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Academic Schools Guide for Dance

Study Dance in High School

Here at dancetrain we are strong believers that no student should forgo their childhood or their education in the pursuit of becoming a professional dancer.

The industry needs well-educated, experienced humans who have a strong sense of their own identity outside of the studio. Engaging our children in a variety of interests and keeping them amongst their peers who come from rich and varied economic and cultural backgrounds is key in cultivating these attributes. These artists have longevity in the world of dance and easily transfer their skills across a broad variety of job applications. Well-educated dancers who experience a childhood rich with many experiences are highly employable, versatile, and smart and have a great knowledge of how to use, protect and understand their bodies.

The teenage psyche can sometimes be hard to rationalise with, that extra two years at school can be beyond impossible for them to imagine, but it is our job, as educators, as parents, as leaders in the industry to help them stay the course. To remind them that a sacrifice in time now will lengthen their careers as well as provide them with many more options, should they change their career trajectory or suffer a major injury.

Across these pages you will find a list of fantastic options to keep your child engaged in their academic studies and stay the course to becoming a professional dancer.

New South Wales

Sydney – Eastern Suburbs

Reddam House, Sydney

Co-educational, non-denominational Independent K-12
Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra
02 9369 4096

Practical dance classes per week
Dance can be studied from Kindy-Yr 6, Ballet instead of Sport – 2 periods of Ballet a week.
Yr 7 – Yr 9 Ballet/Dance can also be taken for 2 periods a week instead of Sport. In addition to this, Dance can be taken as an elective subject from Yr 8 – HSC level.
Yr 7 – 2 periods a week (Dance instead of Sport option)
Yr 8 – 2-3 periods a week (+ 2 periods if Ballet instead of Sport option is taken)
Yr 9 – 2-3 periods a week (+ 2 periods if Ballet instead of Sport option is taken)
Yr 10 – 3-4 periods a week
Yr 11 – 3-4 periods a week
Yr 12 – 3-4 periods a week
Extra curricula Dance Companies (Primary and High School) – audition

Liz Collier-Walsh 
Head of Dance
Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (UNSW)
HSC Dance marker
Senior Marker for HSC Dance Practical examinations
Liz worked with and learnt from prominent Australian artists such as Sue Healey and Dean Walsh and began her career as a Dance teacher at Reddam House in 2006 and took over the role as Head of Dance in 2010. She has developed a successful Dance Department that achieves excellent HSC results and produces outstanding productions and showcases throughout each year. Liz teaches and coordinates the Dance curriculum from Year 8-12 and choreographs both the Primary and High School musicals each year. She is passionate about working collaboratively with students and staff and encouraging creativity in young artists.

Delia Harrington
Head of Ballet
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and counselling, specialising in performance) at The Australian College of Applied Psychology
Delia is a retired professional Ballerina, renowned for performing principal and soloist roles in the most prestigious companies around the world including The Royal Ballet Company, The Stuttgart Ballet Company, The Pacific Northwest Ballet Company and The Australian Ballet Company. After retiring from her career onstage, Delia became committed to training the next generation of dancers, she teaches students from Kindy – Year 9 and each year she produces and choreographs a whole school Ballet production performed at Parade Theatre, NIDA. She has particular expertise in developing and strengthening classical ballet technique in young dancers and coaching/mentoring elite dancers.

Emily Knight
Dance Teacher
Bachelor of Dance and PDHPE Education (ACPE)
Emily began dancing at the age of five at the Valerie Smith Stage School on the Northern Beaches. She began training in the styles of Jazz and Tap and later added Contemporary and Ballet into her repertoire. Emily began teaching Jazz, Contemporary and Tap at Valerie Smith Stage School and after completing her HSC at Brigidine College, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Dance and PDHPE Education degree at the Australian College of Physical Education. Emily now teaches Years 7-10 Dance as well as the extra curricular Dance and the Dance Companies for both Primary and High School. 

A designated Primary Ballet studio and High School Dance studio is situated at the Woollahra campus. Both studios have tarkett floors, mirrored walls, television and portable Ballet Barres. The Primary Ballet studio also has a live piano accompanist play during lessons from time to time. Performances of productions take place at Parade Theatre and Playhouse at NIDA and the Seymour Centre.

Performance & touring opportunities
Three school musicals per year for K-Year 2, Year 3-6 and High School. Ballet production for Kindy to Yr 11.
Two award winning Dance Companies (Primary and High School) compete in eisteddfods all over Sydney and perform in school showcases, open days and the annual Independent Schools Dance Festival.
Two Dance showcases , Senior Dance Night, which showcases the classwork of our Senior students with particular focus on the HSC curriculum and we end the year with a High School Dance showcase at Playhouse, NIDA. This show provides all elective Dance students with the opportunity to perform onstage and put the skills they have learnt throughout the year as part of units of work studied within the curriculum into practice.

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Sydney – Lower North Shore

Classical Ballet 121

Private Dance Studio works in conjunction with Australian Christian College based on the NSW Curriculum currently up to year 11. Students also study through Sydney, Queensland or Cairns Distance Education Schools and Bradfield College.
Level 2/575 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards
0451 953 768

Practical dance classes per week
CB121 offers fulltime students 25 lessons per week. Our daily morning classes include Pilates or Yoga, Ballet Class and Pointe Work and weekly afternoon classes consist of Repertoire/Solos/Pas de Deux/Character/Contemporary/Choreography or Spanish and our dance related academic subjects such as Anatomy, Nutrition, Dancelete and History of Ballet. All classes take place Monday to Friday from 8.30-3.30pm, this gives our students time over the weekend to ensure their academics are up to date. We also dedicate one hour per day on site with our Education Manager Catherine Baartz.
Gilly Revie Dip RBS (PDTC Director/Teacher/Mentor)
Gillian Revie was strained at The Royal Ballet School and had a 23 year career with the Royal Ballet dancing a vast repertoire of soloist and principle roles. After receiving her Diploma with the RBS Professional Teacher Training Program Gillian was offered a position tutoring the graduate students at English National Ballet School. After relocating to Sydney in 2010, Gillian established CB121 to train students privately and in 2016 she designed her full time program.
Teresa Johnson ARAD, Solo Seal, RAD RTS, Dip UCT, Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management ATOD.
Teresa danced professionally for CAPAB Ballet Company after completing the Ballet Diploma Course at the University of Cape Town and matriculating from the Johannesburg Art, Ballet and Music High School. Teresa is a registered teacher and mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance. She is director and owner of The Teresa Johnson Ballet School which was established in 2000 and teaches and mangess all RAD classes at CB121
Iohna Loots Dip RBS (PDTC):  Ballet Teacher/Mentor
Iohna was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After competing at the Prix de Lausanne aged 16, she received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School. After graduating, Iohna joined Cape Town City Ballet for 3 years and then spent 13 years with the Royal Ballet and worked with choreographers such as, Macgregor, Wheeldon and Scarlett. After completing the Royal Ballet School Teachers Course she moved to Sydney and began her teaching career at CB121.
Alistair Stewart Dip TCL PD, Cert IV Pilates, Dip (CPTM)
Alistair was born in Sydney, and trained at English National Ballet School where he achieved his Diploma of Dance from Trinity College London. On Graduation Alistair performed with Czech National Ballet and Slovakian National Ballet. After receiving his Advanced Pilates certification from Tensegrity, Alistair assisted Gilly in developing the CB121 fitness program, He teaches Pas de Deux and also guides students in their research and CV writing.

