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Full-Time Performing Arts Courses

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 NSW & VIC to QLD to SA, WA & NZ! 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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Academy Ballet
academyballet.com.au
Teacher Profile:
Sinead Vidler
Qualifications: RAD CBTS, B.A. (Hons).
Focus: Classical Ballet
Experience: Teaching for 18 years.
Advice for students? The advice varies for recreational students, eisteddfod students, exam students or full-time students. The one consistent message is to continue dancing as long as it nurtures your soul and brings you joy. You need to want criticism, love hard work, find joy in practice and enjoy the intensity of dance if you want to succeed.
Advice for parents? Support your children by giving them the space to grow. Managing and overseeing their every step does not help their future selves. I constantly see parents who want a career in dance or to win eisteddfods more than their child does – you cannot want it more than your child, only they can make it happen. Listen to your kids, kids are smart little humans.


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Academy of Film, Theatre, and Television (AFTT)
Be Fearless.
aftt.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9281 2400
Accredited
The Academy of Film, Theatre, and Television is the ultimate sequel and the freshest new act in a long running and highly acclaimed production. A groundbreaking collaboration between two of Australia’s longest standing private institutions – the Actors College of Theatre & Television (ACTT) and the International Film School Sydney (IFSS) – AFTT is Australia’s most immersive contemporary creative arts academy. The top-tier, industry-relevant training includes musical theatre, acting, stage management, cinematography, live production, performance, screenwriting, directing, producing and more. We are adaptive, innovative and flexible, with courses designed to take full advantage of the rapid and ongoing advancements in new media technology. All courses are covered by Fee-Help.
Advanced Diploma of Music Theatre
Time: 2 years (4 semesters)
Aims: To provide opportunities to apply their skills regularly in a range of musical styles including solo, ensemble and cabaret and ensure students will be fully equipped with skills that they can confidently enter the industry with.
Subjects: Dance, Movement, Voice, Improvisation, Musical Theatre History, Script Analysis and Critique, Performance Adaptation, Resilience Training, Eric Morris system, Meyerhold BioMechanics and other internationally recognised techniques.
Performance opportunities: Opportunities to make professional connections with renowned musical theatre directors, performers and choreographers; multiple internal and external high-value productions held at professional venues including a fully funded large scale musical show.
Advanced Diploma of Stage & Screen Acting
Time: 2 years (4 semesters)
Aims: To supply students with industry-standard skills and a robust and logical pathway to producing physical and emotional performances so that once the degree is completed, they are well equipped to enter the acting industry. Graduates who successfully complete this course may seek articulation into the Bachelor of Arts (Stage and Screen Acting) at the University of New England (UNE).
Subjects: 26 units including Acting, Movement and Voice for the Stage, Film and Television, Eric Morris System, Meyerhold BioMechanics.
Performance Opportunities: During the final semester of this course well-developed portfolios are created including a showreel, headshots and showcase performance media.


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Alegria Dance Studios
alegria.com.au
Teacher Profile:
Hilary Kaplan
Qualifications: B.A. (Linguistics), ARAD Adv. Teaching Dip (Dist), Solo Seal, RAD RTS, Licenciate Dip (Cecchetti Society), MDB (Honours – Spanish Dance Society), RAD Examiner, Standardising examiner, International tutor.
Focus: Classical Ballet, Character, Spanish Dance.
Experience: Teaching for 30 years.
Advice to parents? Trust and believe teachers will do the very best for your child. Teachers will consult with you on various matters but for the rest, allow the teachers to do their work. Be there to support, encourage and nurture your children. If you feel your child is not getting the required attention or treated unfairly, arrange a meeting with the teachers to discuss your concerns.
What makes a great student? A student who is intelligent, hungry for improvement and success, determined, driven and motivated is a teachers’ dream.


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Australian College of Physical Education
More than just routine.
acpe.edu.au | [email protected] | 1300 302 867
Accredited
ACPE is the second oldest provider of higher education in NSW, with over 90 years of experience as Australia’s leader in teacher education, dance education and sports education. Learn from experienced industry professionals who bring their own practical experience to provide context to your Bachelor studies in Applied Dance, Dance Education or Health Science (Dance). Study amongst the sporting elite at our new purpose built campus in the mecca of sports excellence, Sydney Olympic Park. The campus has brand new facilities and equipment, including state-of-the-art dance studios, an expanded gymnasium, multipurpose indoor sports courts, and much more.

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 facilitates work in both public and private organisations across a range of occupations. To develop a greater understanding of dance techniques and the risks associated with improper execution and apply scientific principles to dance movements.
Subjects: Dance Composition, Foundations, Somatics, History, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology
Performance opportunities: ACPE Dance Academy; Graduation; Awards nights; Community Events.
Bachelor of Dance Education
Time: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Aims: Through this unique degree, to prepare students for a professional career as a teacher and share their passion for dance, movement and health with the next generation.
Subjects: Dance History, Foundations, Composition, Production, Analysis, Curriculum Planning, Child and Adolescent Development, Teaching Skills.
Performance opportunities: ACPE Dance Academy; Graduation; Awards nights; Community Events.
Bachelor of Applied Dance
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 and provide students with the skills and knowledge required to become leaders within the dance industry and with a wide range of community groups, in roles such as teachers, choreographers, facilitators and administrators.
Subjects: Dance History, Composition, Performance Production, Classical and Popular Styles, Small Business Management, Child and Adolescent Development, Teaching, Applied Physiology, Event and Project Management.
Performance opportunities: ACPE Dance Academy; Graduation; Awards nights; Community Events.


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Australian Institute of Music
Australia’s Leading Music and Creative Arts School
aim.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9219 5400
Accredited
The Australian Institute of Music (AIM)’s entertainment, music & performing arts courses in Sydney and Melbourne, deliver accredited music degrees and unique industry relevant programs. AIM offers practical and true to life courses in performance, audio and production, and entertainment management. With purpose built facilities, performance spaces, dance studios, state of the art recording and production studios and industry staff on-hand, students can develop the confidence and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the music industry, performing arts & wider entertainment fields. Students are skilled in the four disciplines of singing, dancing, acting and creating – The Quadruple Threat. AIM courses are covered by FEE-HELP for Australian citizens. The courses can be studied Part-Time or Full-Time.

Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre)
Diploma of Music (Music Theatre)
Time: Bachelor: 2 years
Diploma: 15 months
Aims: To help develop an understanding of the broader arena of music theatre with students developing the ear of a musician, the body awareness of a dancer, the imagination of an actor, the vision of a director and the fortitude of a producer.
Subjects: Weekly one on one vocal lessons and masterclasses, Music Theatre, Dance Technique, Choreography, Ensemble, Performance Studies, Acting, Aural, Academic Studies, Critical Studies and electives including business and management and audio and production units.
Performance opportunities: Creative collaboration is encouraged between the network of more than 1500 performance, production and management students.


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Australian Performing Arts Grammar School
An exciting, innovative school for students with a passion for the creative and performing arts.
apgs.nsw.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 9518 5123
Accredited
A non-denominational, co-educational secondary school established solely to train, educate and inspire students with a talent in the performing or creative arts. Designed specifically to meet the needs of young people who, in addition to their academic studies, desire to focus on Dance, Drama, Music and/or Visual Arts. APGS brings to the students working professionals with the energy and vision to make projects happen with pathways leading into the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) and the Village On Broadway for higher education studies. The exciting new Broadway campus is in close proximity to the Sydney CBD and easily accessible by public transport – Central railway station and regular bus services in front of the building. With its unique timetable, APGS is unlike any other school Sydney has to offer.
Secondary School
Time: Year 7 – 12
Aims: To build confidence and ability in each student through an innovative school program focusing on academic and performing arts excellence and to continue to support and encourage each student throughout their individual journey.
Subjects: Year 7 – 12 Full Academic Curriculum and Four comprehensive Performing Arts Programs – Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.
Performance opportunities: Internal and external performances


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Classical Ballet 121
Reach your full potential
classicalballet121.com | [email protected] | 0451 953 768
Not Accredited
A carefully constructed course developed by Gillian Revie, former ballerina with The Royal Ballet. Gillian’s extensive training at the Royal Ballet School and 23 year career in the Royal Ballet Company provided her with in depth knowledge of this complex physical art form. The teacher training acquired through The Royal Ballet School Teacher Training Course, and the mentoring received during her years of teaching at the English National Ballet School, inspired Gillian to devote her life to helping young dancers achieve their dreams. This innovative program enables talented dancers to work with Gillian on a daily basis, and the small classes ensure plenty of one to one attention from her highly dedicated team. Part-Time training and private coaching is also offered to suit individual dancer’s needs.
Classical Ballet 121 Full-Time Course
Time: This course is tailor made to suit the dancer’s needs. Length of training depends entirely on the individual.
Aims: To develop intelligent, open minded, healthy and beautiful artists, and to inspire them to become not only the best ballet dancers they can be, but perhaps the next dance photographers, psychologists, critics, or choreographers of the future.
Subjects: Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Choreography, Progressing Ballet Technique, Pilates, Yoga, Inpower Fitness, Healthy Bodies and Minds, Dance Past, Present and Future, Choreography and Theatre Production, Performance Presentation, Portfolio Preparation, Performance Psychology, Dance Health, Theatre Design.
Performance opportunities: End of term open days; Competition possibilities at the discretion of the director; End of year performance.


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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
Not Accredited
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 specialist dance physiotherapist, lockers and change room facilities, café, dedicated yoga/pilates room and a fully functional 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 individually to ensure each student follows 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).


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Ecole Vocational
Outstanding Reputation for Career Guidance and Successful Placement
ecolevoc.com.au | [email protected] | 0412 098 130
Not Accredited
Established for twenty years Ecole Vocational is proud to have numerous graduates dancing professionally on four continents. From 2017 the school offers bespoke tuition for individual and very small groups of elite students. The directors and teachers each possess years of professional experience to offer committed and passionate young dancers. Ecole Vocational also offers an audition DVD filming service with preparation and filming taking place in our spacious studios which are situated opposite Lindfield Station on Sydney’s North Shore.


Higher School Certificate Dance (2U)
Foundation for Full-Time Ballet
Pre-Professional Guidance Seminars
Time: 10 week courses, weekend seminars, private lessons available
Aims: To prepare students for a variety of outcomes from further study to a professional dance career, choreography to teaching.
Subjects: Year 10, 11 & 12 (HSC Dance): Performance, Composition, Appreciation, Ballet, History, Dance Notation, Choreography, Audition Technique.
Performance opportunities: Frequent


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ED5 INTERNATIONAL
We are passionately committed to striving for brilliance.
ed5international.com.au | [email protected] | 02 9746 0848
Accredited
ED5 International is proud to offer their new accredited Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, exclusive to ED5 International. Guided by William A. Forsythe with founders Elena & Mario De Cinque and Australia’s leading faculty. ED5 International elevates the profile of Australian Performing Arts and delivers the highest level of performer through dedication, discipline, talent and a lot of laughter and love. Our philosophy is work hard and you can achieve any goal you wish. 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 (Australian Skills Quality Authority), NRT (Nationally Recognised Training) and AQF (Australian Quality Framework). Located in Bakehouse Lane, George Street, North Strathfield, a 5 minute walk to North Strathfield train station with ample street parking available.
Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts 10149NAT
Time: 2 years
Aims: To produce talent that is industry ready and employable upon successful completion of the course.
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; 5 Shows at Sydney Annual Premieres Concert at All Phones Arena; Arnott’s Biscuits Charity 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, whether it is the industry recognised career and competitive dance choreographers, enthusiastic and experienced recreational dance team or handpicked martial arts instructors. World class teachers such as Veronica Beattie, Thern Reynolds, Stephen Tannos, Cat Santos, Troy Harrison, Cassie Bartho, James Barry, Neale Whittaker, David Mclean, Jo Ansell, Kate Larter, Aric Yegudkin and Eden Petrovski teach weekly. Industry guests include Kelley Abbey, The Squared Division, Marko Panzic, PJ Clarke, Amy Campbell, Jason Winters, Kaylie Yee, Michael Stein and Daniel Assetta 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.
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, Ballet, Contemporary/Lyrical, Choreography, Improvisation, Tap, Singing, Acting, Acrobatics, Fitness, Martial Arts, Latin-American, Performance Theory and more.
Certificate IV Teaching and Management CUA40313
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide an outlet for artistic drive whilst providing the skills and knowledge to develop into first-class dance teaching professionals, learning from those that do it well in an environment geared to individual excellence and continually ‘raising the bar’.
Subjects: Business Management, Marketing, Safe and Effective Teaching.


