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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 – Upper North

Ku-ring-gai High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra
02 9144 3477
kuringgai-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

Practical dance classes
Talent Enrichment Program – 4 hour per fortnight- 2 Ensemble groups are formed: Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced (Company, audition based)
9-10 Elective Dance – 5 hours per fortnight
11-12 Elective Dance – 7 hours per fortnight
Entertainment Industry VET course is also available in Yr 11 & 12 to compliment Dance studies.

Teachers
Rachel Dunn
Bachelor of Health and Physical Education – Approval to teach Dance (UOW)
Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services (NIDA)
Rachel has extensive training in RAD Ballet, Glen Wood Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and JFH and was a freelance performer and studio teacher. She previously toured Australia

Rachel began her career in 2005 and was appointed at KHS in 2008. She has choreographed award winning eisteddfod pieces, musicals and is an experienced HSC Practical Dance Marker. Her students have gone on to achieve their own success in Dance, receiving outstanding results, HSC Callback nominations and careers in the dance industry.

Carly Rosser
Carly has obtained her Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Brent Street Studios in 2008, working with names such as Cameron Mitchell, Jacqui Howard, Kelly Abbey, Matt Lee and Marko Panzic. She then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Dance Education at the University of NSW. She furthered her education in contemporary dance by completing an Honours in Dance Studies in 2014.

Carly is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Sydney North Public Schools Dance Festival Committee. She has been teaching dance in a studio context for 10 years and in a high school context for 6 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of dance teaching and aims to create a fun and challenging atmosphere to her classes.

Catherine Reid
Bachelor Dance & Drama/ Bachelor Education (UNSW)
Catherine has been working in the NSW Education System for over 15 years and is an experienced Dance & Drama Teacher, Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts and HSC Dance Marker. Also Dancetrain’s Education Developer, she has a passion for providing professional development opportunities and building supportive networks for dance teachers. She has also choreographed for numerous dance festivals, musicals and eisteddfods She has taught students from a range of backgrounds, abilities and experience, and inspiring ALL students to succeed in Dance.

Facilities
Newly purpose-built Performing Arts Studios x2 including barre, mirrors, curtains, changerooms, new School Hall with HSC performance size stage, stage lighting, tech room and projectors. Harlequin Tarkett, large portable classroom computer to integrate technology into the dance class.

Performance and touring opportunities
Performance opportunities – Sydney Eisteddfod, Ryde Eisteddfod, Hills Spectacular. North Sydney Dance Festival, State Dance camps, Schools Spectacular


Loreto Normanhurst

Independent, Catholic, day and boarding school for girls in Years 5-12
91-93 Pennant Hills Rd, Normanhurst NSW 2076
02 9473 7300
loretonh.nsw.edu.au

Practical dance classes/week
Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10): 6 x 55min dance lessons a fortnight
Stage 6 (Year 11 and 12): 8 x 55min dance lessons a fortnight
Extra-curricular Dance (Years 7-12): 2 x 1-hour lessons per week

Teachers
Ms Marie Bugge
Head of Department PDHPE/ DANCE
Bachelor of Exercise Science – Australian Catholic University
Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary) – Australian Catholic University
Australian Teachers of Dancing Registered Teacher – Jazz, Tap and Ballet
Marie began dancing at age 5 and studied a range of styles including RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap for 18 years. She commenced tertiary studies to pursue a career in Physiotherapy with a particular interest in the management and treatment of dance injuries. Marie diverted her studies to Education after developing a passion for teaching, having now taught PDHPE and Dance in secondary schools for 13 years. She worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer, performing with various artists across Australia. In 2011/2012. Marie was appointed the Sydney Catholic Schools – South West Region, CaSPA Festival Choreographic Director. In 2020, Marie led the implementation of Loreto Normanhurst’s first HSC Dance Course.

Ms Lauren Barrett
Teacher PDHPE/ DANCE
Diploma of Dance – Ev and Bow
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) – University of Wollongong
Lauren began dancing at the age of 3. She is trained in Jazz, Tap , R.A.D Ballet and Contemporary. After graduating high school Lauren was accepted into Ev and Bow’s fulltime course. Here she studied under the guidance of Sarah Boulter, Lisa Bowmer and many other reputable names in the entertainment industry. Lauren has professional performance experience including two national tours, television appearances and live performance events. Lauren has a passion for sharing her knowledge of dance and completed her education degree at the University of Wollongong

Facilities
Newly built, fully equipped dance studio with Tarkett floors, mirrored walls, projector, sound system, birds-eye-view recording camera and fixed ballet barre. Additionally, School Gymnasium with wooden flooring and a sprung floor stage (also equipped with mirrors and fixed ballet barre).

Performance and touring opportunities
Independent Schools Dance festival, various eisteddfods, annual ‘Music Festival’ – a whole-school event celebrating music, dance and performing arts.