Nicole Baer  M.AppSc. B.AppSc . B.Sc
Nicole is a Sports Physiotherapist with a special interest in Dance medicine. She completed her Masters of Health Science in Sports Physiotherapy under the guidance of Sue Mayes, the Principle Physiotherapist and Medical Manager of the Australian Ballet.
Nicole works with The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre and is CB121’s In-House Physiotherapist. She also enjoys empowering the dancers with knowledge of their bodies and how to care for them in her weekly Anatomy lessons.
Linda Fabbro BA (Hons) Dance Ed., RAD T.D.
Linda has been a fully registered RAD teacher since 1989 and has worked extensively preparing children for RAD examinations from Pre-primary to Intermediate. Over the past 10 years Linda has also been teaching dance in education in both Primary and High school including HSC Dance. Linda runs the CB121 Choreography Course and teaches History of Ballet.

Bronte Kelly RAD RTS (PDPTC)
Bronte Kelly trained at the Australian Ballet School and upon graduation joined Royal New Zealand Ballet where she  performing a vast range of soloist and leading roles. Whilst in the company she worked closely with the Education Department and realized her passion for teaching.  In 2017 Bronte joined the CB121 team teaching class and pointe, also running the rehabilitation program. In 2019 she became one of the first Post Professional RAD graduates in Australia.

Antonia: Dancelete ARAD, Solo Seal
Antonia trained at The Teresa Johnson Ballet School and CB121. In 2015 she attended Elmhurst UK then returned to Sydney to create her DANCELETE program. Antonia is passionate about supporting the dancer’s complete wellbeing as an athlete, artist, and human being and works with CB121 students to prepare them for their individual journeys. Antonia is enrolled in the RAD Classical Ballet Teaching Training  and the ASCA Strength and conditioning courses.
Marina Tamayo, director of Flamenco Australia teaches weekly Spanish lessons. She also provides performance opportunities for the students. Vadym Domashchenko teaches Character and Penelope Stubbs starts and finishes the week with Yoga.
5 full equipped studios in close proximity to St Leonards train station and 5 minutes from the Smith Auditorium at Shore where performances take place.
Performance or touring opportunities  
We are now working towards three school performances per year incorporating our Annual Choreography Competition. Students also have the opportunity to perform in carefully selected external competitions and events.

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Sydney – Outer West

Bossley Park High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
36-44 Prairie Vale Rd, Bossley Park
02 9823 1033

Practical dance classes per week
Year 7 Dance: 2 X 80mins per fortnight
Year 8 Dance: 3 X 80mins per fortnight
Year 9 Dance: 4 X 80mins per fortnight
Year 10 Dance: 5 X 80mins per fortnight
Year 11 Dance: 6 X 80mins per fortnight
Year 12 Dance: 6 X 80mins per fortnight

Bossley Park High School Dance Ensemble: By Audition ONLY 2 Hours per week outside the curriculum.

Melissa Lopez
Head Teacher Performing Arts
Dance Teacher
Bachelor of Arts Dance – University of Western Sydney
Master in Secondary Education – University of Western Sydney
Certificate of Gifted and Talented Education – University of NSW
Melissa Lopez started dancing at a very young age and studied a range of dance styles including RAD Ballet, Cecchetti Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco and South American Folk Dance. She went on to study Dance at Western Sydney University and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She worked as a freelance dancer performing with various artists in Australia and in Europe. When returning to Australia, she completed her Masters of Secondary Education at Western Sydney University and started teaching Dance at Bossley Park High School in 2007 and became Head Teacher of the Performing Arts Faculty in 2019.

Sarah Wais
Dance/Drama Teacher
Bachelor of Arts Dance
Master in Secondary Education
Sarah Wais has trained in many styles of dance including RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Russian Dance. She has been teaching Dance and Drama at Bossley Park High School for the past 11 years. Her dancing career has allowed her to work and perform with various artists and choreographers from around the world. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Dance and Masters of Education (Secondary Dance/Drama) at Western Sydney University. These experiences have helped shape and inspire her teaching.

Ebony Ulbrand
Dance Teacher Bossley Park High School
Bachelor of Dance Education
Ebony Ulbrand began dancing at the age of four, and studied RAD Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Dance and Hip-Hop. Her true passion is passing on her love and knowledge to students. This was ignited though the Talented Sports Program for Dance at the High School she attended. Ebony obtained a Bachelor of Dance Education and has been teaching at Bossley Park High School for the past five years. Drawing on her own dance experience from working with various choreographers and artists she is able to enrich her teaching and inspire the dancers of today.

Dance Studio with sprung floors, ceiling to floor mirrors and surround sound.

Performance & touring opportunities
Regional Dance Festival
Annual Showcase at Bossley Park High School
State Dance Festival
USA Tour – Interstate or overseas tour
Students are provided numerous opportunities to audition for State Dance Ensembles, DET Dance workshops and School Spectacular

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Jamison High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
222 Evan St, South Penrith
02 4731 6150

Practical dance classes per week
We offer Dance as a subject from Year 8 to Year 12. The school operates on a fortnightly timetable and offers students to study Dance from 5 to 7 periods a fortnight.
Extra curricular dance with 2 groups rehearsing twice a week. We have Dance Ensemble for Years 7 to 9 and Dance Company for Years 10 to 12.

Emma Lamont
Bachelor of Arts Dance and a Bachelor of Teaching Secondary
HSC Practical Dance Marker.
Emma is also a RAD classically trained in all Grades up to Elementary. She has been a Dance and PDHPE teacher at Jamison High School for 14 years. Emma continues to perform with the Blue Mountains Musical Society, where she has successfully auditioned for several productions.
She is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide young people with moments of glory that feed their creativity and desire for performance and composition based learning.

Monica Mitchell
Dance and PD/H/PE teacher
Bachelor of Dance Education at ACPE, majoring in Dance and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Monica is well versed in many genres of dance having trained from a very young age through to joining Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in her teenage years. Her achievements include passing all Grades in Cecchetti Ballet including Advanced 1 & 2, with Distinction and High Distinction. In addition to ballet, her specialty includes jazz and contemporary. Monica was selected to perform in the NSW State Dance Senior Ensemble. She continues to teach jazz and contemporary dance after school at a studio in the Blue Mountains and spends tireless hours choreographing dances for her students to perform at local events, performances and concerts.

Dance Studio, equipped with Tarkett flooring, mirrors and ballet barre. The space is also equipped with a Smart Board, Television and is air-conditioned. The Performance space at Jamison High School offers a proscenium arch stage with 3 wings on each side of stage.

Performance & touring opportunities
Dance Ensemble and Dance Company regularly participate in 3 local Dance Festivals around the Penrith district. They have competed at the Hawkesbury Eisteddfod, Penrith Eisteddfod and the City of Sydney Dance Eisteddfod. There are numerous Performance Nights and Showcase events where students are given the opportunity to perform.

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The McDonald College

Private School K-12
17 George St, North Strathfield 
02 9752 0500

Practical dance classes per week
Academic HSC Dance
Offered in Year 11 and 12 (Preliminary HSC and HSC Levels)
Year 11 – 7 periods a fortnight
Year 12 – 8 periods a fortnight

Performing Arts – Dance Stream
Year 7-12 – 2 hours a day, x5 days a week.
Dance streams including Classical Ballet, Dance (Commercial) and Dance (Contemporary. Coordinated by Sydney Dance Company at The McDonald College).
Additional rehearsal hours for showcases are required outside of school hours throughout the year

Jane Kesby
Head of Classical Ballet
Jane began her ballet training at The McDonald College, following by the Australian Ballet School and beginning her career with the West Australian Ballet Company. She then relocated to Europe where she danced professionally for ten years as a Soloist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Zurich Ballet. Before returning to Australia, she completed her Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma in London with Distinction. She has worked at Head of Ballet at The McDonald College since 2015.

