Full-time Training 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’ Vocational Coaching Programme is designed for the serious student wishing to build a career in professional dance, choreography, dance teaching and allied dance fields.

The Programme runs 5 days a week involving around 30 studio hours, and aims to increase, improve, and refine technique, strength, knowledge and presentation.

Students have access to all studio classes, as well as Private Coaching, helping to build not only stronger technicians and dancers, but also well rounded and intelligent artists.

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.

The Programme is as much about technique and discipline as it is about body conditioning and wellbeing.

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.

Arrangements have been made with selected Secondary Schools for students to  complete their academic studies,  in conjunction with attending this Programme.

There have been numerous examples of Terry Simpson Studios' students achieving superb ATAR Scores whilst completing this Programme.


Nicola Leahey (above), a graduate of the Terry Simpson Studios' Full-Time Training  Programme, which included SACE Dance as well as success in achieving her RAD Solo Seal. Nicola advanced her dance education at NZ School of Dance before dancing professionally with Dance North Australia, then onto Thierry Smit's Compagnie Thor (Belgium), and is currently working with world renowned and much decorated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Eastman Company (Belgium). 

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

Students often 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.

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.

Graduates acceptances all over the world

Students have been accepted into dance institutions and professional, companies and in the Arts in Australasia, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe including: 

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.

Andrew Searle and Katherine Gurr (left front above) two former Terry Simpson Studios’ Full-Time students. Both are now working at CO3 Australia in Perth. Katherine is also a product of West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Andrew advanced his dance education at NZ School of Dance and has also danced professionally with Dance North. 

Course outline

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

Current Full-Time Timetable

For more Information please Contact Us 

To arrange an audition 

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