Careers and Student Profiles

Career Opportunities in Dance

Deakin's Dance graduates are in high demand and can be found working with most contemporary dance companies in Australia. Graduates are also well known in the industry as initiators of independent projects particularly working across disciplines. Dance teachers are also in strong demand.

Arts and Entertainment Industries
  • contemporary dance companies
  • live theatre
  • contemporary performance companies
  • performing arts centres
  • independent dance production companies
  • independent dance professional

Community Development:
Our dance graduates find work in the community arts sector in urban or rural/regional areas.

Education - Teach Dance
Complete the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/ Bachelor of Arts - major in Dance, to become a secondary school dance teacher. Alternatively you can pursue an additional teaching qualification after your degree, such as the Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

Health and Behavioural Sciences
Dance students also undertake further study or find work in allied health fields such as physical education and physical therapies.

Student profiles

photo of Atlanta Eke performing Atlanta Eke
Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Dance

Dancer Atlanta Eke believes that ‘the body is science, the body is political, and the infinite possibilities of the body are just too exciting not to investigate.’

Atlanta says she has ‘a continual curiosity with [the] infinite possibilities of the body as an unlimited resource,’ and insists that her ‘research is never complete’. She works with ‘a perception of the body as a live feed of constant knowledge, undulating and fluctuating without boundaries.’

Atlanta completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at Deakin, with Contemporary Dance as her main area of study.*

Atlanta’s credits include: performing as a soloist in Emily Williams’ Light and Cello at the 2006 Melbourne International Fringe Festival; in 2007 being a guest artist for The Little Con, a monthly dance improvisation performance at Cecil Street Studio, Fitzroy, where she performed The Gate as a soloist;dance performances in London at the Cloud Dance Company’s autumn and summer showcases in 2007-08, and with the Newington Dance Company’s production of Dr Samuel’s Soothing Serum in 2008; and later in 2008 being a guest artist for Skite Productions / Sweet and Tender Collaborations, in Fragments of the Experience in Porto, Portugal.

Atlanta has also conducted introductory dance workshops for primary and secondary students throughout regional Victoria, and participated in numerous dance and choreography projects and research workshops in Australia and Europe.

Looking ahead, Atlanta is ‘curious to further explore social and cultural issues surrounding dance in Australia, and to be exposed to multiple approaches addressing such issues from an international perspective.’ She says that ‘it is important to develop tools to nourish the perception and energise the activity of contemporary dance through encouraging rigorous cross cultural dialogue.’ She is eager to establish a viable exchange network between Australian and international artists to foster ongoing collaboration.

*This course is now titled ‘Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)’


veruschkaVeruschka Buhrmester
Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Dance

Originally from Western Australia, Veruschka Buhrmester was prepared to move to anywhere in Australia to help realise her dream to become a professional dancer. Despite commencing other degrees in Perth and Sydney, Verushka changed to Deakin University and believes she has taken a great leap forward by undertaking the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts degree majoring in dance.

'The Deakin course really develops the artist and teaches you how to contextualise your art form,' says Veruschka. 'Deakin has an holistic approach to the arts and encourages hybrid and cross-discipline art forms...the university provides a very supportive and nurturing environment'.

Living and studying in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, is another great advantage. Opportunities in the extremely tough industry of professional dance are far better in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia, according to Veruschka who has her sights set on becoming a professional dancer and having her own dance company. Veruschka has always been passionate about dance but it wasn't until she was 13 that she started ballet lessons. At 18, she added contemporary dance to her repertoire because it allowed her to be 'more creative and was more accepting of different bodies and different ways of moving'. She has focused more of her energies on contemporary dance in recent years.

According to Veruschka, Deakin University has an extremely healthy approach to the arts. Rather than focusing on high technical standards alone, Deakin encourages students to think about art in an intelligent way and to be able to articulate those thoughts. 'Talent is not enough,' Veruschka says. Deakin's course looks beyond the performance itself and helps put art in a business perspective. Learning how to write a grant application, hire space, and stage a performance are basic skills that are invaluable.

photo of Deakin dance student Tim HarveyTim Harvey
Bachelor of Arts – Dance and Drama major sequences

Putting in the hard yards in Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts course, majoring in Dance and Drama, is paying off for Tim Harvey as he spreads his wings on the international stage. He commuted between projects in Singapore and Australia and finds the juggle quite manageable, particularly given the rigorous pace he set himself at Deakin to gain the optimum from his tertiary studies.

Tim chose the Deakin course because it offered a ‘broad-based starting point’ from which he could explore and refine his interests in dance and text-based theatre. As well as his studies, Tim was involved in many additional projects to further expand his skills and knowledge. Tim said the Deakin course enabled students to develop their creative brains and techniques as well as gain practical skills such as sourcing and applying for funding and accessing performers.

The Deakin connection helped open doors of opportunity such as a two-week secondment with Melbourne-based choreographer Luke Hockey who was staging a production at the Australia Choreographer Centre in Canberra.

Multimedia student testimonies

Luke Hickmott - Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Dance,
with second major in Drama

Emily Renes: Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Dance

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