Jane Beckett
Head of Dance
Jane began dancing from the age of five and was accepted into the Royal Ballet School at the age of 8. After moving to Australia, Jane continued her ballet studies at the National Ballet School, followed by the Australian Ballet School. Jane began teaching in 1980 followed by choreographing in 1982. Later, she worked in Principal positions at Dynamite Dance Studios, followed by Brent Street Studios. She has worked as Head of Dance at The McDonald College since 2005.

Norman Hall
Head of HSC Dance
Norman began his career as a dancer and choreographer with Australian Dance Theatre and Queensland Ballet. Later, with his group Busybodies: A Theatre of Dance, based at the Seymour Centre, he experimented with cross-artform, hybrid creative work through dance, theatre, arts, text and new music. His production (Four Generations) was selected by the Board of Studies as one of the set study works in the HSC Dance Appreciation syllabus. He has worked at the Head of Academic Dance at The McDonald College since 1996.

Nine dance studios with sprung floors, ballet barres, mirrored walls, pianos and sound systems. Performances are held at the multi-purpose Conference Centre, in addition to general public venues including NIDA and Riverside Theatres.

Performance & touring opportunities
Eisteddfod Groups
Open Days
Choreographic Showcases
High Performance Season – NIDA
HSC Showcases
Evening of Classical Ballet – Seymour Centre
Premier State Ballet – pre-professional youth ballet company
Special Events

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Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

King Street, Newtown NSW
02 9519 1544

Practical dance classes per week
Dance in Years 7-10, Preliminary and HSC course in 2 Unit Dance, as well as the Board Endorsed Classical Ballet syllabus which can be studied in Years 9 and 10, and then for the Preliminary and HSC course in Years 11 and 12.

Co-curricular program Dance and Classical Ballet Companies and Ensembles (audition)
Additional Ballet classes and Masterclasses are offered during and after school with leading professional dancers/ teachers.

Current Masterclass teachers include: Cathie Goss, Karina Pobereznic, Danielle Kyneur,
Brian Lynch, Tim Farrar, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Adam Blanch, Holly Doyle, Sophie Holloway,
Alexander Borg and Brianna Kell.

Students are able to complete their schooling (Higher School Certificate) while being able to complete enough hours of Dance training to allow them to become professional dancers when they leave school if that is what they desire. Some current alumni working in the Dance industry are Holly Doyle (Sydney Dance Company), Sophie Holloway (NYC Rockette), Mali Comlecki (Queensland Ballet Company) and Baden Hitchcock (Bangarra Dance Theatre).

Leisa Munns
Head Teacher Dance
Belinda Scanlan, Alison McKellar, Louise Roumanos, Fiona Burg, Danielle Barsi, Sarah Banks and Emma Bathgate-Petersen. The Dance Faculty have all completed a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Bachelor of Education at the University of NSW. Each are highly experienced teachers of contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, classical ballet and choreograph Company and Ensemble works for performance.

4 highly specialised dance studios. Performances are held in the schools’ two theatres- the Studio Theatre and St Georges Hall. Showcases performances are also held at the Seymour Centre theatres located nearby.

Performance opportunities
Dance Showcase evenings, regional and state dance festivals, the Schools Spectacular, as well as Internationally in China as well as the National High Schools Dance Festival in the United States of America. A Dance Tour to the USA is organised biennially for senior dancers with the focus of providing opportunities for dancers to pursue a tertiary education in Dance internationally.

Newtown HSPA holds auditions in Term 2 of each year for dancers wishing to attend the school. Audition registration for Years 7 and 11 2021 are open now until 22 May 2020.

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Sydney – Inner South

Sydney – South West

East Hills Technology High School

Government High School for Girls Yrs 6-12
Lucas Rd, Panania 
02 9773 9160

Practical dance classes per week
Project High School
Year 6 students are given the opportunity to come to East Hills and participate in a range of Creative and Performing Arts subjects. Students spend 2 hours a week studying Dance and have the opportunity to perform at Virtuoso (annual Performing Arts showcase) and for their own primary school.

Junior Dance Company
Auditioned company offered to Years 7 and 8
Students are entered into In The Spotlight Dance Festival, various school eisteddfods, and Bankstown Dance Festival. Students also perform at Virtuoso (annual Performing Arts showcase).
Rehearsals are one hour a week.

Junior Dance Ensemble
Offered to Years 7 and 8
Students perform at Virtuoso and Bankstown Dance Festival.
Rehearsals are 30 minutes a week.

Offered to Years 7-11
Rehearsals are 2 hours a week
Students perform at NIDA and compete against other schools.

Senior Dance Company
Auditioned company offered to Years 7 – 11
Students involved are given workshop opportunities with industry professionals such as Lauren Kate Seymour, Pete Evans and Sarah Boulter.
Students are entered into In The Spotlight Dance Festival, School Spectacular, various school eisteddfods, and Bankstown Dance Festival. Students also perform at Virtuoso (annual Performing Arts showcase).
Rehearsals are one hour a week.

Year 9 and 10 Elective Dance
5 hours of class a fortnight
Dance excursion once a year to see a live work and dance incursion focusing on compositional skills with youth dance companies such as Austinmer Dance Theatre and Wild Hearts Creative Company.
Students learn contemporary, Hip hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Dance Film
Students are entered into various school eisteddfods, and Bankstown Dance Festival and Virtuoso.
Students are encouraged to audition and participate in State Dance.

Year 11 and 12 Elective Dance
7 hours of class a fortnight
Dance excursion once a year to see a live work and dance incursion focusing on compositional skills with youth dance companies such as Austinmer Dance Theatre and Wild Hearts Creative Company.
Students perform their Core Performance, Core Composition and major works at Virtuoso and the HSC Dance Showcase.
Students are encouraged to audition and participate in State Dance through The Arts Unit.

Amelia Morello
Amelia is the sole dance teacher at East Hills Girls Technology High School. She studied a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/ Bachelor of Education at The University of New South Wales, graduating in 2014. She has taught Dance at the Independent, Catholic and Public sectors.
Since graduating with a double degree, Amelia has taught Dance as an elective subject, including at a HSC level, for over the past 5 years. Her students have gone on to achieve their own successes in HSC Dance, receiving numerous Callback nominations and pleasing results. Amelia also teaches HSC Dance externally for students who do not have the opportunity to learn Stage 6 Dance at their current school.

We have a studio space that includes mirrors, ballet barres and wooden flooring. The studio also has a change room and attached breakout classrooms for learning.

Performance or touring opportunities
In The Spotlight Dance Festival, Virtuoso, State Dance Festival, School Spectacular, Wakakirri, Eisteddfods, Flames Dance Spectacular, Bankstown Dance Festival.

Holsworthy High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Huon Cres, Holsworthy
02 9825 2888

Practical dance classes per week
We are currently rebuilding the dance program. 
At Holsworthy we offer 1 extracurricular lesson for year 7 and 8 per week
5 lessons for combined year 9 and 10 (this falls as an elective class)
2 lessons for years 11 and 12 per week (this is run as needed when numbers dictate)

Kayla Grant – Has been dancing since the age of 3. Completed all the levels in the FATD syllabus in jazz and tap. After leaving high school established her own dance studio in Sutherland Shire. Trained with Glen Wood learning and implementing the newly formed Glen Wood Tap Syllabus and contracted to various dance studios in Wollongong and local High Schools implementing extra curricular dance programs. Studied at Australian College of Physical Education Majoring in Dance Education and Physical Education. Graduated in 2010 and worked at Holsworthy high

We have a purpose built performing arts room with floor to ceiling mirrors, fully sprung floor, kitchenette and change room/toilet facilities

Performance & touring opportunities
We perform at the Annual Southern Stars Spectacular (not this year of course) As of 2020 we would have been performing in the St George Eisteddfod

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Central Coast

Central Coast Grammar School

Private School Years K-12
Arundel Rd, Erina Heights
02 4367 6766

Practical dance classes per week
At CCGS we offer curriculum Dance from Years 9-12. We also run an offline group in Years 7&8 once a week for 1 hour and a Jazz class for 1 hour.
Years 9 and 10 we have 5 hours of curriculum Dance a fortnight with the option of 2 Hours of company rehearsals per week.
Year 11&12 We have 7 Hours of Dance a fortnight with the option of 2 hours of Company rehearsals per week.