Sydney – Eastern Suburbs

Reddam House, Sydney

Co-educational, non-denominational Independent K-12
Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra
02 9369 4096
reddamhouse.com.au

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 periods a week
Yr 11 – 4 periods a week
Yr 12 – 4-5 periods a week
Extra curricula Dance Companies (Primary and High School) – audition

Teachers
Liz Collier-Walsh
Head of Dance
Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (UNSW)
HSC Dance marker
Senior Marker for HSC Dance Practical examinations
After learning from and working with prominent Australian Dance artists at UNSW, Liz began her career as a Dance teacher at Reddam House in 2006 and took over the role as Head of Dance in 2010. Since then, she has developed a successful Dance Department that produces outstanding productions and showcases each year as well as achieving excellent HSC results. Most recently her students received both 1st and 2nd ranking in the State for HSC Dance. Liz teaches and coordinates the Dance curriculum from Year 8-12 at Reddam House and choreographs full scale musicals for both the Primary and High School each year. She is passionate about the artform of Dance and the power it has to communicate stories, encourage collaboration and creativity, whilst also providing young artists with an important outlet for expression and discovery of self.

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.

Facilities
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 – Inner West


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Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

King Street, Newtown NSW
02 9519 1544
newtown-h.schools.nsw.edu.au

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).

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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.


Rosebank College

Co-educational, Catholic Independent Years 7-12
1A Harris Rd, Five Dock
02 9713 3100
rosebank.nsw.edu.au

Practical dance classes per week

Dance Company

. Auditioned company offered from Year 7 through to Year 12
. Students are entered into various eisteddfods, the Independent Schools Dance Festival. Students also perform at the College’s annual Performing Arts Showcase
. Rehearsals take place during Co-curricular time and two lunchtimes per week. Genres offered are contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and tap

Years 9 and 10 Elective Dance

. 6 hours of class each fortnight
. Dance excursion once each year to see a live work or an incursion with an industry professional
. Students learn contemporary, hip hop, jazz, musical theatre, and dance film

Years 11 and 12 Elective Dance

. 9 hours of class each fortnight
. Dance excursion once a year to see ‘Callback’. Focus on students performing their Core Performance, Core Composition and Major Works at the College annual Showcase evening and the HSC Dance Showcase assembly

Teacher
Karen Henry
Karen is the head dance teacher at Rosebank College. She studied a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education at The University of New South Wales, graduating in 1998. She has taught Dance in the Independent, Catholic and Public sectors.
Since graduating with a double degree, Karen has taught Dance as an elective subject, including at a HSC level, for over the past 20 years. Her students have gone on to achieve their own successes in HSC Dance, receiving Callback nominations and pleasing results. Karen also tutors HSC Dance externally for students who do not have the opportunity to learn Stage 6 Dance at their current school.

Facilities
We have dedicated studio space that includes mirrors, ballet barres and wooden flooring.

Performance or touring opportunities
Independent Schools Dance festival, various eisteddfods, annual College Showcase evening.


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The McDonald College

Private School K-12
17 George St, North Strathfield 
02 9752 0500
mcdonald.nsw.edu.au

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

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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
Assemblies
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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Sydney – Outer West

Bossley Park High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
36-44 Prairie Vale Rd, Bossley Park
02 9823 1033
bossleypk-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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.

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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
jamison-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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.

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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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Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High School

115-119 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains
02 4728 7200
nepean-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

The Performing Arts faculty offers students learning and experiences in Circus Arts, Dance, Drama and Music. These experiences can be accessed via curricular and extra-curricular activities. In Year 7 students undertake 5 hours a fortnight of their elected auditioned subject. From Year 8 through to Year 10 students can audition for two (Year 8) and three (Year 9 and 10) auditioned Performing Arts subjects which could lead to around 15 hours of learning in their auditioned subject areas.

Practical dance classes per week
Stage 4 & 5 (Year 7-10)
Dance (NESA course)
5 hours per fortnight
This course provides students with opportunities to experience and enjoy dance as an artform as they perform, compose and appreciate dance. As an integrated study of the practices of performance, composition and appreciation, students develop both physical skill, aesthetic, artistic and cultural understandings. This course is compulsory for all auditioned dance students.

Circus Arts (Year 7-8 School Developed Course – Year 9-10 Board Endorsed Course)
This course allows students to experience, understand and value Circus as an artform through the interrelated study of skill acquisition, act creation and appreciation of circus history and analysis of circus works of art. Circus students learn circus technique and performance skills in all genres of circus arts, including aerials, manipulation equilibristics, acrobatics and tumbling. They learn about anatomy, safe training practices, act creation and performance skills.

Stage 5 (Year 9-10)
Extension Dance (School Developed Course)
5 hours per fortnight
This course focuses on developing dancers practical skills. Drawing from classical ballet conditioning, yoga, and Pilates, this course helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses and aids them to find the KEY to unlocking their potential. This course incorporates various equipment to enhance the training experience. This course develops students acrobatic ability as well as their chorographic skills, developing them as a diverse performing artist.

Stage 6 (Year 11 & 12)
Preliminary & HSC Dance
7 hours per fortnight
Students study Dance as an art form, through the components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation. Physical training and preparation of the body is fundamental and of paramount importance to the course and informs all three components of the course. This is a 2 unit Board Developed course.

