WAAPA and WAB. The sky’s the limit
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
WAAPA Dancers perform Balachine's 'Serenade' in Summerdance - Photography Jon Green
“If you want to become a dancer, go to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Summerdance firmly states that WAAPA has arrived at an international dance training level, in both classical and contemporary genres. These young dancers can be very proud indeed – as can their teachers.” - Susan Whitford, Dance Australia
WAAPA’s dance finale for 2011, Summerdance, has been enjoying fantastic press including a brilliant review by Susan Whitford for Dance Australia and a great news story on ABC's 7.30 Report by Claire Nichols.
Audience and critics alike have been unanimous in their praise of WAAPA’s dance program. Contemporary Dance Companies around the country and overseas have been ready to accept WAAPA dance graduates into their ranks; Sydney Dance Company currently employs six graduates, Expressions in Brisbane have Jack Ziezing (2010), ADT Scott Ewen (2009) and Tara Soh (2008) and Royal New Zealand Ballet have employed Matt Carey (2011).
Thanks to the evolving partnership that exists between WAAPA and WAB the company delivers hands-on industry experience to WAAPA dance students through the ongoing secondment program for 3rd year students. For the last 4 years a large number of students in their final year have performed in several WAB seasons includingnTaming of The Shrew, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Now eight WAAPA dancers will be performing alongside WAB as they remount Balanchine’s Serenade as part of Ballet At The Quarry from 10 Feb – 3 March.
For outstanding graduates of the 3 year Advanced Diploma (Dance), there exists the opportunity to enroll in a Bachelor of Performing Arts program specializing in Classical Ballet. This offers an amazing opportunity for gifted young dancers to continue their training in a professional industry environment, as provided by the West Australian Ballet company, whilst converting their diploma into a degree, just as the following students have done: Lianne Goodwin (2011), Jessica Ausserlechner (2011) and Samuel Maxted (2012), who will commence his BA conversion next year. With the generous support of the Simon Lee Foundation, WAB is able to sustain a Young Artists Program which is another important avenue open to WAAPA’s graduating dancers, offering a paid and supportive environment for these young dancers to enter a professional ballet company. In the last four years 10 WAAPA graduates have been accepted into the West Australian Ballet Young Artists Program:
- Meg Parry (2007)
- Sarah Sutcliffe (2007)
- Victoria Maughan (2007)
- Jennifer Loth – (2008)
- Benjamin Kirkman (2008)
- William Banks (2009)
- Chloe Henderson – (2009)
- Ashley Mclellan - (2010)
And from 2011’s graduating class; Alexandra MacNish and Rebekah Conry.
Through this ever evolving and mutually beneficial partnership WAAPA is able to deliver these fantastic opportunities to its students, offering the best possible on-the-job training for the next generation of professional practitioners.
To find out more about Dance at WAAPA, please visit the WAAPA Dance Program web page.
If you wish to find out more about the WA Ballet, please visit the West Australian Ballet website.