Performing Arts Academy

 Stage 5 Dance

Want to combine your passion for training in the performing arts with your school studies?

Serious about exploring a career in Dance when you leave school?

Looking for a transition program to help prepare you for Full Time Dance?

Our Performing Arts Academy offers a unique educational experience. Students combine the very best dance training with quality education, setting themselves up for a successful future in whichever field they choose.

Our well rounded approach to education is based on providing the students with small group classes, individual attention and access to the best training through Industry professionals, dancers, teachers and choreographers.

EDUCATION COMBINED WITH PART-TIME TRANSITIONAL DANCE PROGRAM

 Auditions

Saturday 5 December 2-4pm

For dancers entering Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 in 2021

  • Dancers to come prepared to participate in a contemporary and jazz technique class.
  • Please wear form-fitting dance attire of your choice.
  • Bring your dance resume and headshot including all relevant dance information
    eg. exam levels, genres studied.
  • Dancers may be required to participate in a short interview following the technique class.

 A typical week at PAA

Stage 5 Dance

Monday

  • Scheduled School Classes all day

Tuesday

  • 8.00am – 8.45am – Conditioning & Strength
  • 8.45am – 9.30am – Kicks, Turns, Leaps
  • 9.30am – 10.30am – Contemporary Technique class
  • 10.30am – Dance classes end. Get changed.
  • 10.45am – Walk across the road to school in time for morning tea
  • 11am – 3.05pm – Scheduled School Classes for the rest of the day

Wednesday

  • 8.30am – 1pm – Scheduled School Classes until lunchtime
  • 1pm – 1.30pm – Lunch, walk across the road to dance studios, get changed.
  • 1.30pm – 2pm – Conditioning & Strength
  • 2pm – 3.15pm – Jazz technique class

Thursday

  • 8.00am – 9.30am – Open Classical Ballet technique class
  • 9.30am – 10.30am – Choreographic & Composition workshop
  • 10.30am – Dance classes end. Get changed.
  • 10.45am – Walk across the road to school in time for morning tea
  • 11am – 3.05pm – Scheduled School Classes for the rest of the day

Friday

  • Scheduled School Classes all day

Practical class days, subject to change depending on 2021 timetable.
As part of the Academy’s Stage 5 Dance program. The study of a variety of dance styles will include:

  • Classical Ballet & Lyrical
  • Jazz & Contemporary
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dance History, Dance Appreciation & Composition

Faculty

Guest Mentors from the Dance Industry working with you to enhance your training

LUCINDA
DUNN

Australian Ballet
Now TPCCA

KELLEY
ABBEY

Australian Dance
Royalty

SARAH
BOULTER

Ev & Bow

MJ
SLINGER

Hello Dolly
Broadway

ELLA
HAVELKA

Australian Ballet
Bangarra Dance

SAM
PACKER

QLD Ballet

TIFFANY
GRIFFIN

Radio City
Rockette

CAMERON
MITCHELL

Brent Street

VITO
BERNASCONI

QLD Ballet

MARI
COMLEKCI

QLD Ballet

GEORGIA
CANNING

Balanced
Ballerinas

JASON
COLEMAN

Ministry of Dance

LUCY
GREEN

QLD Ballet

JOE
RIVERA

Lion King &
On your Feet
broadway

ADELE
PARKINSON

Frozen the Musical

JULIE KAY
STALLCUP

LA Dance Magic

KYM
DEGENHART

Moulin Rouge

DAVID
POWER

QLD Ballet

Educators with professional dance industry and Education experience

PETER
GILL

Australian Ballet School
Step One Dance
Company

ANGELA
MURPHY

Oper am Rhein
Dusseldorf

KATELYN
OPPEDISANO

Bachelor of
Education

KYE
MAURER

WAAPA
Sydney Dance Co.
Tokyo Disneyland

BRENDAN
BRADSHAW

RNZB,
Melbourne City Ballet

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend Heritage Christian School to attend the Academy of Performing Arts?

Yes, the Academy and its incredible faculty are exclusive to HCS.

Do I have to be a Christian to enrol at HCS?

No, everyone is welcome; however, at Heritage Christian School, God is in every part of who we are, what we do, and how we teach. He is part of every relationship within the school. We want to give our students a worldview, using the lens of God’s Truth and understanding who they are in God’s abundant Love. We want this view to stay with our students as they leave school and navigate their life in a way that impacts others for good.  To do this, we employ staff who live this worldview, and we teach using a framework that embeds this worldview into the curriculum.

What are the fees associated with being part of the Academy?

Students enrol in Heritage Christian School and pay the school fees associated with enrolment. In addition to this, families will be invoiced $297 per term for the additional time spent at the Academy. This is less than $10 per day, or $3 per class. This cost includes all performance and costume charges. Excursions will be extra.

Does the Faculty at the Academy have connections in the Dance Industry that could help get my child into full-time study once they complete their schooling?

Yes, the Academy have the most experienced and qualified teachers in the area, many of which have had professional performing careers in Australia and oversees.  Ensuring that your child has access to full time training and is mentored into further study that is suited to their physical, emotional and social well-being is an important part of the program.

Is there more of a focus on the students schooling or their dance studies?

The Academy allows students to give a balanced focus to both their school subjects and their dance training. HCS is committed to providing opportunities to bring out the best in their students and to help them succeed on whichever path they choose, be that University entry, Full time dance or a career in choreography and teaching. The timetable allows students to study Dance as an elective subject whilst also giving NESA approved time periods to all of their compulsory subjects.