist should be consulted to eliminate aggravating any potential injury.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Without good focus, direction and a consistent work ethic, a dancer will not be successful. Dance is a self-disciplined art form and requires a person to be fully committed and have a great desire to achieve.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Mutual respect, loyalty, the ability to discuss matters when required, and communication.


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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. Every week there are a minimum of 12 teachers who are some of Australia’s most sought after choreographers and industry professionals. 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 the industry. We are opening our education department in 2018 where students can now compete their Years 10, 11 & 12 alongside their full-time training with one teacher per 5 students. Students receive individual attention with an intake of 1 group per course. Most importantly, you are joining a family.
Certificate in Assistant Dance Teaching CUA30313
Time: 2 years (1 day a week) or 1 year (if combining with Full-Time/Year 10 studies)
Aims: For students who are still at school to obtain this qualification while still studying and as preparation for studying 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, and 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, Business and Marketing, Choreography, First Aid.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 2 years or 1 year (if Cert IV completed)
Aims: To refine the dancer’s skills and ensure 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, First Aid.

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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Hervey Bay Performing Arts College
High School Starts Here
herveybaydanceschool.com | [email protected] | 0434 010 026
Accredited
Run by Hervey Bay Dance School, Hervey Bay Performing Arts College is Regional Queensland’s Performing Arts High School. Running in collaboration with Cairns School Of Distance Education for Year 7-12 we offer a supportive and unique education environment. Along with students being able to gain their QCE & OP they are also are able to participate in certificate courses through RAW Company (RTO 41365). Students undertake 3 hours of academic work with the onsite supervisor & 2-3 hours of performing arts classes each day with industry professionals from Raw Company. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops from leading choreographers from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & the Gold Coast. We are centrally located 4 hours north of Brisbane in the Hervey Bay CBD within walking distance to local and intercity public transport.
Secondary School
Time: Year 7-12
Aims: To provide a stepping-stone for students who want to go on to further Full-Time studies in major cities and help students gain scholarships with some of the country’s leading institutions.
Subjects: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Classical, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Strength & Fitness, Production & Theatrical Knowledge and Business Practices. Queensland School Curriculum (QCE) including OP authority studies.
Performance opportunities: Local Performances; Regional & National Eisteddfods.


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Promenade Dance Studio
Your journey to success
promenadedance.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3733 0900
Accredited
Promenade’s Pre-Professional Program provides full-time, intensive dance training for the aspiring and professional dancer. Our unique program will focus on refining technique as well as developing artistry by encouraging the individuality and creativity within each dancer. Under the expert guidance of specialised teachers including Daniel Gaudiello (ex-Principal dancer, Australian Ballet), together with some of Australia’s best teachers and choreographers, the program offers students access to cutting edge technique and mentoring by some of the best in the industry. Training with highly professional staff in first-class facilities will provide students with an optimal environment to develop as performers and to increase their employability in the dance industry. Offering nationally accredited dance qualifications delivered in partnership with ATOD RTO 31624.
Certificate III in Dance CUA30113
Time: 1 year part-time
Aims: To provide students with a solid, technical foundation that will prepare them for the transition into full-time dance training.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Aerial, Conditioning, Partnering, Musical Theatre, Improvisation/Composition.
Performance opportunities: End of year performance; Eisteddfods; Tv and Film; Australian Dance Festival; USA dance tour; Corporate Work.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 2 years
Aims: To provide students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully pursue a career in the dance industry.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Aerial, Conditioning, Partnering, Musical Theatre, Improvisation/Composition, Anatomy, Nutrition, Pointe work/Repertoire, Vocal training, Acting technique.
Performance opportunities: End of year performance; Graduation showcase; Eisteddfods; Tv and Film; Australian Dance Festival; USA dance tour; Corporate Work.


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Queensland Ballet Academy
Passionate about developing the artists of the future, producing young ballet dancers whose talent and ability are internationally sought-after.
queenslandballet.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3013 6666
Developing the artists of the future is central to Queensland Ballet’s strategic vision. The Academy’s aim is to provide a clear career pathway and to produce young dancers whose talent and ability are sought-after internationally. The Academy offers 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 world-class coaching team. The developing talents of our young dancers are showcased in standalone performances and at many prestigious events, as well as within Company productions. Auditions for the Jette Parker Young Artists, Pre-Professional, Senior and Associate Programs will be held from September and registrations are now open.
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 and other prestigious events.
Pre-Professional Program
Time: 1 year
Aims: To prepare students for a successful career through full-time, intensive, daily, professional training to develop their skills to the highest artistic and technical standards. Graduates of the Pre-Professional Program will be encouraged 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 (Year 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 face-to-face, 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: Year 11 and 12: Classical Ballet, Male Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Classical Character Dance, Contemporary Dance, Male Fitness, Body Conditioning, Pilates.
Year 10: Ballet, Male Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Contemporary Dance, Body Conditioning.
Performance opportunities: Professional end of year showcase; potentially some Queensland Ballet 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.
Subjects: Classical Ballet
Performance opportunities: Observe Company classes, rehearsal and performances; Given first consideration when the Company requires juvenile performers for a production (casting is at the discretion of the Artistic Director and/or choreographer).

