Undergraduate Courses

CUA50113 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

CUA60113 Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

Postgraduate courses - Link Dance Company

Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Honours

Master of Arts (Performing Arts)


WAAPA Full TimeCourse Details
WAAPA’s Dance programs prepare classical and contemporary dance artists through teaching methods designed to develop and refine the skills of each individual. Our courses offer a breadth that is unique to WAAPA and prepare students for a seamless transition into a wide range of careers within the profession.


WAAPA’s Dance programs are intensive and performance based, with students averaging 35-40 contact hours per week. In addition to daily tuition from our professionally credentialed teaching staff, three performance seasons per year give students the opportunity to work with visiting national and international choreographers. Recent guest choreographers include Rafael Bonachela, Leigh Warren, Gareth Belling, Nils Christe, Amaury Lebrun and Oded Ronen, to name just a few. Students also regularly participate in national and international tours, further enhancing their skills and experience.

Undergraduate Courses

WAAPA Full TimeDiploma of Dance (Elite Performance): 1 year full time, entry by audition. This nationally recognised qualification is the first year of the vocational dance program which leads into the Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). It is a performance-focused course, providing intense technical and stylistic practical experience through classes and performance opportunities.

Students develop technical and creative skills in discipline areas of ballet, pointe, pas de deux, repertoire, solos and performance. Areas of study include contemporary, choreography, dance history, music for dance, anatomy and nutrition.  

Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance):
1 year full time, entry by audition. This nationally-recognised qualification is the second year of the vocational dance program. It takes a holistic approach to the needs of the dancer of the future, building the skills required for lifelong sustainability in the dance profession. The course encourages dancers’ individuality, confidence, flair and creativity.  

Students develop advanced technical and creative skills in discipline areas of ballet, pointe, pas de deux, repertoire, solos and performance. Areas of study include contemporary, choreography, dance history, music for dance and other related physical disciplines including body conditioning.  
Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma of Dance, WAAPA offers dancers the opportunity to articulate into the Bachelor of Arts (Dance).   

Bachelor of Arts (Dance):
3 years full time, entry by audition. An intensive, challenging course where performance and classroom practice is central to the philosophy of the program. This course caters for students who wish to continue their ballet or contemporary studies at a professional level. It encourages students to pursue individual goals as dance performers, choreographers, educators, researchers or administrators.

Areas of study include contemporary dance, ballet, performance, choreography, dance history, music, acting and other related physical disciplines including yoga, aerial, tumbling, Feldenkrais, alignment and body conditioning.

This course also provides an insight into dance as an art form and a social and educative experience. It develops skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis and demands that students be creatively productive in whatever area of interest they pursue.
The course offers students a range of international exchange programs, opportunities to perform internationally and to second with major Australian companies.

Students perform in three major performance seasons each year with a range of Australian and international choreographers.

The Bachelor of Arts (Dance) is an accepted prerequisite for Honours, LINK Dance Company, Masters and Doctoral programs in performance research as well as for the Graduate Diploma of Education.


Postgraduate Courses - Link Dance Company

LINK is a graduate dance company, the only one of its kind in Australia. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between university studies and professional practice. LINK aims to facilitate contributions to choreographic processes and to create seasoned and compelling performers. Through LINK, dancers have the unique opportunity to gain professional experience whilst also being able to further their research interests. New works are commissioned, with some works also restaged by seminal artists. The company performs locally, interstate and internationally. 

Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Honours
: 1 year full time, entry by audition/interview on successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course or equivalent course with at least a 70% course average. Honours at WAAPA is offered in two modes: Company Research and Individual Research.

Company Research involves being a member of LINK Dance Company for the year, undertaking 25 hours per week of practical dance classes plus an intensive rehearsal and performance schedule. There is also a professional development component that is undertaken in an international setting each year.


Individual Research enables outstanding students to learn and apply practical, theoretical and research skills in either or both creative (choreographic or other media) and scholarly areas of dance. The course involves learning in the theories of dance and related disciplines that underpin the basis of an examinable research project.


Master of Arts (Performing Arts): 2 years full time, entry by audition/interview and research project proposal. Offered by WAAPA for the very first time in 2017, this program will operate as a Masters by Research project offered in conjunction with LINK Dance Company. It will enable candidates to explore, through contemporary dance practices and writing, concepts that extend the body of dance knowledge. 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 you in dance-making practice alongside world class teaching staff and national and international visiting artists. Performance is the centrepiece of assessment, complemented by other attributes that artistic directors and entrepreneurs seek in dance artists of the 21st century.


In the first year, students will take units in research preparation while undertaking technique class, rehearsal, production and national and international touring within a small company professional environment.


In the second year students will be expected to develop an examinable research project which 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.

Main Teachers

Nanette Hassall (Course Coordinator/Lecturer), Kim McCarthy (Coordinator, Classical Dance), Andries Weidemann (Lecturer, Classical Dance), Danielle Hunt (Lecturer, Classical Dance), Justin Rutzou (Coordinator, Contemporary Dance), Michael Whaites (Lecturer and Artistic Director of LINK Dance Company), Sue Peacock (Acting Head of Dance/Lecturer), Jayne Smeulders, David Mack, Kynan Hughes, Claudia Alessi, Brooke Leeder.


Mon 24 September 2018 10am-4pm
Terry Simpson Studios

Tues 25 September 2018 10am-5pm
The McDonald College

Wed 26 September 2018 10am-3:30pm
Kim Harvey School of Dance

Thurs 27 September 2018 10am-4pm
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School

Fri 28 September 2018 10am-4pm
Australian Dance Performance Institute

Sat 6 October 2018 From 10am
Darwin High School Dance Drama Space

Thurs 25 October 2018 From 1pm - Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Fri 26 October 2018 From 10:30am - Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
WAAPA, Studio 1


Refer to the website for more details: www.waapa.ecu.edu.au.


Scholarships or subsidies: BA students are eligible for Edith Cowan University scholarships. Subsidised training is available for eligible students under Future Skills WA.


Possible career options: classical dancer, contemporary dancer, choreographer, dance instructor, independent artist.



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

Telephone: 134 ECU (134 328)

Email: futurestudy@ecu.edu.au





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