We also have Dance in K-6. Every student in K-6 participates in a 5 week Dance Unit as part of the PDHPE program which is is taught by a specialist Dance Teacher. Students in Junior School have the opportunity to join a Dance Group from Years 3-6 or the Years 5&6 Dance Company Group. We also have a Boys’ Dance Group in Junior School.

Larissa Koch- Dance Teacher
Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Art- Performing Arts
Larissa is the sole Dance Teacher at CCGS since the course began n 2015. Over the years the course has grown from starting with Year 9 &10 class in 2015, to now having Dance opportunities across the school from K-12. Since the first group of HSC students in 2017, CCGS has had Callback nominations each year and has been involved in competitions and festivals with great success.

In 2019 the school opened a custom-built Dance Studio, with Harlequin Sprung Flooring, Mirrors, Ballet Barre, Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers, Visual Projection Software and Changerooms.

The Performing Arts Centre is a professional standard facility with a theatre and auditorium of 750 seats with an expansive stage space, orchestra pit and sound and lighting box.

Performance and touring opportunities
Students perform in various events across the school including, International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, Spring Fair, Gala Performance Evening, Showcase Dance Night, Dance Festivals, and several competitions/eisteddfods.

The Performing Arts Tour involves students from Dance, Drama and Music and happens every 3 Years. In 2021 we will be travelling to the United Kingdom. During the tour we will be visiting and participating in workshops at The West End, Royal Albert Hall and various classes and workshops in London. In addition, we will be performing at Oxford University, Edinburgh and doing a collaborative performance with another school in Lancaster.

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Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College

Government High School Yrs 7-12
3 campuses:
The Entrance Rd
02 4332 2944
150 Bellevue Rd
02 4385 6802
5-25 Berkeley Rd
02 4388 1899

Practical dance classes per week
Years 7-12
4 times a week in syllabus-based work focused on growing students’ talents within their performance, composition and appreciation skills.

Elite dance company for years 7-12 (audition)

Within the junior campuses, sport time dance opportunities are provided through the form of Wakakirri at Tumbi Umbi Campus and the exploration of different dance styles through classes at Berkeley Vale Campus.

Beyond the classroom, our students also get the opportunity to work collaboratively through intensive workshop days, with their teachers and students from different schools within the college, to create a number of contemporary based works each year.

Emily Williams
Dance Teacher
Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (UNSW)
Emily and Eleisha both graduated from UNSW with a BArts (Dance)/ BEducation where they learnt from influential Australian choreographers such as Sue Healey, Veronica Beattie and Gilli O’Connell.

Emily, as College Dance Coordinator has built and grown the dance department providing in school and post school pathways for students, as they develop and excel as individuals within the artform of Dance. She coordinates and focuses on the Stage 5 Dance curriculum, developing skills and preparing students for senior schooling. Emily is passionate about creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment, where each individual is encouraged to continue to develop and extend their skills and personal movement vocabulary and style. Emily specialises in creating strong and meaningful partnerships between community stakeholders and targeted talent identified students. She ensures that students’ academic and creative aspirations are supported, by creating extracurricular opportunities and establishing valued connections between students, parents, schools and the local community.

Eleisha Taylor
Dance Teacher
Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (UNSW)
Eleisha resides at The Entrance Senior Campus where the focus is achieving through the HSC Dance course. She has 10 Years experience teaching Dance for students in Years 9-12, with application across performance, composition, appreciation and dance and technology. Her focus is facilitating her students in acquiring deep knowledge and skills of the Dance curriculum, which can be applied not only practically, but also in written and oral form. This has assisted many students in achieving notable HSC results, Callback nominations and the uptake of tertiary dance pathways. She has worked alongside many mentors and as a HSC marker to develop her professional competence with a wide range of proficiencies and experiences. Eleisha is driven by developing her students skills and abilities consistently, across all facets of Dance, to achieve at a high level.

Both Emily and Eleisha are heavily involved in the Central Coast Dance Festival with both individuals taking on roles as regional choreographers and artistic directors.

Each campus within the college has a specific dance space. These spaces are all purpose-built dance rooms and theatrettes with appropriate flooring, mirrors, ballet barres and sound systems. We also have stages and auditoriums for the use of performance evenings and dance opportunities.

Performance & touring opportunities
Talent Development students have a multitude of diverse dance experiences from Regional Dance Festivals and ensembles, eisteddfods, workshops, Australian Dance Festival, State Dance Festival, Schools Spectacular and student choreography projects.

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Toronto High School

Public School Yrs 9-12
5 Field Ave, Toronto
02 4959 1788

Practical dance classes per week
Year 9 – 5 hours each per fortnight
Year 10 – 6 hours per fortnight
Year 11 – 7 hours per fortnight
Year 12 – 8 hours per fortnight

Yvette Milwright is the Dance teacher at Toronto High School (Bachelor of Education). She has 26 years experience as a teacher. She is RAD classically ballet trained, with dance experience in genres ranging from contemporary to jazz to musical theatre. Her experience as a choreographer and teacher includes: StarStruck, Rock Eisteddfod, Hunter and NSW State Dance Festival items, nominated Callback dances, Boys’ Troupes, Ensemble work, Aboriginal Contemporary Troupes, and guest work for private dance studios.

The school has 1 x fully equipped Dance Studio with full floor to ceiling mirrors, barres, and tarkett flooring. Smaller rehearsal rooms, and a large CAPA studio with tarkett flooring and stage lighting are available to the Dance students as required. The school MPC stage has both sprung timber and tarkett flooring as options for performances.

Performance or touring opportunities
All dance students have performance opportunities in local and state Dance Festivals, StarStruck performances, school productions and MADD Nights. Local performance opportunities vary from calendar year. 

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Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts (WHSPA)

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Lysaght St, Fairy Meadow
02 4229 6844

Practical dance classes per week
Students audition to enter the school for a position in the WHSPA Performing Arts program.
Year 7 – 2 x 1 hour and 20 min Auditioned Dance stream in Performance, Composition and/or Appreciation class, 1 x 2 hour strength, conditioning and technique class, Company rehearsal of two hours in the timetable
Year 8 – 2 x 1 hour and 20 min Auditioned Dance stream in Performance, Composition and/or Appreciation class, 1 x 2 hour strength, conditioning and technique class, Company rehearsal of two hours outside of curriculum
Year 9 – 2 x 1 hour and 20 min Auditioned Dance stream in Performance, Composition and/or Appreciation class, 2 x 1 hour and 20 min Dance Extension technique and choreographic practice class, Company rehearsal of two hours in the timetable
Year 10– 2 x 1 hour and 20 min Auditioned Dance stream in Performance, Composition and/or Appreciation class, 2 x 1 hour and 20 min Dance Extension technique and choreographic practice class, Company rehearsal of two hours in the timetable
Year 11 – 3 x 1 hour and 20 min Auditioned Dance stream in Performance, Composition and/or Appreciation class, Company rehearsal of two hours outside of curriculum
Year 12 – 3 x 1 hour and 20 min Auditioned Dance stream in Performance, Composition and/or Appreciation class, Company rehearsal of two hours outside of curriculum

Dancer Wellness Program
WHSPA provides a compulsory wellness program to cater for all 7-12 Dance students’ physical and emotional health. We understand that dancing is unique and has a different set of physical demands to other sports and our goal is to ensure dancers stay healthy and strong and can dance at their best throughout the entire year. As part of our wellness program, students receive 2 dance biomechanical screenings throughout the year. The purpose of these screenings is to highlight any areas of the dancer’s body that are at risk of injury as well as any performance limiting factors. Each student will receive written advice in a report and provided with corrective exercises based off their individual screen findings and will have an opportunity during dance classes to do these corrective exercises under the supervision of the trained WHSPA dance staff.