Paul Boyd
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? As a student, the concentrated and focused effort to create and maintain a calculated, strong and effective technique will allow longevity in a dancer’s life span. I believe there is a great difference between simply doing a ballet class and walking into the studio with the intent to train your body. Technique and applying your corrections daily is the “fuel” needed to tune your instrument.
First term issues? Adjusting to the culture that we insist on here. We work in a very concentrated manner and that attention to fine detail on a daily basis is an adjustment if the students are not used to this. The male students also have to get used to four Pas de Deux lessons a week. We believe in a well-rounded education so adapting to their academic studies in a new school environment, as well as dance studies, can have its challenges.
When should you see a health care professional? The students have a physical assessment when commencing their studies so our medical staff are aware of each student’s challenges. I always teach and recommend that the students learn how to manage their injuries. Every dancer has their challenges and given the nature of what we do, dancers will at times dance in discomfort so they must find their pain threshold. I believe, after having a 25 year performing career, that warming the body up before every class, rehearsal and performance is imperative to maintaining a healthy, articulated and strong body. We have a wonderful team of physiotherapists etc. who are there to advise and recommend.
How important is a consistent work ethic? This is probably one of the most important issues in creating an employable dancer! The moment a student enters we let them know they are being auditioned for future employment – their focus, work ethic etc is being monitored daily. A good solid work ethic is one of the most important attributes that a dancer can have. I would recommend a dancer with a strong work ethic rather than someone who has not displayed this all-important attribute.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Our lines of communication are always open so both students and parents have access to our professional advice when they need it. The key ingredient is honesty! The world of ballet is very competitive and parents want the truth about their children’s development. Finances, time, energy, students moving interstate to pursue a career, are all serious factors and the truth is the best way to deal with these issues. I am very honest with my thoughts to both students and parents who both greatly appreciate this approach. As the male teacher it is not only my responsibility to nurture and help support our next generation of fine dancers and artists, but to also teach them to be fine young men with respect for the art form, themselves, their colleagues and teachers!


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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, Australian Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School-Birmingham, Central Ballet School-London, Akademie des Tansz-Mannheim Germany, Miami City Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Arizona Ballet School, Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Year, Sydney Dance Company – 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.


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Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
A university for the real world
qut.edu.au/dance | [email protected] | 07 3138 8114
Accredited
QUT’s Dance program has built an enviable reputation over its 35+ year history and continues to lead in developing the creative passions of our future performing artists, choreographers, educators, researchers, administrators, and other dance professionals. Innovative and enriching courses, undergraduate and postgraduate, delivered in new world-class studios, provide diverse options to tailor study to dance career goals in a nurturing environment with daily practice to extend your talents. Theoretical studies are designed to extend understanding of, and curiosity for, the cultural specificity and the rich diversity of dance. Students analyse, critique and reflect on and about the mind and body in dance and the roles and functions that dance plays in our lives. There are opportunities to connect with internationally recognised, resident and guest choreographers and teachers, and to expand professional networks in Australia and globally through QUT’s industry partnerships such as Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance UK.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)
Time: 3 years
Aims: To combine rigorous dance training with relevant academic studies for young aspiring performers who enjoy being challenged, are passionate about a career as a dancer, choreographer and/or independent artist, and willing to commit their energies to full-time training at university level.
Subjects: Ballet, Contemporary, Pas de Deux, Contemporary partnering, Pointe, Men’s Coaching, Anatomy, Conditioning, Pilates, Yoga, Dance History, Dance Analysis, Choreographic Practice, Portfolio and Showreel preparation, Applying for funding, Collaborative networking, Personal development, Performance psychology and Health Management, and electives to tailor the course.
Performance opportunities: Major performance seasons each Semester; International Tour opportunities; access to Secondments with major Australian companies.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
Time: 3 years
Aims: To cater for future dance professionals who aspire to careers outside of mainstream dance performance including dance teaching, choreography, research and academia, community arts practice, dance medicine, science and therapy (with further study), dance journalism, arts administration and management, dance company/festival/venue direction, and production.
Subjects: Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Choreographic Studies, Anatomy, Dance History, Dance Analysis, World Dance, Musical Theatre, Latin, Dance Teaching, Develop workshop materials, Field Research. Non-dance units can be selected in other creative industries disciplines or from across QUT.
Note: Supplement dance studies by selecting additional units for a second teaching area for Primary and Secondary school dance teachers. Following completion of the course, apply to continue into a graduate-entry teacher education course.
Performance opportunities: International projects or tours; Internships with major Australian companies and organisations.

Matthew Lawrence
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique does play an important role. For instance, if a dancer is not ‘alighting’ from a jump, this can create issues particularly for the calves and feet; especially the older you get! Although in terms of longevity sturdy physical genes play a vital role. After all, you can have an impeccable technique, but a body susceptible to injury.
First term issues? Adjusting to the added load and pressure of full-time study. With that, the intensity of training and expectation increases. Another common issue is for students having to juggle their studies with work/life commitments therefore they need to draw on time management skills.
When should you see a health care professional? I only recommend treatment if there is a problem – I encourage pre-emption not paranoia. We are very lucky to have a physiotherapist who treats our dancers’ onsite once a week as well as an array of medical services available through the university’s networks.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Consistency and accompanying ‘grittiness’ are key to not only employability, but also decreasing the risk of injury. I always encourage my dancers to view their potential employability from an employers’ perspective. And consistency – being on for every show – is highly valued.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? To be honest, because our students have completed their schooling and are independent young adults, we are removed from a student/parent relationship; it is the student working with their teacher, in a mutually respectfully manner. I believe strongly that a parent acts as a guide, but the intrinsic motivation – the lasting passion – must come from the student. A teacher is most effective in this scenario.