VET Assistant Dance Teaching (Board Endorsed Course)
7 hours per fortnight
Students who successfully complete this course gain the nationally recognised qualification CUA30313 Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching. Students are to complete a mandatory 70 hours of work placement, in which students gain practical skills in assistant dance teaching. Some examples of content covered in this course includes: Contributing to health and safety of self and others, teaching basic dance technique & planning a career in the creative arts industry.
Circus Arts (School Developed Board Endorsed)
The Circus course aims to provide a dynamic, alternative kinaesthetic approach to physical learning utilising the concepts associated with physical literacy, combined with the acquisition of intelligent physical circus arts skills (aerial, manipulation, equilbrilistics and acrobatics) through the constructive use of structured problem solving tasks, derived from and tailored to an individual’s physical capabilities.

Co-curricular program
To complement and extend our gifted and talented students in the Performing Arts we also run extra-curricular ensembles and companies before, during and after school. Students taking part in ensembles and companies have access to professional tutors and between one to three hours of dedicated rehearsal time per ensemble/company. Ensembles/companies are offered in the following styles/genres:
– Contemporary
– Jazz
– Lyrical
– Musical Theatre
– Tap
– Classical Ballet
– Hip Hop
– Aerial Circus
– Hand Balancing

Teachers
Clare Henville
Dance & Drama Teacher at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
Clare graduated from the University of NSW in 2009 receiving a double degree of a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts (Dance). She has been teaching at Nepean CAPA High School since 2014. As Dance Team leader, Clare co-ordinates Nepean’s comprehensive co-curricular program. Recognised as an experienced educator, she has been selected as a HSC Dance Marker for the past 5 years. Clare is also a creative choreographer who’s works have been celebrated at both a regional and state level. Passionate about dance education, Clare prides herself on delivering and facilitating diverse dance programs; providing opportunities for young dancers to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of dance in a variety of contexts.

Lucia Parkhill
Dance, Drama and Music Teacher at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
HSC Practical and Written Marker
Lucia completed a double degree in Bachelor of Performance Theory and Practice (Dance Studies) and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) from The University of Western Sydney. She is trained in various styles of dance including RAD Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Commercial Jazz and Tap. Lucia is also trained in Drama and experienced in teaching flute, guitar, voice and drums. She is incredibly driven and passionate about delivering quality teaching and creative learning programs to all her students. Lucia is a committee member for The Blue Mountains Nepean Dance Festival where she co-ordinates Primary Teacher and student Dance workshops. She is also the Dance Coordinator for PULSE Junior Dance Ensemble, which aims to foster the development of talented male and female dance students providing performance opportunities that showcase excellence in this art form.

Allie Gunton
Dance & Circus Arts Teacher at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
Allie graduated from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Dance Education. She has been teaching at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School since 2012 and was the Student Dance Development and Delivery Officer for The Arts Unit from 2016-2019. She has choreographed for a vast array of events including Schools Spectacular, Southern Stars, Pulse, State Dance Festival, Youth Olympics Opening Ceremony, Australia’s Got Talent and various corporate events. In her role at The Arts Unit she facilitated the delivery of the statewide Years 2-12 Dance Workshops and Masterclass program, The Australian Ballet Repertoire Workshops, A O Lang Pho – Circus Masterclass and Primary and Secondary Teacher Choreographic Workshops. In addition she was part of creative teams for State Dance Festival, Callback and Schools Spectacular. She established the Circus Arts program at Nepean in 2012 and wrote Circus Arts curriculum for Years 7-12. Her students have been inspired to pursue a career in Dance and Circus Arts as performers, choreographers, filmmakers or educators in Australia and overseas.

Elizabeth Castro
Dance, History and Language Teacher at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Brent Street Academy where she studied full time in all styles of dance and attained a Certificate IV in Performing Arts. She then completed a double degree in Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the University of New South Wales. She has taught year 7-12 Dance at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School over the past 6 years. Elizabeth is committee member of Synergy Dance Festival and currently coordinates the PULSE regional Primary Dance Ensemble in which they have been successful in performing their works at State Dance Festival and were selected to perform in Schools Spectacular. With her extensive industry knowledge paired with qualifications in delivering NESA curriculum, she is dedicated to educating the younger generation and inspiring them to reach their full potential in the field of dance.

Facilities
Nepean has 3 specialised studios equipped with dance floors, mirrors, barres and sound equipment. Our onsite performance venue known as the Nepean Arts Centre seats up to 210 people for performance and has the capacity to become a large movement student due to the retractable seating.

Performance opportunities
Our students are involved in various performance opportunities throughout the year including but not limited to Dance Showcase evenings, regional and state dance festivals, Schools Spectacular and various competition events such as DanceLife Unite and Resonate as part of the Australian Dance Festival.


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Sydney – South West

East Hills Technology High School

Government High School for Girls Yrs 6-12
Lucas Rd, Panania 
02 9773 9160
easthillsg-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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.

Wakakirri
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.

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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
holsworthy-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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)

Teachers
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

Facilities
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

Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College

Government High School Yrs 7-12
3 campuses:
The Entrance Rd
02 4332 2944
thentrance-h.schools.nsw.gov.au
150 Bellevue Rd
02 4385 6802
tumbiumbi-h.schools.nsw.gov.au
5-25 Berkeley Rd
02 4388 1899
berkeleyva-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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.

