Dance

Dance at Deakin is focused on developing students' physical, creative and intellectual skills, resources and capacities through study and practice in the art of contemporary dance. Our graduates are self-motivated dance-makers and contributors to the wider field of the arts and physical culture.


Why study Dance at Deakin?

Get ready for your new career

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) is an inclusive dance course focused on dance as a contemporary art. Through practical, theoretical, historical and creative processes, you will be encouraged and guided to view contemporary dance as a unique lens and set of practices through which to perceive the world and enact your place in it. Through productions for public performance, internships and study abroad tours you will literally encounter the wider world in and through movement.

Career and Industry

Our dance graduates are self-motivated, articulate dancers, dance-makers and contributors to the wider field of the arts and physical culture. They find work in Australian or international dance or theatre groups, join the field of independent dance-makers and practitioners, become teachers in the public or private sectors, or work in the areas of community arts, arts administration, and physical therapies. On completion of the undergraduate degree students may also go on directly or return to undertake further study and research at Honours or postgraduate level.

Learn from the best

Our academic staff are locally and internationally respected dancers and dance-makers:

Dr Gardner studied and danced with key artists in the vital period of the 1970s and '90s in London (Dancework), New York (Robert Kovich and Dancers, Sara and Jerry Pearson, and Judith Moss and dancers), Sydney (Russell Dumas's Dance Exchange) and Melbourne (Dance Works). She is a well-known and widely published dance commentator and editor of the journal Writings on Dance with research interests extending from philosophy of the body, through post-modern dance to Indonesian dance cultures.

Shaun McLeod is a dance practitioner who has danced with the Australian Dance Theatre, Danceworks, One Extra and Company in Space. He is well known for his work in dance improvisation both as a performer and director.

Dr Olivia Millard is a graduate of the VCA and completed her PhD at Deakin. She has worked as a dancer, performing with companies (Dance Works, 2 Dance Plus) and with independent choreographers (Rosalind Crisp, Sue Peacock) nationally and internationally. Olivia has received numerous grants and commissions to create works and has taught previously at WAAPA.

Our teachers are also drawn from Melbourne's contemporary dance field as invited artists. They include amongst others Dianne Reid, Jonathan Sinatra, Stephanie Hutchison, Sophia Cowen, Jason Marchant and Phoebe Robinson.


What can I study?

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Creative ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Creative ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Certificate of Creative ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Doctor of PhilosophyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Master of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Anna in the Dance studio

In profile - Anna

After leaving Deakin I participated in Softlanding, an educational development program for dance graduates. I then joined Yellow Wheel Youth dance company as a dancer and Intern; found some teaching work; and did a lot more training, particularly in ballet. I also sourced opportunities for performance, most notably in the Little Con; as the lead role of Alice in Lyrebird Dance Theatre's Nature Wonderland; and for experimental band, Scissorgrinder. With LINK I toured to Europe performing in Belfort, Montpellier, Istres and Amsterdam, later touring the same show to Australia's East Coast. In Europe, I also took the opportunity to participate in the Henny Jurriens workshops, learning repertoire from choreographers including the Akram Khan Company (UK). While in Perth I also performed a solo for the Gallery B opening. I am currently undertaking secondments wherever possible and working with Creative Behaviours under the direction of Helen Duncan. 

At university I was inspired to do as much dancing as possible. I hadn't danced Contemporary before auditioning for Deakin and I loved it immediately. I found my teachers to be incredibly inspiring and very approachable, so I was constantly asking them questions about contemporary dance and how to further understand the art form. The most valuable thing I learned from the dance course is that you really have to put in the work, no one else can do it for you. University is the opportune time to develop good habits and techniques that will help you for the rest of your career. It is so important to ask questions and utilise all opportunities.

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