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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, with the Mill’s sister company, ilDance, as part of their summer program ilYoung. Teachers: Peter Sheedy, Sally Collard-Gentle, Lisa Heaven, Shane Placentino, Kailea Nadine-Williams. Guest lecturers: Leigh Warren, Larissa McGowan, Lee Brummer, Israel Aloni, Niv Marinberg, Scott Ewen, Michael Ramsey, Katrina Lazaroff, Jo Stone, Terry Simpson, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Thomas Grundy Greenfield and Erin Fowler. Students senrol 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: This degree offers an exciting opportunity 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 your professional practice. Students enrol concurrently in TAFE SA’s Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) and Flinders’ Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance).
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 and Performance.
Performance opportunities: Graduating students take industry secondments in their final year to develop ties with the profession and prepare them for the workplace. 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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Terry Simpson Studios
terrysimpsonstudios.com.au
Terry Simpson
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique is so very important as it’s what creates safety in training – the safest way is often the correct way. Dance is not a very safe past time, human beings weren’t meant to turn out etc so being able to do those things properly takes care of the body in the long term and it also builds up the correct muscle tone for your body.
First term issues? Many dancers new to full-time are enthusiastic and want to go to as many classes as they can but this can, and often does, lead to fatigue. Whilst at full-time they are staying at school and increasing their dance load, which also increases their physical and mental fatigue. Being able to manage their time both within and outside full-time and finding time to rest is very important which is why I spend time with my students timetabling their lives to ensure everything is manageable.
When should you see a health care professional? Prevention is of absolute importance so we teach students to learn to recognise issues themselves. Our course includes pilates and complimentary activities, and many of our teachers are physios as well. Of course, if they do develop a niggle or major injury we recommend seeing a health professional. We try to ensure the child isn’t reliant on health professionals to know what is happening with their own bodies. This reduces the added stress and cost of consistent health professional appointments to prevent injuries. Rest is also essential as is massage to help stave off injuries and ensure their bodies stay supple.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Inconsistent work creates injury – coming in and working yourself to death and going away for 3 weeks causes injury. Working up to a performance or exam, the amount of work increases and if they are not fit or managing their bodies prior to that the risk of injuries is increased.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Trust is very important and the basis of a great student, teacher, parent relationship. Students coming through the school community will already have a great relationship with the teachers from when they were quite young. For those students new to the community, it’s best to build a relationship and develop the trust between teacher and student first. But you also need to keep the parent in the loop as teenagers think they are handling everything really well and that may not be the case. Always have a meeting with the parents and the student, and keep the doors open at any time.


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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 eight levels of training for students aged nine and above, 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. As a NVR RTO (provider code 3132, CRICOS code 00253A), full-time training commences at Level 4 with fully integrated academic studies and accredited courses from Level 5. Faculty: Lisa Pavane (Director), Sheryl Bates (Executive Head of GDEDI), Megan Connelly, Simon Dow, Jiayin Du, Katrina Edwards, Christine Howard, Janet Karin, 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)
Level 4 is currently 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.
Diploma of Dance(Elite Performance) CUA50113 Levels 5 & 6
Time: 2 years
Aims: To encourage the special qualities of Australian dancers including youthful freshness, expressiveness, athleticism, musicality and strong technique.
Subjects: Various subjects including Music, Performance Psychology, Nutrition and Cultural Studies.
Performance opportunities: May include the following at Arts Centre Melbourne: Morning Melodies; September Showcase; End of year performance.
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113 Level 7
Time: 1 year
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 to gain VCE.
Performance opportunities: May include the following at Arts Centre Melbourne: Morning Melodies; September Showcase; End of year performance.
Graduate Diploma in Classical Ballet(10296NAT) Level 8
Time: 1 year
Aims: To prepares 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, performance.
Performance opportunities: The Australian Ballet Regional Tour as The Dancers Company; Morning Melodies; September Showcase; End of year performance.
The Dancers Company, regional touring company: The Dancers Company, an integral part of The Australian Ballet, takes the highest quality productions to regional areas around Australia for approximately six weeks every year. The Company comprises students in Level 8 who meet the artistic and technical standards required by The Australian Ballet. It provides exceptional professional opportunities for talented dancers who are on the threshold of their careers.
Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction (Teacher’s Course) 10328NAT
Time: 2 years (part-time may be available)
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.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pedagogy, Music, Anatomy, Nutrition, Body Conditioning, Psychology, Professional Development Training, Practicum.