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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 & 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 & 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, MOD Dance Co, Alvin Ailey, Australian Opera, Rambert Dance Company, Black Grace Dance Company, Shaun Parker and Meryl Tankard, Singapore Dance Company, Stephanie Lake, Musical Theatre, Disney, Universal Studios, SYTYCD, Dance Academy, Cruise Ships, and many commercial engagements.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Diploma of Dance CUA50113
Time: Cert IV: 1 year
Diploma: 2 years
Aims: To provide quality training to enable 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 engagements; Chinese New Year; Mardi Gras; Hair Shows; TV and Film; Sydney Eisteddfod; 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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Fiona’s Studio of Dance
Enhancing Lives through the Magic and Power of Dance
fsdance.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4973 3133
Accredited
Fiona’s Studio of Dance teaching methods are designed for the apt student wanting to pursue a career in ballet/dance or dance related fields. Small class numbers ensure individual physical, psychological needs are met whilst developing the technique and needs of each student. Our faculty provides industry skills, coaching and one-on-one personal assistance with auditions, and gaining contacts and positions, including Fiona Donaldson, Lauren Hustler, János Szabó, Aleeta Northey, Talia Clow, Dodie Wilson, Mira Mansell, Lisa Merryfull, Alison Hodge, Gabriela Garula, Eliza Magennis. Graduates are dancing professionally in Australia and overseas. Public transport and Youth Allowance/Austudy/Abstudy is available. The Transition Programme is a rare opportunity for gifted dancers to complete schooling alongside increased hours of dance training. Students attend Mon-Fri completing schooling daily from 9-12pm and from 12.30-4pm undertake an individualized dance training program.
Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) – specialising in Ballet / Contemporary CUA50113
Diploma in Dance in Musical Theatre CUA50213
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Courses above auspiced through the Australian Teachers Of Dancing (RTO 31624)
Time: 1-3 years
Aims: To provide each and every dancer a unique training experience, personally guiding them for a career in any of the following careers; Ballet Company or Company School, Contemporary Dance Company, Broadway, Musical Theatre shows, Cruise Ships, Teachers, and many related dance careers, and as a precursor to study a degree at any university of their choice.
Subjects: RAD Ballet & Open Classes, Ballet Exam Coaching, Repertoire/Variations, Pointe, Pas de Deux/Partnering, Character, Contemporary, Jazz, Singing, Musical Theatre, Pilates, Conditioning & Drama/Mime, Anatomy, Stagecraft, Nutrition, Music, Safe Dance Practice, Dance History, Teaching, Methodology, Choreography / Improvisation, Composition, Acrobatics, Career Preparation (CV’s, photos, agency’s, auditions), Makeup and Hair, Audition Technique.
Performance opportunities: Selected national competitions; Mid-year Gala Day; End of year Production; Central Dance Company.
Transition Programme for the gifted and dedicated dancer
Time: Year 7-12 (Can be undertaken for up to a maximum of 6 years).
Aims: To produce artistic, educated and outstanding dancers by nurturing young talent, but to also help students develop into well-balanced human beings, with a strong ethical sense, well fed in mind, body and spirit.
Subjects: RAD Ballet, Open Ballet & Coaching, Ballet Repertoire, Pointe, Pas de Deux and Partnering, Character, Contemporary, Jazz, Singing, Musical Theatre & Repertoire, Conditioning, Fitness, Drama, Nutrition, Improvisation, Acrobatics. School subjects organised through Distance Education in QLD and teachers through School Tutor Network.
Performance Opportunities: Selected National Competitions; Mid-year Gala Day; End of year full scale professional Production; Central Dance Company.


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Hillsong College
Awaken The Extraordinary
hillsong.com/college | [email protected] | 02 8853 5200
Accredited
The Dance Stream exists to teach and train dancers in the technical, creative and leadership principles of dance. Study in a world-class environment within the heart of Hillsong Church, surrounded by dancers from over 60 nations, alongside experienced teachers who are committed to see you reach your full potential. This leadership college will give you the practical experience to make a difference in your generation.
Certificate IV in Ministry
Stream: Dance
Time: 1 year
Aims: To equip dancers for future careers as choreographers, performers, teachers, company directors, and leaders within dynamic ministry and business settings.
Subjects: Performance, Technique (Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop), Choreography, Anatomy and Nutrition, Dance Ministry.
Performance opportunities: Various small in-house and large-scale global events; Masterclasses; Workshops; Collaborations with creative departments including Film and Television, Musicians, Producers and Creative Directors.


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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 with various cruise ships, theatre shows and contemporary and classical dance companies and schools around the world including Joffrey Ballet School, Rambert School Of Classical and Contemporary Dance, New Zealand School Of Dance (Classical and Contemporary stream), The Australian Ballet School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Year, The Australian Ballet Company, West Australian Ballet Company, New Zealand Ballet Company, English National Ballet Company and others. The 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 (Full-Time) or 2.5 days/week (Part-Time)
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. Also, to provide a Nationally Recognised Qualification to students’ full-time or part-time studies.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Repertoire, Boys Coaching, Contemporary, Pilates and Conditioning.
Performance opportunities: Competitions and Masterclasses locally, state wide and internationally.
Part-Time and Transition Program (not accredited)
Time: 1 or 2 days/week (in conjunction with existing schooling)
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. Also, to support students existing schooling whilst maintaining the connection to their dance school of choice.
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 & explore artistic self expression. The full-time courses get students a huge leap closer to their dreams & 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 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 get a huge leap closer to their dreams and guide them into a successful professional career with a nationally recognised qualification to go with it.
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, 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.


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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 was established to enable students to excel academically whilst pursuing their passion for performance. Every student is supported, included and encouraged to develop, achieve and perform. The academic program has been designed to support the changing needs of students and a balanced curriculum to maintain flexible career pathways for all students is offered. Graduating students are highly sought after by finishing schools and tertiary performing arts institutions globally. Students may audition for Classical Ballet, Dance, Drama, Music and Musical Theatre. Additional classes are also offered after school hours to both students and the wider community.
Performing Arts Course Program
Time: Year 3-12 (2+ hours of intensive training each school day)
Aims: To support students to reach their full potential and position them for outstanding professional careers in Classical Ballet, Dance, Drama, Music and Musical Theatre.
Performance Opportunities: Auditions for the semi-professional youth Ballet Company, Premier State Ballet, which produces a full-length ballet or a triple bill every year.
Academic Course Program
Time: Year 11 & 12
Aims: To provide comprehensive support for students completing other electives and industry-based courses via distance education as many students require additional academic support as they tour internationally, secure film roles or appear in theatre productions.
Subjects: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 English, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Extension 1, Music, PDHPE, Photography, Visual Arts.


