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WAAPA’s Dance programs train classical and contemporary dance artists by utilising teaching methods designed to develop and refine the skills of each individual. The courses offer a breadth that is unique to WAAPA and prepare students for a seamless transition into a wide range of careers within the profession.

WAAPA offers a mix of vocational dance courses and degree programs. All are full-time and range from two to three years in duration. Within each course, students have a degree of flexibility to choose and combine the mix that is best suited to their individual talents and aspirations. Graduates of the Advanced Diploma can articulate into the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) program.

WAAPA’s Dance programs are intensive and performance based, with students averaging 35-40 contact hours per week.  Students also regularly participate in national and international tours, further enhancing their skills and enriching their cultural experience. View our Dance brochure.

Courses offered in this discipline

These course pages detail entry requirements, fee and interview information. You can also apply from these pages.

Notable alumni

  • Richard Cilli (Helpmann Award winner)
  • Scott Elstermann (Pina Bausch Fellowship)
  • Jessica Garside (Singapore Dance Theatre)
  • Tara Jade Samaya (Helpmann Award winner)
  • Charmene Yap (Helpmann Award winner)


The Course Coordinator for Dance is Ms Susan Peacock.

If you would like to view other staff in the Performance department, please visit the WAAPA Staff listing web page.

More information

For further enquiries please contact Future Students on 134 328, or for calls outside Australia, (61 8) 6304 0000.

In addition to daily tuition from professionally credentialed teaching staff, three performance seasons per year give students the opportunity to work with visiting national and international choreographers. Recent guest choreographers include Rafael Bonachela, Richard Cilli and Nils Christe.

If you would like to know more about WAAPA courses, please visit the WAAPA Study areas web page.

Audition and interview documents

Victoria auditionees - Covid lockdown audition process

Because of restrictions placed on Victoria, WAAPA Dance ECU, advises the following. Where practical and safe to do so, please record as much of the video audition as possible. This may need to take place in a non-dance venue i.e. Your garden, lounge room etc. If you are unable to video parts of the audition requirements we will accept supporting material in the form of:

  • videoed class work within the last 12 months;
  • performance video;
  • WACE dance solos or class work.

Please indicate the date the video was recorded if submitting the above. If you submit group work please indicate clearly where you are in the group.

While you may feel compromised, WAAPA Dance ECU would like to assure you that this will not affect your audition process and consideration for 2021 intake. If further video evidence is needed to support your application we will contact you personally.

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