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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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Newcastle

Hunter School of Performing Arts

The Hunter School of the Performing Arts is a government-funded co-educational fully selective and specialist primary and secondary day school which offers a comprehensive curriculum with a performing arts specialty.
Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow
02 4952 3355
huntperfor-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

Practical dance classes/week
Year 3 – 4 hours a fortnight
Year 4 – 4 hours a fortnight
Year 5 – 4 hours a fortnight
Year 6 – 4 hours a fortnight
Year 7 – 6 hours a fortnight
Year 8 – 6 hours a fortnight
Year 9 – 7 hours a fortnight
Year 10 – 7 hours a fortnight
Year 11 – 8 hours a fortnight
Year 12 – 8 Hours a fortnight

Certificate III Assistant Dance Teaching – 8 Hours a Fortnight

Year 8 Production classes – 3 hours a fortnight
9 Production
10 Production
Classical Ballet
Yr9/10 Future Focused Dance – 3 hours a fortnight

As a Dance Faculty we encourage and enable all students to enjoy learning, and to be self-motivated, reflective and competent learners. HSPA provides dance students with opportunities to express themselves through dance. At HSPA students develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of dance as an artform. By providing diverse programs and courses, students explore different pathways in dance.
Dance Courses
Stage 4
Y7 Dance: Performing Arts Line
Y8 Dance: Performing Arts Line
Y8 Dance Production Elective PBL
Stage 5
Y9 Performing Arts Line 200 hrs
Y9 Dance Production Elective PBL 100 hrs
Y9 Classical Ballet 200 hrs
Y10 Performing Arts Line 200 hrs
Y10 Dance Production Elective PBL
Y10 Classical Ballet 200 hrs
Y10 Acceleration
Y9/Y10 Future Focussed Learning – Part Time Program
Stage 6
Y11 Dance 2 Unit
Y11 Certificate 3 Assistant Dance Teaching
Y12 Dance 2 Unit
Y12 Certificate 3 Assistant Dance Teaching

Dance Company and Ensemble Opportunities
Companies and Ensembles participate in workshops and rehearsals each morning before school commencing at 8am. A variety of styles are offered to cater for all our students needs. Students need to audition to be apart of one or more of the groups.
Primary Dance Ensembles
Y7 Company
Junior Company Y8 & Y9
Intermediate Company Y9 & Y10
Senior Company Y10 & Y11
Pre-Professional Company
Aboriginal Ensemble
Classical Ballet Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Tap Ensemble
Boys Ensemble

Teachers
Hayley Vimpani HEAD TEACHER
With over 20 years of experience in the industry and education system, Hayley is a committed and enthusiastic educator teaching Performing Arts as well as VET qualifications. Success in teaching strongly relies on the willingness to reflect and improve on developed established practices. With a Diploma of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Hayley has been at the Hunter School of Performing Arts since 2002 teaching Stage 4, 5 & 6 Dance. Hayley is the VET coordinator for Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching, HSC Practical Dance Marker, Hunter Region Dance Festival Coordinator, Star Struck Regional Dance Director, and Choreographer. Hayley has trained in varies styles including contemporary, Jazz and RAD Classical Ballet.

Vanessa Ambrose
Whilst attending the University of New South Wales Vanessa studied a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education qualifying her to teach Stage 4, 5 & 6 Dance. This included 4 years of study in such styles as contemporary, jazz, classical ballet, Horton Technique, Graham Technique and composition working with such choreographers as Sue Healey. On top of her education in varying techniques and styles she also completed units in lighting and sound production as well as anatomy and dance analysis. After completing her degree, Vanessa began teaching at the Hunter School of Performing Arts. During her time teaching at HSPA she has been involved in elite featured ensembles, with inclusion into regional and state dance festivals. She has also been involved in the initial set up and co-wrote the Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching course now being taught across the state. Since completing her qualifications and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, HSPA has seen the numbers for the ADT VET course sore in the last 10 years of teaching. Working alongside many talented and experienced staff has allowed for wonderful learning opportunities including assisting at School Spectacular and numerous other performance opportunities from flash mobs to community concerts and school musicals. She has also been a choreographer, segment director and now Assistant Dance Director for Star Struck working with over 99 schools across the Hunter Region to bring a live arena show to life.

Jo-Anne Thorn
Jo has more than 25 years’ experience teaching dance from Kinder to Year 12 at HSPA. She enjoys teaching all styles of dance but her passion is for contemporary dance and developing compositional skills. She trained at Bodenweiser with Margaret Chapple and later with John Mullins at UNSW. As a choreographer, Jo has created works for many shows such as Schools Spectacular, Youth Olympics, Star Struck, Southern Stars, State and Regional Dance Festivals. She is currently working with the pre-professional and future focussed students as well as teaching classes. Jo is an experienced HSC Marker in both practical and written components and was awarded the Minister’s Award for Excellence her contribution to Dance Education. ​

Martinique Foley
Martinique has completed a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre) from the Australian Institute of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from the University of Notre Dame. Martinique is also a qualified RAD Ballet Teacher and Pilates and Fitness Instructor. Martinique has taught Dance and Music in high school, has many year’s experience as a freelance dance and vocal teacher, and worked as an Academic Tutor of Creative Arts with CQ University.

