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Pre-Professional Year 2020 Applications

2020 applications are open now! Applications close Mon 2 Sept.

Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year provides a unique opportunity for aspiring professional dancers aged 18 years and over to experience 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 provides the pre-professional dancers with invaluable insights into the life of a professional dancer while gaining a wider, well-informed perspective of the industry.

The Pre-Professional Year is designed to encompass the full scope of professional dance training and focuses on advanced technical and somatic practices while highlighting collaboration, inclusivity and empowerment through every aspect of the course.

The dancers train as an ensemble and work with over 35 national and international contemporary choreographers, dance artists and educators each year. These exceptional industry specialists share their knowledge and skills in a co-creative environment and offer their expertise and unique movement philosophies abundantly. This rich exchange places the program at the heart of the global dance community with industry leaders engaging with the course through workshops, masterclasses, choreographic developments, artist talks and live performances. This allows for an extraordinary opportunity to network with prominent members of the performing arts industry.

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

“Creating an environment that allows dancers to develop an understanding of their own individuality and creative expression, within the wider community, is intrinsic to the education outcomes of Sydney Dance Company. We look forward to supporting you in your development as an artist.”

Linda Gamblin, Head of Training, Sydney Dance Company

WATCH PPY 2018 dancers perform in Narrabeen, a film by acclaimed choreographer and filmmaker Sue Healey.

2020 applications are open now! Applications close Mon 2 Sept. 

READ the Prospectus to find out more.


Join us for a Pre-Professional Year Open Studio

FRI 2 AUGUST 4 – 5.30 PM


Want to know more about Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year?

Gain insight into Australia’s leading full-time advanced training program at our Open Studio viewing followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Friends, family and teachers are welcome!

FRI 2 AUGUST 4 – 5.30 PM

On the Agenda:

  • Qualifications, Focus Areas and Training Style
  • Multiple Career Options and Trajectories
  • Artistic Collaboration and Self-Development
  • Sydney Dance Company’s Training Philosophy
  • Q&A

On the Panel:

Head of Training, LINDA GAMBLIN
Company Trainee and PPY Alumni, ALEXANDER BORG

Places are limited. Register below to confirm your seat.