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  • Designed for aspiring dancers who enjoy a challenge and are passionate about a career as a dancer.
  • Intensive daily training in the core techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, weekly duo, pas de deux, pointe, male coaching classes, Pilates, yoga and alternative dance and body conditioning styles - making you internationally competitive.
  • Access to professional global networks and internationally recognised dance specialists.
  • Experience at least one Australian or international tour.
  • Secondment opportunities to major Australian companies and organisations.
  • Opportunities for international exchange programs.
QTAC course code421822
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2015 & 2016 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code056185A
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Independent dance artist


The dance performance program at QUT boasts an enviable reputation and continues to lead in developing the creative passions of Australia’s future dance artists. It combines a rigorous fulltime dance training course with academic studies at degree level, and is designed for young aspiring dancers who enjoy being challenged, are passionate about a career as a dancer, and willing to commit their energies to full-time training at university level.

Why choose this course?

This course offers intensive daily training in the core techniques of ballet and contemporary dance supported by weekly duo, pas de deux, pointe, male coaching classes, Pilates, yoga and alternative dance and body conditioning styles - making you internationally competitive. Technology is integrated with choreographic workshops including a broad spectrum of screen studies.
You will connect with resident and guest choreographers and teachers, and showcase your talents in major performance seasons each semester. You will have the opportunity to undertake at least one tour in Australia or overseas and have access to international exchange programs. Secondment opportunities are available to major Australian companies and organisations and are supported within your studies.
When not in the dance studio, you will engage with the theory to extend your understanding and curiosity. This involves analysing and reflecting on both the mind and the body in dance and the roles of diverse styles - both historical and emerging. You will have access to professional global networks and internationally recognised dance specialists who have experience in a range of dance practices and are active in the dance community through involvement with Ausdance, the Australian Dance Awards, external adjudication and examination panels, and international organisations. You will benefit from partnerships with organisations such as Expressions Dance Company, the Queensland Ballet Company and the Royal Academy of Dance UK.

Career outcomes

QUT dance performance graduates are highly competitive and practise throughout Australia and internationally in major professional dance companies, dance education organisations, musicals, commercial environments and as independent artists. Many graduates achieve outstanding recognition as performers and choreographers throughout their careers. Pathways exist to postgraduate study and this course can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education program to allow you to become a qualified teacher.


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Your course

Year 1

Your first year provides a solid grounding in your practice as a dance artist. Your technique studies will commence in our Transitional Training Program, with a broad range of physical, technical and psychological approaches including core techniques classes in ballet and contemporary, showcasing your skills in two major performance seasons, and fundamentals of choreography. Studies of anatomy, conditioning, dance history and dance analysis will contextualise your practice.

Year 2

You will continue to refine your technique and performance skills with performance opportunities in industry-relevant settings. You will advance your choreographic practice, learn to teach dance in a range of contexts, and acquire skills in portfolio and showreel preparation, applying for funding, collaborative networking, personal development, performance psychology and health management. Aesthetics and practices of current cutting-edge performance and choreography will be contextualised.

Year 3

You will acquire technical and interpretive skills to transition into the dance profession. You will engage with practising professional dance artists, feature in performance showcases, undertake secondments, and have the opportunity to perform on tour in Australia or overseas. You will tailor your course to your career aspirations through your electives.

Entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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Additional entry requirements


  • Successful audition; and
  • Completion of Australian Year 12 or comparable qualification

Closing date

There are no closing dates for international applicants. We encourage you to apply as soon as you decide on the course you wish to study, to help you with visa requirements.

Application checklist

Please send the following documents along with your F Form to QUT. You may post or e-mail your application.

  • All documents requested on the F Form
  • A resume or curriculum vitae, no more than two pages
  • A 4” x 6” full length body shot facing front in parallel standing position in leotard and tights or swim suit (no board shorts)
  • A 4” x 6” full length body shot facing the side in parallel standing position in leotard and tights or swim suit (no board shorts)
  • Tertiary Dance Council Personal Statement
  • Tertiary Dance Council Physiotherapist Examination Report
  • YouTube link/s of your audition submission and video statement if you are unable to attend an audition

Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.

 Important Information

Dance Performance Audition Preparation

 Audition Locations and Dates

 International applicants are encouraged to attend an audition as outlined below. Please nominate your preferred date on your application. Applicants who are unable to attend an audition can submit an audition submission and video statement.


Sunday 12 October 2014, 8am – 2pm (Round 1); 2.30pm – 6.00pm (Round 2), O Block, B Wing East, Level 4, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus


Friday 3 October 2014, 9am – 5pm, University of NSW (Kensington Campus) Myers Studio, Gate 2 High Street, Kensington


Saturday 4 October 2014, 8.30am – 5pm, The Australian Ballet School, Level 5, 2 Kavanagh St. Southbank








Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

2015: $12,700 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Additional costs

You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.

Additional course costs

Scholarships and financial support

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