#25: Pre-Professional Year 2014


1 August 2019

In 2014, Sydney Dance Company initiated its now highly regarded Pre-Professional Yearfor aspiring young dancers. Each year, the PPY audition attracts over 100 applications for up to 26 places in the course.

Richard Cilli’s ‘Carte Blanche’ for PPY17 Revealed. Photo by Jhuny Boy Borja.

Over the year-long course, dancers work with prominent choreographers and explore a vast range of dance practices. They have the opportunity to experience the demands of a professional contemporary dance artist, and are challenged to find the authentic artist within themselves.

Zachary Lopez’s ‘Like a Salmon in the Sahara’ for PPY16 Revealed. Photo by Gez Mansfield

“Since moving to Australia to take up the role of Artistic Director at Sydney Dance Company, I have always been amazed by the amount of talented young dance students in this country,” says Rafael Bonachela.

Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer’s ‘To the foreign void and your response’ for PPY17 Revealed. Photo by Jhuny Boy Borja.

“Every time that I saw these students engaging with the company in school workshops, auditions, and intensives my admiration grew, and I wondered how we could supplement this with a more in-depth experience. The Pre-Professional Year course has gone from strength to strength since its inception and I am so proud to see the incredible talent of so many young dancers whose potential has been unlocked and nurtured as a result of full-time industry training. A measure of the success of this course, and one that I personally take great pleasure and pride in, is the varied roles and accomplishments of the graduates who have gone on to achieve great things over the course of the past five years. From international job opportunities through to creating new independent works and roles within Sydney Dance Company, the graduates are far reaching in their contribution to the international contemporary dance industry.”

Tickets for  PPY19 Revealed are now on sale!

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