The Academy of Music And Performing Arts (AMPA) is one of Australia's leading tertiary providers of performing arts education. In Trimester 1 2015, AMPA started their Bachelor of Dance course. The Bachelor of Dance Course (and nested Associate Degree) has a strong focus on and commitment to excellence in the practice of dance. The goal is to develop highly skilled, disciplined, knowledgeable, and versatile dance artists, in an atmosphere which supports and encourages them, as they strive to reach that technical, creative, and scholarly excellence.
Momentum Dance Studios is a professionally managed, recreational dance school for students aged 3 to 18 years of age. A full dance program is offered at several locations in Sydney in all styles of dance on Saturdays.
The school offers a high quality dance tuition, non competitive performance opportunities in professional theatres, teacher training programs and generous scholarships.
Philip Channells / Dance Integrated Australia (DIA) engages people of diverse cultural backgrounds in an inclusive environment. Led by a co-operative of associate artists with and without disability, we specialise in high quality dance education and performance projects, advocacy for disability arts practice, and professional development for dancers, teachers and artists working in schools, community groups and day centres.
Dance Integrated Australia was established in 2012 by Creative Director, Philip Channells (former Artistic Director, Restless Dance Theatre 2009 – 2012). Channells is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in disability-inclusive dance practice. He is fiercely committed to the development of thriving artistic cultural communities that integrate people from diverse age groups, backgrounds and life experience.
Force Majeure produces critically acclaimed dance theatre works.
Established in 2002, the company is based around a collective of artists from varying disciplines who are committed to creating stimulating movement-based theatre. Artists include dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, composers and filmmakers.
Since its inception Force Majeure has created five major works, two collaborative works, a short film series, and has received five major national awards.
Force Majeure produces stimulating, accessible, highly produced dance theatre that questions, reflects and engages with contemporary culture using intelligence, humour, pathos and insight.
The company has toured to the prestigious Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Place des Arts Montreal, Dublin Theatre festival and the Seoul Performing Arts Festival.
Force Majeure is committed to supporting the development of dance theatre in Australia.
“Force Majeure push the boundaries of what is considered contemporary dance and bring us works that communicate with the audience in a fresh, challenging way.” – Artshub
Shaun Parker & Company is one of Australia’s most wide-reaching companies; it is an innovator and pusher of boundaries. Amongst the cohort of Australian dance companies, it punches above its weight in terms of international touring and engagement with young people. Although a small company with limited resources, its output is comparable to some of the major performing arts companies. Its work takes place on the stages of major international festivals as a result of its artistic and dramaturgical rigour, but resonates as strongly in public spaces, regional Australia and among high school students. The work is widely accessible and has broad appeal, and its intrinsic relationship to music is a particular feature.
Led by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker, the company also has a role in providing emerging dancers with opportunities to develop their skills and provides ongoing employment. Over the past 3 years, Shaun has mentored Indigenous choreographer Thomas E S Kelly, and other emerging choreographers Imanuel Daddo and Lewis Major. The company also employs and develops the skills of many young producers, production staff and creative collaborators.
The company has garnered considerable international success and undertook the most international performances (44) with the highest attendances (23,122) of any Australian dance company in 2013. These numbers grew in 2014 to 75 international performances with 34,478 international attendances. As a result of its prestigious and strategic agent representation in Europe (Ecotopia) and the US (Sunny Artists Management), Shaun Parker & Company has secured a new co-commissioning partnership with Steps International Dance Festival in Switzerland, for a new work which will premiere in 2017.
Based in Sydney, the company has toured across Australia, Malaysia, the Middle East, Serbia, Austria and the UK, including a sold out season at London’s prestigious dance house Sadler’s Wells. The company has won two Australian Dance Awards, a Banksy Award, the Argus Angel Award in the UK and a Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children.
Most recently the company’s new work AM I, toured the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, winning a Green Room Award for Choreography. It was also invited to the MOVIMENTOS Festival in Germany, and will tour to Malaysia, Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden.
The company continues to contribute to the professional development of its key ensemble of dancers to an international standard through their participation in numerous creative developments, performances and touring.
We are a creative contemporary dance company that prides ourselves on pushing the boundaries of dance both artistically and conceptually; creating compelling, innovative, and magical works. Defined by our unpredictability, innovative style and focus on strong technique; Limitless Dance Company is a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate it's past while simultaneously building it's future.
Mayura Academy is a school of performing arts, dedicated in teaching Kuchipudi dance. Kuchipudi has its roots buried in the soil of Andhra Pradesh and is one of the 8 classical forms of India. The Academy was started in the year 1990 by Venkata Ramana and his sister Srivani who have both completed their Master of performing arts from Central University, Hyderabad, India. Venkata Ramana started the Sydney branch in 2006. The students are taught according to the prescribed syllabus of Telugu University and Central University. The students are trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of the Kuchipudi dance form.
About the Guru
Venkata Ramana, Founder and Director of Mayura Academy, School of Performing Arts, has been teaching Kuchipudi Classical Dance for nearly 25 years and has trained numerous students both in India and Australia. The journey of dance in Ramana's life began at the age of 8. Apart from completing training under traditional guru, Dr Pasumarthi Seshubabu, son of Sangeetha Nataka Academy Awardee late Sri PVGK Sharma garu of Kuchipudi, Ramana was also trained by great gurus Sri Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastri and Dr Anuradha Jonnalgadda while pursuing his Masters at the University of Hyderabad. He has specialised Abhinaya from Sri Kala Krishna, Tala System and Aesthetics from Late Padmasri Dr Nataraja Ramakrishna garu and Theory of Dance from Late Dr P.S.R. Appa Rao garu.
Ramana has also learnt Carnatic classical music under the guidance of a devoted teacher, Haripriya (Hyderabad Sisters), at SBR Music College in Hyderabad.
Classes are held at Bella Vista, Westmead and Wentworthville in Sydney.
The Wagana Aboriginal Dancers perform traditional and contemporary dances inspired by the beautiful Blue Mountains and NSW Central West Country. They honour and respect the Darug, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands they dance on.