Dance Elite Program
WHSPA has designed this program to ensure Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts supports Dance students who are eligible and have been selected to participate in Elite Arts Programs. This program must satisfy the DoE requirements of an Elite Arts Program. That being, for an exemption to be granted it must be an opportunity for a student to participate in an event or program that is beyond the gifted and talented opportunities that DoE offers. (DoE revised Attendance Policy 2015). This has been designed to ensure students wellbeing is at the forefront of any decision and accounts for their age appropriate ability to balance school studies with their outside Elite Arts Program commitments. i.e. Australian Ballet

Double Major
Enrolled Performing Arts (PA) students in Years 8-10 can seek approval to undertake a double major in a secondary PA subject i.e. Dance or Drama or Music

Chris Richards
Head Teacher Performing Arts
Chris is a recognised and respected leader by colleagues, students, parents/carers and the wider arts community for exemplary educational leadership spanning 20 years. As an experienced teacher, director of school, regional and state events and choreographer, Chris has written and taught school and NSW Departmental programs and support material to meet the differentiated needs of students and teaching professional learning. An experienced HSC Dance teacher and NESA HSC Supervisor of Marking along with professional experiences as the DET Curriculum Advisor.

Nadina Zappia
Dance Teacher
Nadina graduated from the University of NSW in 2001 receiving a double degree of a Bachelor of Education/ Bachelor of Arts (Dance). She has been teaching at WHSPA since 2006. She has taught at a number of choreographic workshops and choreographed for a vast range of events, including Regional and Stage Dance Festivals, Southern Stars, School’s Spectacular, dance works/ projects, plus a variety of Musicals and showcase events. As an educator, Nadina received the prestigious Ministers Award for Excellence in Teaching, has worked as a HSC Dance Marker for the past 17 years. Nadina currently trains and teaches BJP Physical culture for the highly successful Mt Ousley Club, and has herself received several National Championships as a competitor, as well as achieving and winning the highest title ‘Grand Champion Girl’ twice. Nadina also performs extensively as a singer/ dancer/ actor in various Musicals, Opera’s and corporate/ cabaret work, and has played a number of lead roles in musicals.

Emily Ireland
Dance Teacher
Emily Ireland is an experienced teacher of Dance and Head Teacher Secondary Studies at WHSPA. One of her proudest accomplishments is the creation of the WHSPA Pre-Professional Dance Company where she takes great pride in the talent development WHSPA’s senior students. Emily has choreographed several works for the NSW Public Schools State Dance Ensembles and for the Schools Spectacular. She is currently a Senior Examiner for HSC Dance and has tutored at HSC Callback, State Dance Festival Choreographic Workshops and the D.E.P.A conferences 2017/2018. Teaching and choreography are two of Emily’s greatest passions and she delights in the opportunity to share these with students and teachers alike.​

The school has 4 specialised studios equipped with dance floors, mirrors, barres with sound and lighting capacity large enough for classes of 25 students. The school has a 210 seat performance theatre that dually acts as another teaching space. It is equipped with full sound and lighting production capacity equivalent to any large community or privately owned theatre.

Performance & touring opportunities
The school runs comprehensive co-curricular Company, workshop and excursion programs for gifted and talented Dance students. The emphasis of the program is to provide access to a variety of visiting choreographers, current practicing artists, tutors, industry professionals, universities and school, regional, state and international performance events to build upon and supplement the skills learnt in class. The focus is on the development of a strong technique and performance skills in weekly timetabled co-curricular company programs conducted before, during and after school. As a result WHSPA continues to enjoy a local, state, national and international reputation for excellence in Dance

WHSPA operates an annual performance program with 16 co-curricular Dance Companies.

Example 1 of one of these is our Pre-Professional Dance Company (PPDC) which provides links to the professional industry for senior students

This Company works with practicing industry professionals and is designed to give students exposure to the choreographic style and methods of the tutors they work with. The company aims to extend and develop dancers through elite classical and contemporary training. This company is targeted to those who may have an ambition to seek a professional career in Dance. An industry professional makes a contemporary work specifically for this group and they will perform at the Lighthouse Dance Festival and the WHSPA PPDC Showcase program . An experience in the WHSPA Pre-Professional Dance Company provides an excellent opportunity to develop the skills and training for these auditions, as well as a strong foundation for post school dance opportunities.

Example 2 Lighthouse Project

The main aim of this project is to work with the leading Performing Arts schools with the Tertiary dance institutions throughout Australia and overseas to educate secondary dance students on the opportunities that are available to them post the Higher School Certificate along with provide an invaluable technique/style specific workshops, audition and performance experience. This will enable them to make informed choices about whether to continue their dance career.

The Lighthouse Dance Project is two days of sharing, workshopping, taking masterclasses, performing and auditioning with colleagues from across the nation and abroad.

Tertiary dance courses represented at Lighthouse Dance project are:
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year program
New Zealand School of Dance
Point Park University Pittsburg, USA
Joffrey Ballet

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Cowra High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Dowell St, Cowra
02 6342 1766

Practical dance classes per week
Dance is offered as an educational subject for years 9 – 12
Stage 6 (year 11 and 12) 7 hours per fortnight
Stage 5 ( year 9 and 10) 5 hours per fortnight
Additionally Cowra High School runs a dance company (CHS Dance Team) as an extra curricula to increase technique, strength and condition and the creation of Dance works.
Synchronicity – showcase of Dance at Cowra High School

Alison Buckley
Bachelor of Arts majoring in Dance/ PD/H/PE
Graduate Diploma in Education
After performing professionally in various styles of dance Alison started her teaching career at Westfields Sports High School mentored and guided by Michelle Holden. Continuing in both professional performances and assisting in the development of the elite dance program at WSHS Alison achieved great success at State Dance level and HSC Callback nominations for her choreographic skills. Moving to Cowra, Alison has utilised her performing, teaching and creative work skills to create various public performances and engage the youth of Cowra and its surrounds. Alison is also Artistic Director of United Fusion, and through Arts grants produces multifaceted workshops. Alison developed and implemented Dance to Cowra High School and the primary schools in Cowra. These programs over the past 5 years have successfully been selected into the State Dance Festival in Sydney where the state showcases the top dance works in NSW schools. Cowra High School has also achieved outstanding results at HSC level with consistent band 6 and Callback nominations by the Cowra High School Dance students. Alison is the 2019 of The Ministers Award for excellence in teaching.

Performance & touring opportunities
Ex-students return to inspire and share knowledge with current CHS dance team members.
Angela French worked hand in hand with Alison Buckley and the students to create a unique contemporary dance piece responding to the environment at the time highlighting the impact of the Drought. This work performed at the Cowra and Bathurst eisteddfods winning first place and was selected as a special guest performance at the Dance Force graduation showcase at the Orange Civic Theatre.
CHS Dance Team participate in the Western Region Dance festival, State Dance Festivals and offer the students the opportunity to increase their dance skills through the program to be able to audition for the State Dance Ensemble, Schools Spectacular Featured Dancers and Schools Spectacular Combined Dance Team.

