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Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year 2017

Course Details

Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year provides a unique opportunity for aspiring professional dancers to attend a one year full-time training course with the Sydney Dance Company (Artistic Director: Rafael Bonachela).

Sydney Dance Company

The course reflects Sydney Dance Company’s reputation for being at the forefront of contemporary dance in Australia and internationally. Alongside the members of Sydney Dance Company, students learn about their craft in a dynamic professional environment, where creative endeavours focus toward the highest standards in contemporary dance making and dance performance.


The Pre-Professional Year is offered as a nationally recognised qualification – CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) - through an auspice arrangement with Australian Teachers of Dancing Ltd (RTO 31624). As an approved course, individual students may be eligible to apply for Abstudy, Austudy or Youth Allowance. The Pre-Professional Year is designed to be rigorous, challenging and rich in practical skills development and professional career preparation. Students are encouraged to explore the art form and the endless possibilities of contemporary dance, and fully immerse themselves in the role of a professional artist. Students’ personal creative voice is embraced and nurtured, as they develop into well-rounded, reflective and forward-thinking dance artists. The course also provides students with invaluable networking opportunities within the Sydney Dance Company environment, where many leading Australian and international dancers, choreographers and dance educators come to work.


Main Subjects

Contemporary dance technique

Classical ballet technique

Improvisation and composition

Choreographic skills and performance opportunities

Sydney Dance Company repertoire

Workshops from international choreographers

Career Planning

Yoga and Pilates

Anatomy, Nutrition and injury prevention

Main Teachers

Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela

Course Director Linda Gamblin

Rehearsal Director Chris Aubrey

Sydney Dance Company Dancers

Leading Sydney-based independent dance artists and choreographers such as Kristina Chan, Dean Walsh, Natalie Ayton, Kay Armstrong plus international guest artists.



Sunday 4 September 2016

Applications open 4 July and close 7 August 2016.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to audition on 4 September.


Sydney Dance Company Studios
The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road,
Walsh Bay NSW 2000





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