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Queensland Dance School of Excellence

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Changes will occur to this page due to the announcement made on 2 April 2014 regarding the new 2015 partnership agreement with Queensland Ballet and Kelvin Grove State College. Please refer to the letter from Li Cunxin and Dr Regan Neumann​ for further details.​


General Information​


The Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), established in 1982, operates in a partnership agreement with Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Government's Department of Education and Training.  This unique school provides talented students with the opportunity to pursue elite ballet and dance training without forgoing face-to-face senior schooling.

Now in its 33rd year, QDSE continues to deliver the quality training which has been the foundation for many of Australia's successful professional dancers.  In addition to the full-time Year 11 and 12 Diploma of Dance, QDSE offers development programs right from Grade 3 through Kelvin Grove State College.

Statement of Purpose

 
It is the purpose of the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) to develop highly skilled, responsible dancers for tertiary entrance and beyond.

General Aims

  • Provide strong overall technique in all aspects of ballet
  • Provide strong ground work in contemporary and jazz dance techniques
  • Develop rehearsal and performance skills to a pre-professional level
  • Develop a professional attitude with respect to personal health, work  ethic and commitment
  • Develop the discipline, motivation and creativity necessary to succeed in any chosen career

Course Outlines

Diploma in Dance (Year 11 & 12)

Ballet Stream & Dance Stream – General information

 
Both the Ballet and Dance Stream programs are conducted over two years (Yrs 11 & 12) and are structured on four terms per year as conducted through Kelvin Grove State College. All students are enrolled as full-time members of Kelvin Grove State College and are eligible to receive the Queensland Certificate of Education and an Overall Position (OP) or Tertiary Entrance Ranking at the completion of Year 12.
Students participate in four hours of dance training each morning and three hours of face-to-face academic study in the afternoon and graduate with a Diploma of Dance endorsed by Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Government’s Department of Education.

Ballet Stream – Course information

 
Overseen by Queensland Ballet’s Director of Training, Christian Tátchev, a select group of advanced students undertake a two-year program combining elite ballet training with face-to-face senior academic studies. Delivered at the home of Queensland Ballet, this course also encompasses pointe, pas de deux, variations, boy’s technique and contemporary dance studies.

Dance Stream – Course information

 
This two-year program offers talented students with the opportunity to combine intensive dance training with face-to-face senior academic studies.  In addition to tuition in ballet, contemporary, jazz and body conditioning, this course also offers opportunities to pursue syllabus exams and performance experience.  

Open ballet classes with Queensland Ballet's top ranking dancers, as well as RAD Syllabus classes and participation in the QDSE Performance Ensemble (Dance Stream only), are offered on Saturdays. 

Selection Criteria

 
Applicants must have successfully completed Year 10 and have had previous ballet training. Applicants must submit an Application for Audition (available at the top of the page) with the requested supporting documentation prior to the annual audition which is held in October. A restricted number of positions are available to suitable candidates. Auditions for the program now attract students from throughout Queensland as well as from interstate and overseas.

Vital Associations

 
Highlighting the long-standing relationship with the State's ballet company, QDSE's program was further enhanced in 2011 by the introduction of a unique Ballet program.  Now under the direction of the Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, and Director of Training, Christian Tátchev, this specialised stream runs alongside the well-established Year 11/12 Dance Stream.
 
As well as sharing residence at the home of Queensland Ballet, the Thomas Dixon Centre, QDSE students regularly attend Queensland Ballet performances and on occasion are engaged to perform as extras in their productions. The intensive daily training along with the advanced supplementary work provided by Queensland Ballet's Artistic Staff, has led to graduates of QDSE being of an appropriate standard for entry into the QB's Pre-Professional Program.  Many students over the years have then gone on to become full-time dancers with the Company and in 2013, there are 8 QDSE graduates engaged within the Company's ranks from students in the Pre-Professional Program to full-time Company Dancers.

Outcomes

 
Each Year, QDSE graduates move on to further their dance training at institutions such as Queensland Ballet's Pre-Professional Program, New Zealand School of Dance, Queensland University of Technology and many other tertiary and privately run dance programs both interstate and overseas.

QDSE has trained dancers who have subsequently gone on to dance internationally and with every major dance company in Australia.  Others have become dance teachers, musical theatre and cabaret performers, or pursued alternative career paths made possible by their attainment of the Queensland Certificate of Education and OP Score.
 
Although QDSE does not endorse any particular training institution, assistance is offered through the provision of information, advice and support in preparation for future pathways.
 

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Graduates' Success

 
QDSE Graduates are currently dancing with these companies worldwide, including -

  • Queensland Ballet
  • The Australian Ballet
  • Expressions Dance Company
  • Australian Dance Theatre
  • Sydney Dance Company
  • Dance North
  • West Australian Ballet
  • Lucid Dance Theatre
  • Royal Danish Ballet
  • English National Ballet
  • Atlantic Ballet of Canada
  • English Contemporary Ballet
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • Numerous Musical Theatre & Commercial projects.

Fees


All of QDSE's programs attract tuition fees to cover the cost of specialist teachers, accompanists, productions etc. Additional expenses include, but are not limited to, uniforms, dancewear, excursions, production levy, KGSC resource fee and the Friends of QDSE annual membership.

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Year 10 QDSE Program

Statement of Purpose

 
QDSE’s Year 10 program provides students with a strong interest in dance performance with the opportunity to incorporate the technical study of dance into their academic studies.

Course Outline

 
QDSE’s Year 10 Program is a performance based elective carried out within school hours at Kelvin Grove State College. Specialist dance teachers, drawn from the QDSE's faculty, train selected students over four terms of the academic year. Students attend four dance classes per week at our studios at Kelvin Grove State College.