Penny Fleming
Penelope has a passion for Classical Ballet and is an experienced secondary educator with over 25 years in the educational field. She has contributed as a leader, choreographer and director in a variety of performances. She has owned her own Ballet school, is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and studied at the Royal Academy in London. Penny has Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education in English, French, German, Drama and Dance.
Primary Dance Teaching Staff
Lisa Bone, Cassie O’Brien, Rachel Wilson and Jade Webber

Facilities
Our School is equipped with multiple state of the art Dance and Drama studios, computer labs, band centre, darkroom, music centre, tutor rooms, sound recording and audio-visual recording studios and specialist rooms for all core curriculum subjects. The school has a 380-seat, fully equipped state-of-the-art theatre performance facility. This centre has a full auditorium, fly tower, recording studio and associated rehearsal rooms. In addition, the school has a new performing arts precinct with the ability to live stream all events.

Performance and touring opportunities
New York Dance Tour – Bi-annual tour to New York and Los Angeles. Students have the opportunity to develop and enrich their knowledge and skills about dance as an artform through dance classes. Students will have the opportunity to develop deeper understanding of dance appreciation and be able to apply their knowledge drawn from their experiences viewing and experiencing dance with a different cultural context. Students Participate in over 13 Workshops from Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, Edge-Pac, Millennium, Broadway Dance Centre, as will as view a range of shows and performances
School Musicals – Bi-Annual School musicals in both the Primary school and Secondary school
Star Struck – is an NSW Department of Education annual performing arts event for Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast. It is a showcase of dance, drama and music performed by students from Kindergarten to Year 12 from a vast network of NSW public schools. Star Struck provides performance and learning opportunities for 3500 students in the arts and fosters an appreciation of the performing arts. ts
Hunter Dance Festival – Hunter Schools Dance Festival is a celebration of dance by NSW public schools from the Hunter.
State Dance Festival – NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival showcases students in 6 diverse performance programs throughout a week-long festival. The program highlights a range of styles explored through the study of dance in NSW public schools.
Each performance reveals the determination of students and teachers to explore the art of dance and to achieve performances of the highest quality. These performances are underpinned by technical training, stamina, creativity, confidence, cooperation and respect for one another fostered by their dedicated and talented teachers
Lighthouse Dance Project – Lighthouse Dance Project involves students from NSW’s performing arts high schools and representative from various national and international tertiary institutions. The main aim of this festival is to educate secondary dance students on post school opportunities that are available to them, so they can make informed choices about where to continue their dance training. The two-day festival involves auditions, workshops and information sessions, led by representatives from the tertiary dance institutions providing invaluable experiences that will create new links with institutions, highlighting career path options to secondary dancers.
Short Sharp Dance Festival – Sharp Short Dance unearths the finest young dance artists from Sydney and beyond. The festival provides a rare opportunity for aspiring choreographers and dancers, film makers and music creators to display their talents in a supportive environment. HSPA have had students win *Best choreography, *Best Group and *Most outstanding Performer at this event.
Sydney School Spectacular – The NSW Schools Spectacular is an Australian variety show featuring more than 5,500 students from public schools across New South Wales. HSPA have been apart of this production in a variety of ways, from choreographers, production crew, students’ performers and featured artists.


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Toronto High School

Public School Yrs 9-12
5 Field Ave, Toronto
02 4959 1788
toronto-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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


Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts (WHSPA)

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Lysaght St, Fairy Meadow
02 4229 6844
wollongong-h.schools.nsw.edu.au

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

Teachers
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.​

Facilities
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
AMDA 


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Cowra

Cowra High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Dowell St, Cowra
02 6342 1766
cowra-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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

Teachers
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

Lithgow High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
1A Pau St, Lithgow
02 6352 1422
lithgow-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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)

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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

Mackillop College Port Macquarie

Catholic School Years 7-12
Ocean Drive Port Macquarie NSW 2444
pmaclism.catholic.edu.au
02 6583 2632

Practical Dance Classes Per Week
Curricular Dance Elective (Stage 4, 5 & 6)

Dance is an elective subject for Years 8-12. The elective course requires no dance training prerequisite. It caters for students with little to no dance training through to students that may have experience in dance. The course focuses on teaching technical skills from beginners to advanced dancers with the primary focus on the study of dance as an art form. Students study a variety of genres:

Co-Curricular Dance Program
Years 7-12 is open to any student interested dance and dance performance
This program encourages students to be creative and experience new things while developing a wide range of dance skills and techniques. The ensembles are open to students from Year 7-12 and cater for beginners through to advanced dancers.

Teacher
Jamanda Eggert
Bachelor of Arts (Dance), Graduate Diploma Secondary Education. Over 20 years teaching experience in NSW and QLD schools. RAD trained

Facilities
Fully equipped dance studio with fully sprung tarquette, ballet barres and a mirrored wall. Students also have opportunity to perform in a seated theatre performance venue.

Performance and touring opportunities
Students are given many opportunities to showcase their work to the wider school community such as at the following events:
Year 10 Creative Arts Extravaganza
Year 11 Night of Stars
Year 12 Creative Arts Festival
Local Eisteddfods
Music & Dance Co-Curricular Showcase (matinee & evening)
Other informal events

Since the HSC Dance course started four years ago, Mackillop College has received 14 Nominations for Callback.


