John Byrne suggests a better balance can be found in the classroom between the contributions made by syllabus and the contributions made by the teacher.

Many contemporary companies or independent choreographers recruit through associated training or secondment programs, writes Karen van Ulzen.

Memingful dance

A burgeoning on-line community is providing space for dancers to share their experiences, writes Belle Beasley.

No audition is the same, but all auditions have some things in common, writes Karen van Ulzen.

Dancers increasingly need to be able to make dance as well as be dancers. Susan Bendall offers some ideas to stimulate your creative side.

We all know boys love to dance and yet not many boys are taking up dance, especially ballet. In part 2 of our video discussion, we discuss ways of overcoming the stigma around boys and men dancing.


Jessica Hodgkinson knew from an early age that she wanted to make tutus. Now she is Head of Wardrobe at Bangarra.

“No way!” That was Helen Howard’s first thought when she was asked to step in at the last minute in 'An American in Paris'. . .

Trained: International Classical Ballet Academy with Julia Regi and Houston Ballet 2. Now: Principal Artist with Queensland Ballet

Dancers are supposed to put up with pain, right? Wrong, writes Leila Lois.

UCanDance is right in the middle of town in Shepparton, Victoria.

This school is 700 kms inland from Townsville and 250 km east of Mt Isa, and has a population that barely scrapes a thousand.

Too much choreography for children is too adult for their age, writes Karen van Ulzen. One of the main issues that arose from the RG Dance scandal was that of age appropriate choreography for children. Internet chatter about the case expressed horror at the adult or sexual nature of some of the school's costuming and choreography.

Michelle Dursun examines some of the newer offerings in dance teaching organisations.

Now is the time for dancers to empower themselves.


Last week, we brought you an account by a dancer who lost her job when she tried to negotiate the conditions of her contract. How common is her experience? Olivia Stewart investigates.