WAAPA’s Dance programs prepare classical and contemporary dance artists through teaching methods designed to develop and refine the skills of each individual. Our courses o er a breadth that is unique to WAAPA and prepare students for a seamless transition into a wide range of careers within the profession.
WAAPA’s Dance programs are intensive and performance based, with students averaging 35-40 contact hours per week. In addition to daily tuition from our 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, Leigh Warren, Gareth Belling, Nils Christe, Amaury Lebrun, Oded Ronen James O’Hara and Sue Healey, to name just a few. In 2017 students participated in an intensive training and repertoire workshop with dancers Julie Shanahan and Rainer Behr from Tanztheater Wuppertal by kind permission and support of the Pina Bausch Foundation/Wuppertal.
Students also regularly participate in national and international tours, further enhancing their skills and experience.
LINK Dance Company is a graduate dance company - the only one of its kind in Australia - based at WAAPA. Dancers who have completed a three year university dance course gain entry by audition into LINK's one year postgraduate program. The purpose of the company is to bridge the gap between university studies and professional practice. LINK aims to facilitate contributions to choreographic processes and to create seasoned and compelling performers.
Through LINK, dancers have the unique opportunity to gain professional experience whilst also being able to further their research interests. New works are commissioned, with some works also restaged by seminal artists. The company regularly performs locally, interstate and overseas.
For further information about the LINK program, please visit the LINK web page.