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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The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet
Strong ballet training preparing students for the current requirements of dance companies
worldwide.

acbaustralia.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9421 2000
Accredited
The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is a ballet school, a training program and a production company offering high quality and professional training in classical ballet focusing on technique and performing quality. ACB is a registered training organisation offering nationally accredited full time courses, with students being prepared for the current requirements of dance companies worldwide. ACB is also a classical ballet training program based on the Russian (Vaganova) Method of Classical Ballet with over 300 teachers using the program in Australia and Southeast Asia. The ACB annually performs full-length classical ballets with international guest artists at the Arts Centre Melbourne. ACB is the only private ballet school in Australia, perhaps in the world, to perform these major productions on a yearly basis with its own full-scale orchestra.
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Time: 2 years
Aims: To develop students of 15 years + refinement in technique and performing skills for the requirements of the dance industry through advanced pre-professional full-time training in classical and contemporary dance.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 1 year half day
Aims: To prepare 14-15 year old students for the competencies necessary for pre-professional training through daily half day dance training in classical and contemporary dance.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year half day
Aims: To develop 12-14 year old students’ technical understand and knowledge to embark on a more comprehensive training program through daily half day dance training in classical and contemporary dance.
Subjects (for all above courses): Classical, Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Boys coaching, Cultural Dance, Performance, Fitness and other related dance styles and industry practice.
Performance opportunities (for all above courses): ACB students performs full length ballet productions such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia with its own ACB Orchestra at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Students are given opportunities to participate in ACB’s international ballet galas, selected ballet competitions in Australia and the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix and the Prix de Lausanne.

Christine Walsh AM

Role of technique in a dancer’s career? It provides an injury preventative aspect and enables the dancers to have clean clear body lines and therefore develop their artistry. Additionally and importantly without strong technique, it would be difficult to hold a contract in a professional dance company.
First term issues? Although students are excited to begin full-time training, the reality of the intensity of daily training can be daunting and difficult for many students to grasp. Only a small number of students will be able to adapt instantly to the daily demands needed to develop the requirements needed in the dance profession.
When should you see a health care professional? We recommend that all first year full-timers have deep tissue massage on the tight areas of their bodies at least once a month. We give them a great deal of advice on how to take care of their bodies and when necessary recommend a podiatrist or physiotherapy treatment.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Absolutely essential and there is no other way to achieve a career!
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Open and honest discussion about the student’s abilities, attitude to learning and working, and a realistic view of the student’s possibility for a career. This then creates a healthy three way working relationship with no unrealistic expectation.


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Dance Factory
Victoria’s only Government funded commercial Dance courses
dancefactory.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9429 9492
Accredited
Dance Factory has set the standard for Dance training courses since 1985. Its graduates have graced the stages of Australia, Asia, Broadway and the West End, whilst many of Australia’s leading choreographers and teachers are Dance Factory graduates. Now the Victorian Government is funding dance training at Dance Factory, through the “Skills First” training initiative. This is not a loan scheme, where there is a requirement to repay an amount to Government, but a Government education grant which provides a discount of up to 80% off normal fees. Dance Factory now offers the widest range of commercial dance, musical theatre and dance teaching courses in Australia, catering to the individual, from the beginner to the elite; provide dance education that exactly matches a person’s goals and ambitions.
Certificate II In Dance CUA20113
Time: 6 months or 1 year part-time
Aims: To introduce the beginner or intermediate dance student to a variety of dance styles and performance skills.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Performance, Hip Hop, Theory, Vocal Production, Acting, Musical Theatre.
Certificate III In Dance CUA30113
Time: 1 year or 2 years part-time
Aims: To develop intermediate performers in a range of dance and other styles including vocal production and drama.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Performance, Hip Hop, Vocal Production, Acting, Musical Theatre, Theory.
Certificate IV In Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year or 2 years part-time
Aims: To further develop the advanced dance student’s performance and allied skills in preparation for a high level of professional employment in the industry, which may include chorus and ensemble work, dance and cabaret shows in Australia and internationally, as well as cruise ships and international theme parks.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Performance, Hip Hop, Acrobats, Vocal Production, Musical Theatre, Acting, Theory.
Diploma Of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Time: 1 year or 2 years part-time
Aims: To give graduates skills in dance, singing, drama and choreography and develop a performer that is skilled, versatile and independent through consolidating Dance Factory’s 30 year history of producing performers for the Australian and International stage.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Performance, Vocal Production, Acting, Musical Theatre, Acrobats, Audition Technique, private vocal/acting lessons.
Diploma Of Dance Teaching And Management CUA50313
Time: 1 year or 2 years part-time
Aims: Designed to enable the experienced dance teacher wishing to gain accredited qualifications for teaching and choreographing intermediate to advanced students including the teaching of correct technique, safe dance awareness, the understanding of group dynamics and confident teaching skills, as well as the required knowledge to set up an independent small business. Incorporated is our DFTA syllabus, which was devised with physiotherapists, chiropractors and physical experts.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Performance, Dance Teaching, Staging, Choreography, Safe Dance, Workplace Health & Safety, Anatomy, Student Management, Costuming, Dance Psychology, Business Management, Financial Planning.
Diploma Of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 1 year or 2 years part-time
Aims: To give the passionate dancer the necessary skills to allow them to work professionally in the entertainment industry. At this level, dancers will be expected to perform in a range of situations and demonstrate a high degree of technical, creative and performance skills, whilst demonstrating the versatility and independence to work as a freelance dancer in Australian and International stage musicals, choreographic and production work, cruise ships, theme parks and freelance corporate work.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Funk, Performance, Vocal Production, Acting, Musical Theatre, Acrobats, Choreography, Dance Teaching, Safe Dance, Audition Technique, private vocal/acting lessons.
Performance opportunities (for all above courses): 4 fully produced performances per year, one at the end of each term: Studio, mid size theatre, cabaret & large theatre.


