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Hunter School of the Performing Arts

Hunter School of the Performing Arts


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Dance Auditions


Students will be considered for a Dance placement at Hunter School of the Performing Arts through assessment of audition through a Dance Class. Students should be aware that the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Dance Syllabus is based around a non-style specific system of dance, which is strongly based in the techniques of classical ballet and contemporary dance. This is a mandatory requirement. Creative problem-solving tasks may be applied during the dance workshop in these areas so as to allow students to display their individual versatility.

Audition Process
The group master class will be conducted by a panel chaired by at least two members of the Dance staff from Hunter School of the Performing Arts.

Students will participate in a dance class, which will include floor work, centre work and progressions. It will also involve learning and performing a short dance sequence, a short improvisation and a short group composition. A prepared dance is not required and will not be included as part of the audition process.

Students will be assessed through a variety of skills in the audition. These include:

  • Demonstrated body skills which vary in complexity;
  • Physical, mental and creative potential in dance;
  • Movement skills in interpretation, musicality, coordination and quality of alignment;
  • Self-discipline, commitment and the ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a group and as an individual;
  • Collaboration, concentration, kinesthetic awareness, energy and focus;
  • Ability to improvise, compose and perform in response to a variety of stimuli

The entire Dance Audition will last for 1 hour and 45 minutes in total.

Changes may occur to the audition process above dependent upon COVID-19 health legislations in place at the time of auditions. Changes could include, but are not limited to, video submission and/or online live components. If and when required, details of changes will be communicated to applicants.

Students are required to wear comfortable appropriate dancewear, including a plain-fitted leotard and dance stockings. Students may wear tights or bike pants over their leotard for the audition. Hair should be pulled back and performance make-up should not be used. They should be prepared to work in bare feet. All auditions will occur on tarkett floors. Students should not audition in school uniform and should not wear jewellery during the audition.

Performing Arts Curriculum
If made an offer of placement at our school it is our understanding that you acknowledge and accept our performing arts curriculum. Each new Year 3-8 student is required to follow through with his/her auditioned performing arts subject until at least Year 10. It is the strong expectation that new Year 9-11 students will follow through with their auditioned performing arts subject until Year 12.