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Lithgow High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
1A Pau St, Lithgow
02 6352 1422

Practical dance classes per week
Year 8 – 3 x 50 minute classes per week for one semester
Year 9 & 10 – 3 x 50 minute classes per week for the whole year
Year 11 & 12 – 7 x 50 minute classes and 1 x 100 minute class per fortnight for the whole year
Junior and Senior Dance Ensembles (audition)

Deb Farebrother
Deb owned a private Dance School for 16 years (1977- 1993) teaching RAD Classical Ballet and then the Australian Dance Assessment Program. She has taught Dance in Public High Schools since its inception into the Curriculum in the early 1980’s being on the panel to select the first cohort of Dance students to attend Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. She was the Movement Director for the Schools Spectacular from 1985-1994. Deb has had ensembles involved in Schools Spectacular, State Dance Festival, Sydney Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Rugby World Cup, Pacific Schools Games and numerous regional dance festivals and camps.

Air-conditioned dance studio with mirrors and portable barres. digital projector and Bluetooth sound system with Lighting bar and lighting desk.
Stage with digital lighting and sound desks, full blackout curtains, large front apron, curtains and wings and backstage dressing rooms

Performance & touring opportunities
There is a School Musical each year. Indigenous students can participate in Aboriginal Dance workshops. Students also have the opportunity to attend a three day Dance Camp organised by the Western NSW Dance coordinator. Junior and Senior Dance Ensembles have the opportunity to perform at Western NSW Dance Festival, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Schools Spectacular.
Individual students can audition for State Dance Ensemble who then perform at State Dance Festival and Schools Spectacular.

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Port Macquarie

St Columba Anglican School

Private school Yrs K-12
3 Iona Ave, Port Macquarie
02 6581 4188

Practical Dance Classes Per Week
NESA curriculum for Dance in Years 8-12. To supplement the curriculum, the Co-Curricular Dance Stream is open to any student interested in furthering their technique and stage experience. Co-Curricular ensembles meet for two hours after class and promotes dance as theatre. Students who elect this stream are involved in school productions, showcases and events. Additionally, available to students is the Classical Ballet ensemble available to learn classical ballet technique and repertoire. The St Columba Touring Stream is an intensive program aimed at the extension and enrichment of our gifted and talented dancers. It aims to present elite routines in a variety of styles including Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Jazz.

Brianna Lukes
Brianna has a Diploma of Dance Performance and Bachelor of Teaching and Arts. She has been teaching Preliminary and HSC Dance for the past 8 years. All three of her own HSC works were selected for Callback and her students have since been selected as well. Brianna taught at Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy and the National College of Dance for 8 years and now works at St Columba Anglican School.

Elissa Pringle
Elissa graduated with Honours from the Australian Ballet School after being offered a scholarship to study a five-year intensive training program. After graduation Elissa was offered a contract with the Australian Ballet Company. Elissa has an Advanced Diploma Australian Ballet School, ARAD, Registered Teacher Status Royal Academy of dance. Elissa and her husband later moved to her hometown Port Macquarie and established a local dance studio which they ran for over 10 years.

Ashleigh Olsen
Ashleigh has Classical Ballet teaching experience, spanning 20 years in various countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Japan, the United Kingdom and Australia. Ashleigh has Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 level Classical Ballet training and Danced with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe. She then went on to be a choreographer for the junior and senior company of the National Ballet in conjunction with an outreach programme for Tumbuka Contemporary Dance Company coaching classical technique to underprivileged children.

Danika Martin
In her formative years, Danika trained in all dance styles where she obtained her Diploma of Dance Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance and Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Brent Street Studios. Her career commenced as a freelance dancer, performing in various music video clips, TV commercials and live events. Since then, Danika has graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Distinction in the Bachelor’s degree of Arts Education.

State-of-the-art Iona Performing Arts Centre. Our dance studio is beautifully designed open planned rehearsal and performance space. It has fully sprung Tarquette flooring and is equipped with ballet barres and mirrored surrounding walls. Students also have opportunity to perform in the Iona Theatre, a 244 seated ‘acoustically treated’ performance venue.

Performance and touring opportunities
Students in Co-Curricular ensembles have the opportunity to perform in our annual large-scale production ‘Contempo’. Our elite touring ensembles have a range of performance opportunities including competitions such as Sydney Dance and Port Macquarie District Dance Eisteddfod, concerts and showcases, both locally and abroad.

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Tamworth High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Willis St, South Tamworth
02 6765 7888

Practical dance classes per week
Both extra curricula dance and elective dance. Junior Electives have 3 hours a week, Senior Electives have 6 Hours over a 2 Week Cycle. We have extra Curricula open to all students which make up Jnr Ensemble, Intermediate Ensemble both 45 Minutes a week and Senior Company – 1 Hour a week

Breanna Mcfadyen
Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and PDHPE Education Australian College of Physical Education
Certificate III in Dance (Ballet and Jazz) through Australian Dance Vision
Breanna has successfully auditioned five students for the NSW Public Schools Dance Ensemble, students into the Schools Spectacular as featured artists, in Combined dance segments and Aboriginal Dance Ensembles and Company. She has tutored at DoE Regional Dance Camps for the past four Years as well as had choreographed works selected for NSW State Dance Festival. Under her guidance Tamworth High School has been selected with a smaller number of schools to participate in live stream rehearsal sessions for School Spectacular. Breaana has choreographed Regional, Featured Artist and Stage Massed Dances for CAPERS 2017, Award winning Dances for both Tamworth High School and Soloists for Dance Eisteddfods in the Armidale and Tamworth Eisteddfods. She coordinated the inaugural North West Regional HSC Senior Dance Workshop in 2018 and managed the 2019 NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company in collaboration with the Arts Unit.

The Dance Studio/Classroom is a large air-conditioned/ heated space, with a multi purpose floor and Harlequin Tarkett in the middle in the dimensions of the HSC performance space. We have put in an application this year for a new long ballet barre and whole wall of mirrors to replace existing portable mirrors and barres.  

Performance or touring opportunities
Schools Spectacular and NSW State Dance Festival (if successful in application), New England Dance Festival, Regional Dance Eisteddfods, School Musical, CaPA and Dance Spectacular Nights
Regional ” schools spec” CAPERS  and Jnr students also have the opportunity to perform Senior HSC works.

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Brisbane – Central

QLD Ballet Academy

Private Training Organisation working in conjunction with Kelvin Grove State College
34 Beesley Street, West End
07 3036 6665

Practical dance classes per week
Year 7: 14 hours per week over 5 days
Year 8: 15.5 hours per week over 5 days
Year 9: 17 hours per week over 5 days
Year 10: 21.5 hours per week over 6 days
Years 11 to 12: 23 – 25 hours per week over 6 days
Under the supervision of Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO and Academy Director, Christian Tátchev, Queensland Ballet’s acclaimed faculty fosters technical and artistic excellence, while providing unique professional performance opportunities alongside the Company. All Academy teachers have extensive experience in all aspects of dance training across the full spectrum of disciplines. With backgrounds as professional dancers, choreographers and trainers in companies across the globe, Queensland Ballet Academy teachers are amongst the best in the world. A comprehensive administrative and medical team support the delivery of a seamless curriculum.
Located at Kelvin Grove State College, Queensland Ballet Academy’s new fit-for-purpose building offers a world-class training experience boasting:
Six spacious studios
A wellness suite encompassing a gym, Pilates and physiotherapy facilities
Learning and development spaces
Student dressing and green room areas

Performance & touring opportunities
Students are involved in mid-year demonstrations and a showcase performance, Queensland Ballet Academy Gala, at the end of each year. From time to time, students may also be approached to represent Queensland Ballet Academy in events and competitions. Queensland Ballet will also prioritise Queensland Ballet Academy students for Company performances should young performers be required.
Each year, Pre-Professional Program dancers (our post-secondary school dancers) perform at least one stand-alone production as well as performing in up to three Company productions. Additional opportunities may also arise to represent Queensland Ballet at prestigious events.