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Jane Moore Academy of Ballet
janemooreballet.com.au
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!
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, 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, 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; End of year showcase; Mid-year show for Musical Theatre students.

Adrian Ricks
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique for a dancer is essential for longevity as it ensures that we are always moving our bodies in a safe way. Aesthetics also play a part in technique but its main role is to allow the body to absorb high impact choreography and a performers gruelling schedule.
First term issues? Adjusting from high school and the schedule of a full-time course. Sustaining the mental and physical pressures that occurs during full-time studies.
When should you see a health care professional? I recommend that students try and have a remedial or sports massage once a month to help realign the body and release the lactic acid. This will also hopefully eliminate the need of a specialist as a result of injury. If students do need to see a specialist we work in partnership with one of Melbourne’s top physiotherapists.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A positive work ethic is essential throughout your studies as this is key to establishing peer and professional networks. We are surrounded by the largest Musical Theatre productions touring Australia and we encourage our students to present themselves in a professional manner at all times. A career in the performing arts requires commitment, hard work and enthusiasm to the art form; this all comes down to a positive work ethic.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? We promote personal ownership and responsibility of the student’s work and actions. This encourages an autonomous work ethic in and out of the studio ensuring the student listens to and follows direction from the teacher or choreographer with clarity and determination. A key aspect of supporting a rewarding relationship with the parents is by maintaining clear communication through emails, telephone and face-to-face discussions.


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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 2018 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 and 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 above 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 (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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Melbourne City Ballet (MCB)
Get Real Industry Training with Real Industry Professionals
melbournecityballet.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9943 6496

Accredited
Melbourne City Ballet is a classical ballet company based in Coburg (Melbourne), Victoria. The company has grown in prominence over the past few years, touring throughout most of Australia on an annual basis. As part of the company’s commitment to developing the next generation of young artists, Melbourne City Ballet offer two elite level training courses to bridge the gap toward a professional career. Students participating within these courses are trained by the company’s Senior Artists and Development Staff whilst being coached professionals throughout the year.

Finishing Year (Pre-Professional) Program (not accredited)
Time: 1 year (extension to 2 years may apply for students utilising government accredited aspect of this course)
Aims: To bridge the gap between classical ballet student and professional artist by gaining real experience working with an active performance company whilst refining technical skills at a professional level. Each year, a small number of students are chosen from this course for placement within Melbourne City Ballet’s Emerging Artist (Apprentice) Program to compete for company positions.
Subjects: Classical Technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Pas de Deux, Company Repertoire, Solo Development, Personal Development, Sports Training, Masculine Technique.
Performance opportunities: MCB metropolitan productions; Children’s Tour; Promotional events; Studio Sessions; Guest Appearances.
Elite Full-Time Program(Diploma and Advanced Diploma)
Time: 2 years (with additional one year for Advanced Diploma)

Aims: To prepare students to apply for pre-professional training courses or some positions overseas. Completion of the Advanced Diploma is recommended for those accepted for the 3rd year. 

Subjects: Classical technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Pas De Deux, Repertoire, Solo Development, Body Conditioning, Composition, Training Pathways, Masculine Technique.
Performance opportunities: MCB Studio Sessions; End of year Gala; Promotional events.
Junior Elite (Interstate) Artists Program – JEAP
 (not accredited)
Time: Last 2 weeks of each term
Aims: For young artists outside Victoria to gain a better insight into the level of classical technique and performance skills required to train full-time at a classical ballet organisation.
Subjects: Classical Technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Solo Development, Body Conditioning, Composition, Training Pathways, Masculine Technique.
Performance opportunities: MCB Studio Sessions

Michael Pappalardo (Artistic Director)
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique and a good solid foundation of training is the most important aspect of a professional career, both long term and short term. Not only does it ensure dancers are doing the right movement but it also is the key to preventing injuries and ensuring your body lasts the rigours of a highly demanding career.
First term issues? Often students are living away from home, so dealing with loneliness and learning how to look after themselves are huge challenges. Further to this, students will spend most of the first term looking at technical issues they have and ideally correcting them. This sometimes can seem slow but it is important to ensure the rest of their training has a good strong foundation.
When should you see a health care professional? This really does vary depending on the student. Some students need extra care depending on where they are in their development whilst some will only need to go if something happens. It is best to discuss individually with your teachers about how much treatment is needed.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Very important! In most organisations, the director is constantly communicating with the teachers and receiving feedback on students’ technique and also behaviour and attitude. A positive, hard working attitude can open doors whilst negative behaviour can be what prevents you from getting a job.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Honesty, communication, patience, hard work, focus, trust, positivity and support.


