Merge Dance Theatre

Merge Dance Theatre

Pre-Professional Youth Contemporary Company

Performances: Saturday 12th October & Sunday 13th October 2019
Auditions for 2020 intake in February 2020. Please enquire.

Merge Dance Theatre is a Youth Contemporary Company aiming to bridge the gap between dance schools and professional companies for career-minded dancers.

MERGE is the ideal company for aspiring young dancers who are looking for challenging, explorative and technical work that will give them the knowledge and understanding of what is involved in the contemporary dance industry.

The vision for MERGE is to enhance and develop the artistic individuality in each dancer, challenging them to explore and create contemporary dance while collaborating with some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.

MERGE aims to extend and engage young artists to be independent, creative and confident in their contemporary dance abilities with the goal of developing their performance skills to that of a professional standard.

MERGE TRAINING PROGRAM is designed for students aged from 9–11 years (Junior) and for students aged from 12–14 years (Intermediate) to get a head start on the skills required to be part of the full company.

Choreographic skills, Improvisation skills, Collaboration with industry professionals, Contemporary Technique, Partnering, Task work

Deanna Castellana (Artistic Director), Alana Sargent (Guest Artist), Timothy Hill (Dramaturg)

“Merge has been the supportive foundation I needed to have the courage to pursue my goals for a career in the contemporary industry. This youth company allowed me to develop my passion for contemporary dance and learn how to channel my creativity. I have gained skills in improvisation, choreographic skills, partnering, collaboration work and task work. I definitely feel like Merge Dance Theatre is a place where passion is nurtured and allowed me as a dancer to meet other likeminded creative dancers. I never thought of myself to be a person who would enjoy the challenge of improvising and creating dance material, but during my time with Merge Dance Theatre I have become so comfortable with creating and now love experimenting with new and unfamiliar movement. It’s like I have developed my own style! I now know that it’s definitely Ok to be super quirky and to keep pushing the limits creatively.”Monique Mangano


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