Units of study –
  • Classical Ballet technique (Core unit)
  • Jazz dance technique
  • Contemporary dance technique

Year 10 QDSE students are also able to attend RAD Syllabus & Open classes on Saturday mornings and have some performance opportunities throughout the year, including an end of year concert (see more information below).  Students are assessed on an ongoing basis.

Selection Criteria

 
Applicants must have successfully completed Year 9 and will have had previous dance training. The course attracts students who have a strong interest in dance performance and in auditioning for the Year 11/12 full-time QDSE Program. Applicants must submit an Audition Application form with the requested supporting documentation prior to the annual audition. Application forms are available from top of the page or by contacting QDSE.  Auditions for the program now attract students from throughout Queensland.

Outcomes

 
Entry into the QDSE Year 10 Program does not automatically lead to a position at QDSE in Year 11. All students are required to complete the audition application process as new applicants for the Year 11/12 Diploma of Dance program.

Fees

 
All of QDSE's programs attract tuition fees to cover the cost of specialist teachers, accompanists, productions etc. Additional expenses include, but are not limited to, uniforms, dancewear, excursions, production levy, KGSC resource fee and the Friends of QDSE annual membership. 

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Trackdance - Years 3, 4 and 5

The Trackdance Program is designed to introduce young students to dance and aims to inspire them, particularly boys, to feel as comfortable with dance training as they do in other physical pursuits. Classes are held once a week within school hours and cover various, fun dance styles.

Mid-Trackdance - Years 6 and 7

The Mid-Trackdance Program introduces students to dance and aims to inspire them, particularly boys, to feel as comfortable with dance training as they do in other physical pursuits. Classes are held once a week within school hours and cover various dance styles.  Students who have enjoyed the KGSC Trackdance program of the Years 3-5 often follow on with Mid-Trackdance and the more technical aspects of dance.

Development Class - Year 8 & 9

QDSE's Development Class is a performance based elective carried out within school hours at Kelvin Grove State College and provides the opportunity for students to study dance in greater technical detail. Specialist dance teachers, drawn from the Queensland Dance School of Excellence faculty, train selected students over four terms of the academic year.
The course includes classical ballet, jazz/hip-hop and contemporary dance styles and three classes are incorporated into the normal school timetable each week.

Fees

All of QDSE's programs attract tuition fees to cover the cost of specialist teachers, accompanists, productions etc. Additional expenses include, but are not limited to, uniforms, dancewear, excursions, KGSC resource fee etc.

Applying for QDSE Development Program

Yr 3 – 5:    Current KGSC students are invited to attend an informal audition at the beginning of the each school year. 
Yr 6 – 9:    Applicants must submit an Application for Audition form with the requested supporting documentation prior to the annual audition. Application forms are available from the top of the page or by contacting QDSE.
New students, not previously enrolled at KGSC, must submit an Expression of Interest form and be accepted by KGSC  prior to the Year 3 – 9 audition process.

Annual Concert - Year 3 to 10

A concert, 3 to 10 Steps Forward, showcasing all students from our Trackdance (Yr 3-5), Mid-Trackdance (Yr 6/7), Year 8/9 Development Class and Year 10 Programs, is held in December each year.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the young dancers to display their progression, talents and love of dance to their peers, teachers, family and friends.

QDSE's RAD Classes

Open to the public as well as enrolled QDSE students.

  • Classes run on Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons during school terms.
  • Extensively experienced teachers drawn from QDSE‘s RAD faculty.
  • Saturday classes are accompanied by a pianist where possible.
  • Levels range from Intermediate to Advanced 2 for boys and girls.

Cost for External Students: $20 pay as you go

Please register your interest by email info@qdse.com.au

Saturday Venue

THOMAS DIXON CENTRE, Cnr Drake St Montague Rd WEST END

Saturday Schedule:  Please contact QDSE for up to date timetable information.

Thursday Venue


J Block studios, Kelvin Grove State College, L’Estrange Tce, KELVIN GROVE

Thursday Schedule: Please contact QDSE for up to date timetable information.

5.00 - 6.30pm Levels to be advised.

Please contact QDSE

Timetable and the venues are subject to change - be sure to check the next week’s timetable on the notice board or contact QDSE.

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 Audition Information

 

​Students wishing to audition for enrolment in 2014 must submit an Audition Application, available above. Complete application procedures and requirements are outlined in each form. Please note, students applying for Years 3 - 9 who are not already enrolled at Kelvin Grove State College, must also submit an Expression of Interest form which is embedded within the Audition Application.

Audition Dates for QDSE in 2014

 

​QDSE Program/
Year Level
​Date
​Yr 11 & 12 ​Oct 27
​Yr 10 ​Nov 3
​Yr 8 & 9
Nov 3​
​Yr 6 & 7
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​Yr 3-5 tba​
 

 Paulette Carson Scholarship

 
Established by the will of the late Paulette Carson in order to assist aspiring young ballet dancers to meet their dreams, this major scholarship is awarded annually. The scholarship is open to QDSE students in years 11 and 12 who meet the highest standards of ability and work-ethic, with special consideration given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship application forms are available upon request and must accompany your audition application form.

Application Process

 
Please complete the relevant application for enrolment form (in the Related links above) and return to the Enrolments Officer Kelvin Grove State College.
 
The Expression of Interest form must be submitted with the Audition for Application for students applying for QDSE's Year 3 to Year 9 Programs unless they are already enrolled at Kelvin Grove State College. Please note: the Expression of Interest form is not required for any Year 10, 11 or 12 Applicants.
 

 Contact Us

 


Telephone: +61 7 3217 2662

Fax: +61 7 3217 2730

Email: info@qdse.com.au

Postal Address:

PO Box 3791
South Brisbane
QLD 4101 Australia​