International Summer School 2018

12th Year of the Renowned Dance International Summer School

Under New Creative Direction in 2018

#NameDrop! … Terence Kohler, William Forsythe and Alexander Ekman

PLUS! … Audition for American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School!!

Following eleven successful years operating as a reputable summer arts initiative within the Australian dance scene, International Summer School will return to Sydney in 2018 under the new direction of international choreographer & Artistic Director, Terence Kohler. The program also announces its inclusion of choreographic styles from the acclaimed William Forsythe and Alexander Ekman.

Building on the legacy of former Director, Jacqui Dumont, International Summer School will introduce a series of new workshops and incentives in 2018 that will focus on the creative development of young dancers, including HSC students.

In addition to the popular offerings of junior and senior courses, which have traditionally explored a series of dance styles, the program will expand to provide students with direct access to the work of twenty-first century international choreographers.

The teaching faculty boasts a list of renowned local and international names including Robert LaFosse (American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School), Laura Graham (Ballet Master & Choreographic Assistant, Semperoper Ballett Dresden), Nina Botkay (formerly with Netherlands Dans Theater), Paul Boyd (Queensland Ballet Academy), Jane Devine (formerly with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet), and will feature English choreographer Cathy Marston as the initiative’s first ‘Choreographer in Residence’.

“Our faculty has been curated to give students exposure to the international arts community, and our workshops are designed to inspire participants creatively. ISS 2018 promises to be our most excited program yet”, commented Artistic Director, Terence Kohler.

As part of the new course offerings, the youth.ballet and programs provide pre-professional students with introductions to the choreographic styles of acclaimed international artists William Forsythe and Alexander Ekman. Students will also have the rare opportunity to audition for New York’s prestigious American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School through the masterclass.audition series.

“We understand that students are looking for new experiences whilst furthering their knowledge. Our programs are designed to complement the high technical standards of ballet and dance training. We want to foster and inspire the new generation of creatively conscious Australians,” commented Kohler.

More information:




The McDonald College, 17 George St, North Strathfield (7-10 years)
9-13 / 15-19 January 2018 (11-18 years)
9-13 / 15-19 January 2018

youth.ballet@ISS (15-18 years)
9-13 / 15-19 January 2018 (15-18 years)
15-19 January 2018

masterclass.audition@ISS (14-18 years)
14 January 2018


Terence Kohler was born in Sydney, Australia. Upon completing his studies at The McDonald College in 2002, Terence received a scholarship from the Tanzstiftung Birgit Keil to study at the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim, Germany. In 2004, Terence was engaged as both a dancer and resident choreographer at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Alongside creating full-length and one-act ballets he performed in choreographies from William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Jorma Uotinen, Philip Taylor, Christian Spuck, Peter Wright and Renato Zanella as the role of Mercutio in the German premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.
In 2007, Terence was awarded the German Dance Prize “Future” for choreography, and in 2009 he was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow. Beyond his engagement a ‘Choreographer in Residence’ at the Bavarian State Ballet and participating in the National Ballet of China’s first ever Choreographic Workshop, Terence has created new works for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Finnish National Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and the Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg.


Over 3000 students have attended International Summer School since 2006. Held over the January school holidays, the program caters for students aged between 7-18 who are interested in ballet and contemporary dance. International Summer School is still one of the only programs of its kind in Australia with a curated international faculty. Highlights during Jacqui Dumont’s tenure include hosting local auditions for the Royal Ballet School, English National School and the Dutch Conservatoire of Ballet.