About The Pre-Professional Year

Read the Pre-Professional Year 2020 Prospectus

Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year provides a unique opportunity for aspiring professional dancers aged 18 -24 years 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 enables young dancers to cultivate an inquisitive mind and sophisticated movement.

Led by Sydney Dance Company’s Head of Training Linda Gamblin, the Pre-Professional Year is designed as a one-year industry experience. Pre-Professional dancers work with over 35 national and international contemporary choreographers and specialists each year offering a variety of unique movement philosophy and techniques.

Having this vast amount of artists and educators share their knowledge and skills gives dancers an opportunity to work and collaborate with prominent members of the performing arts industry whilst refining and developing their technique and performance skills. The focus of collaborating nourishes inclusiveness within the group and strengthens the ability and efficacy of the individual.  Finding a variety of strategies to embrace the varied processes cultivates emotional intelligence and analytical thinking.

Dancers in the Pre-Professional Year have the option to complete either a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113) or an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) through an auspice arrangement with Australian Teachers of Dancing Limited (RTO 31624). This will depend on their previous training and qualifications obtained and can be discussed with the course coordinator during the enrolment process. Dancers may complete both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma over a 2 years period in Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year program.

Our Pre-Professional Year 2018 dancers recently performed in Narrabeen, a film by acclaimed Australian choreographer and filmmaker Sue Healey. Watch the film here.

Applications for the Pre-Professional Year 2020 are open.