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National College of Dance
Producing Australia’s Future Leading Artists
nationalcollegeofdance.com | [email protected] | 02 4952 9294
Accredited
Providing the finest career mentoring and dance training, NCD coaches, mentors and nurtures students into strong and versatile dancers in an inspirational and creative environment. Embracing all main genres of dance, students will develop the technical foundation but also a creative performance presence, which will help them thrive in a competitive industry. With a large array of performance opportunities as well as workshops with leading artists, choreographers, coaches and musicians, this program produces a well-balanced performer who will be ready to strive to the next level. NCD has a proven history of producing dancers who are gracing stages of national and international companies all over the world. Courses are government recognised and provide students the opportunity to move towards a career in dance or university. Accommodation assistance provided for students outside of the Newcastle area.
Certificate IV in Dance
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Intensive Training Program (Year 9/10)
Time: Cert IV: 1 year
Diploma: 1 year
Intensive Training Program: 2 years (Part-Time)
Aims: To prepare students for the world of professional dance and be able to audition for finishing schools and junior companies or companies, both within Australian and internationally, due to the career guidance provided over both full-time programs.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Classical and Contemporary Repertoire, Performance Preparation, Partnering, Choreography, Anatomy, Nutrition, Dance History, Audition Techniques, Career Preparation, Music Connection, Body Conditioning, Private Coaching.


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Newcastle Ballet Theatre
Study with Newcastle’s Elite Ballet School
newcastleballettheatre.com.au | [email protected] | 02 4956 9372
Accredited
Newcastle Ballet Theatre teaches the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Syllabus, based on the Russian (Vaganova) Method. This precise methodology, mixed with the athletic background of American technique, makes NBT stand out as a training institution in Australia. The course is designed for the serious student wishing to pursue a career in dance and is open to advanced students on a full-time basis, with access to all regular studio classes. All teachers have enjoyed substantial careers as professional dancers, and many years of teaching experience. NBT regularly performs full-length classical ballets such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella, as well as one-act ballets such as Paquita.

Certificate III in Dance
Certificate IV in Dance
Aims: To increase, improve, and refine technique, strength, knowledge and presentation in readiness for a career as a professional dancer or teacher.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Boys Coaching, Repertoire, Pas De Deux, Contemporary, Pilates, Body Conditioning and Stretch.
Performance opportunities: Mid year and December performances


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Redlands Ballet & Dance Academy
redlands.nsw.edu.au

Karen Martin
Qualifications: B.A. Hons (Syd), B.Tech (UWS), Associate (Cecchetti).
Focus: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance.
Experience: Teaching for 31 years.
Advice for students? Continue to consistently work in a ‘feedback loop’ with your teachers, constantly applying corrections and adjustments, striving for accuracy and learning how to work independently.
Advice for parents? Encourage children to become independent lifelong learners who develop persistence, can think flexibly and are resilient.
What makes a great student? A persistent and responsive learner, who understands how posture will assist technical development.


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The Regional Institute of Performing Arts (RIPA)
Hunter TAFE
Start your creative career @ RIPA
hunter.tafensw.edu.au | [email protected] | 02 4923 7595
Accredited
Students who are looking to perform or create performances and want to find work that supports this passion, then these courses will support those dreams of being successful. The training at RIPA helps students take their place in the new emerging creative workforce of the future. Students are guided through the training method and practical experiences to open new doors to employment possibilities. The courses have a strong focus on refining techniques, aligning those techniques to employment opportunities and developing students’ personal creative practice. RIPA assists students to achieve their goals. Whether the goal is to work as a freelance performer, choreographer or artistic director, RIPA provides the skills and confidence to join the creative workforce of the future.
Diploma of Dance CUA50113
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10259NAT
Time: 12 months (Full-Time or Flexi); 24 months Part-Time
Aims: To skill up students to take their place as creative practitioners and respond to the creative needs of the performing and entertainment industry, community and health services and the broad festival and events sector.
Subjects: Creative Practice (Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting), Business Skills, Nutrition and Anatomy, Audition and camera techniques, Performance and Production Techniques.
Performance opportunities: Minimum of 4 public productions; Ongoing work opportunities.


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Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy
A selective school for the talented and dedicated
classicalcoaching.com | [email protected] | 02 9439 4424
Not Accredited
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.
Full Time Pre-Professional Course
Full Time Dancers Course
Full Time Transition Course
Time: Duration varies depending on age and level (from 1 to 5 years).
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.
Performance opportunities: Sydney City Youth Ballet; The Australian Ballet Company; Guest artists for youth companies or events; Tanya Pearson Overseas Audition Tour.


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Village on Broadway
Come Find Us!
villagepa.com | [email protected] | 02 9518 5119
Accredited
Founded in 2011, Village on Broadway is committed to providing a Full-time course that guides, develops and mentors its students individually. Created by Jacqui Howard and Wayne Aspinall, who wrote the first Certificate IV Full-Time Course in Australia 20 years ago, the Full-Time course is unrivalled with strong emphasis on personal development, practically, mentally and emotionally, to prepare the students for the rigours of the entertainment industry. With both Australian and International industry connections, Village on Broadway boasts Australia’s leading industry professionals as its teachers including Kelley Abbey, Jacqui Howard, Matt Lee, Stephen Tannos, Leah Howard, Talia Fowler, Sonja Middelbosch, Jason Winters, Patric Kuo and Matthew Gode.
Cert IV in Dance CUA40113
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213 (RTO 41005)
Time: 1 Year (2 year Part-Time option available for Cert IV)
Aims: To provide the best performance training and experience, coupled with a strong focus on mental and spiritual wellbeing to ensure each student is adequately prepared for the rigours of the Performing Arts Industry.
Subjects: Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Singing, Acting, Tap, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Silks, Stretch and Conditioning, Nutrition, Audition Skills, Repertoire, Make-up, Music Theory, Career Development.
Performance opportunities: Australian Olympic Events; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week; Mardi-Gras; Royal Easter Show; The Colour Run; Australia’s Got Talent. At venues such as the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star, Luna Park, Sydney Cricket Ground, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney Showground and Doltone House.


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Vocational Ballet College NSW
vbcnsw.com
Sonja Dene
Qualifications: Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management CUA50311, Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40110, RAD Teaching Diploma (Distinction).
Focus: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre.
Experience: Teaching for 30 years.
Advice for parents? Teachers do more than teach. I need to understand and be mindful of every nuance and dynamic a child and their family has that influences their learning, attendance, concentration and progress. Communicating directly, honestly and without delay helps your child achieve their goals.
What makes a great student? One that listens, trusts and strives for their personal best with the understanding that every teacher wants to make a difference and has something to offer. This student quickly understands and takes instruction on board and gets great results.


