Our 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 from Years 7 to 9 provides students with up to 15 hours of training through an integrated program, delivered during school curriculum time, after school, and on Saturday mornings.

Our Years 10 to 12 program is designed to provide your child with the necessary hours (15-20 hours per week) of intensive training required to pursue dance/ballet as a career. Students are able to complete a CUA30120 Certificate III in Dance in Year 10, 11 and 12 (three year course). Students in Year 11 and 12 can study ATAR Dance.


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

Find out more about our ballet program here.

Waltz of the Snowflakes as performed by our ballet students in December, 2015.


Our contemporary dance program is designed to build on students’ natural ability and focus on developing their dance technique. Students learn to develop and interpret choreography, perform various works and reflect on dance. Our lower school program (Years 7 to 9) provides your child with up to 6 hours of training through an integrated program delivered during school curriculum time and after school.  Year 10 students participate in 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 CUA20120 Certificate II in Dance: Contemporary, a practical and performance based course over two years.  Our Contemporary Dance Extension Program in Year 10, 11 and 12 provides students with an additional 6 to 8 hours of practical and academic opportunities to ensure they are well prepared for ATAR examinations.

Find out more about our contemporary dance program here.

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.


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. They are supported by highly expert college dance staff, with national and international performance and teaching backgrounds.

Apply for the Gifted and Talented Dance Program here.

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