Sydney Dance Company Course

Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year offers nationally recognised qualifications, delivering CUA60113 - Advanced Diploma of Dance (elite performance) over two years and CUA50113 - Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) if completing the one year. Both qualifications are delivered through an auspice arrangement with Australian Teachers of Dancing Limited (RTO 31624).

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Course Details

Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year provides a unique opportunity for aspiring professional dancers to immerse themselves in full-time training with Sydney Dance Company. Driven by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company is at the forefront of contemporary dance in Australia and internationally. Being amongst this professional environment on a daily basis enables young dancers to cultivate an inquisitive mind and sophisticated movement.


Main Subjects

Contemporary dance techniques, classical ballet and biomechanical techniques, improvisation and composition, partnering, repertoire classes with members of Sydney Dance Company, repertoire and choreographic developments with over 40 national and international industry teachers per year, professional career development including audition techniques, yoga, Pilates, embodied anatomy, nutrition, and injury prevention. The process-based, practice-led program will conclude with a graduation season of choreographic works and Sydney Dance Company repertoire at Carriageworks.


Practical Classes
Ten technical sessions per week
Five 3-hour guest workshops per week


Contact Hours
32.5 hours per week


Main Teachers
Sydney Dance Company’s Head of Training Linda Gamblin, Pre-Professional Year Course Coordinator Omer Backley-Astrachan, Sydney Dance Company’s Rehearsal Director Chris Aubrey and Rehearsal Associate Charmene Yap along with Company dancers when in residence.  Pre-Professional Year Dancers have weeklong workshops with up to 10 international guest choreographers each year and 25 national contemporary choreographers including: Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, leading contemporary artists Kristina Chan, Richard Cilli, Dean Walsh, Kay Armstrong, Narelle Benjamin, Alejandro Rolandi, Lee-Anne Litton, Lucas Jervies, Thomas Bradley, Zachary Lopez, Lee Serle and many more.



All applicants applying must be turning at least 18 years in the year of enrolment and demonstrate competency in classical and contemporary dance technique. Eagerness to explore collaborative processes and choreographic developments are encouraged. Applications are open to Australian and New Zealand residents.

Audition dates
Applications open Monday 1 July and close Monday 2 September 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to audition on Monday 16 September 2019 at Sydney Dance Company Studios, 385 Wattle Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007. A minimal application fee of $55 is required. Register your interest here:

Audition requirements
Shortlisted applicants are to make their own way to Sydney to attend their Audition Workshop on Monday 16 September 2019. If you are unable to attend there is an option to submit a Video Only Audition. This requires contacting for further information.


Linda Gamblin, Course Director
Phone: (02) 9221 4811




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