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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
Not Accredited
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 three purpose-built, spacious studios fitted with tarkett floors and wall-to-wall mirrors, a study room, student lounge/kitchen, physiotherapist, and photographic studio. Students are 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 Royal Ballet School, John Cranko Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy, Bavarian State Opera Ballet School, Tanzakademie Zurich, Tanzakademie Mannheim, Australian Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Rambert Ballet School, 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
Not Accredited
The Senior and Junior 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.
Senior Elite Training Program (Full-Time and Part-Time)
Junior Elite Training Program (10 – 13 years)
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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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 southern end of the Gold Coast, in a very affordable area to live with wonderful weather and plenty to do. All of our courses are government accredited and Austudy/Abstudy approved. Every week students have a minimum of 12 different teachers who are some of Australia’s most sought after choreographers and industry professionals. Full-Time students are also able to attend classes at our prestigious part-time studio afternoons and weekends at no extra cost. Dance Force dancers are known for their versatility, hard working attitude and humbleness, which in turn makes them employable in all areas of the performing arts industry.
Certificate in Assistant Dance Teaching CUA30313
Time: 2 years (1 day a week)
Aims: For students who are still at school to obtain this qualification while still studying and as preparation for students wishing to study full-time.
Subjects: All styles of dance, 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 (1 year if Cert IV completed)
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.


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Davida Lind Dance Centre (DLDC)
A boutique performance studio
dldc.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3849 5799
Accredited
DLDC is proud to announce some very exciting news! DLDC has been working hard to bring VET FEE-HELP to their studio in the early part of this year and are now very proud to be able to offer it to all eligible students enrolled in our full-time courses. VET FEE-HELP is like HECS in that it allows students to study now and pay later when entering the work force. Industry professionals and highly respected training staff who have all had hands on experience will enhance your skill set and offer insight and knowledge from the industry to help take you to the next level. The elite edge you need for a long-term career in the entertainment industry. The intensive training and focus from this training will separate you from your competitors.
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Time: 1 year
Aims: To develop a wide variety of skills to become a versatile and employable performer.
Subjects: Dance, Singing, Acting, Make Up, Nutrition, Music Theory, Audition Technique, Tax Information, Anatomy and other theory subjects.
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Time: 2 years
Aims: To further students’ technical abilities and performance skills giving them a professional edge before entering the entertainment industry as well as insight into the production side of the industry, further arming them for a long-standing career with diverse talents and experiences.


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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. Students will undertake 3 hours of academic work with the onsite supervisor & 2-3 hours of performing arts classes each day as well as participate in workshops from leading choreographers from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & the Gold Coast. We are centrally located in the 4 hours north of the 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 onto 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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Ikin Dance
Queensland’s leading Dance and Fitness studio
ikindance.com | [email protected] | 07 5522 1863
Accredited
Ikin Dance, based on the Gold Coast and established in 2001 by Anthony Ikin, a former sports aerobics World Champion and top 10 finalist on the debut series of So You Think You Can Dance Australia, is unique in offering 3 different certifications – Certificate III and IV in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Dance. This ensures graduates further employment opportunities when entering this ever evolving industry. Regular teachers include: Anthony Ikin, Jasmine Meakin, Troy Phillips, Zac Brazenas, Heidi Jennings, Mitchell Woodcock, Lauren Seymour, Pete Murphy, Amanda Taylor and international guest teachers. The studio is 5 minutes drive to Robina Town Centre & 10 minutes walk to Varsity Lakes Train Station. Past graduates are dancing on contracts around the world, running successful PT businesses, and dance teachers and choreographers.
Certificate IV in Dance
Certificate III and IV in Fitness
Time: 1 year
Aims: For students looking to pursue a professional career performing, choreographing or teaching, or a career as a Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor.
Subjects: Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Music Theatre, Acrobatics, Dance Technique, Cabaret, Audition Technique, Drama, Business, Fitness.
Performance Opportunities: Gold Coast Titans pre-game entertainment; GC600 entertainment; Movie World; Multiple Charity/Community events all over South East QLD; Mid year concert; Graduation concert; Commonwealth Games.


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Launch Performing Arts Centre
It’s time to LAUNCH Full-Time
launchpac.com | [email protected] | 0416 276 179
Accredited
LAUNCH Performing Arts Centre provides students with a professional approach in its delivery of this nationally recognised qualification. With a particular focus on commercial dance and musical theatre, Launch optimises the students’ potential to gain work on completion of their studies. Reserved only for the truly dedicated and serious student, there is a strictly limited class size to ensure students receive highly individualised tuition and a personalised professional development experience. Students will have the opportunity to work with a teaching faculty of resident teachers, guest teachers, choreographers and industry speakers, all of which are highly successful, industry professionals with long and successful histories in the industry.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide aspiring professional dancers with a training platform that will elevate their potential for a successful career in dance performance, teaching and choreography and a pathway into the nationally offered Diploma of Dance
Subjects: Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Choreography, Career Planning, Audition Technique, Industry Networking, Artist Development, Business Management, Etiquette, Body Image and Grooming, Nutrition, Injury Prevention.
Certificate III in Dance CUA30113
Time: 2 years Part-Time
Aims: To provide aspiring professional dancers with vocational education points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education and is designed for secondary students looking to further their education and experience in the performing arts and as a pathway into the nationally offered Certificate IV in Dance.
Subjects: Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Vocal Technique, Audition Technique, Musicality.


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Promenade Dance Studio
Your journey to success
promenadedance.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3733 0900
Accredited
With a strong focus on technique, this professional training program encourages the individuality and creativity within each dancer. The courses offer flexibility in classes allowing students to tailor their program to suit and enhance their individual strengths while still developing a versatile performer. 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 access to cutting edge technique and mentoring by some of the industry’s best. Training with highly professional staff in state of the art 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 Australian Teachers of Dancing 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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Prudence Bowen Atelier
Tailored individual training
facebook.com/prudencebowenatelier | [email protected] | 0408 077 865
Not Accredited
“Atelier” is a word commonly used in Europe to describe an artist’s studio or workroom of the highest calibre. With a team dedicated to moulding high-performance ballerinas, Prudence Bowen Atelier 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 and are usually asked to stay for a week. Atelier boasts an exceptional track record, with our alumni going on to dance with the leading classical companies and schools of the world including the Royal Ballet Company, Australian Ballet Company, 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, Dutch National Ballet Academy.
Full-Time Ballet Program
Time: As training is tailored to each individual, and the length of training will be advised upon audition.
Aims: To equip young dancers with the technical and artistic skills required in order to achieve a career in classical ballet.
Subjects: RAD examination syllabus, Pointe, Character, Open work, Repertoire, Contemporary, Ballet Theory.
Performance Opportunities: Eisteddfod and competitions at local, national and international level; Several in-house performances throughout the year.


