Engage: Pre-Professional Year

Isaac Clarke #SDCPPY18

Isaac Clarke: My First Week at PPY

27 February 2018

Isaac Clarke joined Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year (PPY) in 2018. The first few weeks of the program have been full of intensive learning and he has been thriving on the hard work and opportunity to learn from some well known and established choreographers. Isaac… Read more

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PPY17 Body Shots Gallery

08 December 2017

After 12 months of hard work and dedication, Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year dancers are ready to take to the stage for their graduation performance. At PPY17 Revealed, 24 young dancers will display their talent and incredible achievements, performing work by pre-eminent local and international… Read more


Freedom to Fail: Reflections from PPY17 Student Lilly Smith

19 October 2017

By Lilly Smith My understanding of PPY was as a prestigious and challenging year that would help propel me into the dance industry. I wanted to learn from a variety of industry professionals and receive as much information as I could to prepare myself for… Read more

Alex Mencinsky PPY17

Pre-Professional Year 2017: Working with Lucas Jervies

23 August 2017

“When you are asked to try everything you have ever done all at once, at first it seems like an impossible task with an unattainable outcome. However, handing over the task to your body in a movement stream of consciousness surprisingly opens up a world… Read more

PPY Dancer Brad Carter

PPY17: Transitioning from Dancer to Artist

16 August 2017

Brad Carter is a Pre-Professional Year 2017 student. In this Q&A, he discusses how his ideas about contemporary dance have changed over the year. Why did you want to join Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year? I joined PPY to focus on making the transition from… Read more

Linda Gamblin

Q&A with Pre-Professional Year Course Director Linda Gamblin

20 July 2017

In this Q&A, Pre-Professional Year Course Director Linda Gamblin discusses the importance of contemporary dance and what she looks for when auditioning students. Why are you so passionate about contemporary dance? I believe we need contemporary art to communicate and express ideas, hopes and frustrations,… Read more

Authentic Movement

Pre-Professional Year: Authentic Improvisation

27 March 2017

“Working with the incredible Narelle Benjamin, we were given the chance to explore the biology of our organs, fascia, cerebral spinal fluid, skeleton and muscles. I discovered how this knowledge can be embodied and enrich our authentic improvisation – an innate skill that I first… Read more