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Dance Excellence

 “If you strive for excellence, success will follow”

The Miami High Dance Excellence Program fosters the development and preparation of our young performers for the fascinating, yet demanding world of professional dance. Students are nurtured and encouraged to develop artistically through creative self-expression within a supportive environment that focuses on specialised training, intensive mentoring and unique opportunities led by industry professionals.

Course Structure and Overview

The Dance Excellence Program is structured as a 3 year course of study from Year 7 to the end of Year 9  with 3 x 70 minute lessons per week. Upon completion of the Years 7-9 Dance Excellence Program, students are encouraged to continue their excellence pathway in dance education through the attainment of a Certificate II in Dance in Year 10 and a Certificate III in Dance or ATAR Dance equivalent in Year 11 and 12. The certificate courses are provided at Miami State High by specialised staff through the support of our RTO partner, RAW Dance Company.


Students engage with modern and dynamic curriculum encouraging a love of learning, appreciation for and inquiry of the elements of dance, choreographers, philosophies and techniques. Outstanding academic outcomes provides a foundation for future success and a desire to make a positive difference in the world. A variety of dance genres are explored within contextual units that include both theory and practical lessons. These include: Jazz, circus cabaret, musical theatre, hip hop, commercial jazz, contemporary, postmodern, percussive, acrobatics and world dance. Our dance studio has a world class fully sprung Harlequin dance floor with mirrors, air-conditioning, dressing rooms and toilet facilities.

This program will provide students with career pathways that include:

  •        Professional Dancer
  •        Artistic Director
  •      Choreographer
  •      Dance Educator/Teacher
  •      Dance Historian
  •      Dance/Movement Therapist
  •      Dance Studio Owner
  •       Performer
  •      Primary/Secondary School Teacher 
  •        Events Manager 
  •      Television Host
  •      Community Wellness Officer
  •      Physiotherapist
  •       Dance Journalist

Student Experiences

The Dance Excellence Program will enhance and develop the individual learning of student’s learning through the following:

  •       Industry standard facilities and resources
  •      Tracking of student development for success
  •      Opportunities for community service
  •      Range and scope of performance opportunities
  •      Dedicated and passionate program staff
  •      Academic rigour and support
  •      Workshops delivered by industry professionals
  •      Exposure to and appreciation of industry standard performances and shows
  •      Partnerships with Dance companies, identities and training organisations
  •      Master classes and camps
  •      Portfolio development
  •      Audition/interview skills



“My intended purpose in auditioning for the Dance Excellence Program was to further my knowledge of dance both in theory and practice and to further develop my technical ability within a supportive environment that enables me to do so as part of the school curriculum. Learning amongst like-minded students and teachers who share the same passion for dance is both inspiring and motivating.”



An annual fee in addition to the school resource scheme fee is payable before a student commences in an Excellence Program and each subsequent year that the student is a part of a program. The fees for 2019 are still being finalised at this point, however you will be notified at the time positions are awarded.


Application Process

Please see below for relevant application information.


Year 7 2019 Application Process and Trial / Audition dates

1)      Complete the Expression of Interest Survey Monkey by 29th March 2018​

2)      Complete and submit a written application​ ​(separate application for each program) by the due date.

20th April 2018 - Stellar Academic Excellence applications close

11th May 2018 - Dance, Contemporary Instrumental Music, Touch, Tennis, Girls Rugby 7’s, Surfing and Athlete Excellence applications close

3)      Attend the relevant trial or audition (see below)

Dance Excellence – Wednesday 30th May 2018

9.00am-11.30am / 12.00pm-2.30pm

Students will be informed which session they are required to attend

(Dance Studio)

Trial Process

Students will be required to take part in the following;

-          Group audition – Contemporary and Jazz (no prior preparation for audition needed)

-          Choreography will be taught and auditioned on the day in small groups

-          These auditions will be closed to all spectators. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick-up students when required


Students will require

-          Suitable dance attire (leotard, dance shorts or tights – no crop tops please)

-          Hair tied back

-          Jazz shoes or barefoot (toe thongs are permitted)​

For further information please contact Admin on (07) 5554 0333

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