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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


Born in Perth, Australia and graduated from John Curtin Senior High School . In 1990 joined the Hamburg Ballet School,1991 was accepted into the Hamburg Ballet Company under the direction of John Neumeier. 1993 promoted to Soloist performing principal roles such as Armand - ‘Lady of the Camelias’, Blue Bird and Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as well as leading roles in works by Mats Ek, Lar Lubovitch and Balanchine. 1996 joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza as Principal dancer, performing leading roles in works by Nacho Duato, Forsythe, Kylián, Naharine, Fonte and Van Manen. Duato created major roles on Kim in the works Remansos, Arcangelo, Self, and Romeo. In 2002 he was offered the position of Principal Lecturer at the Showa Academy of Performing Arts in Tokyo, Japan. In 2004 ballet master with the Compania Nacional de Danza 1&2 Since 2000 Kim continued to stage works by Nacho Duato and freelance teaching with 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. 2008 Coordinator of Classical Ballet at WAAPA.

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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