Sydney Dance Company are thrilled to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its acclaimed Pre-Professional Year program and introduce the new faces of 2023.
Established by Head of Training Linda Gamblin in 2013, the Pre-Professional Year program fosters creatively astute and physically elite contemporary dancers and thinkers. The program has trained over 230 students since its inception, with an additional 60 aspiring professional dancers joining the course in 2023 – the largest cohort to date.
Designed with psychological and physiological considerations embedded in all areas of teaching and training, Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year engenders a safe space to embody knowledge and skill. Training as an ensemble, Pre-Professional Year students work with over 40 choreographers, teachers and company affiliates each year, gaining exposure to a diverse range of practices and movement philosophies from across the world.
Pre-Professional Year alumni have worked with over 40 companies around the world, including Ballet National de Marseille, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Force Majeure, Stephanie Lake Company and Sydney Dance Company’s professional ensemble.
Pre-Professional Year students complete a CUA51520 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) in their first year of training which is built upon in the second-year cohort that offers a CUA60120 Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) delivered through an auspice partnership with Australian Teachers of Dancing (RTO #31624).