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Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts (MICA)
Quality education & classical training overseen by professional artists
melbournecityballet.com.au/mica/
 | [email protected] | 03 9943 6496
Accredited
The Melbourne Institute of Classical Arts (MICA) is a joint collaboration between Melbourne City Ballet and Coburg High School to provide new opportunities for young up and coming ballet artists. This program allows young dancers to access both academic and classical training in a positive learning environment, developing the next generation of professional artists who will be supported by a strong education. Both venues are close to public transport (train, tram & bus) and within 600m of one another. Places for this course are very limited and placement is only accepted by audition.

Secondary Education
Time: School Years 7 – 12
Aims: To support young up and coming artists with secondary academic and classical dance training, to ensure they are sufficiently prepared for careers in classical dance whilst also being educated suitably for careers in other fields.
Subjects: Dance: Classical technique, Repertoire, Contemporary, Composition, Back to Basics, Character (Folk Dance), Pas de Deux, Pointe, Male Technique, Body Conditioning, Pilates & Yoga, Personal & Professional Development.
Academic: English, VCE Dance, VCE Drama, Science, Mathematics.
Performance opportunities: In studio performances; Full school performances; Melbourne City Youth Ballet; Gala; Youth Performance Projects; Guest role performances (where youth roles may be suitable) for Melbourne City Ballet.

Michael Pappalardo
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique and a good solid foundation of training is the most important aspect of a professional career, both long term and short term. Not only does it ensure dancers are doing the right movement but it also is the key to preventing injuries and ensuring your body lasts the rigours of a highly demanding career.
First term issues? Often students are living away from home, so dealing with loneliness and learning how to look after themselves are huge challenges. Further to this, students will spend most of the first term looking at technical issues they have and ideally correcting them. This sometimes can seem slow but it is important to ensure the rest of their training has a good strong foundation.
When should you see a health care professional? This really does vary depending on the student. Some students need extra care depending on where they are in their development whilst some will only need to go if something happens. It is best to discuss individually with your teachers about how much treatment is needed.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Very important! In most organisations, the director is constantly communicating with the teachers and receiving feedback on students’ technique and also behaviour and attitude. A positive, hard working attitude can open doors whilst negative behaviour can be what prevents you from getting a job.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Honesty, communication, patience, hard work, focus, trust, positivity and support.


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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
NICA is a national arts training institute that offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts. Accredited by Swinburne University of Technology and located in Prahran, NICA delivers innovative training to talented students, whose performances will re-imagine circus. As the only Australian institution of its kind, NICA fosters passion, creativity and a high skill level in its graduates. NICA training can lead to work in contemporary circus, traditional circus, social circus, stunt work, corporate entertainment, festivals, teaching and other sectors of the arts industry. Graduate artists have been employed internationally by companies such as Cirque du Soleil (worldwide), Dragone (China), Carnival Australia, Circa (Australia and touring internationally), Circus Oz (Australia and touring internationally), Cavalia (Canada and touring internationally) and NoFit State Circus (United Kingdom). Many others establish small project companies that tour festival circuits throughout Australia and the world. NICA offers employment opportunities through the agency CircaNICA.
CRICOS provider code: 00111D
Bachelor of Circus Arts BA-CIRCA1 (CRICOS course code: 078080F)
Time: 3 years 

Aims: To push the boundaries of circus as an art form to create work which is innovative and inspiring whilst producing employable, skilled and creative artists who will be respected nationally and internationally in the global circus and physical theatre industry.
Subjects: Tumbling, Handstands, Flexibility, Manipulation, Aerial, Partner Work, Group Adagio, Group Aerial, Group Juggling, Hoop-diving, Teeterboard, Trapeze, Tissu, Rope, Tightwire, Contortion, Chinese Pole, Rolla Bolla, Juggling, Hula Hoops, Clowning, Fitness, Strength, Conditioning, Acting, Vocal Techniques, Ballet, Contemporary, Improvisation, Contact, Composition, Circus History and Cultural studies, Circus Business, Career Management, Circus Production, Equipment and Safety, Basic Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Sports Psychology.

Performance opportunities: A range of public performances directed by leading local and international circus directors.
Certificate IV in Circus Arts 10111NAT (CRICOS course code: 086127G)
Time: 1 year 

Aims: To provide training in preliminary level circus skills and knowledge for aspiring circus artists seeking a qualification or a pathway for further learning and for those teaching in social or community circuses who wish to acquire more specific circus skills training.
Subjects: Tumbling, Handstands, Flexibility, Manipulation, Aerial, Partner Work, Group Adagio, Group Aerial, Group Juggling, Hoop-diving, Teeterboard, Trapeze, Tissu, Rope, Tightwire, Contortion, Chinese Pole, Rolla Bolla, Juggling, Hula Hoops, Clowning, Fitness, Strength, Conditioning, Performance skills, Movement skills, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Sports Psychology History and Traditions of Circus, Safety.
Performance opportunities: In-House showings.
Certificate III in Circus Arts 10110NAT
Time: 2 years part-time
Students must plan to combine NICA training with Year 11 or 12 studies at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE).
Aims: To offer young people the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification by providing basic training in contemporary circus arts for students wishing to pursue a career as a circus performer or as a pathway for further learning.
Subjects: Tumbling, Handstands, Flexibility, Manipulation, Aerial, Partner Work, Fitness, Strength, Conditioning, Performance skills, Movement skills.
Performance opportunities: In-House showings.