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Brisbane – North

QLD National Ballet

Private Dance Studio in conjunction with Cairns School of Distance Education and local Brisbane high schools (private and public). 
81 Newmarket Rd, Windsor
0415 951 077

Practical dance classes per week
Qld National Ballet School- Government Accredited Courses- RTO 31713- 
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) CUA60113 (15yrs +) 
Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113 (12yrs to 15yrs) 
Full-time 3 to 5 days per week- academic schooling through Cairns School of Distance Education or…
1 to 3 Fulltime days per week in affiliation with cooperating local Brisbane Academic schools (Private and Public). Giving the student and parents the ability to choose their preferred high school and still attend full-time dance training. 

Martyn Fleming
Artistic Director
Principal English National Ballet Company and Bejart Ballet Company 
Justine Summers
Principal Australian Ballet Company 
Karen Donovan
Principal Royal Birmingham Ballet Company 
Yue Shi (Tony)
Singapore Dance Theatre, Qld Ballet Company and Royal New Zealand Ballet 
Clare Morehen
Principal Qld Ballet Company
Gaylene Cummerfield
Principal Royal Birmingham Ballet Company 
Amelia Waller
Soloist Leipzig Ballet Company 
Kym Stokes
Qld Ballet Company 

4 large studios with specialized ballet flooring (sprung with Tarkett), a classroom, gym, fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms (showers and toilets), large warm up area, lockers, reception, free student wifi, parents pick up room, offices, wardrobe, plenty of car spaces, drop off zone and uniform shop. Close to Brisbane CBD and all public transport. 

Performance & touring opportunities
Annual Full-length ballet production 
Performance opportunities through group and solo eisteddfods. 

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South Australia


Turning Point Dance

Private Dance Studio in partnership with Thebarton Senior College (RTO 40117)
Cnr Winwood and Holland St, Thebarton
0413 113 950

Practical dance classes per week
In partnership with Thebarton Senior College (RTO 40117), we offer full-time vocational training with tailored year 10, 11 and 12 studies for those who wish to complete their SACE with a dance focus. The Vocational School is equivalent to a school day plus extra practical contact hours and at least two half-days reserved for classroom work at Thebarton Senior College campus. On average, a full-time vocational school student can expect to be training or studying from 8.45am to 7 pm for 5.5 days out of the week.

We cover classes in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Pas De Deux, Repertoire, and Composition as well as conditioning classes such as Pilates and Limber. During practical training, our students will master the concepts of anatomy and kinesiology, safe dance practices, stage-craft and design, stage make-up and costume design, dance analysis and criticism and career skills. Students are trained, mentored and supported by fully qualified and experienced teachers with opportunities provided to work with guest tutors and artists. We encourage all students to see professional work often and strive to provide ticketing information and special offers to students where possible.

Held on two afternoons per week, highly motivated and passionate students seeking additional training to prepare for a future in dance can attend extension classes with an emphasis on technique, body conditioning and performance. Limited to small class sizes to offer the best possible training for students aged 10 years and above. 

Conveniently located amidst Thebarton mere minutes from public transport, all practical dance classes take place in beautifully appointed premises featuring three studios complete with sprung wooden and tarkett covered flooring, mirrors and barres.. Other facilities include a Green Room complete with lockers and a kitchen area, toilet and shower facilities, wireless internet, access to Pilates studio and other training equipment and a dedicated study room for SACE and other theory subjects.

Performance & touring opportunities
Students are involved in two school performances per year, a mid-year SACE Performance as well as annual performance. Other performance opportunities may arise throughout the year.

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The Australian Ballet School

A Registered Training Organisation that offers an eight-level training programme with accredited courses. Full-time study is offered from Level 4. Level 6 students graduate with a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). Level 7 students graduate with their VCE (achieved in partnership with VCASS) and an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).
Level 8 students graduate with a Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet.
2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank
03 9669 2807

Practical dance classes per week
Level 4
Students aged approximately 13-14 years
Average hours of dance per day: 2.5
Average hours of academic classes per day: 4
Level 5
Students aged approximately 14-15 years
Average hours of dance per day: 3
Average hours of academic classes per day: 4
Level 6
Students aged approximately 15-16 years
Average hours of dance per day: 4.5
Average hours of academic classes per day: 2
Level 7
Students aged approximately 16-17 years
Average hours of dance per day: 5
Average hours of academic classes per day: 2
Level 8
Students aged approximately 17-18 years
Average hours of dance per day: 6
Average hours of academic classes per day: 1

Lisa Pavane
Lisa Pavane was a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet and the English National Ballet, and appeared internationally as a guest artist with the Boston, Kirov and Birmingham Royal ballet companies. Lisa holds a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction from The Australian Ballet School. In 2012 Lisa was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training. Lisa commenced her tenure as Director of The Australian Ballet School in 2015.

Joanne Michel
Ballet Mistress Dip. ABS, VGCEBI +
Joanne Michel was a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. She has worked with choreographers and producers such as Glen Tetley, Alicia Markova, Irena Baronova, Choo San Goh, Erik Bruhn, Graeme Murphy, Jiři Kylián, Serge Lifar, Claire Motte and many more.

Andrew Murphy
Ballet Master
Andrew was a Senior Soloist with The Australian Ballet, and Principal Artist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Houston Ballet. Andrew was the Principal Instructor and Boys Program Coordinator at the Houston Ballet Academy. He participated in the collaboration between Houston Ballet Second Company and San Francisco Trainee Performances. He has guest taught with Houston Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Studio Wayne Macgregor, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Ballet School and the University of Hawaii.

Simon Dow
Classical Teacher and Resident Choreographer Dip. ABS
Simon has performed with Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet as well as a guest artist internationally. Simon is an internationally
recognised Master Teacher. He has choreographed over 40 original works including five full-evening narratives that have been performed on four continents. Simon has been the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Associate Artistic Director with The Washington Ballet.

Jiayin Du
Classical Teacher Dip. ABS
Jiayin’s was an artist of The Australian Ballet under the directorship of Ross Stretton and then David McAllister AM. Jiayin performed many soloist and leading roles in major classical ballets such as Don Quixote, Coppelia, La Bayadere, La Sylphide, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty. Jiayin performed as Principal Guest Artist for The Australian Ballet’s Dancer’s Company, Liaoning Ballet of China Gala Performance and The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

Irina Konstantinova
Classical Teacher BA Classical Ballet (USSR)
Irina Konstantinova performed with the USSR State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and Kirov Ballet (later Mariinsky Theatre). She is a qualified vocational teacher in all disciplines of the Vaganova method obtained through The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. In 2012 Ms Konstantinova was granted a scholarship from the Betty Amsden fund to return to the Vaganova Ballet Academy to review training methods.

Sergey Konstantinov
Classical Teacher BA Classical Ballet (USSR)
Sergey performed with the Ashgabat Opera and Ballet Theatre and Kirov Ballet (later The Mariinsky Theatre). Throughout his eleven years with The Mariinsky, Mr Konstantinov performed many soloist roles including Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère Manon, Petrushka, Scheherazade and many other modern and classical works. During this time he worked with choreographers such as Jacobson, Ratmansky and Neumeier and toured all of Europe, America and Asia.

