Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts

Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts

Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus, 2 Bradford Street
WA 6050

134 ECU (134 328)



Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts
Choreographed by Raewyn Hill 2020 Performed by WAAPA Dance students Jaslyn Boughton, Niña Brown, Francesca Fenton, Campbell Gateley, Allain Gumapon, Sabrina Madaffari, Ellie Matzer, Anna Milburn, Emily Mulholland, Bianca Perrone, Jessica Pettitt, Nadia Priolo, Macon Riley, Aisha Samat, Samantha Smith, Casey Triplett, Geri Vanduyne, Isabel Wartmann, Luther Wilson, Zachary Wilson, Charlee Wonson and Ayla Zoomers


We offer three consecutive years of full-time ballet OR contemporary focused training.
Each pathway allows the student to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
Entry for all courses is by audition.

-Year One: Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) - VET Course Code CUA51520.
-Year Two: Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) - VET Course Code CUA60120
-Year Three: Bachelor of Arts Conversion: Course Code G48
Core studies: ballet, pointe work, pas de deux, repertoire, solos and performance.
Additional studies over three years include: contemporary technique, fitness, character, choreography, dance history, music, dance teaching methods, anatomy/nutrition, kinesiology, performance psychology and arts administration.
In their final year, students undertake a professional work placement (secondment), with Australian, or when possible, international companies and/or independent artists.

CONTEMPORARY COURSE: Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
Performance and classroom practice are a central focus and students train to professional levels in contemporary and/or ballet techniques. The BA course also provides insight into dance as an art form of social and educative importance, it develops skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis. Individuality is encouraged and encompasses broad career outcomes including dance performance, choreography, education, research, and arts administration.

Core studies: contemporary techniques, ballet, performance, improvisation, duo, repertoire,
choreography, dance history, kinesiology, alignment, and body conditioning.
Additional studies: music, yoga, aerial, somatic practice, dance teaching methods, kinesiology, arts administration and acting. In their final year, students undertake secondment or industry placement with both Australian companies and/or independent artists. The BA (Dance) is an accepted prerequisite for the Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) Dance (LINK Dance Company), Masters and Doctoral programs in performance research, as well as for the Graduate Diploma of Education.

Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) Dance: (1 year full- time study) Course Code W92

LINK graduate dance company is the only one of its kind in Australia. Each year a new LINK Dance Company is formed, bridging the gap between university studies and professional practice. LINK aims to create compelling performers and to facilitate contribution to choreographic practice and process. Through LINK, dancers have the unique opportunity to develop their research interests while working within a company context. New works are commissioned by highly regarded Australian and international choreographers. The works are performed locally and, when possible regional, national and international tours are offered to enhance the experience.

In 2021, BA graduates interested in joining LINK can apply for the new Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) Dance.

Admission Requirements (Hons) Dance:
Entry by audition and interview on successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) or equivalent course, usually with a minimum 70% course average.
Also required is a short video submission (recent performance) and a written statement (300-500 words) outlining your proposed research topic or interest.

Master of Arts (Performing Arts): 2 years full time, entry by audition/interview and research project proposal. This program is offered in conjunction with LINK Dance Company. It enables candidates to explore concepts that extend the body of dance knowledge through contemporary dance practices and writing. Artists interested in developing their performance skills and choreographic voice in an exciting performance environment should apply. This course is unique for its 'work -place' learning model, embedding students in dance-making practice with world class teaching staff and national and international visiting artists.
-YEAR ONE: students can choose to undertake research preparation while attending technique class, rehearsal, production and performance within a professional company environment.
-YEAR TWO: students will be expected to develop an examinable research project, that includes a written exegesis.

Prerequisite qualifications are either a BA with Honours (First Class or Upper Second) or BA with equivalent to Honours industry experience (at least three years). Each student will be interviewed and auditioned.
WAAPA Dance programs prepare young, aspiring classical and contemporary dancers for a professional career in the dance industry. In addition to excellent physical training, WAAPA students receive an arts-based education that supports career pathways.

Our professional teaching staff deliver technical and performance preparation as key elements of our programs. Three performance seasons per year offer opportunities to work with commissioned local, national and international choreographers. Coaching, mentoring and pastoral care support healthy student engagement. Contact hours average 35-40 hours per week.
When possible, international partner institutions offer semester-long exchange and short-term international tours, allowing students to benchmark their skills with peers and providing immersive experiences in a different cultural contexts.
WAAPA Virtual Open Day: please head to the website for more information -
You will need to register your interest to attend the event.

Practical dance classes per week:

Bachelor, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses: 35 - 40 hrs. All dance programs are intensive and performance based. Honours: 18 hrs p/w plus intensive rehearsal and performance schedule.

Contact hours per day:

Bachelor, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses: 35 - 40 hrs. All dance programs are intensive and performance based. Honours: 18 hrs p/w plus intensive rehearsal and performance schedule.

Pre-requisites/ entry requirements:

All undergrad courses: All students must submit satisfactory medical reports and attend an audition. Dip. (Elite Performance): All students must attend an audition where the candidate demonstrates competence in ballet at the level of RAD Advanced or the equivalent. See more course information: reachyourpotential.com.au/COURSES/C78. Adv. Dip. (Elite Performance): All students must attend an audition. In the audition, candidates must demonstrate competence in ballet at a pre professional level. Honours: Successful completion of a BA (Dance) course or equivalent. Usually, a 70% course average is required, each student will be interviewed and auditioned to assess their commitment and aptitude for the program. LINK applicants with a Bachelor degree should apply for Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) Dance. More info on the LINK web page.

Main teachers:

Sue Peacock (Course Coordinator/Lecturer), Kim McCarthy (Coordinator, Classical Dance), Justin Rutzou (Coordinator, Contemporary Dance) Andries Weidemann (Lecturer, Classical Dance), Adelina Larsson (Lecturer Contemporary Dance), Michael Whaites (Lecturer and Artistic Director of LINK Dance Company). Core Technique: Leanne Stojmenov, Louise Roberts, David Mack, Meg Parry, Kynan Hughes, Claudia Alessi, Brooke Leeder, Ella Rose-Trew, Natalie Allen, Rachel Arianne Ogle.

Audition date:

This year, face to face auditions will be conducted in major centres around Australia:
Adelaide: Tuesday 28th September
Melbourne: Wednesday 29th September
Canberra: Thursday 30th September
Sydney: Friday 1st October
Brisbane: Saturday 2nd October
Darwin: Saturday 16th October
Perth Applicants:
Thursday 7th October 2021 from 10.30am - Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) WAAPA
Friday 8th October 2021 from 10.30am - Bachelor of Arts (Dance) WAAPA
Refer to the website for more details: waapa.ecu.edu.au
All dates are subject to state and federal COVID-19 restrictions

Audition requirements:

Applications are submitted directly to WAAPA. Admission is based on a comprehensive audition and (interview if required).
Online applications open 1 July and close 30 September.

For more information go to waapa.ecu.edu.au


The Student Fees Office can answer your enquiries about how much your studies will cost as well as your account and payments. We will also arrange a HELP loan for tuition fees for you if you are eligible.

Scholarships or subsidies:

For more information visit http://intranet.ecu.edu.au/student/mo

Possible career options:

Classical dancer, contemporary dancer, choreographer, dance instructor, independent artist.

A Student’s Perspective:


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