Students will be considered for an Assistant Dance Teaching placement at Hunter School of the Performing Arts on the basis of audition through assessment of a Dance Master Class and a choreographic workshop. 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. The Assistant Dance Teaching course is a Certificate III level, non-ATAR, 2-Unit NSW Board of Studies endorsed course. However, with recent COVID-19 health legislations in place, changes may need to occur in regards to the process of auditions for 2021.
THE AUDITION: Dance Master Class 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 and a short improvisation. A prepared dance is not required and will not be included as part of the audition process. Students will be led by Dance Staff through a range of dance activities to assess in the audition including:
Demonstrated dance skills and physical, mental and creative potential in dance;
Movement skills, physicality and imagination;
Self-discipline, concentration, energy and focus, genuine interest and commitment;
Ability to work independently and to work collaboratively in a group situation;
Ability to improvise a short dance sequence in response to a variety of stimuli as an individual; and
Ability to improvise a short dance sequence in response to a variety of stimuli as a group member.
Students will be asked a short series of questions about why they wish to attend Hunter School of the Performing Arts as a Dance Student.
Clothing Students must wear comfortable dancewear, such as a plain-fitted leotard. 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. It is the strong expectation that new Year 9-11 students will follow through with their auditioned performing arts subject until Year 12.