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20/21 Full Time Dance & Auditions Guide

Full Time Dance Australia

Although coronavirus has heavily impacted the dance industry, both in Australia and globally, for those of us considering full time training, now is arguably the best time to go. While performance venues and theatres begin to recover, training institutions across Australia and internationally are continuing to hold auditions – often virtually – for entry in late 2020 and 2021. At, the home of full time dance, you can browse your options and find the right course for you. This just might be the perfect time to build your skillset, leaving you in the best position to succeed in your chosen field.

Course guide

At the heart of is the full time course guide. Australia’s top institutions have put together comprehensive listings of their course offerings, all in one place. Here, you’ll find information on their main subjects, faculty, entry requirements and audition dates. The course guide covers a huge range of incredible training providers.

You can see the full course guide here.


The WATCH page is all about inspiration, featuring videos from the training providers. Get a flavour of the course you might be applying for, or watch performance footage to help you visualise your future on stage.

Here, Linda Gamblin discusses the Senior Contemporary Dance program from The McDonald College in conjunction with Sydney Dance Company:

In this video, Queensland College of Dance showcases some of its previous final year performances:

You can view more inspiring video footage here.

Meet the directors

Get a peek at the people behind the courses with the Meet The Directors series. You’ll find everything from their philosophies on teaching to what they look for at auditions – very handy information to have! 

In her interview, Sarah Boulter of Ev & Bow says, “Obviously, everyone comes from different backgrounds and are all at different standards, but we look for an open mind and ability to want to learn, hard work and work ethic. A good level of technique is important, but we have had dancers who have auditioned without much classical training, and then their willingness and drive were so evident that we could not turn them away. The drive, the individuality, the creativity, the hunger. That hunger is so important.”

Gregor Thieler of Sydney College of Dance (SCD) says, “Members of the SCD faculty have a deep understanding of the industry, and they know when a student has career potential, so part of our work is to mentor them very closely. If the student opens up and collaborates with you, then you see the results. For me, it is about the development of the student as an artist, and a true artist is a versatile dancer with no restrictions.”

For more pearls of wisdom from some of the industry’s greats, you can meet the directors here.

How to succeed also features a collection of Dance Informa articles designed to help you prepare for your auditions and for life in full time training. Browse everything from “Tips for Audition Preparation and Etiquette” and “5 Tips for Learning Choreography Quickly” to “10 Most Common Audition Mistakes”. Preparation is key to make sure you’re as ready as you can be to take the next step.

You can view the full selection of articles here.

Auditions have already started taking place, and many are appointment-only or being hosted online in the current climate, so don’t wait. Head to now, and browse the full course guide to get started!

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