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Tamworth

Tamworth High School

Government High School Yrs 7-12
Willis St, South Tamworth
02 6765 7888
tamworth-h.schools.nsw.gov.au

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

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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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Queensland

Brisbane – Central

Queensland Ballet Academy

Private Training Organisation working in conjunction with Kelvin Grove State College
Gate 1, 101 L’Estrange Terrace, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
07 3036 6665
queenslandballet.com.au/academy

Practical dance classes per week

Foundation Program
Level 9 (Age 8 – 9): 2.25 – 6.75 hours per week
Level 8 (Age 9 – 10): 2.25 – 6.75 hours per week
Level 7 (Age 10 – 11): 5 – 10 hours per week

Guest Academy Program
Level 6 (Year 7): 14 hours per week across 5 days per school term
Level 5 (Year 8): 15.5 hours per week across 5 days per school term
Level 4 (Year 9): 17 hours per week across 5 days per school term

Academy Program
Level 6 (Year 7): 14 hours per week over 5 days
Level 5 (Year 8): 15.5 hours per week over 5 days
Level 4 (Year 9): 17 hours per week over 5 days
Level 3 (Year 10): 21.5 hours per week over 6 days
Level 2 & 1 (Years 11 & 12): 23 – 25 hours per week over 6 days

Pre-Professional Program
Post-school: Full-time hours over 6 days
 
Teachers
Under the supervision of Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO and Academy Director, Christian Tátchev, Queensland Ballet Academy’s acclaimed faculty fosters technical and artistic excellence, while providing unique professional performance opportunities alongside the company. 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 business and medical team support the delivery of world-class, well-being focussed professional training programs.
 
Facilities
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
Each year Academy Program students are involved in mid-year demonstrations and a showcase performance, Queensland Ballet Academy Gala. From time to time, students may also be approached to represent Queensland Ballet Academy in events and competitions. Queensland Ballet will also engage Queensland Ballet Academy students for company performances when young performers are required.

In addition to the Academy Gala and a stand-alone season, Pre-Professional Program (PPP) dancers have the opportunity to perform at various prestigious events throughout the year. Opportunities often arise for our PPP’s to perform in Company productions as well.


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Brisbane – North

Queensland 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
qldnationalballet.com.au

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. 

Teachers
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 

Facilities
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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Brisbane – South East

John Paul College

Co-educational, Independent K-12
John Paul Drive, Daisy Hill
07 3826 3333
jpc.qld.edu.au

Practical dance classes per week
Dance can be taken as an elective subject from Years Seven to Twelve
Year 7 Dance: 2 X 60mins per week
Year 8 Dance: 3 X 60mins per week
Year 9 Dance: 3 X 60mins per week
Year 10 Dance: 4 X 60mins per week
Year 11 Dance: 4X 60mins per week
Year 12 Dance: 4 X 60mins per week

Primary School Co-Curricular Dance Teams
Year 2 – Sprinkles Dance Team
Years 3 – 4 Cosmic Dance Team
Years 3 to 6 Aurora Dance Team
Years 3 to 6 Force Dance Team

Senior School Co-Curricular Dance Teams
Years 7 to 10 Fusion Dance Team
Years 7 to 12 Stellar Dance Team
Years 7 to 12 Eclipse Premiere Dance Ensemble: By workshop and audition ONLY
Years 7 to 12 Hip Hop Crew
Years 7 to 12 Musical Dance Team (every 2nd year) by audition

Extra Dance Opportunities
Private Dance/Ballet Tuition classes can be studied from Prep to Year Twelve (these classes are especially encouraged for students to build foundational technical skills). Students may complete their Ballet Examinations (Cecchetti and RAD) each year.

The High-Performance Academy nurtures the growth of elite dancers through a holistic and individualised approach to development. The program is based on functional movement, technical and personal development, strength and conditioning growth, and sports medicine support. Our focus is to develop dancers capable of executing exercises and training routines of increased complexity as their training age/level increases. Further to this, dancers in the program receive priority access to specialist training facilities, equipment and mentoring from current and former elite athletes including high profile College Alumni. Students in the High-Performance Academy have taken part in a new unique training program with Queensland Ballet called FleX. The six-week program called FleX sees high performance athletes between the ages of 13-17 take part in hybrid ballet classes. Queensland Ballet Education Teaching Artists lead students through a combination of foundational ballet steps and strength building fitness exercises, both challenging and inspiring to the students.

Teachers
Amanda Waddell
Head of Faculty the Arts
Dance/Drama Teacher
Bachelor of Arts Drama – Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Education Dance and Drama – Queensland University of Technology
Amanda Waddell began her dance career at a young age, performing across Australia. Her experiences led her to study a range of dance styles including RAD Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance. She went on to study Dance at QUT and completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Dance and Drama. Amanda’s passion for teaching dance has seen her teach across Brisbane and in London, where she has experienced a range of teaching opportunities. She is the Head of Faculty for the Arts at John Paul College.

Maddy Garner
Dance Co-ordinator
Bachelor of Behavioural Science – Queensland University of Technology
Currently studying a Master of Counselling – Queensland University of Technology
Maddy Garner is a JPC Alumni who participated in the Dance Program as a student and had the role of Dance Captain in Year Twelve. After graduating in 2015 she began teaching dance at JPC and has continued to grow as a teacher and choreographer. In 2019, she had the exciting opportunity of taking the position of Dance Co-ordinator. Maddy brings over 17 years of experience as a dancer and performer including extensive competition experience. She has trained in a range of dance genres including RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. Maddy has taught dance students from Year One through to Year Twelve including JPC’s elite senior team Eclipse. While working at JPC Maddy has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science at QUT in 2019 and is currently studying a Master of Counselling.

