Course Code: CUA60120
CRICOS Code: 106318H

New for 2022 – The Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance), incorporating our Emerging Artist program. 

The National Theatre’s Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) is an excellent opportunity for students to pursue Pre-Professional training in Australia prior to auditioning for a company or other desired career pathways. We have structured the program over 2 years to allow students to dedicate time to both the academic requirements of the Advanced Diploma level of training, and have time to develop their career pathway.

The Advanced Diploma qualification reflects the role of dancers with the necessary technique and talent to work in professional dance companies. At this level, students are expected to apply wide-ranging, highly specialised technical, creative, and conceptual skills in order to express ideas and perspectives. 

Students will have autonomy in performing complex operations when dancing. The expectation is that students apply initiative and judgment in planning, designing, and with the technical or management functions of dance. 

This course is designed to embrace a holistic approach to prepare the dancer to meet industry demands and skills. With two years to complete, students are able to choose from a wider range of elective units that will secure their readiness for an elite ballet or contemporary /chorographic pathway.

The second year of the program, whilst completing the units for the formal qualification, also has a strong focus on performing, audition techniques/ video submissions, creating choreographic pieces, fringe submissions grant writing, secondments with partnering dance companies. Through the mentorship of the Artistic Director and our expert teachers, emerging artists will graduate with both their Advanced Diploma and a strategy for moving into their chosen career. 

COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES: Advanced Diploma students are expected to submit a strong application for selection into Australian and International Competition in both years of their study. Competitions on offer include: Prix de Lausanne, Youth American  Grand Prix, The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, Kathleen Gorham Memorial Award, Ballet Teachers Workshop, Alannah Haines Australiasian Awards, City of Sydney Eisteddfod just to name a few.


Advanced Diploma students have the opportunity to express and explore their own creativity in creating performance work with their fellow dancers. This program is entirely driven by the students giving them a safe and secure platform to explore their imagination and challenge their choreographic ability. They collaborate to create work to present to the artistic director and a selection of work is chosen to be on our program for live audience viewing. This process allows Advanced Diploma students to learn about the concepts of designing, casting, creating and structuring of contemporary or neo classical works. Members of their group take on the challenges of marketing, costume design, lighting and production. Advanced Diploma students are expected to ensure they have experienced a range of roles within the creative process to discover their personal strengths in this Choreographic Program.  

PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES: There are 3 production opportunities per year in our very own heritage theatre and produced by our Artistic Director. 

All students work with our professional stage crew understanding the roles and options used to create production and scenes and the extensive OHS requirements for stage productions.


Total number of units = 18

4 core units plus

14 elective units from the list


CUADAN531 Refine dance techniques
CUADAN631 Perform dance repertoire at a professional level
CUAWHS611 Apply advanced gym and weight training to dance
CUAWHS612 Develop strategies for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment


CUACHR611 Create choreography for stage and screen
CUADAN613 Extend ballet techniques to a professional level
CUADAN614 Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN616 Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level
CUADAN617 Extend dance techniques to a professional level
CUADAN618 Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN619 Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN621 Perform virtuoso contemporary dance techniques
CUADTM431 Design and conduct dance learning program
CUAFIM511 Source funding for projects
CUAWHS511 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance 
CUAPRF513 Prepare for and perform in competitive environments  
CUADAN519 Refine pointe work techniques  
CUACHR511 Create and perform complex dance pieces
CUADAN518 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques

DURATION: 24 months full time (approx 30-35hrs a week)

FEES: $13,303.50 per year ($26,607 in total)+ $200 Enrolment Fee

FUNDING SUPPORT: VET Student Loan Scheme ($16,221 in 2022 over the entire course), Austudy, ABStudy, Youth Allowance (conditions apply). Scholarships may be available for eligible candidates.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: CUA50113 Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) through the National Theatre Ballet School or another approved provider. Direct acceptance to the course without the Diploma is the discretion of the Artistic Director based on audition and interview. Additionally, there is a minimum age 16 or over, or the completion of Year 10 or International equivalent. 

Acceptance is by audition only.

Students without formal qualifications will need to provide The National Theatre Ballet School with evidence of an LLN test in order to access VET Student Loan funding and prove they are capable of meeting the literacy requirements of an Advanced Diploma level qualification.

Applicants must be at an Advanced Level from a Recognised Classical Ballet Syllabus.

Click here to find out how to audition. 



1-  30 Jan – 6 April
2- 24 April – 24 June
3- 10 July – 16 Sept
4- 2 Oct – 9 Dec