Meredith Kitchen
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Good technique is the basis/foundation for any dancer. Good technique denotes economy of movement, using good alignment to take any extra unnecessary strain on the body. Technique and the overall aesthetics and clarity of movement go hand in hand.
First term issues? There is the obvious issue of fatigue, adapting to the extensive hours of physical training every day. They arrive to my courses highly motivated and highly trained but with a very mixed bag of different skills. The main challenges for them is adapting to training in fine motor skills that dance develops and remembering sequences of movement.
When should you see a health care professional? It is imperative to see a health care professional. Often students are carrying injuries or physical problems that they may not be fully aware of. If they can be diagnosed early on before embarking on full-time training, programs can be modified to suit the individual student and enhance their training and learning.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Very important. Training institutions are designed to prepare students for the industry and give them not only the technical skills but professional behaviour and work ethic expected by the companies they will potentially be employed by. On another note, industry people often seek the advice and opinion of teachers at training institutions regarding the work ethic and suitability of students they may be interested in.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? To approach each student as an individual and remember their prior learning. To remember that you can learn a lot from young people and most students have very supportive parents that have helped them in some way to be where they are.


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National Theatre Ballet School
Where Technique meets Artistry
nationaltheatreballetschool.org.au | [email protected] | 03 9534 0224
Accredited
The National Theatre Ballet School has a long history of achievement in the dance world with an ongoing reputation of producing dancers with a strong, pure classical technique, and a committed professional work ethic. Our fully government accredited courses continually evolve to meet the growing trends in the dance industry to maximise our students’ opportunities to achieve a dance career. We believe the onsite theatre training advantage and touring experience is pivotal to ensure our graduates have a successful career. All our staff are ex-principals/soloists with leading dance companies worldwide, as we believe to coach and train dancers for successful careers you need to have experienced the life, its challenges and danced the principal roles to pass on insight and firsthand knowledge. Our Dance Contracts worldwide reach 80% annually. The school has produced many elite dancers including Australian Ballet Principals Amber Scott, and 2017 contracts are; Eka Mastrangelo and Matej Perunicic, WA Ballet, Tamana Watanabe and Justin Zee, Singapore Dance Theatre.
Certificate IV in Dance(Elite Performance) CUA40113
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Trainee Program
VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance

Time: Cert IV: 1st year
Diploma: 2nd year
Advanced Diploma: 3rd year
Trainee Program: 3 days a week for 13-14 year olds (personal programs designed to meet individual student needs)
Aims: To produce consummate professionals that are both technically strong, artistically creative and able to represent Australia as refined confident ambassadors in the dance arena.
Subjects: Classical, Contemporary, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Solo/Group repertoire, Male coaching, Character, Flamenco, Jazz, Music Theatre, Pilates, Drama, Choreography, Mime, Music, Career preparation, Production/Stagecraft, Psychology, Make-Up/Hairstyles, Dance History, Anatomy, Nutrition, Business Management.
Performance Opportunities: 13 large scale production performances annually in our home based theatre (The National Theatre); 6 performances on our Annual Regional Tour; Guest Artists with other Dance Schools; Regular Corporate work; Melbourne City Council events; Melbourne awards; TV and Film; Operas; Main Dance Competitions.


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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 6736.
Certificate II in Dance, VCE and VCAL CUA20113
Time: 3 years (combination of VET and VCE scored and non-scored)
Aims: To introduce students to a range of techniques and dance styles and allow students participate in workshops, gain choreographic experience and refine their skills across a range of styles.
Subjects: Latin, Hip Hop, Cultural Dance and Ballet (optional) over two years. The course reflects industry practice in audition techniques, safe dance practice and develops entertainment industry knowledge.
Performance opportunities: In-house performances; Competitions; Public performances.
Academic Course Program
Time: Year 10, VCE, VCAL and VET
Aims: To provide innovative and engaging curriculum which responds to industry demand. Our teachers remain at the forefront of educational developments and balance hands on learning, in the form of investigation and real world projects with the relevant theory.
Subjects: Dance, Design, Drama, Furniture Making, Media, Multimedia, Music, Photography, Sound Engineering, Visual Arts, Musical Instrument Making & Repair, Automotive Technology, Building & Construction, Electrotechnology, Engineering, Integrated Technologies, Telecommunications, Plumbing, Sport & Recreation.