Grace Ingram
Dance Teacher
Bachelor of Health Science- University of Queensland
Currently studying Masters in Dietetics- University of Queensland
Grace is a JPC Alumni who was a member of the Dance Program and college productions until she graduated as Dance Captain in 2017. She brings years of competitive studio dance experience, as well as classical dance knowledge, as demonstrated by her three years with the Brisbane City Youth Ballet company. She began teaching in the program in 2018, and since then has choreographed for and taught teams across primary school and high school. Grace has experience training in a variety of styles including Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre.

Cianna Horne
Dance Teacher
Currently studying Bachelor of Nursing- University of Queensland
Cianna is a JPC Alumni who participated in the Dance Program as a student and later on graduated with the role of Dance Captain in 2020. Cianna is an excited and eager new member of the performing arts team being offered the opportunity to come back and teach. Cianna brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in genres with over 10 years of experience as a competitive dancer and performer. She has trained extensively in styles such as Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop and RAD Ballet.

Georgina Walsh
Dance Teacher
Currently studying Bachelor of Biomedical Science- Bond University
Georgina is a JPC Alumni who recently graduated in 2020. She participated in the Dance Program as a student and was given the role as Dance Captain in 2019. Georgina has completed many RAD Ballet exams as well as ADA Jazz and Tap exams, she has also recently completed her Pre-Elementary Teachers Exam. She has trained in Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Acro and has competed in studio eisteddfods for many years. Georgina has experience teaching Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro and Musical Theatre.

Janice Heale
Private Dance/Ballet Teacher
Fellow of Cecchetti Classical Ballet
Enrico Cecchetti Diploma
Senior Examiner
RAD T.Cert
Janice Heale brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having trained in South Africa, Australia and America. Many of her students have gone onto a professional career in dance accepting positions in the Royal New Zealand Ballet School, Australian Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, Queensland Ballet, QUT, WAPA, VCA, ADT, Dance North and other professional dance institutions. Janice’s dedication has seen her accompany students to intensive Summer Schools in New York, Los Angeles and Australia. She has trained many students who have also won prestigious international dance competitions such as the 2016 Genee Award, Valrene Tweedie Scholarship, and finalists in the Prix De Lausanne. As an examiner Janice has taught and examined throughout Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia.

Facilities
Dance Studio – professional Tarkett flooring, mirrored walls, Ballet Barres, air conditioning, projector, and smart board.
Blue Square (outdoor dance studio) – Tarkett flooring.
Stephen Bean Theatre – Tarkett flooring with curtains, lighting, sound, and projector.

Performance, workshops & touring opportunities
Our Dance Ensembles compete in eisteddfods all over Brisbane and perform in school performance evenings and annual Dance Night. Tours to Sydney and Melbourne have been a highlight, with students competing in competitions, participating in workshops with professional dance companies as well as nights out to the theatre to experience professional dance works.
Our premiere Dance Ensemble, Eclipse, performs at QPAC every year for the annual JPC Speech Night.
Dance Night, a major college event, showcases the classwork of our Senior students, this show provides all elective Dance students with the opportunity to perform onstage and put the skills they have learnt throughout the year into practice. This showcase also allows our co-curricular dance teams an opportunity to perform their competition routines for their family, friends and the College community. This night centres heavily on student choreographers and allows for the opportunity for students to experience their dance works in a performance setting.
The musical dance team performs in the College musical every 2nd year.
Workshops with professional artists are a regular occurrence throughout the dance year.


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South Australia

Adelaide

Turning Point Dance

Private Dance Studio
Cnr Winwood and Holland St, Thebarton
0413 113 950
tpdance.com.au

Practical dance classes per week
VOCATIONAL FULL-TRAINING (audition)
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.

EXTENSION PROGRAM (audition)
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. 

Facilities
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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Victoria

Melbourne

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
australianballetschool.com.au

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

Teachers
Lisa Pavane
Director
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.

Facilities
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
theministryofdance.com.au

Years
7-12

Dance
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.

Acting
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.

Media
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.

Teachers
Kenneth Radley, Daniel Puckey, Diana Ricks, Jack Egan, Adrian Ricks

Facilities
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
ncat.vic.edu.au

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

Teachers
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.

Facilities
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

Berwick College

Co-educational, public school for years 7 to 12
Manuka Rd, Berwick
03 8768 1000
berwickcollege.vic.edu.au
facebook.com/BCDanceA

Practical dance classes per week
3 hours of practical dance classes per week, with an additional 45 minutes a week on dance theory & history. This increases to 3 hours of practical class in Unit 3/4 subjects, with 1.5 hours a week on dance theory & history. The Berwick College Dance Academy (BCDA) is aimed at providing an integrated academic pathway driven by young students’ dance and performing arts aspirations. This elite program allows young students to enhance and develop their dancing talent while concurrently receiving their secondary education. It is crucial to the BCDA that students’ academic pursuits are of the highest priority and that each student’s interest and aspiration in dance assists them in achieving high results both academically and within dance. Our program is audition entry, and runs during scheduled classes within the school timetable.