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Queensland Ballet
Passionate about developing the artists of the future
queenslandballet.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3013 6666
Not Accredited
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 talents and abilities are in demand throughout Australia and internationally. The Academy offers world-class training programs for gifted students from 11 years of age, as well as masterclasses, workshops and an annual Summer School. All programs are supervised by Artistic Director Li Cunxin and Director of Training Christian Tátchev, and supported by our highly-acclaimed 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 Artist, Pre-Professional, Senior and Junior Programs will be held from September and registrations are now open.
Jette Parker Young Artist Program
Time: 1 year
Aims: To foster the talents of gifted young dancers at the start of their professional careers.
Performance opportunities: Queensland Ballet’s mainstage season; other prestigious events.
Pre-Professional Program
Time: 1 year
Aims: This full-time, final training year aims to give students the preparation they require before joining a professional company. Students undertake intensive daily 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: Classes include Classical Ballet, Male Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Contemporary, Male fitness, Body Conditioning, Yoga, Pilates.
Performance opportunities: Selected Company productions and other events.
Senior Program
Time: 3 years (Year 10, 11 and 12)
Aims: This world class training program, in partnership with Kelvin Grove State College, provides talented students the opportunity to pursue intensive ballet training while 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.
Performance opportunities: Professional end of year showcase; Potentially some Queensland Ballet productions.
Junior Program
Time: Weekly 1hr 45mins classes during school terms
Aims: To supplement the ballet training which talented young dance students receive from community dance schools and teachers.
Subjects: Classical Ballet
Performance opportunities: Observe Company classes and/or rehearsals; Given first consideration when the Company requires juvenile performers for a production (casting is at the discretion of the Artistic Director and/or choreographer).


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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, Central Ballet School-London, Akademie des Tansz-Mannheim Germany, Miami City Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Arizona Ballet School, Queensland Ballet Pre-Professional Year and many more. Fully government accredited and nationally Recognised Training Organization (RTO 31713) Full-Time courses are offered in the new purpose built facility, which is within walking distance to public transport with student fares. Youth Allowance and Austudy/Abstudy approved with schooling through Cairns School of Distance Education (subsidized 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: 1-2 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 (2 performances); Local and interstate Eisteddfods; Live performances with Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and 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 programs have helped develop the creative passions of future performing artists, choreographers, educators, researchers, administrators, and other dance professionals. Innovative and enriching courses, undergraduate and postgraduate, 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 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, and are 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 along with international tour opportunities and 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 and science (with further study), and arts administration and management.
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 from across QUT to tailor the course.
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.
Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance Studies)
Time: 3 years
Aims: To provide diverse knowledge, creativity and practical skills across a range of areas to prepare students for a career as a creative professional with Dance Studies being offered as a major within this interdisciplinary course. Within the Dance Studies major, skills in contemporary dance, ballet, commercially driven genres and choreography are developed, together with an understanding of the social and historical context of dance.
Subjects: Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, World Dance, Musical Theatre, Project Development, Work Integrated Learning (WTL) – an industry partner internship program; a project to prepare students to work as a consultant or freelance; national or international study tour; units to prepare students for a research career.
Practical opportunities: International projects or tours; Internships with major Australian companies and organisations.


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Strictly Dance Excellence Program
Want to dance professionally?
strictlydance.com.au | [email protected] | 07 3286 3011
Not Accredited
Strictly Dance Excellence Program in Cleveland is a unique pre-professional dance training program which offers young students from 12–19 years the opportunity to train full-time without forgoing face-to-face schooling. Strictly Dance has partnerships with schools so students are able to access our elite training programs while in Years 7-12. Parents have a choice between several dance studios offering elite and full-time training programs and with each course being different, the options and opportunities offered at Strictly Dance sets the training program apart from the rest. With an international faculty including Paul Boyd, Jane Devine, Wim Broecdkx and Martin Collyer, our team guides young dancers on an educated, responsible and self empowered journey. Scholarships available for country students.
Strictly Dance Excellence Program (Full and Part-Time available)
Time: Our course is designed on an individual basis depending on the age and ability of students e.g. 1 – 5 yrs.
Aims: Strictly Dance Excellence Program (full-time and part-time) has been designed to nurture and develop the talented young dancers who aspires for a career in both the Classical and Commercial dance world. Our Program has been developed for students, from 12 to 19 years old.
Subjects: Classical Ballet Technique, Variations and Repertoire, Body Conditioning, Anatomy and Nutrition, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Acro, Singing, Acting, Audition techniques.
Performance opportunities: Eisteddfods; Scholarships; Competitions; Auditions.


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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 enrolling concurrently in TAFE SA’s Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)(CUA60113) and Flinders’ Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance). This course offers a rigorous program of study, intense dance training and the building of integral choreographic skills in purpose-built teaching spaces – principally at Adelaide College of the Arts. Regular teachers: Sally Collard-Gentle, Lisa Heaven and Peter Sheedy. Guest lecturers: Kailea Nadine-Williams, Leigh Warren, Larissa McGowan, Shane Placentino, Jacqui Stratton-Smith, Lee Brummer, Gavin Webber, Lewis Major, Israel Aloni, Terry Simpson, Tobiah Booth Remmers, Oliver Toth, Thomas Grundy Greenfield and Erin Fowler. The partnership with Australian Dance Theatre means students benefit from the experience of ADT’s acclaimed artistic director Garry Stewart and dancers.
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Time: 3 years
Aims: To develop the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary for all levels of performance from mainstream companies to independent projects, and the ability to prepare themselves for subsequent employment in the dance industry.
Subjects: Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Composition, Production Performance, Double Work, Yoga, Pilates, Weight and Cross Training, Anatomy and Kinesiology, Dance History, Critical Studies, Music Studies for Dancers, Career Management, Dance Vocational Secondment, Song and Dance, Live Arts and Performance.
Performance opportunities: Industry secondments to develop ties with the profession.


