Hunter School of the Performing Arts


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Assistant Dance Teaching Auditions

Applicants will be considered for an Assistant Dance Teaching placement at Hunter School of the Performing Arts on the basis of audition through assessment in a Dance Master Class and choreographic workshop.

Applicants should note the NSW Board of Studies Dance Syllabus is based around a non-style specific system of dance, which is strongly based in the techniques of both classical ballet and contemporary dance - a mandatory requirement. Creative problem-solving tasks may be used during the dance workshop in these areas so applicants can display their individual versatility. The Assistant Dance Teaching course is a Certificate III level, non-ATAR 2-Unit NSW NESA endorsed course.

Dance Master Class - 60 minutes

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

Applicants participate in a dance class including floor work, centre work and progressions. It will also involve learning and performing a short dance sequence and short improvisation.

A prepared dance is not required and will not be included in the audition process. Applicants 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
  • ability to improvise a short dance sequence in response to a of stimuli as a group member

Applicants will be asked a short series of questions about why they wish to attend Hunter School of the Performing Arts as a Assistant Dance Teaching student.

Choreographic Workshop - 30 minutes

During the choreographic workshop applicants for the Assistant Dance Teaching course will be provided with a dance concept and appropriate music to choreograph a short piece. They will be assessed on their:

  • movement skills, physicality and imagination

Suitable 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 in the audition.

Performing Arts Curriculum

If successful it is our understanding that all applicants acknowledge and accept our performing arts curriculum.

New Year 3 to Year 8 students are 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 to Year 11 students will follow through with their auditioned performing arts subject until Year 12.