Danceworks Sydney

Danceworks Sydney

25 Golden Grove Street
NSW 2008

0400 589 762



Danceworks Sydney
Danceworks Sydney


Certificate IV in Dance (Elite Performance)
Full-Time Ballet Program
Part Full-Time Ballet Program in conjunction with Australian Performing Arts Grammar School

The Full-Time Program at Danceworks Sydney is a goal oriented course, delivered within a nurturing environment, for students who show potential, are hard working and dedicated to pursuing a career in dance. The emphasis is on training young dancers to have secure and safe dance technique as a base, as well as developing each student's artistry, musicality, versatility, resilience and self belief. The goal setting aspect of the course is based on individual progression. Students are taught strategies to achieve their personal best. They are also taught injury prevention in order to sustain a long, healthy career. The number of students accepted onto the program is small in order to ensure each student is given enough attention and guidance. The aim of the program is to prepare students for the challenges of working in a dance company. Dancers nowadays are required to be strong, versatile and able to work in a team. Students are prepared for RAD exams, Eisteddfods, National and International pre-professional school auditions (predominantly for schools attached to companies) and Company auditions. Studio Director, Olivia Jenkins, a former professional dancer with Stadt Ballett Koblenz, holds a Distinction from the Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma, Royal Academy of Dance, London and a BA in Professional Practice (Ballet) from Middlesex University London. She has been a Guest Teacher around the world including for the RAD International Summer Schools in Tokyo, Singapore, London and Italy. She taught the competition classes at the Isobel Anderson Awards 2016, daily ballet class at the Genee International Ballet Competition in Sydney 2016, the competition classes for the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship 2017 and guest taught at the International Ballet Workshops in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast and at Ibstage Barcelona in 2018. In 2021 she adjudicated the Isobel Anderson Awards and was Auditions Choreographer for Phantom of the Opera.

Main subjects:

Certificate IV in Dance (Elite Performance), Classical Open Class, Contemporary, Neo-classical Technique, Repertoire, Pointe, Male Technique, Pas de Deux, RAD Syllabus, Character (based on the Russian Igor Moiseyev method), Private Coaching, Lyrical, Jazz, Body Conditioning, Stretch Technique, Anatomy, Dance History, Choreography, Injury Prevention, Progressing Ballet Technique and Visualisation.

Practical dance classes per week:

20+ classes per week. For a detailed timetable please contact Danceworks Sydney for a full timetable.

Contact hours per day:

9am-5pm Monday - Saturday

Pre-requisites/ entry requirements:

Students must be entering Year 8 or above at academic level for the Full-Time Program and Year 7 for the Part Full-Time Program.

Main teachers:

Olivia Jenkins ARAD PDTD BA Hons (Balletto di Teatro Massimo, Cannes Jeune Ballet, English National Ballet & Stadt Ballett Koblenz, Germany), Leslie Abraham ARAD (NSW Board of Studies HSC Dance), Liam White (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Ballet Magdeburg), Amy Bale (Staatsballett Berlin), Jana Castillo (Australian Dance Theatre), Julia Barry (RAD Examiner), Wanda Wojtulewicz-Levine (National Folkloric Festival), Zac Jaffar (Singapore Dance Theatre).

Audition date:

Prospective students can apply throughout the year. Main intake is annually in late January.

Audition requirements:

Private audition by request. Physiotherapy assessment for suitability to training is recommended.


Please contact for fees and brochure.

Scholarships or subsidies:

Scholarships are given to students who show outstanding potential and motivation, and to financially compromised students.

Possible career options:

Full-Time students are preparing for professional careers as dancers both nationally and internationally. Beyond the stage, after retirement from professional dance, there are many options open to trained dancers - Artistic Directors, Choreographers, Repetiteurs, Teachers/Coaches, Physiotherapists (requires further training), Actors, Benesh Notators, Dance Critic. Dancers also have transferable life skills which can be implemented into many other fields.

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