Full-time and Part Time Vocational Coaching Programme

Jesse Scales, graduated from the School's SACE Dance and Full Time Vocational Programmes in addition to attaining RAD Solo Seal, before advancing her dance education at New Zealand School of Dance, after which she joined Sydney Dance Company. Photo: Pedro Greig  

Terry Simpson Studios’ Dance offers a Full-Time and Part-Time Vocational Coaching Programme aimed at preparing students with an intensive and specialised foundation on which to build careers in professional dance, choreography, dance teaching and allied dance fields.

We aim to develop, educate and prepare dedicated and talented dance students for the next step towards a professional dance career should they choose to pursue such.

There are numerous examples of graduates who have been accepted into dance institutions and professional, companies and in the Arts in Australasia, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

Graduates acceptances include: Dutch National Ballet; Australian Ballet School & Company; Sydney Dance Company; Compagnie Thor (Belgium); Ballet Dortmund (Germany) ; Royal Ballet Flanders (Belgium); Singapore Dance Theatre; NZ School of Dance; NIDA; WA Ballet Company amongst many others.

We pride ourselves in developing the artists of the future, by providing a clear career pathway through intensive training,as well as, preparing students for their next step be it into a Tertiary Programme, International ballet School or Professional Dance company.

Terry Simpson Studios’ graduates are known for their strong technique, musicality, coordination, dedication, versatility across many genre's, as well as, an  ability to easily follow instruction in open class.

Terry Simpson Studios’ holistic training has produced accomplished well rounded young people by  drawing on each student’s strengths, whilst nurturing their weaknesses. It combines pre-professional experiences to prepare students for the exacting demands that they will experience in the industry

Our expert faculty offers daily training and coaching in classical ballet, contemporary dance, pas de deux, pointe work, choreography, male technique, production, artistic coaching, repertoire & body conditioning/pilates.

Programmes are tailored to suit the individual needs and aspirations of each student and are arranged on either a Full-time or Part-Time basis.

Students are able to to complete their academic studies in conjunction with attending this Program.

Arrangements have been made with Secondary Schools to accommodate this, during the 20 plus years that this succesful Program has been running. 

There have been numerous examples of Terry Simpson Studios' students achieving superb ATAR Scores well into the 90's whilst completing this Program 

Students usually end up specialising in either classical ballet or contemporary dance whilst maintaining a strong base in their minor discipline.

The focus of our program is always on the individual. Class numbers are kept small to meet the needs of each student and recognise and nurture individual talent and potential.

Regular opportunities to discuss and set long and short-term goals is an integral facet of the program.

Students are individually prepared for RAD exams including Solo Seal; professional school and company auditions; scholarships; and international competitions such as Genée International Ballet Competition (RAD).

Students are also provided with professional guidance and assistance with auditioning, CV preparation, DVD production and portfolio photos.


Fulltime Vocational Coaching Course

SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) - Dance, Stage 1 & 2

Royal Academy of Dance CBTS Mentoring

Main Subjects

The core components include RAD vocational exam coaching, Solo Seal, Advanced Classical and Contemporary open classes, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Variations, Pointe, Specialised Coaching, Limber, Competition & Audition preparation.

Practical Dance Classes per Week

8.30 – 4.30 Mon – Fri with Sunday Coaching (Based on individual requirement)

Contact Hours per Day

8.30 – 4.30 Mon – Fri with Sunday Coaching (Based on individual requirement)

Pre-Requisites/Entry Requirements

By Audition only


For further Information please Contact Us

Trial Classes available on request

First term issues for Full Timers?

"Many dancers new to full-time are enthusiastic and want to go to as many classes as they can but this can, and often does, lead to fatigue. Whilst at full-time they are staying at school and increasing their dance load, which also increases their physical and mental fatigue. Being able to manage their time both within and outside full-time and finding time to rest is very important which is why I spend time with my students timetabling their lives to ensure everything is manageable."

Terry Simpson (LRAD ARAD) Principal