Australian Company of Performing ArtsCourse

ACPA ACADEMY – Full Time Performing Arts High School
CUA30111 (Certificate III in Dance)

CUA40113 (Certificate IV in Dance)
CUA40313 (Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management)
CUA50313 (Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management)


Course Details


The ACPA Academy is a full-time pre-professional program for elite students in years 10 to 12 who are looking for a career pathway in performing arts as well as a commitment to completing their schooling. This intensive program sees students training approximately 18 hrs per week in subjects such as Music Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Choreography, Acting, Audition Techniques, & more.

ACPA Open Day

Students enrolled in the ACPA Academy undertake their academic subjects at Thebarton Senior College in a specialised integrated program. The benefit of an integrated program is that subjects that have similar assessment criteria can be combined in order to reduce work load, focus on specific outcomes whilst tailoring the learning to the needs and interests of each individual. Thebarton Senior College is located 10 minutes from our facility via public or private transport.



The Certificate IV in Dance is a one-year intensive program focused on performing arts and musical theatre technique at an elite level. This nationally recognised course was designed as a stepping stone for students who wish to refine their skill set, across an array of genres and extend their musical theatre performance skills. ACPA provides students with the confidence to reach their potential and exceed all expectations.


Training 6 hours a day in our state of the art facility, only five minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. Students are trained under the guidance of our world class teaching faculty lecturers and mentors who will nurture your development to becoming a professional in this industry. 


At ACPA we recognise the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and understand that talent is developed in various stages. It is for this reason that we combine formal training and assessment with yoga, pilates and fitness programs.

This course requires a high level of commitment, participation and time management as it is the link to the world of professional performance. The workload is intensive and challenging and the rewards are endless.  

Training Components

Over the course of 12 months students will cover a variety of different topics such as
Dance technique and training in the following genres
– Jazz
– Tap
– Ballet
– Commercial
– Contemporary
– Lyrical
– Musical Theatre
Vocal Technique
Pilates and conditioning
Acting technique
Audition and performance techniques
Nutrition and fitness
Stage craft


ACPA’s Certificate IV and Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management develops both the skills and knowledge to teach dance in a variety of genres along with the fundamentals of managing your own business.

As a nationally recognised qualification, there is also a strong focus on Leadership, Management and mentoring skills that are necessary to become an exceptional teacher. You will be working alongside mentors who have years of industry experience in teaching, stage management, production, business management and more.

Training Components

Over the course of 12 months or 2 years part time, students will cover a variety of different topic such as:
Practical teaching sessions
Training programs and developing lesson plans
Planning and designing assessment activities and programs
Classroom management techniques
Performance and live production planning and management (backstage and teacher perspective)
Business and studio management
Nutrition and Anatomy
Work Health and Safety
Safe Dance Teaching practices
Relationship Management
Working with children and young people at risk


Main Teachers

Kim Grant-Taylor (Director – Jazz), Stephanie Thompson (Tap, Music Theatre), Pep Rigano (Commercial, Hip Hop), Meagan McLaren (Course Coordinator), Alexis Koukouvitakis (Course Coordinator), Tony Knight (Acting), Erin Pregarc (Dance Physiotherapist), Jessica Goldfinch (Contemporary)



Australian Company of Performing Arts will be holding an Open Day on the 8th of October. This experience gives students the opportunity to train full time for a day. For further information and a timetable for the day please email Alexis at


Address: 37 Walsh Street Thebarton
Phone: (08) 8352 7860



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