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Terry Simpson Studios
terrysimpsonstudios.com.au
Shane Placentino
Experience: Teaching for 6 years.
Focus: Ballet (and its relationship to Contemporary dance).
Advice for students? There is no secret to becoming a good dancer, just hard work, technical knowledge and passion.
Advice for parents? The parent must support the student but also trust and support the teacher when appropriate.
Transitioning to full-time? When dancers come from high school where dance has been included in the school curriculum the transition doesn’t seem to be as physically abrupt. Learning to cope away from home is probably the hardest adjustment.


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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 recognized 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), Dale Baker, Sheryl Bates (Executive Head of GDEDI), Megan Connelly, Simon Dow, Jiayin Du, Katrina Edwards, Christine Howard, Janet Karin, Michela Kirkaldie, Irina Konstantinova, Sergey Konstantinov, Kirsty Martin, Joanne Michel, Sakis Michelis, Christine Vavladellis, Lynette Wills, Margaret Wilson.
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 10012NAT 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.
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.


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The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet
Excellent reputation for strong professional ballet training!
acbaustralia.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9421 2000
Accredited
The ACB aims to train ballet students ready for professional dance companies worldwide, by developing strong, stable technique with beauty of line, artistic quality, expressiveness and a professional attitude. An RTO and CRICOS provider with Australian Skills Quality Authority national accreditation, means Youth Allowance and Austudy/Abstudy is available. Located at 4/2 Bromham Place, Richmond, Victoria, and easily accessible by train, bus or tram. Students may continue academic studies and graduates may be given a credit to higher academic studies. 2016 student achievements: Freya Wilkinson – Royal Ballet School scholarship; Victoria Norris – Royal Ballet School; Kiely Groenewegen – Royal Ballet School graduate year; Rebecca Mottin – Swan Lake, English National Ballet; Melody Martin – Australian Ballet; Riko Takahashi – Tivoli Ballet Theatre Denmark; Jessica Allison-Walker – The Australian Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty Storytime Ballet; Amy Radford – place, Dutch National Ballet Academy.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113
Time: Cert IV: 1 Year (12-14yrs)
Diploma: 1 Year (14-15yrs)
Advanced Diploma: 2 Years (15yrs +)
Aims: To train students in the most up to date methods in order to fully prepare them for the current requirements of dance companies worldwide.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Boys Coaching, Cultural Dance, Performance, Fitness, Career Planning and other related dance styles and industry practice.
Performance opportunities: ACB’s annual full-length ballet productions performing with principal guest artists from internationally renowned ballet companies at Arts Centre Melbourne live with music from ACB’s own orchestra; International ballet school and company auditions such as the Prix de Lausaunne; Audition tours of international ballet schools or companies.


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The Edge Performers School
Experience the difference
theedgeperformersschool.com.au | [email protected] | 03 9439 2711
Accredited
These intensive training programs provide a platform for a professional career in Dance or Musical Theatre. Teaching faculty include some of Australia’s finest choreographers and performers including Kalman Warhaft, Luke Alleva, Nicole Melloy, Vince Callingasan, Jack May, Iona Marques, Chantelle Runting, Priscilla Stavrou, Jayden Hicks, Eden Read, Nicole King and Stephen Agisilaou. Entry into the courses is via audition; Students are selected on their technical ability, dedication and passion for furthering their skills. Class sizes are capped with limited places are offered, allowing us to provide students with individual attention and mentoring for this competitive industry. In addition to the course units, The Edge delivers additional classes including industry skills, commercial jazz, acrobatics, tap, group singing, workshops with national and international choreographers and performance opportunities. Graduate credits include We Will Rock You, Strictly Ballroom, Grease, Hair Spray, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express Germany, Disney, Various Cruise Lines, Dance and Theatre Companies, T.V.Cs and Reality TV.
Certificate IV of Dance Performance CUA40113
Time: 1 year
Aims: To prepare students for a wide variety of dance performance contexts.
Subjects: Choreography, Partnering techniques, Performance skills, Body Conditioning, Industry skills, Jazz, Street Dance, Ballet, Contemporary, Audition Techniques. Make Up and Hair, Nutrition,
Performance opportunities: Cabaret Showcase, Various charity performances, Theatre Performance.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
Time: 1 year
Pre-requisites: Students are required to demonstrate their potential to undertake training at Diploma level. Students must show competence in at least one unit of CUA40113 Certificate IV Dance.
Aims: To prepare students to work in the professional dance industry as solo artists or as a member of a company
Subjects: Ballet, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Contemporary, Ballroom Partnering techniques, Performance techniques, Anatomy, Nutrition, Fitness, Sustainable Professional Practice, Cultural Dance, Pointe, Make-Up and Hair, Improvisation, Safe Dance Teaching, Acting, Lesson planning.
Performance opportunities: Cabaret Showcase; Various charity performances; Theatre Performance.
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
Time: 1 year
Pre-requisites: Students are required to demonstrate their potential to undertake training at Diploma level. Students must show competence in vocal, dance and/or acting skills at Certificate IV level.
Aims: To prepare performers for work in the professional musical theatre industry
Subjects: Theatre arts, Vocal techniques, Acting technique, Fitness, Choreography, Partnering, Make Up and Hair, Sustainable Professional Practice, Anatomy, Nutrition, Acrobatics, Improvisation, Body Conditioning, Private singing lessons are included in the course fees for this course only.
Performance opportunities: Cabaret Showcase; Various charity performances; Theatre Performance.


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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.


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Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance
Dance Like you Love it!
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 & psychologist. 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.
Certificate IV in Dance
Certificate IV in Musical Theatre
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Diploma of Musical Theatre

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, Audition Techniques, Heels, Make-up.
Performance opportunities: Corporate functions; Community events; Professional performances; End of year showcase; Mid-year show for Musical Theatre students.


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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. Running at capacity this year, a strictly limited number of students will be chosen in 2017 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 will spearhead 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
Time: 1 year
Aims: To maximize 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 Studio 1 Performing Arts.
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.
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.


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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


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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: Year 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.


