Dance

Two gifted and talented streams in dance are offered at the college: ballet and contemporary.

PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

All Gifted and Talented dance and ballet students have the opportunity to work with professional artists, choreographers, teachers and performers. These courses involve mentors and professionals sharing their expertise, from pure classical ballet to cutting-edge contemporary dance. The skills obtained from workshops, classes and rehearsals are invaluable and instrumental to the development of students in the dance program.

These tutors and guest artists are of the highest calibre, have professional industry experience and are current dance practitioners. These tutors are supported by highly expert college dance staff, with national and international performance and teaching backgrounds.

Ballet

John Curtin College of the Arts Gifted and Talented ballet program is a vocational course that develops skills, techniques, creative abilities and academic achievements to transition into university or tertiary training courses.

Our lower school program offered in from Years 7 to 9 provides students with up to 15 hours of training through an integrated program, which will be delivered during school curriculum time, after school and Saturday mornings. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to articulate into the Upper School Program in Year 10.  The ballet course is divided into the following areas: performance, choreography and contextual knowledge. Students will develop their ideas, responses, skills, technique, knowledge and understanding of dance through practical and theoretical application of ballet, contemporary and other genres.

The Ballet Program in Year 10, 11 and 12 is designed to provide students with the necessary hours (15-20 hours per week) of intensive training required to pursue dance / ballet as a career. This integrated program will be delivered during school curriculum time, after school workshops and Saturdays.

Students participating in the Ballet Program will be able to commence a CUA30113 Certificate III in Dance in Year 10 over three years. Students in Year 11 / 12 will also be involved in ATAR Dance, WACE examinations and perform as a member of the Project Company.

To accommodate the after school and Saturday commitments, students will participate in up to three supervised study sessions during school to provide an academic balance.

Entry into tertiary institutions, including the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) requires a very high level of classical ballet. The college provides assistance to ensure students are competitive at this level.

PROJECT COMPANY

Our performance company for ballet students, an integral part of the ballet program, is designed to provide additional performance opportunities for students to perform in full-length ballets for extended seasons. The company operates on a Saturday and is an integrated part of the ballet program for Years 9 – 12 students.

Waltz of the Snowflakes as performed by students, December, 2015

Contemporary

Our contemporary dance program is designed to build on your child’s natural ability and focus on developing their dance technique. Students learn to develop and interpret choreography, perform and reflect on dance. The dance course encourages independent learners and creative thinkers and helps students develop skills and understandings of a range of dance styles.

The lower school program (Year 7 to 9) provides students with up to 6 hours of training throughout an integrated program delivered during school curriculum time and after school. The program is designed to provide extension in contemporary dance.

The contemporary dance course is divided into the following areas: performance, choreography and contextual knowledge. Students will develop their ideas, responses, skills, technique, knowledge and understanding of dance through practical and theoretical application of contemporary, ballet and other genres.

Students participating in the Year 10 contemporary program will commence a preparatory course for Years 11 and 12.  Students in Year 11 and 12 may select ATAR Dance which provides theoretical and practical extension leading to a Tertiary Rank or CUA20113 Certificate II in Dance, a practical and performance based course.

Our Contemporary Dance Extension Program in Year 10, 11 and 12 provides students with 6 to 8 hours of extended practical and academic opportunities to ensure they are well prepared.

This extension program is delivered during school curriculum time and in after school workshops. Further details on the dance courses can be found in the Year 11 and Year 12 Curriculum Handbooks.

A System to Secrecy from John Curtin College of the Arts Gifted and Talented Dance students, choreography by Brooke Leeder and Dennis Vercic, with John Curtin College of the Arts Gifted and Talented Music students.

Selection process

Selection of students is through Dance workshops, interviews and school reports. All Gifted and Talented applicants are required to sit the Selective Entrance Test coordinated by the Department of Education. Academic and other achievement as indicated through school reports and interview.

Selection criteria:

Ballet or Contemporary Dance aptitude demonstrated through:

  • originality and creativity of ideas and use of elements of dance: body, shape, time and energy
  • flow of movement
  • capacity to devise creativity in classical styles and conventions (Ballet) or capacity of sequence and retain dance phrases (Contemporary Dance)
  • responsiveness to music
  • capacity to analyse set ballet tasks and respond to ideas and instructions with imagination, cooperation and openness.

Apply for the Gifted and Talented Dance Program here.