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Mr Andries Weidemann


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9370 6018, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6018
Campus: Mount Lawley  


Andries is a Lecturer in Classical Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • CUAPRF501 - Refine performance techniques
  • CUAPRF503 - Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
  • CUAPPR502 - Develop own sustainable professional practice
  • CUADAN507 - Refine dance partnering techniques
  • DAN2121 - Ballet 2
  • DAN3221 - Ballet 3
  • DAN3901 - Ballet 3 (International Exchange)


Andries Weidemann is a South African born dancer, educator and choreographer. He has been teaching into the classical and contemporary courses at WAAPA since 2009. Andries regularly guest teaches for The West Australian Ballet, The Royal Academy of Dance, The Cecchetti Society and is an advisory consultant to the AICD, WA. In 2018/19, he served on the project working group for the PwC Skills for Australia Culture and Related Industries project.

In 2013, Andries was the recipient of the ECU Vice Chancellor’s Staff Award for Engagement, recognising excellence in enriching the WAAPA Dance course. He is currently part of a team developing research into health in the performing arts and has published research on pirouettes, leg alignment and safe dance practice. Andries also supervises Honours students and is completing a Master of Education (Research) at ECU, focusing on dance education.

As a choreographer, Andries has created, staged or choreographed for several major and independent companies in WA. Previous engagements include choreography/direction for WAAPA’s Dance and Classical Voice departments, WA Ballet, WA Opera, Freeze Frame Opera, Lark Chamber Opera and choreography for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2011.


  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Edith Cowan University, 2013.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Carter, S., Duncan, R., Weidemann, A., Hopper, L., (2018), Lower leg and foot contributions to turnout in female pre-professional dancers: A 3D kinematic analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(19), 2217-2225, London, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1446386.
  • Hopper, L., Weidemann, A., Karin, J., (2018), The inherent movement variability underlying classical ballet technique and the expertise of a dancer. Research in Dance Education, 19(3), 229-239, DOI: 10.1080/14647893.2017.1420156.
  • Hopper, L., Sato, N., Weidemann, A., (2016), Single-leg squats can predict leg alignment in dancers performing ballet movements in “turnout”. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 7(16 Nov. 2016), 161-166, Dovepress, DOI: 10.2147/OAJSM.S119388.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rasalila meets giselle: A journey from sensuality to spirituality
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