Students study many styles to help develop their skills in a variety of dance forms: Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. The Dance Department employs ex-professional and working professional dancers/teachers who have a wealth of experience and reputation in the entertainment industry. Their combined expertise and knowledge aims to develop intelligent, knowledgeable, skilled and artistic performers who are versatile in many dance genres.
Dance may also be taken as a two-unit subject for the Higher School Certificate. This study includes performance, composition and dance appreciation.
Students in the College may also audition for performance show groups called “Dance Dynamix”. These groups rehearse after school hours and perform at many functions during the year. The Dance Dynamix groups offered are Jazz Dance in Primary, Jazz Dance and Contemporary Dance for the Junior and Senior levels. Dance Dynamix groups usually perform at the McDonald College Open Days, Grandparents Day, College assembly, in addition to various corporate events and Eisteddfods.
The Dance Stream develops original performance pieces, occasionally in conjunction with other performance streams in the College. Evening excursions to professional performances such as the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Company are offered to senior students from time to time. Each year, the Dance Stream performs at the Parade Theatre NIDA (or a similar venue). The students perform with energy, strong technique, enthusiasm and commitment. This performance is a highlight on the College Calendar and leaves the audience inspired and invigorated.
Dance for Junior School
Junior School students do 1 ½ hours of performing arts tuition per day. Four days per week can be spent on dance training and the fifth day is devoted to learning a musical instrument (Year 3 – 6) or musical theatre (Year 5 – 6). Students study classical ballet, jazz and performance.
Dance for Secondary School
Secondary students spend 2 hours per day on performing arts tuition and they cover a wide variety of dance styles including Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet. Students may elect to take another performance genre or Sport or Art and Design on the elective day. The Dance faculty aim is to help foster, encourage and develop each student’s potential within and to create passionate, technical and informed dancer.