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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’s mission is to deliver innovative training programs to talented students, whose performances will re-imagine circus. As the only Australian training institution of its kind, with applicants from across Australia and internationally, NICA fosters passion, creativity and a high skill level in its graduates who will be recognised as inspiring circus artists. 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. Graduates have been employed by Cirque du Soleil, International; Dragone, China; Carnival Australia; NoFit State Circus, UK; and La Clique New York and London. Many others establish small project companies that tour festival circuits.
Bachelor of Circus Arts
Time: 3 years
Aims: To produce employable, skilled and creative artists who will be respected nationally and internationally in the global circus and physical theatre industry and who push the boundaries of circus as an art form and create work which is innovative and inspiring.
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, 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 circus and physical theatre directors from around the globe.
Certificate IV in Circus Arts 10111NAT
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide training in preliminary level circus skills and knowledge for aspiring circus artists seeking a qualification and as 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, Trapeze, Tissu, Rope, Tightwire, Contortion, Chinese Pole, Rolla Bolla, Juggling, Hula Hoops, Clowning, Fitness, Strength, Conditioning, Performance skills, Movement skills, History and Traditions of Circus, Safety, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition.
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 in Circus Arts and provide basic training in contemporary circus arts.
Subjects: Tumbling, Handstands, Flexibility, Manipulation, Aerial, Partner Work, Fitness, Strength, Conditioning, Performance skills, Movement skills.


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Spectrum Dance
Unleash the dream, develop the dancer, complete the artist.
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. The key to 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 semi-professional experience.
Subjects: Advanced Commercial Dance Techniques, Classical Ballet, Jazz Technique/Progressions, Hip Hop, Tap (traditional and street), Acrobatics, Partnering Choreography and more.
Performance Opportunities: Mid Year Showcase; Extravagant end of year showcase at The Palms Crown Casino.
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113
(delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO 3059)
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide foundational skills to aspiring performers with students given the opportunity to explore a range of dance genres to enhance their versatility as dancers and performers.
Subjects: Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, Lyrical, Commercial Dance, Pilates, Vocal Training, Jazz Techniques/Progressions and more.
Performance Opportunities: Mid Year Showcase; Extravagant end of year showcase at The Palms Crown Casino.
Diploma of Musical Theatre CUA50213
(delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology RTO 3059)
Time: 2 years
Aims: To ensure students emerge as versatile performers who meet the expectations 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, Performance Technologies and more.
Performance Opportunities: Mid Year Showcase; Extravagant end of year showcase at The Palms Crown Casino.
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA50113
(delivered in partnership with Australian Teachers Of Dancing RTO 31624)
Time: 2 years
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, Commercial Dance, Choreography, Lyrical, Jazz Technique/Progressions, Tap (traditional and street), Barre Attack, Acrobatics and more.
Performance Opportunities: Mid Year Showcase; Extravagant end of year showcase at The Palms Crown Casino.


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The Space Dance & Arts
thespace.com.au
Adam Wheeler
Qualifications: Bachelor of Dance (VCA), Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40110.
Focus: Contemporary Practice, Choreography, Art Appreciation.
Experience: Teaching for 16 years.
Approach to injuries? Do everything possible to not get injured. This includes safe and age appropriate training. Stop watching YouTube videos that depict over-stretching and overworked young dancers. The industry isn’t interested and you’re ruining your body for a bright and healthy future. If you do get injured it may feel like the end of the world but it isn’t. Let your body rest and heal properly, don’t push it too early and find other ways to keep yourself involved in dance while you recover. With the right rehabilitation you can recover and continue dancing for a very long time.


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Victorian College of the Arts
Australia’s Leading Specialist Arts Degree
vca.unimelb.edu.au | futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/contact
Accredited
One of Australia’s leading specialist arts degrees, offering intensive, studio-based and performance-focused training in dance. The specialisation is characterised by regular performances, which are an integral component to training, giving students the most opportunity to hone their skills as performing artists. Melbourne is the home of dance in Australia which offers students a strong connection to the city’s thriving professional scene – through studio-based training with expert teaching staff, some of Australia’s leading dance practitioners, and collaboration with internationally renowned guest choreographers, teachers and artists in masterclasses and public performances. All applicants audition with an interview for selected applicants. All students are assessed against the following criteria: physical suitability, movement facility and potential, skills in contemporary dance technique, skills in ballet technique, and potential artistry/creativity. Applicants should make themselves available all day for the audition.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
Time: 3 years
Aims: To develop technically strong, kinaesthetically aware dance artists through performance focused dance training and provide the foundation for an autonomous and sustainable dance career.
Subjects: Contemporary, Ballet, Dance Science, Somatic practices, Choreography, Performance.
Performance opportunities: New works by professional Australian and international choreographers provide invaluable performance experience and interaction with the dance profession.


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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]
Not Accredited
Driven by an internationally recognised faculty of industry professionals, the pre-professional year focuses on training, coaching & nurturing selected graduate students with the goal being potential employment with the Victorian State Ballet Company and other major Australian & International ballet companies. The company course offers a unique platform for graduate students to open up their dance career including exposure to the daily life of working in a professional company in rehearsal and performance with VSB’s Company productions and events. The intense program focuses on developing strength and stamina and mastering the classical ballet repertoire and VSB’s unique contemporary ballet style through daily training, rehearsal and performance.
Victorian State Ballet Pre-professional Program/Finishing Year
Time: 1 year
Aims: To provide graduate students with the highest level of training in classical ballet technique and artistic skill and meet today’s industry standards.
Subjects: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Body Conditioning/ Pilates, Male & Female technique coaching, Choreography, Production, Teaching skills.
Performance opportunities: Between 20-25 performances; Workshops; Interstate performances.


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Dynamic Performing Arts
Dynamic-Performing-Arts
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.


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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. The courses offer a breadth unique to WAAPA and prepare students for a seamless transition into a wide range of careers. WAAPA’s Dance programs are intensive and performance based, with students averaging 35-40 contact hours per week. The professionally credentialed teaching staff includes Nanette Hassall (Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Dance), 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 (Lecturer, Contemporary Dance). With recent guest choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, Leigh Warren, Gareth Belling, Nils Christe, Amaury Lebrun and Oded Ronen. Students regularly participate in national and international tours.
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.


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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 careers in dance performance majoring in either classical ballet or contemporary dance, but 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 areas, 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 program: Classical Ballet technique, Contemporary technique, Pas de Deux, Classical variations, Pointe, separate male classes.
Contemporary program: Contemporary technique, Classical Ballet technique, Contemporary Repertoire, Partnering, Yoga, Choreographic Practice and Improvisation.
Performance opportunities: Studio performances, Choreographic Season (contemporary students only) and Graduation Season.
New Zealand School of Dance Diploma in Dance Performance
Time: 1 year
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 to create their own choreography for, and perform in, the Choreographic Season.

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