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Mr Kim McCarthy


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6382, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.2019
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6382
Facsimile: +61 8 9370 6394
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.2019  


Kim is the Coordinator of Classical Ballet at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • DAN2155 - 3rd year Bachelor Conversion Ballet technique
  • DAN2165 - 3rd year Bachelor Conversion Solos and Pas de deux
  • CUADAN604 - Advanced Diploma Mens solos
  • CAUDAN502/503/504 - Diploma Mens solos
  • CUADAN605 - Advanced Diploma pas de deux
  • CUADAN601 - Advanced Diploma Performance
  • DAN3222 - 3rd year Performance


Kim was born in Perth and graduated from John Curtin Senior High School. In 1990 he joined the Hamburg Ballet School and in 1991 was accepted into the Hamburg Ballet Company under the direction of John Neumeier. In 1993 he was promoted to Soloist. His principal roles include Armand - Lady of the Camelias, Blue Bird – Sleeping Beauty and Mercutio -Romeo and Juliet and in works by Mats Ek, Lar Lubovitch and Balanchine. In 1996 Kim was invited to join the Compañia Nacional de Danza as Principal dancer, performing leading roles in works by Nacho Duato, Forsythe, Kylián, Naharine, Fonte and Van Manen. During this time Duato created major roles on Kim including RemansosArcangeloSelf, and the title role in Romeo and Juliet.

In 2002 Kim was offered the position of Principal Lecturer at the Showa Academy of Performing Arts in Tokyo, Japan and then in 2004 he became Ballet Master with the Compania Nacional de Danza 1&2 in Madrid, Spain.

Kim is one of a few dancers entrusted to stage Nacho Duato’s works internationally, and since 2000 has been a sought after stager and guest teacher with dance companies throughout Europe, Asia and America, including Royal Ballet Covent Garden, New National Theatre Tokyo, Universal Ballet, Korea, Compania Nacional Bailado, Portugal, Gothenburg Ballet, L’Opera National de Lyon, Ballet du Marseilles, Staatsballet Hannover, Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, Ballet Teatro Colon, Royal Finnish Ballet.

In 2008 Kim was appointed Classical Ballet Coordinator and Lecturer at WAAPA. During his tenure at WAAPA he has choreographed many works to critical acclaim. The most recent of these have been performed by West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and as part of the Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge, Singapore and in Tokyo, Japan.

Awards and recognition

University and national teaching awards

  • 2013 - Vice Chancellors Staff Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching


  • Certificat IV Trainer and Assessor TAE40110, TAFE WA, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Dance), Edith Cowan University, 2007.
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