Sabrina Lenzi
Classical Teacher
Sabrina performed with Stuttgart Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She completed the Pilates Teachers Training Program with Alan Herdman in London, focusing on anatomy and injury prevention. Sabrina was the Ballet Mistress and Principal of the Upper School at Houston Ballet II. She has taught, coached and rehearsed Houston Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet Company, Colorado Ballet Company and Academy, Arizona Ballet Academy, Southland Ballet Academy, KKBallet and Architanz in Tokyo.

Lynette Wills
Classical Teacher Dip. ABS, VGCEDI +
Lynette was a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet. Throughout her 17 year career Lynette danced principal roles in many of the classics with career highlights being Onegin, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Merry Widow, La Bayadere, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Stepping Stones, Forgotten Land, Gemini, Voluntaries and Serenade to name a few.
Lynette holds a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Classical Dance through The Australian Ballet School.

The School shares purpose-built facilities with The Australian Ballet, eight spacious studios, gymnasium, Pilates studio, library, classrooms, dressing rooms with laundry facilities, and the Dancers’ Lounge. The Centre also houses medical and physiotherapy facilities, a student common room with Internet access. The school also has a boarding programme.

Performance Opportunities
Arts Centre Melbourne’s Annual Morning Melodies season.
The Australian Ballet School’s Annual Showcase, in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Australian Ballet School’s Annual Summer Season
Level 8 students join The Australian Ballet company’s annual regional tour, performing nationally over multiple weeks.
Students occasionally perform the child roles for The Australian Ballet company’s main stage productions.

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Melbourne – North

Ministry of Performing Arts College

Embrace Your Individuality
Level 1, 64 Sutton St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
03 9329 6770


To train young performers in all genres of dance creating athleticism and artistry. Establishing and enhancing safe dance techniques that promote longevity in dance. To nurture and inspire the creativity of the individual as a performer and choreographer. To work and perform with depth, quality and conviction.

Vocal Studies
To educate students in the use of the voice as an instrument for effective, musical communication through performance. Students will develop technical and foundational aspects of the voice including function/production and appropriate techniques for singing, whilst enhancing individuality through appropriate repertoire.

To express and explore personal, cultural and social circumstances through role and situation. Students actively use body, gesture, movement, voice and language, taking on roles to explore and depict real and imagined worlds. They create, rehearse, perform and respond using the elements and conventions of drama and existing technologies available to them.

To establish a strong understanding of Media; how it is produced, who owns it, and how to create it across multiple platforms including Film, Television, advertising, print, photography and social media. Students will learn how to evaluate and dissect media in a deep and critical way.

Performance Studies
To engage with a wide range of performance platforms whilst experiencing a combination of both practice-based and concept-driven learning. To develop and
incorporate performance skills into solo and ensemble work focusing on authentic storytelling.

Eildh Dragovic Kenneth Radley, Deb Mitchelmore, Adrian Ricks, Diana Ricks, Matt Godbold

Amazing world class facilities in the heart of Melbourne Australia, boasting 15 incredible dance and vocal studios, a professional photographic studio and black box theatre. Ministry is accessible via public transport. Street parking and shopping precincts are within walking distance.

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Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT)

Government High School Yrs 10-12
62 Murray Rd, Preston
03 9478 1333

Practical dance classes per week
Year 10 = 7 hours and 40 minutes 
Year 11 = 7 hours and 40 minutes
Year 12 = 5 hours 

Lee-Anne Di Stefano
Trained at Marie Walton- Mahon Dance Academy; accepted into VCA at 16 years of age; graduated with a BA Dance, employed in Singapore as a Professional dancer/choreographer/teacher 2000-2001. Completed a BA Teaching (Secondary)/BA Arts (Dance & English) double degree from Deakin University. Dance Co-ordinator at NCAT since 2003. Founder of Detour Dance company with students and graduates of the college including representing Australia at Battlegrounds and touring nationally. More recently choreographed winning routine at DanceLife Unite 2019 ‘Jazz school’s section’. 

Melissa Pham
Melissa is a graduate from one of Sydney’s most prestigious performing arts institutions ‘Brent Street’, majoring in styles such as contemporary and hip hop. Throughout her years she has participated in Marko Panzic’s Show Business course and been a predominate member of Scimm Dance Company since 2018.  Other credits include an ensemble singer for Australia’s Got Talent, back up dancer on ‘ABC’ for the Voice finalist Aydan Calafiore and Australian artist George Maple at the 10th Falcona Birthday. She has also been a featured dancer for triple J’s unearthed winner George Alice and Kite String Tangle’s latest music video.

Patti Suchinthara Suebsamarn
Patti Suchinthara Suebsamarn is also known as Patti Chibi. She was born in Bangkok and moved to Australia in 2014. Patti is currently a crew member of Triple8Funk dance company, Serenity and PDHT dance crew. She has extensive training, mainly urban choreography, hip hop, street jazz and heels. Additionally, Patti has been dancing for 14 years, with three years of experience in teaching all ages. She has a consistent open class held at dance studios located across Melbourene such as street jazz at Passion studio and heels at O2 studios. 
Sara Carinci
Sarah is an international artist, choreographer and teacher who loves to spread her knowledge around the world with her ‘Contemporary Fusion’ style. Her style is enriched by an expression language which includes the discovery of gesture through the meeting between the dynamic contemporary floor work formation and acro techniques.
After graduating at the Opus Ballet Academy in Florence, she attended study programs in New York and all over Europe. Sarah worked for many choreographers, contemporary Companies and productions, video clips and live concerts around Italy, TV talent shows and National dance competitions. Sarah decided to move to Melbourne a few years ago and she works now as a contemporary teacher, choreographer and dancer for different productions and performances.

Two brand new full equipped dance studio’s, with ballet barres, mirrors, sprung floors, dressing rooms, costume cupboards, student pigeon holes, sets and props including a $25,000 catwalk or platform and stairs used for various productions.
Dance rooms measure: 
Dance room A- 13metres x 12 metres
Dance room B-  9 meters x 8.5 metres.
Fully equipped state of the art theatre to the value of $4.5 million, including lighting and sound bio box, seating capacity of 340, backstage dressing and make-up rooms and toilet facilities.

Performance & touring opportunities
We compete in DanceLife Unite Schools Dance Competition in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Other (Ballet) and Wakakirri Dance Competitions, performing at such venues as Palais Theatre, Hamer hall Art Centre. In house performances in the school theatre and studio showings up to 10 performances per year showcasing group and solo works.

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Melbourne – South/East

Sandringham College

Government School Yrs 7-12
2 campuses yrs 7-9 Bluff Rd, yrs 10-12 11 Holloway Rd, Sandringham (03) 8599 0500

Practical dance classes per week
A selective entry pre-professional dance training program for talented students.
Years 7-9 participate in approximately 6 hours each week consisting of classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and pilates classes.
Years 10-12 complete VCE dance and/or VET dance whilst still having additional technique classes. 
The Sandringham College Dance Academy aims to support, develop and nurture dedicated dance students who are hardworking, self-aware, confident and creative. 

Academy teachers all have had professional dance careers and teacher training
Kristina Hardner
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, Certificate II & IV in Dance, Certificate III & IV in Fitness, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, APMA Level 2 Pilate Instructor Certificate
Lucy McDermott
A.C.B.A(Dip)-C.I.C.B (Cecchetti Ballet Australia), Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management
Laura Parker
Bachelor of Dance Education, Diploma of Education
Samanatha Goodchild
Certificate IV in Polestar Pilates Matwork Instruction

Performance & touring opportunities
As well as classes with Guest teachers with professional performing and teaching experience students perform in 2 showcases a year at the school’s own onsite theatre. Students also attend excursions to live performances and workshops, dance competitions and are looking forward to a New York Performing Arts tour in 2021. 

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