Teachers
Melissa Quenette
Bachelor of Business and Commerce; Diploma of Education – Drama and Business; Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Over many years Melissa has built a strong background in dance, specialising in Musical Theatre, completing her dance exams to top levels in Tap, Jazz and Classical Ballet. She has performed many roles throughout Melbourne’s Amateur Theatre circuit and has choreographed productions for numerous secondary schools. Melissa commenced the BCDA in 2015 as she believes in creating multiple career pathways for her students in a safe and encouraging environment.

Amy Pyke
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Dance; Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
After completing her VCE with high scores in VCE Dance, Amy completed 2 years of full-time dance training at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance. She danced as a professional cheerleader for the Melbourne Tigers/Melbourne United basketball team and now spends her time competing in All Star Dance, having recently placed second at the Cheerleading Worlds in America. She is a strong believer in building dance technique as a foundation for all movement and pushes students to build their performance skills within class.

Julie Wotherspoon
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Dance
Julie has a strong background in dance completing exams to top levels in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She has taught VCE Dance for 20 years and has many students selected for Top Class for their outstanding dance performance pieces. Julie believes in a holistic approach to dance education and strives to build an environment within the BCDA that students feel comfortable to take risks with their choreography and try new things.

Annalise Occhietti
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance); Masters in Teaching (Secondary) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Annalise has engaged in many performance opportunities throughout Melbourne in both commercial and contemporary areas, most recently collaborating and performing with Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. She prides herself on helping students find their own individual movement qualities through exposure to style and technique.

Facilities
Berwick College has 2 dance spaces available to students. Our performing arts centre has a sprung Tarkett dance floor installed and can be used as both a performance space and dance studio. The Dance Studio is an open area measuring 6m x 16m with full length mirrors on one wall. Portable barres can be used in either space.

Performance and touring opportunities
Every year students compete in a Schools only dance competition, with our troupes regularly qualifying for the national competition held in Sydney during the Term 3 holidays. Students have multiple performance opportunities, including a choreography competition, assessment nights and production seasons. Throughout the year various industry experts teach guest workshops within the Academy. Every second year (with exceptions due to the Covid-19 Pandemic) the students can participate in our BCDA Study Tour where students travel to New York and Los Angeles. On the study tour students take part in multiple workshops with professionals in the dance industry in America, as well as viewing performances on Broadway and learning about the history of dance in America.


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Sandringham College

Government School Yrs 7-12
2 campuses: yrs 7-9 Bluff Rd, yrs 10-12 11 Holloway Rd, Sandringham 
03 8599 0500
sandringhamsc.vic.edu.au

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. 

Teachers
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.


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Distance Education


Southern Cross School of Distance Education

Based in Ballina, NSW
Contact: Belinda Toth:02 6681 0452 General enquiries:02 6681 0300

Practical dance classes per week
Potential students are required to attend private dance studio technique classes at their dance studio. We offer Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Dance. All students have access to video conference lessons once a week with their Distance Education teacher/s to check in and complete practical tasks. Year 12 students learn their HSC choreography through video conference lessons. Students also have access to teacher visits to their school/studio and mini schools (both online and face to face).

Teachers
Belinda Toth
Belinda Toth lives and breathes dance; she is the perfect fusion of technical excellence, non-egotistical creative collaboration, and syllabus perfect processes. Belinda knows where and how to get results and her track record is evidence to this.
Belinda has a double degree: Bachelor of Applied Arts (Dance) Bachelor of Education from the University of NSW. She has 24 years experience teaching Dance in Public schools with 18 years experience teaching HSC Dance. Southern Cross School of Distance Education students have gained Band 5 and 6 results for many years in the HSC Dance exam with numerous Callback nominations over the past 10+ years. Belinda is passionate about teaching Dance and providing the best possible service to students to allow them to reach their full potential. With students based all over the state (from the Tweed to Broken Hill areas) Belinda is committed to providing all students with equity across the state.

Felicity Murphy
Felicity has always had a spark. She completed formal ATOD and RAD ballet dance training from ages 6 to 17, and concurrently excelled in other genres; Contemporary, Jazz, Character and especially Tap.
Known for her dance performance quality, Felicity was accepted in N.I.D.A to participate in on-screen and theatre training workshops. She later completed a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Creative and Performing Arts, and was allocated a Targeted Graduate position in Manly, Sydney.
Felicity is new to teaching Southern Cross School of Distance Education HSC students, but is fresh, and confident that she can utilise her fine eye for detail to pursue technical excellence in her dancers. Simultaneously, Felicity ensures her students Dance Appreciation written work receives the structural guidance it requires to achieve success in their theoretical component. Providing a well rounded, warm, inclusive program for growth and success.

Facilities
Southern Cross School of Distance Education has state of the art facilities on site. These include a fully equipped Dance studio with mirrors, 98” TV, camera and sound system (complete with mixer and head set microphones) allowing the students to access video conference lessons in their own tudios/schools which provides them with instantaneous feedback, access to their teachers and the ability to be involved in sychronistic lessons with the rest of their cohort.

Performance opportunities
Students have the opportunity to be involved as part of the Southern Cross School of Distance Education Dance Ensemble which performs at the Far North Coast Dance Festival each year.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 an 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.