Lee-Ann Di Stefano
Role of technique in a dancer’s career? A strong technical foundation allows a student to perform, choreograph, or teach across a variety of styles. Technique is evident no matter what style you perform, I would encourage you to train and build a strong technical foundation usually from taking ballet and then cross over and take all styles, hip hop, Latin etc, not just the usual jazz and contemporary.
First term issues? Students can sometimes be reluctant to just be themselves. Teachers are there to help with your strengths and weaknesses. This information drives me to create choreography specific to the needs of each student. I want to show off their skills, attributes and personalities to create a unique work/s/production/concert.
When should you see a health care professional? Prior to starting the course possibly, to identify any bad habits or injuries forming and then follow up as suggested by the physio. But also listen to your body, if your calves are always tight for example, go see a physio and learn how to manage it.
How important is a consistent work ethic? Oooh yeah, consistent, driven, focused, passionate, disciplined; those are the students who you know are going to be successful when they leave the course, not necessarily the best dancer, but the most consistent work ethic!
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Do your research before undertaking training particularly when first starting out. I teach in a high school, Yr 10-12, and I see many students who have not had “good” training or technique – it is very hard to undo, relearn and apply “good” technique at that age. Trust the teacher/s are there, doing the best for your child, which is evident in exam results, performance standards, and the happiness of your child. Students should not be scared to ask questions or advice from their teachers, if you’re thinking it, someone else probably is too. Parents also should trust teachers and support students, and talk to their children about how they are doing. Also email or find an appropriate time to see teachers if you have any queries about your child.


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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
Spectrum Dance prepares professional dancers for a comprehensive career in commercial, musical theatre and company dance. We offer our students the opportunity to excel through specialised teaching techniques whilst focusing on individual student development.
We believe the key to our students’ success is to provide an individually tailored curriculum that develops advanced performance techniques in all facets of dance, singing and acting. In addition to these core skills, Spectrum Dance provide opportunities to engage in the entertainment industry, through an Industry Based Learning program with Spectrum Talent Agency, placing our students at the forefront of their peers.
The directors Trish Squire-Rogers and Katie Rappel work closely with their faculty of highly acclaimed dancers, choreographers & instructors to deliver the most outstanding accredited full-time dance course within Australia.
Spectrum Advanced Elite Performance Program (not accredited)
Time: 2 years
Aims: To provide a personally tailored curriculum which will develop and advance students’ performance and professional experience. This is a high intensity industry course.
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 and Business Management.
CUA30113 Certificate III in Dance (delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO#3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide the foundational skills to aspiring performers with students given the opportunity to explore and develop a range of dance genres to enhance their versatility as dancers and performers.
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 and Show Business Skills.
CUA40113 Certificate IV in Dance (delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO#3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To extend on foundational skills in all aspects of performance. 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 and Show Business Skills.
CUA50213 Diploma of Musical Theatre (delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO#3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To ensure students emerge as versatile performers who meet the expectation of professional musical theatre including cabaret, stage and television.
Subjects: Vocal Development, Drama, Stagecraft, a 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 and Show Business Skills.
CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (delivered in partnership with Australian Teachers of Dancing RTO# 31624)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To develop the performer at an advanced level of training through learning how to showcase individual talents 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 and street), Barre Attack, Pilates, Acrobatics, Auditioning Techniques, and Show Business Skills.
Performance Opportunities (for above courses): Mid year 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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Victorian State Ballet
Victoria’s premier Ballet Company boasting a repertoire of outstanding classical ballets and contemporary dance works.
victorianstateballet.org.au | [email protected]

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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Dynamic Performing Arts
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Danielle Wilson-Moore
Qualifications: CSTD Theatrical Diploma, CSTD Tap Diploma, RAD Classical Diploma.
Focus: All genres of dance focusing on correct technique in all genres.
Experience: Teaching for 21 years.
Advice for students? Learn as many different genres as you can as they all help one another and it gives you more opportunities for the future.
Advice for parents? Trust in your teachers and consistency is the key.
What makes a great student? One that is willing to take on advice from their teachers and that can take the bad criticism with the good.

Role of technique in a dancer’s career? Technique plays a massive part in preventing injuries in a dancer. If a student is taught the correct technique this will in turn have less impact on the dancers joints etc.
First term issues? Students can have trouble adapting to a new routine as the day is now reversed with study at night and dance during the day. We educate students about fuelling their bodies with enough food and water for them to stay hydrated and energised during the day.
When should you see a health care professional? I am a big believer in seeing someone at least once a fortnight. I always say to my students even if you are feeling good still go as it is about maintaining those muscles and releasing anything that may be overworked that fortnight.
How important is a consistent work ethic? A fantastic work ethic is as important as flawless technique. I would rather work with someone for whom everything doesn’t come naturally because they have the drive and perseverance to succeed.
Key to positive teacher/student/parent relationships? Communication is the key. We have a Mentor Program where the students meet with their mentor every couple of weeks and go through any questions or concerns they may have. This is a great sounding board for the students. Always reassuring the parents that they can call anytime to talk about the student’s progress. Emails are a great way to keep the parents up to date with what is happening in the course.


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Pevnev Ballet Academy
Passion. Precision. Professional.
pevnevballetacademy.com.au | [email protected] | 0431 766 950
The Full-Time program, led by Sergey Pevnev (former Principal dancer with the West Australian Ballet), is based on the Russian Vaganova method, a training system which 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.
Pevnev Full-Time Program (3 streams)
Pre-Professional
Full-Time Vocational
Full-Time Transition
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 and 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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New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD)
Providing world class training in classical 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 160 seat theatre, library, Pilates/GYROTONIC® and physiotherapy suites, and a cafe. Students have access to a state-of-the-art gym with personal trainer 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 and 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; Contemporary students create their own choreography for, and perform in, the Choreographic Season.


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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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